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La Pyramide Inversée at the Louvre, from above.

Left: The Madonna of the Rocks by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Right: The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci.

Château Villette.

Rose Line, Saint-Sulpice.

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Dan Brown’s mega-bestseller is now available for a new generation of readers. This young adult adaptation is the perfect way to get ready for Origin, the latest novel featuring the character Robert Langdon. It will remind fans everywhere why the New York Times calls The Da Vinci Code “blockbuster perfection.” 

Includes over twenty color photos showing important locations, landmarks, and artwork, taking readers from Paris to London and beyond!

      
The greatest conspiracy of the past two thousand years is about to unravel.
 
Robert Langdon, professor of religious symbology at Harvard, is in Paris to give a lecture. At the reception that follows, he is scheduled to meet with a revered curator from the world-famous Louvre museum. But the curator never shows up, and later that night Langdon is awakened by authorities and told that the curator has been found dead. He is then taken to the Louvre—the scene of the crime—where he finds out that baffling clues have been left behind.
 
Thus begins a race against time, as Robert Langdon becomes a suspect and, with the help of French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, must decipher a mystifying trail of clues that the two come to realize have been left specifically for them. If Robert and Sophie cannot solve the puzzle in time, an ancient truth could be lost forever—and they themselves might end up as collateral damage.
 
Praise for the adult edition of The Da Vinci Code
 
“WOW . . . Blockbuster perfection. An exhilaratingly brainy thriller. Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops.”— The New York Times
 
“A new master of smart thrills. A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure.”— People

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"Engrossing, prompting quick turns of the page and readings in one sitting. A satisfying adaptation for teens."--Kirkus Reviews Online

About the Author

DAN BROWN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife and is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. Visit him at danbrown.com and follow him at @AuthorDanBrown on Twitter.

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Robert Langdon awoke slowly.

A telephone was ringing in the darkness—­a tinny, un­familiar ring. He fumbled for the bedside lamp and turned it on. Squinting at his surroundings, he saw a plush bedroom with antique eighteenth-­century furniture, hand-­frescoed walls, and a colossal mahogany four-­poster bed.

Where am I?

The jacquard bathrobe hanging on his bedpost bore the monogram Hotel Ritz Paris.

Slowly, the fog began to lift. Sitting up, he gazed tiredly into the full-­length mirror across the room. The man staring back at him was a stranger—­tousled and weary, his usually sharp blue eyes hazy and drawn. A dark stubble was shrouding his strong jaw, and around his temples the gray highlights were advancing, making their way deeper into his thicket of coarse black hair.

He picked up the receiver. “Hello?”

“Monsieur Langdon?” a man’s voice said. “I hope I have not interrupted you?”

Dazed, Langdon looked at the bedside clock. It was 12:32 a.m. He had been asleep only an hour; he felt like the dead.

“This is the concierge, monsieur. I apologize for this intrusion, but you have a visitor. He insists it is urgent.”

Langdon still felt fuzzy. A visitor? His eyes focused on a crumpled flyer on his bedside table.

The American University of Paris

proudly presents

an evening with robert langdon

professor of religious symbology,

harvard university, usa

Langdon groaned. His books on religious paintings and symbols had made him a reluctant celebrity in the art world, and tonight’s lecture—­a slide show about pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral—­had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience. Most likely, some religious scholar had trailed him home to pick a fight.

“I’m sorry,” Langdon said, “but I’m very tired and—­”

“Mais, monsieur,” the concierge pressed, lowering his voice to an urgent whisper. “Your guest is an important man. He is even now en route to your room.”

Langdon was wide awake now. “You sent someone to my room?”

“I apologize, monsieur, but a man like this . . . I cannot presume the authority to stop him.”

“Who exactly is he?”

But the concierge was gone.

Almost immediately, a heavy fist pounded on Lang­don’s door.

Langdon slid off the bed, feeling his toes sink deep into the carpet. He donned the hotel bathrobe and moved toward the door. “Who is it?”

“Mr. Langdon? I need to speak with you.” The man’s English was accented—­a sharp, authoritative bark. “My name is Lieutenant Jérôme Collet. Direction Centrale Police Judiciaire.”

Langdon paused. The Judicial Police? Why would the DCPJ, roughly equivalent to the FBI, be coming to see him?

Leaving the security chain in place, he opened the door a few inches. The face staring back at him was thin and washed out. The man was lean, dressed in a blue uniform.

“May I come in?” the agent asked.

Langdon hesitated, feeling uncertain. “What is this all about?”

“My capitaine requires your expertise in a private matter.”

“Now?” Langdon managed. “It’s after midnight.”

“Am I correct that you were scheduled to meet with the curator of the Louvre this evening?”

Langdon felt a sudden surge of uneasiness. He and the revered curator Jacques Saunière had made an appointment to meet for drinks after the lecture—­but Saunière had never shown up. “Yes. How did you know that?”

“We found your name in his daily planner.”

“I trust nothing is wrong?”

The agent gave a dire sigh and slid a Polaroid snapshot through the narrow opening in the door.

When Langdon saw the photo, his entire body went rigid.

“This photo was taken less than an hour ago. Inside the Louvre.”

As Langdon stared at the bizarre image, his initial revulsion and shock gave way to an upwelling of anger.

“We hoped that you might help us with what has happened, considering your knowledge of symbology and your plans to meet Saunière.”

Langdon’s horror was now laced with fear. “This symbol here,” he began, “and the way his body is so oddly . . .”

“Positioned?” the agent offered.

Langdon nodded, feeling a chill as he looked up. “I can’t imagine who could do this to someone.”

The agent’s face was grim. “You don’t understand, Mr. Langdon. What you see in this photograph . . .” He paused. “Monsieur Saunière did that to himself.”

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Poor understanding of Christianity
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020
I tried to read this novel in a way I could enjoy a puzzle and it received 2 stars for this aspect. However it lost my 3 additional stars for the woeful degree of research that went into some of his writing he claims as fact. When using actual historical events and ideas,... See more
I tried to read this novel in a way I could enjoy a puzzle and it received 2 stars for this aspect. However it lost my 3 additional stars for the woeful degree of research that went into some of his writing he claims as fact. When using actual historical events and ideas, a writer better have his or her facts straight. Mr Brown does not. Gnosticism has nothing whatsoever to do with the thinking that Jesus was merely human. Quite the opposite. Gnostics believed Jesus was more spirit than anything else. Like a ghost who only appeared to take on human form. The idea that Christianity removed females from the limelight is again false. There are a number of instances that Jesus bestowed a special privilege on women, including the woman who broke the jar of perfume and put the perfume on Jesus (Jesus rebuked a disciple in that instance), and when women were the first to the tomb and witness the risen Jesus. The idea that the temple was a place of sexual rites that God condoned is ludicrous. Anything close to that happening is when Israel slid into idolatry. The idea that the gnostic gospels are credible and that the Bible that we have contains myth. If you read Luke and Acts the man who wrote those books claimed it was factual history. The gnostic gospels have been proven over and over again to have been written at least a century or longer after the events portrayed. On the other hand the books we have are shown to have been written within the lifetime of people who witnessed the events portrayed.
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Jesus Christ was born to Mary
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2019
He''s a great author but yikes, as a Christian, I can''t have my savior defiled with misinformation
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As always a great read
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2018
I love the fact that Mr. Brown pulls on our shared global knowledge of certain works of art then expands on those with less widely know artworks that are just as amazing, I spend a good half my time looking at Google images of the works he described. He also does... See more
I love the fact that Mr. Brown pulls on our shared global knowledge of certain works of art then expands on those with less widely know artworks that are just as amazing, I spend a good half my time looking at Google images of the works he described.

He also does what many authors aspire to do, makes the world think, ponder and question what we take for granted as solid fact. As he mentioned specifically in this book, it is the victors who write history, and how many events of all history are either skewed to favor the current ruling parties or completely rewritten to change what was the previous "known" history. This makes me wonder how much truth has been lost over the centuries (too much) and just what the actual truth may be. This book has sparked many a theological discussion as well as getting many people who never were that "into" art, interested in the idea that art is another form of recording our past and how art has been used throughout time to support governments, subvert governments, and tell the story of humanity.

Well worth the read.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
I had such a hard time getting into this maze of suspicions, hearsay and contrived subplots. I got bored with all the unnecessary ramblings about scenery. All that hype about this book. I’m not overly religious and wasn’t offended as a zealot might have been. This was a... See more
I had such a hard time getting into this maze of suspicions, hearsay and contrived subplots. I got bored with all the unnecessary ramblings about scenery. All that hype about this book. I’m not overly religious and wasn’t offended as a zealot might have been. This was a mishmash of different theories that had me bored to tears. At least I can applaud myself for struggling through 3/4 of this book.
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Fanciful tale
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2016
Having put this book off for years because I detest following the crowd, I finally picked it up last week and added it to the virtual books on the nightstand (I.e.Kindle open books.) Instead of the heavy, religious themed read I expected, I found a fanciful tale of secret... See more
Having put this book off for years because I detest following the crowd, I finally picked it up last week and added it to the virtual books on the nightstand (I.e.Kindle open books.) Instead of the heavy, religious themed read I expected, I found a fanciful tale of secret societies, secret codes, and espionage that kept my interest until the end, far longer than I initially expected. In a few years, I no doubt will read it again and let the story flow as it was meant, now that my preconceived prejudices are proven false.
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Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
It is true that the novel is fast-paced to an extent. The plot does zoom from one improbable scenario to another, but at the same time, Robert Langdon spends the first third of the book trying to escape the Louvre. I am not enough of an authority on history or the... See more
It is true that the novel is fast-paced to an extent. The plot does zoom from one improbable scenario to another, but at the same time, Robert Langdon spends the first third of the book trying to escape the Louvre. I am not enough of an authority on history or the conspiracy theories Brown mentions to be able to speak to the accuracy of the novel, but I can say that Brown expects his reader to believe coincidence and leaps of logic that even the worst thriller writers would be embarrassed to attempt to get away with. I actually stopped reading at page 244 which is exactly 50% of the way through, when Langdon wrapped a cryptex in his coat to pass it off as a baby. The story is corny to the nth degree.
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The Book That Got Me To Read Books Again
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2015
It''s been years since this ''The Da Vinci Code'' has been out, and I''m sure everything has been said that needs to be said about it, but I would like to share my own personal story about this book. It was around 2004-2005. I was out of university and working. I was... See more
It''s been years since this ''The Da Vinci Code'' has been out, and I''m sure everything has been said that needs to be said about it, but I would like to share my own personal story about this book.

It was around 2004-2005. I was out of university and working. I was one of those Americans that didn''t pick up a book after college at the time, you know, the majority of them. Maybe it was because there were no good books around, maybe I thought adult novels were too long, whatever it was, I didn''t read. I don''t know how I stumbled upon this book. I believe a lot of people were talking about it, a lot, so I thought, "why not give this one a try?"

It took a couple of weeks to finish as I like to savor every word an author has written. I read it as fast as I could with each chapter ending in some breathless cliffhanger. And like an episode of television, I didn''t want to binge-watch like people do these days; I read a few chapters in each sitting waiting in anticipation for the next day to read more. I don''t want to say anything about the topic of the book as I went in completely blind and ended up wonderfully surprised and immensely enjoyed it, and I would want the same for you. (An aside: I grew up Christian, but ended up being an Atheist). I do think an open mind, and some light background knowledge of Christianity will help in truly enjoying this book.

I''ve never read a book like this, if ever, at the time. It was thrilling, it was well-researched, it made me think this could almost be real. It is the definition of a must-read. That''s all that should be said about this book. But what I would like to say is that this book was the spark that restarted my love for reading that I had as a kid. I read a lot as a kid, but sometimes we are forced to read things, and kids do not like being forced to do things (parents, that''s a lesson for you). The forcing of reading could be a reason I was turned off of books for a few years, but if there was ever a book to get you started again, this is, *the book*.

Now, about Dan Brown''s ability to write, I''ve read what others have said about his writing style, and I don''t agree with them for this book. I wasn''t conscious about it for ''The Da Vinci Code'', but I can see and understand other people''s perspective on it. However, if you''ve read one of his books, you''ve read them all. Dan Brown''s books are like James Bond films, they all follow a formula with similar ingredients, but we still keep watching them because the formula works. I do recommend his other books starring Robert Langdon ('' Angels & Demons '', '' Inferno '', *NOT* '' The Lost Symbol ''—that was a snoozer).

Pick The Da Vinci Code up, borrow it, get the illustrated version (it''s the best version) [see photos], but read this book if you haven''t already. It''s significantly better than the film, and I think you will enjoy it as most of the world has. Recommended!
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he gets another call from the front desk informing him the police are sending someone to take him to the superior officer. And t
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This was a re-read for me. I used to have a hard copy when it first came out. I admire Dan Brown''s ability to spin a gripping tale, making the detailed background come alive. Robert Langdon, a professor from Harvard and world renowned symbologist, is in Paris for a... See more
This was a re-read for me. I used to have a hard copy when it first came out. I admire Dan Brown''s ability to spin a gripping tale, making the detailed background come alive. Robert Langdon, a professor from Harvard and world renowned symbologist, is in Paris for a presentation. Asleep in his hotel suite, he receives a call from the front desk informing him an officer of the French police, is trying to reach him. After putting the officer off, he gets another call from the front desk informing him the police are sending someone to take him to the superior officer. And thus starts a deepening mystery, fraught with clues and intrigue, that takes the reader on a series of twists and turns, and murder after murder. The two protagonists: a secret society and the Roman Catholic Church. What, you who haven''t read the book, nor seen the movie, might say? I say, sit back and get ready for a most different thriller than you''ve ever experienced! Good reading.
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A night lasts a long time in France – nearly 400 pages.
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As an exercise is sheer pretentiousness this book is hard to beat although Dan Brown’s other books (apparently) come close to the mark. The pages are littered with absurdities. Opening the book at random (page 343) we learn that “Q” (German for Quelle after form and...See more
As an exercise is sheer pretentiousness this book is hard to beat although Dan Brown’s other books (apparently) come close to the mark. The pages are littered with absurdities. Opening the book at random (page 343) we learn that “Q” (German for Quelle after form and literary scholars Bultmann and Dibelius) might have been written by Christ Himself. The source common to Matthew and Luke (Q) but not from Mark might have been available as a written document but, like the synoptic gospels, more likely part of the oral tradition. And in the days before mass literacy where is the evidence that a carpenter was literate? Writing was undertaken by scribes whose services were costly – not carpenters. Glancing at the previous page (342) is an example of the excruciating dialogue. Chuckling Teabing: “It was here in France that she gave birth to a daughter. Her name was Sarah.” Dumb Sohpie: “They actually know the child’s name?” (He’s just mentioned the child’s name so why ask?) Chuckling Teabing: “Countless scholars of that era chronicled Mary Magdalene’s days in France, including the birth of Sarah and the subsequent family tree.” Dumb Sohpie: “There exists a family tree of Jesus Christ?” (He’s just said there is a family tree so why ask?) Every page is just as bad but one doesn’t have to get past the first for an inkling of the contents. It states as a fact that the ‘Priory of Sion’ was founded in 1099 when in reality it was founded and dissolved in 1956. Strip away the pretentious nonsense masquerading as something academic and all one is left with is a paper-thin and utterly absurd plot. Lastly, it’s not often that an author uses an adjective ‘sacred’ to describe an adjective ‘feminine’ – something that’s repeated ad nauseam in the book. But there again what grammatical sense can you expect from something coined, not in antiquity, but in the 1970’s for the so-called New Age.
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Louvre curator jacques sauniere is fatally shot one night, with his body posed in the work of leonardo da vinci, the french police call on robert langdon to decode a cryptic message left by sauniere in the final minutes of his life, this starts off a chain of events...See more
Louvre curator jacques sauniere is fatally shot one night, with his body posed in the work of leonardo da vinci, the french police call on robert langdon to decode a cryptic message left by sauniere in the final minutes of his life, this starts off a chain of events involving the search for the holy grail.
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From the 8-page photo insert:

La Pyramide Inversée at the Louvre, from above.

Left: The Madonna of the Rocks by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Right: The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci.

Château Villette.

Rose Line, Saint-Sulpice.

Description

Product Description

Dan Brown’s mega-bestseller is now available for a new generation of readers. This young adult adaptation is the perfect way to get ready for Origin, the latest novel featuring the character Robert Langdon. It will remind fans everywhere why the New York Times calls The Da Vinci Code “blockbuster perfection.” 

Includes over twenty color photos showing important locations, landmarks, and artwork, taking readers from Paris to London and beyond!

      
The greatest conspiracy of the past two thousand years is about to unravel.
 
Robert Langdon, professor of religious symbology at Harvard, is in Paris to give a lecture. At the reception that follows, he is scheduled to meet with a revered curator from the world-famous Louvre museum. But the curator never shows up, and later that night Langdon is awakened by authorities and told that the curator has been found dead. He is then taken to the Louvre—the scene of the crime—where he finds out that baffling clues have been left behind.
 
Thus begins a race against time, as Robert Langdon becomes a suspect and, with the help of French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, must decipher a mystifying trail of clues that the two come to realize have been left specifically for them. If Robert and Sophie cannot solve the puzzle in time, an ancient truth could be lost forever—and they themselves might end up as collateral damage.
 
Praise for the adult edition of The Da Vinci Code
 
“WOW . . . Blockbuster perfection. An exhilaratingly brainy thriller. Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops.”— The New York Times
 
“A new master of smart thrills. A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure.”— People

Review

"Engrossing, prompting quick turns of the page and readings in one sitting. A satisfying adaptation for teens."--Kirkus Reviews Online

About the Author

DAN BROWN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife and is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. Visit him at danbrown.com and follow him at @AuthorDanBrown on Twitter.

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Robert Langdon awoke slowly.

A telephone was ringing in the darkness—­a tinny, un­familiar ring. He fumbled for the bedside lamp and turned it on. Squinting at his surroundings, he saw a plush bedroom with antique eighteenth-­century furniture, hand-­frescoed walls, and a colossal mahogany four-­poster bed.

Where am I?

The jacquard bathrobe hanging on his bedpost bore the monogram Hotel Ritz Paris.

Slowly, the fog began to lift. Sitting up, he gazed tiredly into the full-­length mirror across the room. The man staring back at him was a stranger—­tousled and weary, his usually sharp blue eyes hazy and drawn. A dark stubble was shrouding his strong jaw, and around his temples the gray highlights were advancing, making their way deeper into his thicket of coarse black hair.

He picked up the receiver. “Hello?”

“Monsieur Langdon?” a man’s voice said. “I hope I have not interrupted you?”

Dazed, Langdon looked at the bedside clock. It was 12:32 a.m. He had been asleep only an hour; he felt like the dead.

“This is the concierge, monsieur. I apologize for this intrusion, but you have a visitor. He insists it is urgent.”

Langdon still felt fuzzy. A visitor? His eyes focused on a crumpled flyer on his bedside table.

The American University of Paris

proudly presents

an evening with robert langdon

professor of religious symbology,

harvard university, usa

Langdon groaned. His books on religious paintings and symbols had made him a reluctant celebrity in the art world, and tonight’s lecture—­a slide show about pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral—­had probably ruffled some conservative feathers in the audience. Most likely, some religious scholar had trailed him home to pick a fight.

“I’m sorry,” Langdon said, “but I’m very tired and—­”

“Mais, monsieur,” the concierge pressed, lowering his voice to an urgent whisper. “Your guest is an important man. He is even now en route to your room.”

Langdon was wide awake now. “You sent someone to my room?”

“I apologize, monsieur, but a man like this . . . I cannot presume the authority to stop him.”

“Who exactly is he?”

But the concierge was gone.

Almost immediately, a heavy fist pounded on Lang­don’s door.

Langdon slid off the bed, feeling his toes sink deep into the carpet. He donned the hotel bathrobe and moved toward the door. “Who is it?”

“Mr. Langdon? I need to speak with you.” The man’s English was accented—­a sharp, authoritative bark. “My name is Lieutenant Jérôme Collet. Direction Centrale Police Judiciaire.”

Langdon paused. The Judicial Police? Why would the DCPJ, roughly equivalent to the FBI, be coming to see him?

Leaving the security chain in place, he opened the door a few inches. The face staring back at him was thin and washed out. The man was lean, dressed in a blue uniform.

“May I come in?” the agent asked.

Langdon hesitated, feeling uncertain. “What is this all about?”

“My capitaine requires your expertise in a private matter.”

“Now?” Langdon managed. “It’s after midnight.”

“Am I correct that you were scheduled to meet with the curator of the Louvre this evening?”

Langdon felt a sudden surge of uneasiness. He and the revered curator Jacques Saunière had made an appointment to meet for drinks after the lecture—­but Saunière had never shown up. “Yes. How did you know that?”

“We found your name in his daily planner.”

“I trust nothing is wrong?”

The agent gave a dire sigh and slid a Polaroid snapshot through the narrow opening in the door.

When Langdon saw the photo, his entire body went rigid.

“This photo was taken less than an hour ago. Inside the Louvre.”

As Langdon stared at the bizarre image, his initial revulsion and shock gave way to an upwelling of anger.

“We hoped that you might help us with what has happened, considering your knowledge of symbology and your plans to meet Saunière.”

Langdon’s horror was now laced with fear. “This symbol here,” he began, “and the way his body is so oddly . . .”

“Positioned?” the agent offered.

Langdon nodded, feeling a chill as he looked up. “I can’t imagine who could do this to someone.”

The agent’s face was grim. “You don’t understand, Mr. Langdon. What you see in this photograph . . .” He paused. “Monsieur Saunière did that to himself.”

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