The Da Vinci Code Book (Summary - Book Review - Order Book)

Author Dan Brown
Country United States
Series Robert Langdon #2
Genre MysteryDetective fictionConspiracy fictionThriller
Publisher Doubleday (US)
Transworld & Bantam Books(UK)
Publication date
April 2003
Pages 689 (U.S. hardback)
489 (U.S. paperback)
359 (UK hardback)
583 (UK paperback)
ISBN 0-385-50420-9 (US) / 978-0-55215971-5 (UK)
OCLC 50920659
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3552.R685434 D3 2003
Preceded by Angels & Demons 
Followed by The Lost Symbol 

The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 suspense and mystery novel by Dan Brown. It follows that the "symbologist" Robert Langdon and the cryptologist Sophie Neveu after a murder at the Louvre Museum in Paris make them engage in a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei on the possibility that Jesus Christ has been a companion of María Magdalena.

The title of the novel refers to the finding of the first murder victim in the Grand Gallery of the Louvre, nude and inn similar to the famous drawing of Leonardo da Vinci, the Vitruvian Man, with a mathematical message written next to his body and a pentagram drawn on His chest in his own blood.

The novel explores an alternative religious history, whose central argument is that the Merovingian kings of France descended from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, ideas derived from The Revelation of the Templars (1997) by Clive Prince and books by Margaret Starbird. The book also refers to The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (1982), although Dan Brown has stated that it was not used as research material.

The Da Vinci Code provoked a popular interest in the speculation about the legend of the Holy Grail and the role of Mary Magdalene in the history of Christianity. However, many Christian denominations have widely denounced the book as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church and have been systematically criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracies.

However, the novel became a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 languages.

Combining the genres of detective fiction, suspense, and conspiracy, it is the second novel by Brown that includes the character Robert Langdon: the first was his 2000 novel Angels & Demons. In November 2004, Random House published a Special Illustrated Edition with 160 illustrations. In 2006, Columbia Pictures released a film adaptation.


The curator of the Louvre and the great master of the Priory of Sion, Jacques Saunière, is killed one night in the museum by a Catholic albino monk named Silas, who works on behalf of someone who knows only as the Master, who wishes to discover the location of The angular stone". , "a crucial element in the search for the Holy Grail.

After the body of Saunière is discovered in the pose of the Vitruvian Man, the police summon Harvard professor Robert Langdon, who is in the city on business. Police captain Bezu Fache tells him that he was summoned to help the police to decipher the secret message that Saunière left during the last minutes of his life. The message includes a Fibonacci sequence out of order.

Langdon explains to Fache that Saunière was a principal authority on the subject of the goddess's work of art and that the pentacle that Saunière drew on his chest in his own blood represents an allusion to the goddess and not to the worship of the devil, as Fache believes.

Sophie Neveu, a police cryptographer, secretly explains to Langdon that she is Saunière's granddaughter, and that Fache believes Langdon is the murderer because the last line of her grandfather's message, which was intended for Neveu, said: "PS Find Robert Langdon", which Fache had deleted before the arrival of Langdon. Neveu is worried about the memories of his grandfather's participation in a secret pagan group. However, he understands that his grandfather had the intention of Langdon deciphering the code, which takes them to a safe deposit box at the Paris branch of the Depository Bank of Zurich.

Neveu and Langdon escape from the police and visit the bank. In the security box, they find a box containing the key: a criptex, a cylindrical hand vault with five rotating concentric spheres labeled with letters. When these are aligned correctly, they unlock the device. If the criptex is forced to open, a jar of vinegar breaks and dissolves the message inside the criptex, which was written on papyrus. The box containing the cryptex contains clues about its password.

Langdon and Neveu take the cornerstone to the house of Langdon's friend, Sir Leigh Teabing, an expert on the Holy Grail, whose legend is strongly related to the Priory. There, Teabing explains that the Grail is not a cup, but a tomb containing the bones of Mary Magdalene.

The trio then flees the country in Teabing's private plane, in which they conclude that the correct combination of letters explains the first name of Neveu, Sofia. Upon opening the cryptex, they discover a smaller cryptex inside it, along with another enigma that finally takes the group to the tomb of Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey.

During the flight to Britain, Neveu reveals the source of his estrangement from his grandfather ten years earlier. Arriving home unexpectedly from the university, Neveu is a secret witness to a spring fertility ritual performed in the secret basement of his grandfather's rural estate. From his hiding place, he is surprised to see his grandfather with a woman at the center of a ritual attended by men and women wearing masks and singing praises to the goddess. She flees from the house and breaks all contact with Saunière. Langdon explains that what he witnessed was an ancient ceremony known as hieros gamos or "sacred marriage."

When they arrive at Westminster Abbey, it is revealed that Teabing is the Master for whom Silas is working. Teabing wants to use the Holy Grail, which he believes is a series of documents that state that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had children, to ruin the Vatican. He forces Langdon at gunpoint to solve the second cryptex password, which Langdon realizes is "apple". Langdon secretly opens the cryptex and removes its contents before launching the empty cryptex into the air.

Teabing is arrested by Fache, who now realizes that Langdon is innocent. Bishop Aringarosa, head of the Opus Dei religious sect and Silas's mentor, realizing that Silas has been used to murder innocent people, rushes to help the police find him. When the police find Silas hiding in an Opus Dei Center, he assumes they are there to kill him and runs off, accidentally firing at Bishop Aringarosa. Bishop Aringarosa survives but is informed that Silas was found dead later by a bullet wound.

The final message within the second cornerstone takes Neveu and Langdon to the chapel of Rosslyn, whose teacher turns out to be the lost brother of Neveu, who had been told to Neveu that she died as a child in the car accident that killed her children. parents. The guardian of the Rosslyn Chapel, Marie Chauvel Saint Clair, is the lost grandmother of Neveu. It is revealed that Neveu and his brother are descendants of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. The Priory of Sion hid her identity to protect her from possible threats to her life.

The real meaning of the last message is that the Grail is buried under the small pyramid directly below La Pyramide Inversée, the inverted glass pyramid of the Louvre. It is also found under "Rose Line", an allusion to "Rosslyn". Langdon discovers this final piece for the puzzle; he follows the Line of the Roses to La Pyramide Inversée, where he kneels before the hidden sarcophagus of Mary Magdalene, as the Knights Templar did before him.


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About The Author

Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels and Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. He lives in New England with his wife.