After the grisly murder of the curator of the famous Louvre museum, the French Chief of Police calls upon the renowned symbologist Robert Langdon to aid the police in their investigation. This is because the strange nature of the murder and the odd position of the murdered body seem to suggest darkly mysterious intentions behind the murder. Langdon and police cryptographer Sophie Neveau, also the granddaughter of the victim, must unravel a series of clues left by Sauniere himself and determine the identity as well as motive of his murderers. Langdon and Neveau must race across Europe in a search for the next of Sauniere's cryptic clues that lead to a secret that can shake the foundations of the modern world. They are not alone in their search however, Sauniere's killers are after it too and they are prepared to use any means to get it...
Who was Jesus Christ? Was he a god? Or was he a man? This book offers one school of thought on this subject: the author shows the protagonists engaged in a search for proof that he was indeed a man like any other. The members of the christian organization Opus Dei have been depicted as the antagonists. However it should be clarified that the nature of events illustrated in the book are fictional in nature. Most church authorities have dismissed the depiction of the church in the book as an overuse of artistic license.
The book is written in the third person. The plot is fast-paced without being too hurried and is well threaded throughout. The characters are reasonably well sketched and the author chooses to not reveal the identities of the main antagonist until the end. This is very effective in maintaining an aura of suspense and significantly contributes to the gripping nature of the plot. The author has used simple, contemporary English throughout and this fact, alongside the gripping pace makes it a very entertaining read especially for readers who are getting introduced to Brown's work with this novel.
This was the first book that I read by the author and it is my most preferred among his works. Extremely entertaining besides being highly informative, this book is excellent for a bit of an escapist holiday. However, readers who are familiar with Brown's typical plot and character construction may find a repetition of the same slightly wearing.
Book Reviewed By Sayan Mukherjee
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