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The Da Vinci Code
Robert Langdon Series, Book 2
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MORE THAN 80 MILLION COPIES SOLDNominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American ReadWhile in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the...
MORE THAN 80 MILLION COPIES SOLDNominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American ReadWhile in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the...
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  • MORE THAN 80 MILLION COPIES SOLD
    Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

    While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.

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  • Chapter One Robert Langdon awoke slowly.

    A telephone was ringing in the darkness--a tinny, unfamiliar ring. He fumbled for the bedside lamp and turned it on. Squinting at his surroundings he saw a plush Renaissance bedroom with Louis XVI furniture, hand-frescoed walls, and a colossal mahogany four-poster bed.

    Where the hell am I?

    The jacquard bathrobe hanging on his bedpost bore the monogram:

    HOTEL RITZ PARIS.

    Slowly, the fog began to lift.

    Langdon picked up the receiver. "Hello?"

    "Monsieur Langdon?" a man's voice said. "I hope I have not awoken you?"

    Dazed, Langdon looked at the bedside clock. It was 12:32 A.M. He had been asleep only an hour, but he felt like the dead.

    "This is the concierge, monsieur. I apologize for this intrusion, but you have a visitor. He insists it is urgent."

    Langdon still felt fuzzy. A visitor? His eyes focused now on a crumpled flyer on his bedside table.

    THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PARIS
    proudly presents
    An evening with Robert Langdon
    Professor of Religious Symbology, Harvard University

    Langdon groaned. Tonight's lecture--a slide show about pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral--had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience. Most likely, some religious scholar had trailed him home to pick a fight.

    "I'm sorry," Langdon said, "but I'm very tired and--"

    "Mais monsieur," the concierge pressed, lowering his voice to an urgent whisper. "Your guest is an important man."

    Langdon had little doubt. His books on religious paintings and cult symbology had made him a reluctant celebrity in the art world, and last year Langdon's visibility had increased a hundred-fold after his involvement in a widely publicized incident at the Vatican. Since then, the stream of self-important historians and art buffs arriving at his door had seemed never-ending.

    "If you would be so kind," Langdon said, doing his best to remain polite, "could you take the man's name and number, and tell him I'll try to call him before I leave Paris on Tuesday? Thank you." He hung up before the concierge could protest.

    Sitting up now, Langdon frowned at his bedside Guest Relations Handbook, whose cover boasted: SLEEP LIKE A BABY IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS. SLUMBER AT THE PARIS RITZ.

    He turned and gazed tiredly into the full-length mirror across the room. The man staring back at him was a stranger--tousled and weary.

    You need a vacation, Robert.

    The past year had taken a heavy toll on him, but he didn't appreciate seeing proof in the mirror. His usually sharp blue eyes looked hazy and drawn tonight. A dark stubble was shrouding his strong jaw and dimpled chin. Around his temples, the gray highlights were advancing, making their way deeper into his thicket of coarse black hair. Although his female colleagues insisted the gray only accentuated his bookish appeal, Langdon knew better.

    If Boston Magazine could see me now.

    Last month, much to Langdon's embarrassment, Boston Magazine had listed him as one of that city's top ten most intriguing people--a dubious honor that made him the brunt of endless ribbing by his Harvard colleagues. Tonight, three thousand miles from home, the accolade had resurfaced to haunt him at the lecture he had given.

    "Ladies and gentlemen . . ." the hostess had announced to a full-house at The American University of Paris's Pavillon Dauphine, "Our guest tonight needs no introduction. He is the author of numerous books: The Symbology of Secret Sects, The Art of the Illuminati, The Lost Language of Ideograms, and when I say he wrote...

About the Author-

  • DAN BROWN is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, and Deception Point. He lives in New England.


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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 3, 2003
    What if Jesus Christ had a tryst with Mary Magdalene, and the interlude produced a child? Such a possibility—yielding a so-called royal bloodline—provides the framework for Brown's latest thriller (after Angels and Demons), an exhaustively researched page-turner about secret religious societies, ancient coverups and savage vengeance. The action kicks off in modern-day Paris with the murder of the Louvre's chief curator, whose body is found laid out in symbolic repose at the foot of the Mona Lisa. Seizing control of the case are Sophie Neveu, a lovely French police cryptologist, and Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon, reprising his role from Brown's last book. The two find several puzzling codes at the murder scene, all of which form a treasure map to the fabled Holy Grail, where proof of the Jesus bloodline supposedly can be found. As their search moves from France to England, Neveu and Langdon are confounded by two mysterious groups—the legendary Priory of Sion, a nearly 1,000-year-old secret society whose members have included Botticelli and Isaac Newton, and the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei. Both have their own reasons for wanting to ensure that the Grail isn't found. Brown sometimes ladles out too much religious history at the expense of pacing, and Langdon is a hero in desperate need of more chutzpah. Still, Brown has assembled a whopper of a plot that will please both conspiracy buffs and thriller addicts.

  • DOGO Books oliverc - This book is about Robert Langdon, a professor of an University, and Sophie, the cop working in a Paris police station, trying to solve a murder. Robert Langdon not only studies Leonardo Da Vinci’s work, but also studies Da Vinci’s mysteries, including the secrets in his paintings, and religions while he was alive. Sophie cooperated with Robert Landon to find out the murderer of the crime. The intense part of this book is the procedure involving physical violence between the criminal and Robert Langdon. The tension of their conflict excited me. I will recommend this book to my friends because most parts in the story are intriguing, which will capture the readers into the story.
  • Library Journal

    November 1, 2002
    When Brown regular Robert Langdon is called in to investigate the murder of a curator at the Louvre, he discovers that the body is surrounded by strange ciphers evidently linked to the paintings of Da Vinci-and a powerful relic protected by the Priory, a secret society to which the artist belonged.

    Copyright 2002 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • The Denver Post

    "Read the book and be enlightened." --The Washington Post Book World"Blockbuster perfection. . . . A gleefully erudite suspense novel."--The New York Times"A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure." --People"Thriller writing doesn't get any better than this."

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