Back in June, I finally got round to reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, which is the second thrilling Robert Langdon adventure but I somehow managed to skip reading it and read all the other books first.
The Da Vinci Code re-unites us with Brown’s well loved protagonist Robert Langdon, a symbolist professor at Harvard University, who is in Paris to give a talk after his famous escapade in Vatican City. Now Robert has unwittingly been drawn in as a suspect for the murder of Jacques Saunière, the elderly curator, who was found in the Louvre with his body covered in baffling symbols. Robert is forced to go on the run with the help of police cryptologist, Sophie Neveu. Together they need to decipher the baffling riddles and follow the hidden clues within Leonardo da Vinci’s work to uncover dangerous secrets and find the true killer.
Robert Langdon has appeared in three of Brown’s others novels; Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol and Inferno. Robert is in his forties, intelligent, cultured and let’s face it rather geeky; for which I love him. In the film adaptations Tom Hanks plays Robert and while I think Hanks is not quite tall enough he does suit the character very well – I must admit when reading the books now I picture him. For this adventure Robert is joined by the young, beautiful and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, who just so happens to be the estranged granddaughter of the murder victim, Jacques Saunière. I really liked Sophie and she brings her own mystery to the story too.
I have read three of Brown’s previous thrillers led by Robert Langdon; Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol and Inferno. All have been gripping thrillers although the American setting of The Lost Symbol didn’t grab my imagination as much as the Italian settings of Angels and Demons and Inferno. Knowing this you may well have guessed how pleased I was that this novel took us to Paris, the old and beautiful city of love, history, revolution and art. Later in the book, we also got to visit historical sites in London and Scotland – so not only was I gripped but my inner history nerd was happy too.
The Da Vinci Code was another gripping thriller that follows Professor Robert Langdon through the history, art and symbols of Leonardo da Vinci and delves into the secrets of the Priory of Sion. I am now eagerly awaiting the release of the Inferno film adaptation later this year even more. Great read.
Have you read this? Are you a fan of the Langdon thrillers?
10 Books of Summer – 2/10