The Da Vinci Code

By Dan Brown,

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Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes.

As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to…

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10 authors picked The Da Vinci Code as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

When a book opens a whole new perspective, and turns your world upside down, that’s a great work. Such is the case with The Da Vinci Code for me.

When any work of fiction can make such a compelling argument in a fast-paced thriller format, it is truly masterful. So much of my writing style I can attribute to Dan Brown, who may go down as one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.

Revelations about the Holy Grail is a truly big idea. I love fascinating facts, so that this was written by a teacher is evident in the way the story unfolds.

We learn surprising information (or theories written as fact about Christianity) interwoven into this tale which makes it riveting. Also, we’re energised by the fast pace, delighted by the treasure hunt, and caught up in the Q&As that unfold as we learn what the Grail actually is and what it means. 

The mini-lectures woven in add an extra dimension to a story that makes it meaty, nourishing us with knowledge…

What's a Dan Brown thriller doing on my list of recommended "scary" books?

I believe that scary doesn't have to mean supernatural, horror, or gore. A scary story is a tale that disturbs you, where each turn of the page brings a sense of impending doom or dread and fills you with unease. Brown's classic thriller also contains some epic world-building.

Most of all, Langdon and Neveu are constantly looking over their shoulder, desperately trying to stay one step ahead as they try to solve the puzzle. That's what injects a scare factor into this story. Brown brilliantly weaves the…

The Blighted Mission

By E. Chris Ambrose,

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E. Chris Ambrose Author Of The Mongol's Coffin

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Who am I?

As an art school drop-out who'd been majoring in sculpture, I'm fascinated by material culture—artifacts created by early peoples that reveal their cultural values. Often, the relics and sites that engage both archaeologists and readers suggest unexpected depths of knowledge that show human ingenuity through the ages. I strive to incorporate the details of an artifact or monument's creation into the clues and descriptions in my work, hopefully illuminating a little-known historical realm, if only by torchlight as the adventure unfolds. The fact that I get to explore so many exotic locations, in research if not in person, is a definite plus!

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What is my book about?

Disgraced British anthropologist Nigel Rowe hopes his YouTube adventure channel will be just the treat to redeem him, but vengeful treasure hunters have other plans! Seeking a legendary Jesuit mission in Baja, Nigel saves his producer’s life when the man takes a bullet meant for him. 

When an ex-Marine strolls up for a bodyguard interview, and dresses him down for his lax security, she might be precisely what he needs, or the last face he'll ever see. They plunge into the desert in search of fame, fortune and viral footage. Will he survive long enough to work out who's after him or meet a sticky end in the mountains of Mexico? All he can hope is that his new partner's doesn’t pull the trigger herself.

The Blighted Mission

By E. Chris Ambrose,

What is this book about?

A disgraced British anthropologist hopes his YouTube adventure channel will redeem him, but vengeful treasure hunters have other plans.

From the author of the internationally best-selling Bone Guard archaeological adventures!

On the trail of a legendary Jesuit mission in Baja—and the treasure it may contain—Nigel Rowe leaps into action to save the life of his producer when the man takes a bullet meant for Nigel. Alas, the list of those who might wish him dead spans the globe and ranges from American treasure hunters to Russian mobsters to his own dear brother, with their mother's consent if not her explicit…


No one does it better than Brown at weaving a tale as complex and perplexing as the symbols, puzzles, and labyrinths within the story.

His reluctant hero, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon must combat a hidden threat while trying to decrypt clues left by Da Vinci in his various paintings and monographs. The story features a secret society—the Priory of Sion.

This ancient society, whose members reach back to Da Vinci, is protecting a historical secret that stretches back to the time of Christ. Can Langdon and co-protagonist Sophie Neveu crack the ‘code’ and stop their deadly competition before the authorities…

This best seller needs no introduction for most readers, and despite lacking originality and containing a number of inaccuracies masquerading as facts, is included on my list because Brown excels in several ways as a writer that I admire very much; he evokes settings really well, paints characters like protagonist Robert Langdon superbly, and is a master of the page-turner. You simply have to keep on reading a Dan Brown novel, you can’t put it down. I’m also including The Da Vinci Code here because there is some commonality between its plot and that of my latest novel, although…

The Da Vinci Code is a truly remarkable tale. Brown's unrivaled imagination is in full force in this thriller that begins in Paris. The main character, Robert Langdon, is thrust into a whirlwind of intrigue and danger surrounding an ancient society that takes extraordinary actions to protect its secrets. I enjoy a detailed story that pushes the reader to follow every minute detail to help Langdon solve the puzzle confronting him and the other main characters. The Da Vinci Code is brilliantly conceived and highly entertaining. I hope that you find it as riveting and fun as I do. You…

I loved this book because it made me think. What if everything we were conditioned to believe is a lie? How many historical facts have we lost, or how many are being deliberately kept from us?

I really love the way Dan Brown blurs the line between historical facts and myth while inserting plenty of drama and mystery. I’ve always appreciated art, but this book definitely showed me a new way of looking at and interpreting paintings and sculptures. Are there really hidden meanings in art? Hmmm…

This book tells a great adventure of Professor Langdon. In his search of the mysterious Da Vinci Code, I’ve learned that the dark side of fantasy and reality mixed in this story. And I always like the story that has the touch of mystical. Also, this story has its rational perspective when compared to reality. That was why this book got pretty phenomenal back then. 😊

The Da Vinci Code taught me that you can open a book with pure action without knowing who the characters really are or what the situation is. An old man gets murdered in the Louvre. Why? The police suspect Dr. Langdon. Why? Another detective is secretly trying to help him. Why? These unanswered questions coupled with the intense action of escape and pursuit leave the reader breathless. When I first read this, I devoured half in the book in one sitting. I couldn’t get enough. This action without initial explanation influenced the openings of all of my books.

This one may be a bit of a cliché as far as thrillers go these days, but it’s one of the first thrillers I ever read, and Dan Brown has remained with me ever since. His prose may be lacking, but his plotting, characterization, and cliffhangers are next level! This is the perfect book for a cross-Atlantic flight or a lazy day at the beach!

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