Dr. Bill, I was always intending to read the discussion you started on the book, "The Da Vinci Code." Since I have not had time to breathe, much less read fiction books for several years now, I never managed to read the thread, but remembered that you had started it and were curious about others reading the book.
With that in mind, I finally got a chance to read the book (on vacation) and then went in pursuit of more information. In case you are interested, there is a new book out as of April, 2004. It is entitled, "Secrets of the Code (The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The DaVinci Code)" and is edited by Dan Burstein, and published by CDS Books. Burstein is not listed as an "author," because he mainly draws upon historical information and original texts of others throughout history, as well as current interviews with experts. His day job is as a venture capitalist with a firm, and he approaches the book in the same fashion as he approaches looking into financial ventures to see what their history and accuracy of known background information entails.
Well done, IMO. It does not take any religious angle and is not trying to push any agenda, other than presenting what is out there. It dissects the truth (as much as can reasonably be discerned) about issues raised in the book, and is quite well done as far as the type and scope of the issues he covers. He also backs up everything with the source of all of his information, including numerous web links, and encourages people to view the original works and make their own opinions.
I figured you might like this book, if the original novel intrigued you to begin with
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