When Robert Langdon, an American professor, arrives in France, he is expecting to meet with a Louvre curator and give a lecture.But when the curator is found dead with a note saying “find Robert Langdon”, he is thrust into a mystery so intense that people will literally kill to win. As the clues the dead man left lead to actually finding the Holy Grail, the hunt becomes a chase, and Robert’s clock is running out. Friends become enemies, and things are not always what they seem.
“The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown is a really great book. If you like solving codes, puzzles, or any other sort of brainteaser, this book is for you. If you happen to like action/adventure, this book is also for you. If you like mystery, this book is for you, too. However, all you romance fans, this isn’t for you. At all. (Dan Brown is not the best writer of dialogue—especially romantic dialogue.) The twisty-turny plot makes your spine tingle, and will keep you up until 1 a.m. reading under the covers. I give 4.999 out of 5 stars, because no book is perfect, but this one was close.
I believe that Robert Langdon, the main character, changes over time. He starts out scared to take risks or chances. “…and now we run. ‘ What?! What if they are still out there? ‘ Robert said.” (17%) Then Robert spends a day and a half evading cops and murderers. This hardens him enough to realize that if he didn’t take risks he would be put in jail for life or die. By the end of the book, he is much braver. In fact, when his potential murderer says to him “Hand over the cryptex, Robert, or I will shoot you.” Robert responds calmly, “Leigh, if you give me time I will solve this for you.” ( 79%) He then bravely deceives his would-be killer, and in doing so, solves the final riddle and brings the bad guy to justice.