I just finished The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. While I can see how it could be considered controversial if taken as fact; as a fictional piece of work… I really enjoyed it. However, I’ll officially state a disclaimer: I do not believe what the Da Vinci Code is suggesting as truth.
As I mentioned before, I started the book by listening to it on CD during my trip to and from Iowa. Book on CD wouldn’t be my first choice as a way to “read” a book, but in this case, not only did it make the trip much more bearable, but it gave me real accents & pronunciations to names and places that I know I would have merely ‘skimmed’ over in my head.
Once I got back home, I had to head out immediately to the library to pick it up to continue the mystery. Unknowingly, I picked up the Special Illustrated Edition of the book. Great move!
The illustrated edition had photos and diagrams of all the artwork, architecture, buildings, symbols, etc… that the story was referring to. While the book was well written and would have been very understandable and enjoyable without the photos, the images really helped to appreciate the complexity of the storyline that much more.
Great mystery, great ending, intelligent novel.