‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a thriller based on which award winning film of the same name is made. Jacques Sauniere, the historian and aged curator of  The Louvre, Paris has been murdered in the grand gallery of the museum. The  positioning of his body , the baffling codes find alongside  and  the pentacle drawn on the body apparently by Sauniere himself with his own blood ,left the French police bewildered. The captain of the French police Bezu Fache  has no doubt about the murderer as Robert Langdon , the renowned religious symbologist and Harvard professor who has some business in Paris on that day and intended to meet the curator. Moreover Sauniere had written with codes” P S : Find  Robert Langdon”.  Robert Langdon was summoned to the museum for deciphering the codes so that some substantial evidence can be derived. As Langdon and a gifted cryptologist with French police, Sophie Neveau – estranged granddaughter of Jacques Sauniere ,sort through the bizarre riddles , they were stunned to find a trail that leads to the Art works of Leonardo Da Vinci. With the help of Sophie they managed to escape from  The Louvre to decipher the labyrinth codes her grandfather left for Sophie.  Finding answers to the riddles ,they retrieved the Key stone of The Priory of Sion which can lead to the Holy Grail. The Priory of Sion is a secret society following the rituals and symbols of pagans and the Sacred Feminine worship. To understand more about The Priory of Sion and to uncover the truth behind the Holy Grail and Sangreal they approached Langdon’s friend and British royal historian Sir Leigh Teabing.  The Vatican prelature Opus Dei and one sinister bishop was on a murderous quest for the Priory Keystone . Now Langdon and Sophie has the responsibility to uncover and protect the truth- Holy Grail refers to Mary Magdelene  wife of Jesus Christ who carried His royal bloodline- which can shake the foundation of Christianity .

The book deals with history and fiction in such a way that it is impossible to find the limit. The vivid description of The Louvre and its art works can take us there. It is a five star book and a must read…

Reviewed by Ms Valsala Kumari M. S.

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