The Da Vinci Code
As the Da Vinci code by Dan Brown begins, a murder is being committed in the Louvre. Before his gruesome death, one of the last things Jacques Saunière, curator at the Louvre and the last Grand Master of a secret society that dates back to the middle ages, cuts a coded message into his own fleshy torso, which only a handful of people in the world would be able to decipher. Enter Robert Langdon, Harvard University professor of religious iconology.
Robert was supposed to meet with Saunière on the day of his death. The meeting never took place. This raises suspicions in the mind of Jerome Collet, the French police detective in charge of Saunière’s murder investigation. Collet calls Robert and asks him to come to the Louvre to try and interpret the scene. The message once decoded delivers a mysterious key to Sauniere’s estranged granddaughter, Sophie Neveu. Saunière and his predecessors, which include men the likes of Victor Hugo, Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci, have kept a knowledge secret that can alter the history of humankind forever. Sophie, with the help of Robert Langdon, now begin the search for that secret. But they are not alone in the game: a powerful and influential Catholic organization called Opus Dei is ready to use everything within their means to prevent the secret from coming to light.
As Robert Langdon begins to decipher more clues, and he and Sophie head to find out what secret awaits in a security deposit box of a Swiss bank, which the key Sauniere left them opens. Robert begins to piece together the history of the Priory of Sion and the Knights Templar. Robert tells Sophie that the Priory is a secret society whose historical task has been to protect what’s known as the Sangreal, which is normally translated into English as the Holy Grail, and which most suppose is the cup Christ used at the last supper. But what most people don’t know, Robert explains to Sophie, is that Sangreal could also be a code word for royal blood (from the French: Sang Royal, Spanish: Sangre Real) and thus he begins to explain to her his theory on the real story behind the quest for the Holy Grail.
After a near run in with the French authorities, who are also chasing after Robert and Sophie (since Robert is still the main murder suspect in Collet’s mind). Robert and Sophie seek refuge at the French Chateau of Sir Leigh Teabing, a Historian and a friend and colleague of Robert’s. Teabing continues to elaborate on the grail legend, beginning with evidence that the Bible was not taken directly from God, but rather that it was compiled at the council of Nicea by then Roman Emperor Constantine.
The Da Vinci code is an exciting game, where Dan Brown masterfully combines historical facts and fiction, using secret keys, cryptic messages, baffling puzzles, shocking truths, myths, symbols, rituals, mysteries and assumptions in a plot full of unanticipated twists.