REVIEW OF DAN BROWN'S
THE DA VINCI CODE

By David Carmichael

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a mystery anyone interested in the unveiling of the deeper mysteries of the human psyche woven into a suspense story will enjoy. When the curator of the Louvre is murdered the strange and enigmatic message the dying man has painstakingly left behind leads Captain Fache of The Judicial Police (the French FBI) to mistakenly target renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon as the murderer. Langdon is summoned to the crime scene where the dead curatorís granddaughter also shows up. Sophie Neveu is a brilliant cryptologist for the JP. She warns Langdon that he is about to be arrested. They manage a clever escape from the museum and the clutches of the JP and begin a desperate headlong search to discover the meaning of the encrypted message before they are captured---or worse. While pursued by the tenacious Captain Fache they race through an intellectual labyrinth of symbological and cryptic problems hidden in famous works of art and architecture. They manage to do this within the framework of a fast paced plot where an unseen puppet master manipulates events including murder in a race to decipher the location of a treasure of secret knowledge and buried artifacts that will shake the foundations of Christianity. Known as the suppression of the Sacred Feminine, it's a secret concealed and preserved for centuries by the Priory of Sion, an actual secret society, we are assured, whose members have included da Vinci, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, Cocteau and Sir Isaac Newton among others. The novel is intellectually stimulating and the plot is fast paced. The unfolding enigma of the ancient secret is riveting while entirely plausible. An enjoyable and entertaining read.