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The Da Vinci Code - FWU Book Review


Official Freelance Writers United review of: -
The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown.

Review by Kevin, Martin,


The Da Vinci Code, quite simply can be summed up in one well-earned word, and that word is “masterpiece”. Yes, you heard it here, a book that, to me, had no faults! I think the concept, the characters, the writing, as a whole, can have no blemish thrown its way. But above all that, it’s a book that is the source of so many heated debates, not only in the literacy world, but in pubs, online forums, on the radio and tv airwaves, quite literally everybody has heard of the book, and half of those have an opinion on it. But despite all those opinions, all those shouts of “blasphemous”, all those queries about the symbolic explanations and slants the book gives to some of arts most converted works. Despite the new angles to some of Christianities long established icons, and the books contradictory views on the religions written text, whatever discussion, deliberation or derogatory comment you can could up with, NEVER have I heard one bad word said about the writing, and the way the book is delivered.

The book is a mindboggling array of iconographic splendour; it’s delivered at Ferrari pace, and yet you take it all in. Each page that gets whipped away to unveil the next, is fully devoured, almost subconsciously, and it has to be, because the book needs your attention from the first word to the last, and beyond. For when you have put the book down, and sit back and simply say WHOW, you then get to thinking, and this process lasts long after the remnants of the books words have passed. The book focuses on Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor (who was involved in a “high profile incident at the Vatican” in Dan Brown’s previous novel Angels and Demons), and Sophie Neveu, granddaughter of the high profile Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere, who in the books opening passage is murdered. But before Jacques Sauniere dies, in his final moments of life, he leaves a series of riddles and cryptic clues for Sophie and Robert to follow, but not necessarily to lead them to his murderer, but to something much, much darker and more powerful.

If you don’t learn something new from this book, then you’re a genius and shouldn’t need to read anyway. If you don’t enjoy this book, even after you have put any religious connotations to one side, then you must be brain dead and should go and join the other bodies in the mortuary. But that side of The Da Vinci Code moved to the back burner for a moment, the book’s narrating is a joy to read, each characters portrayal is done with some aplomb, no contradictions in personality, even the slightest emotional feeling felt by you, the reader. The dialog is informative but keep simple, despite the depth and complexity of the topic at hand, it’s delivered in a way that isn’t in the slightest bit condescending, rather pleasantly informative. The plot unravels at a frantic pace, but at no time did I get lost in the wealth of information at hand, quite the contrary, I was simply enthralled from start to finish. The greatest book I’ve ever read, without doubt, and it will take some mighty fine piece of literacy to knock this book from it’s rather substantial pedestal.

The advice of Kevin Martin from Freelance Writers United.
"Masterful book that belongs on every bookshelf across the country."
 
Plot: - 15/15
Action: - 11/15
Characters: - 14/15
Originality: - 15/15
Written Dialog: - 10/10
Written Narrating: - 10/10
Enjoyment: - 20/20
Total: - 95/100


*Article Copyright of Kevin Martin 2005

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Re: The Da Vinci Code - FWU Book Review


hope you don't mind me posting this here, thought maybe some of you guys and gurls might like to give it a read.

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