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The Da Vinci Legacy

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The Lost Mysteries of Leonardo

The Da Vinci Codex is a priceless collection of Leonardo's original work-- or is it? When Da Vinci scholar Vance Erikson discovers that several of the Codex's pages are forgeries, the search is on for the genuine documents, which may hold startling secrets and revelations.

But Erikson is not the only one seeking the missing pages. He soon finds
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Tor Books (first published 1983)
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David Chess
This would be an obvious ripoff of The Da Vinci Code, except that it was written first. The reader may draw their own conclusion, or for extra fun read the various websites and postings and comment threads and lawsuits real and threatened on the subject, as found in your favorite search engine. Doing that might in fact be more entertaining than either of the books! :)

This is an average airplane-reading potboiler about evil orders of Catholic (or faux Catholic) priests bent on world domination, l
Lewis Perdue
Sep 09, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Not the best of my books. Originally written in 1983 when I was still seeking a style. The current (2003) edition suffers from a badly botched update filled with anachronisms and inconsistencies. It was sloppily edited and hurried by the publisher to take advantage of the Da Vinci Code phenomenon. And while DVC did lift some of my work from this book, it took most heavily from Daughter of God.
Better to read the 1983 edition.
Shawnté Salabert
Ridiculous vacation book #2 😐😐
not so bad
Good book. Many ideas from Perdue's book later show up in Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. While the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail claim he took ideas from their book, I think Perdue had a better case.
Favorite Lewis Perdue book is "Daughter of God", one of the few fictional books that I have read twice.
Susie G
This book was originally published in 1983 then republished in 2004 to capitalize on the Da Vinci Code phenomenon. It may seem rather dated to those not familiar with a world without cell phones, the World Wide Web, etc.

The book is does not contain many details about Da Vinci or his works, so if one is hoping for a lot of Da Vinci - related information, background, or intrigue he/she will be disappointed. However, if one enjoys a story of spies, international intrigue, and action, with a fanatic
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Less like The Da Vinci Code than one is led to believe, but a perfectly decent thriller in its own right. The Da Vinci and Christianity stuff is McGuffin here, rather than meat, but it's still a pretty fun ride.
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May 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
This book was originally released in 1983, then was tweaked for a re-release in 2004 amongst all the DaVinci Code hubbub. However, this book lacks the cultural and historical awe of Brown’s famous novel and a number of others who jumped on the religious conspiracy-theory type novel bandwagon. Purdue tries to fit in too much action and not enough character development or history, leaving DaVinci himself to take a backseat to international politics and economics. Plus, while Purdue tries to update ...more
Oct 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't even finish it. It was so predictable and bland. I zoned out far too many times while reading it and then had no idea where the characters were and why they were doing what they were doing. Also, the characters were all over the place. One minute Vance seems like this shy professor type, the next he seems like an FBI agent, and then the next some bad boy. Suzanne was horrible written. She was clearly the love interest from the start; detesting him, but then asking him out and falling ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel was alright, very much follows the cliche of the hard hero who will always prevail and get what he wants in the end. Not heavily based on Da Vinci. Its based around people wanting to get their hands on some his writings for new ideas of powerful weapons.

A few areas were stretching it a bit far, especially the graveyard in the monastery. Lots of famous people being "disappeared", their deaths faked and being imprisoned there.

Nothing like Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code'
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was obviously a novel written for men by a man. The lead character is ridiculously perfect and impossible, as well as the obviously gorgeous femme fatale who enters the picture. Everything is cliché and over the top, and not in a fun B-action movie type way. I rolled my eyes at so many parts, I think I sprained something. The convoluted conspiracy plot was disappointing, and I'm sorry there wasn't more about Da Vinci in it because that was the only reason I chose this.
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is fast paced, with lots of action and some nice conspiracy touches. My only complaint is the sloppy update in the 2004 edition (the novel was first published in 1983) which has resulted in some weird anachronisms and inconsistencies in time and setting. If you can overlook this (or I suppose if you read the original version), it's a fun, quick read. 4-
This story was originally published in 1984 and reissued about 8 years ago. The author updated the story but probably would have been better off just writing a new book. The protagonist's name on the back cover was Curtis, but in the story it was Vance. The author obviously did a lot of updating. But the story was uneven and I couldn't stand Vance. I finally gave up.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, garage-sale
I had to see how it ended. Not sure how impressed I was. It wasn't horrible but a lot confused me. It had elements I'm always attracted to though: nazis, the C.I.A., the papacy, high speed chases, castles... and then the city I went to high school in and a college there were mentioned even though the author is from Mississippi.

Not sure if I'd recommend to others. But it was good to me.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining enough story that had me still interested to see it through to the end despite some pretty over the top situations. A little bit more belief-suspending was needed than with most thrillers of this type!
Jul 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fun-quick
It was a fast read. Lots of twists and turns. Great summer vacation book. The end started to get completely unrealistic. It's interesting how old this book is but yet the plot continues to be a modern theme.
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No doubt Dan Brown read this book... This book contains the secrets and cover-ups of The Da Vinci Code, and The Da Vinci Code contains some very similar events and themes. Thrilling and very well written.
After Forsyth, McLean and Higgins, thriller novels have to adhere to their standard for me, and this one doesn't. The concept is interesting enough, and it is evident where Dan Brown got his ideas from.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't particularly care for this book because it just seemed to be one big cliché: from the fedora-wearing-Indiana-Jones-type protagonist to token damsel-but-not-really-a-damsel-love-interest to the token stereotypical Dr.No/Dr.Evil-type villain. Boring and unoriginal.
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, mystery
Wasn't a bad book, seemed to jump around quiet quickly. The romance was predictable. I was hopeing she'd double cross him at some point. Some of the ideas in the book were very interesting. The whole collecting people thing, could have been a story all on it's own.
Sean Casey
Entertaining, a little superficial especially in the dialogue, but fun & wide-ranging plot and action. If you like Dan Brown books and conspiracy cracking, chase scene filled stories you'll like this one too, I bet.
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not pretty good, but not realy bad.
Kind of book that combined a fiction, history, and Catholic Naration.
But otherwise, this book give a good action story about Vince, the Mistery Breaker .
Jun 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DaVinci Code fans
Let's face it - it was first, it was better, it was plaigarized! The action was greater, the characters were more developed, and the idea was great.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
An interesting mystery with quite a few unexpected twists and turns.
A good addition to the Da Vinci genre. I think this book came before the Da Vinci Code. I would like to read "The Daughter of God" by Lewis Perdue also. (no I don't read Russian - yet!!)
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
During the Da Vinci Code hype I bought this one too. Read it and toss it aside.
It was entertaining and the story somewhat interesting. I liked it, it ha some good points but predictable.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are no words for how terrible this was.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
Struggled to get through this one. Wanted to like, I really did but it was so unbelievable on SO many levels it was hard to get past the absurdity of it all.
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