The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is an extremely compelling thriller that offers a look into an alternative view of world history. Paul Michael does anThe Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is an extremely compelling thriller that offers a look into an alternative view of world history. Paul Michael does an excellent job as the reader and offers unique voices to each character that really make you feel you know who they are. Mr Brown offers puzzles, riddles, twists, and turns throughout the novel that keep the reader guessing.
I have read the book by Mr Brown as well, and feel that Mr Michael did an excellent job in the narration and presentation of the book. Since I had already read the book (and seen the movie), parts of the reading I was just ready to skip (like the list of the Grand Masters that has about 30+ names which mean nothing if you are listening - a quick summary of the important names would have been better). Since I already knew the solution to the riddles and puzzles, I was disappointed by the characters lack of knowledge guessing them and how obvious they seem when you know the answer already.
The story presents and alternative view of history and offers the proposition that Mary Magdalene was actually the one that Jesus Christ, who Mr Brown submits as just a person with great charisma, wanted to continue his church. Mr Brown show us the sacred feminine many references to the "Holy Grail" who is revealed to be Mary Magdalene, Jesus' wife. While I found the view somewhat far-fetched, myself a devout Christian, Mr Brown does have an excellent story which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Other books that Mr Brown has written are equally entertaining and offer similar puzzles, riddles, and clues of history and art. While I enjoyed "The Da Vinci Code", in my opinion, its predecessor "Angels and Demons" is by far the better written novel with better action and adventure....more
The Books of Ember is a brilliantly written series by Jeanne DuPrau about the future of mankind.
In The City of Ember, Ms. DuPrau shows what happened aThe Books of Ember is a brilliantly written series by Jeanne DuPrau about the future of mankind.
In The City of Ember, Ms. DuPrau shows what happened after the world was destroyed. A city was build underground to save humanity and a number of people are living there now; however, they have been in the town too long and the city is dying a slow death as it was never meant to last forever. Doon and Lina embark on an adventure to save the town after discovering clues that point them in the right direction. This was a brilliant start to the series as the story is captivating, adventurous, and well planned with clues and puzzles to solve. Book grade: A
In The People of Sparks, the people of the city of Ember no longer live underground, but are now in the town of Sparks above ground and trying to adapt to the new life without the modern conveniences they were used to in Ember. This reminded me of pioneers setting out to build a life in a new an unexplored area. Some of the people above ground have survived and the people of Sparks and the people of Ember must find a way to get along and work together as both have hardships in front of them. Book grade: A-
In The Prophet of Yonwood, the third book of the series which happens before the rest of the series, Ms. DuPrau created a dismal look at our future where the world is at war and disaster looms. Althea Tower has a vision of fire and destruction and then collapses with a fever. The people of the city hail her as a prophet though anyone with common sense could see that disaster was looming as the whole world is at war. The town goes a little over the edge with the doomsday prediction and tries to reform their ways which results in overall chaos for the people. This was the least favorite of the series for me but works very well as a prequel. Book grade: B
In the final novel, The Diamond of Darkhold, the town of Sparks is headed for disaster as the food is never enough, medicine is lacking, and the harsh realities of the world descend on the people. Doon and Lina once again discover a clue that something was left for the people of Ember and they embark on an adventure to discover what it is and the meaning behind it hoping to provide some relief to the struggling people of Sparks. Along the way, they are met with disaster, kidnapping, and a new group of people who have invaded the city of Ember and taken over claiming it for themselves. This book concludes the series brilliantly. Book grade: A
Overall, the series was wonderfully well-written and is very age appropriate with well though out plot, good characterization, and the ability of the author to draw you into the story....more