Paris. The dead of night. In the Louvre, an aged curator, Jacques Saunière, lies dying at the hands of a masochistic hulking albino who wears a spiked cilice belt around his thigh in constant penance.
Later that same night. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned by the French police to the Louvre. There is a cipher next to the dead, naked body. There is also pretty cryptologist Sophie Neveu. She and Langdon team up to solve the enigmatic riddles surrounding the murder that eventually lead them to clues hidden in the works of the artistic joker par excellence, Leonardo Da Vinci. Amid breath-taking car chases, never-ending riddle-solving, and false friends, Neveu and Langdon race towards a secret that has been hidden for centuries.
The phantasmagoric Priory of Sion; the artist who produced the most enigmatic painting of all time; a curator who bears the name of the protagonist in the Rennes-le-Château mystery; the Opus Dei, aka God´s mafia; a secret whose revelation would shake the Western world to its very foundations; the Sacred Feminine; exciting albeit outdated conspiracy theories; and, last but not least, a predictable love story.
Dan Brown has concocted a novel that draws on every possible element to make a best-seller. We hope that Ron Howard and Tom Hanks - who had already teamed up eleven years ago in "Apollo 13" - will make better use of all these ingredients that make for an exciting adventure. And that they will refrain from passing speculative theory and fantasy off as proven historical fact...