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DaVinci Code Read-Alikes

If you liked Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code, try one of these!  Titles marked with an (*) are in the WHS-LMC.

Author

Title

Description

Date

Barnhardt, Wilton

 

Gospel

Gospel concerns the search for a lost first-century gospel of the Bible, a document that could shake the foundations of Christianity. Wilton Barnhardt's narrative races through three continents, nine countries, and dozens of colorful locales, as two character--shy theological student Lucy Dantan and hard-drinking, disillusioned ex-Jesuit Patrick O'Hanrahan--pursue rumors and clues about the gospel's whereabouts and contents. In the end, what they discover will challenge and forever change the nature of faith.

1993

Benson, Ann

Plague Tales, The

In a near future in which antibiotics have lost their power against microbes, the Black Death threatens to sweep England, and the only answers may lie in the grim superstitions of a dark and distant past.

1998

Berry, Steve

Amber Room, The

An intricately-carved room of glowing light, stolen by the Nazis. It is the subject of legend and scandal, and Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler is determined to track it down before more people die.

2003

Broderick, William

Sixth Lamentation, The

A suspected Nazi war criminal seeks sanctuary in a French monastery. A woman who was once a member of a secret group who smuggled Jewish children to safety is now dying. How are these two people related, and why has the Vatican ordered Father Anselm to investigate?

2003

Brown, Dan
*Angels & Demons
An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. 2003
Brown, Dan
*The DaVinci Code
When French police discover Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon's name hidden in a strange cipher found next to the body of a Louvre museum curator, he becomes their prime suspect for the brutal murder. The only person who believes that Robert is innocent is French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, who helps him escape from the police. While trying to elude capture, the two struggle to unravel the curator's mysterious message, only to find themselves caught between a centuries-old, secret European society and an extremely conservative, controversial branch of the Catholic Church, each of which is determined to possess the curator's secret, even if it means killing Robert and Sophie to get what they want. 2003
Brown, Dan
*Digital Fortress When the NSA’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. 2004

Caldwell, Ian and Dustin Thomason

Rule of the Four

Tom is a senior at Princeton, torn between solitary scholarship and engagement with the world. His father sacrificed his life attempting to decipher the incredible secret of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a rare Renaissance text, and now his brilliant friend, Paul, is on the verge of cracking it himself. Tom resists its pull, but as a half-millennium of history comes to a head in one bloody weekend on campus, he finds himself sucked into its vortex anyway.

2004

Case, John

Genesis Code, The

A woman and her young son are gruesomely murdered. Her brother sets out to find out why. He soon discovers other similar crimes and a conspiracy involving a powerful, secret religious fraternity.

1997

Case, John

Eighth Day, The

Danny Cray thought he could make some quick money, but winds up way over his head when clues in the Vatican library reveal a global conspiracy involving a religious cult and a city lost in the sands of time.

2003

Child, Lincoln

*Utopia

The computerized infrastructure of Utopia, the world's most popular and technologically advanced theme park, is overtaken by mercenaries, and Andrew Warne, the computer engineer who designed the park's robotics, becomes the best chance for its thousands of visitors--including Warne's daughter--to survive.

2003

Crais, Robert

Hostage

An ex-con with delusions of grandeur and his tagalong brother unwittingly team up with a psychopath one wrong word away from meltdown. When their late afternoon joyride turns into a random act of violence, they take a family hostage in the affluent bedroom community of Bristo Camino.

2002

Crombie, Deborah

Finer End, A

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James return in another spellbinding novel of mysteries--one contemporary, one ancient--an investigation that will challenge them personally and professionally as no case ever has.

2002

Eco, Umberto

Foucault's Pendulum

What began as a fanciful game about a secret code devised by the Knights Templar in a plot for world domination turns out to be far more serious - and deadly - than its erudite inventors could have imagined.

1989

Eco, Umberto

Name of the Rose, The

It is the year 1327. Franciscans in an Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, but Brother William of BaskervilleÂ’s investigation is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths.

1994

Forbes, Leslie

Bombay Ice

In this intricate thriller filled with intriguing philosophical, artistic and scientific esoterica, Ros Bengal turns Bollywood upside-down seeking a killer of women.

1998

Fredriksson, Marianne

According to Mary Magdalene

Fredriksson gives a human face to Jesus of Nazareth in this account told by the woman who was his apostle, closest companion, and, yes, bedmate. This Mary Magdalene is a teenaged, yellow-haired, blue-eyed Jewish whore, orphaned as a child when Roman soldiers brutally murdered her family, who meets Jesus walking in the mountains and teaches him carnal love.

1999

George, Margaret

Mary, Called Magdalene

In a vivid re-creation of Mary Magdalene's life story, Margaret George convincingly captures this renowned woman's voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine. Grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, this fascinating historical novel is also, ultimately, "the diary of a soul."

2003

Ghosh, Amitav

Calcutta Chromosome, The

In this rich, complex thriller, Murugan follows his curiosity back in time to uncover the secret conspiracy behind the discovery of mosquitoes' role in the spread of malaria, while the future looks on.

1996

Gifford, Thomas

Assassini

The murder of an activist nun sends her brother, a lawyer, on a deadly quest for her killer, leading to a secret order of assassins that the Catholic Church has deployed for centuries at times of grave threats.

1990

Gilstrap, Nathan

Nathan's Run

A 12-year-old boy goes on the run after being falsely accused of murder. Pursued by police and a hired killer, he breaks into homes, steals cars, a gun--politely leaving notes of apology--and regularly calls a radio show to defend himself.

1996

Grossman, Lev

Codex, The

Investment banker Edward Wozny's life begins to seem more and more like a computer game as he is drawn into an shadowy labyrinth in search of a mythic medieval manuscript.

2004

Harris, Robert

Enigma

During World War II, a troubled mathematical genius is called upon to help decipher the German’s sophisticated code, Enigma. Somewhere lurks a spy who is tipping off the enemy.

1995

Jecks, Michael

Last Templar, The

Summary currently unavailable.

1996

Jensen, Jane

*Dante's Equation

Rabbi Aharon Handalman has uncovered a man's name, hidden in the Bible, and begins an investigations, which leads him to what may be the most important lost work in human history.

2003

Kazantzakis, Nikos

Last Temptation of Christ, The

Summary currently unavailable.

1996

Kerr, Philip

Dark Matter: the private life of Sir Isaac Newton

Long before Sherlock Holmes, Sir Isaac Newton focuses his exceptional intellect on a series of bizarre murders, ferreting out a murky plot to undermine the coin of the realm, and overpower the British throne.

 2002

King, Laurie

*Letter of Mary, A

Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, track a murderer of a female archaeologist who has brought them a papyrus which may be a letter from Mary of Magdala.

1996

Kinstler, Clysta

Moon Under Her Feet, The

Narrative weaving the biblical account of Mary and Jesus, the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris, and the Sumerian story of Inanna and Dumuzi to create an exotic tale of a strong, sensual woman.

1991

Kleier, Glenn

Last Day, The

It's New Year's Eve, 1999. The planet is rocked by a staggering geological event--followed by reports of the appearance of a woman with extraordinary powers. Sensing the story of a lifetime, television correspondent John Feldman embarks on a dangerous quest to find out who or what she is. As the woman begins to connect to the millions who flock to her, the world erupts in dangerous ideological conflict, and Feldman must learn the truth--before it's too late.

1997

Koontz, Dean

From the Corner of His Eye

Koontz's latest spellbinder chronicles the lives of three unique individuals. Bartholomew Lampion, born under miraculous yet tragic circumstances, has the most unusual and mesmerizing eyes ever seen. As he grows, he begins to exhibit abilities that defy physics. Angel, born in another city at the same time as Bartholomew, is also a miracle child; as she grows, she demonstrates the ability to see the world as it really exists. At the time of their births, ruthless and cunning Junior dreams that someone named Bartholomew will lead to his downfall. While attempting to find the nemesis he knows only by name, Junior is relentlessly pursued by a police detective.

2000

Koontz, Dean

*Watchers

Nora and Travis must become violent to protect themselves from a horrendous evil.

1987

Long, Jeff

Descent, The

A vast cavern discovered high in the Himalayas turns out to be the gateway to a subterranean world known through the ages as Hell, and a nun and a commando retrace Dante's steps in search of Satan himself.

1999

Ludlum, Robert

Gemini Contenders

A clandestine order of monks desperately hide a mysterious vault high in the Italian Alps to save it from the Nazis. The manuscripts inside, concealed for centuries, could destroy the Christian world.

1997

Mawer, Simon

Gospel of Judas, The

Father Leo Newman, an earnest biblical scholar who has spent his life decoding the dusty detritus of the past, comes across a 1st century papyrus that threatens to undermine his own faith, and shock the world.

2001

Meier, Paul D.

Secret Code, The

A new prophetic thriller based on the idea that there is a secret code in the Bible that pinpoints crucial dates and events.

1999

Monteleone, Thomas

Eyes of the Virgin, The

The Vatican sends out its best hit man to retrieve a shard of stained glass depicting the Madonna's gaze and imparting a miraculous secret, now fallen into the malevolent hands of an occult cabal.

2002

Monteleone, Thomas F.

Night of the Broken Souls, The

After Manhattan psychiatrist J. Michael Keating rescues a suicidal young woman wielding a gun, he discovers that she is part of a puzzling phenomenon. Average citizens all over the world have begun suffering blackouts and vivid nightmares of death at Nazi extermination camps such as Auschwitz and Treblinka. When Keating and his assistant-turned-lover Pamela connect with Rabbi Irwin Klingerman, who has amassed research on the unusual memories, the three plan a symposium for the "reincarnated." An eerie similarity permeates everyone's memories: a sadistic, ghoulish man known only as Der kleine Engel. At the symposium in New York City, the group faces recycled horror as evil personified erupts and seeks a showdown with Good.

2000

Monteleone, Thomas F.

Blood of the Lamb, The

A Jesuit priest begins to manifest supernatural powers of healing and destruction, becoming the target of a Vatican investigation as he uncovers the secret of his true identity. Monteleone alternates between a novel of dark conspiracies and a satire of evangelical movements in this uneven horror fantasy that will, nevertheless, appeal to fans of The Omen.

1999

Neville, Katherine

Eight, The

A computer expert gets caught up in a search for a legendary chess set once owned by Charlemagne. The chess service, buried for 1000 years in a French abbey, supplies the key to a magic formula tied to numerology, alchemy, the Druids, Freemasonry, and cosmic powers.

1989

O'Connell, Carol

Judas Child

When two remarkable fifth-grade girls, Gwen Hubble, the beautiful daughter of the lieutenant governor, and Sadie Green, an imaginative and plucky child obsessed with horror comics and movies, are kidnapped from the St. Ursula's Academy, two adults afflicted by their own tragedies are drawn into the investigation. Forensic psychologist Ali Cray and Policeman Rouge Kendall.

1998

Palliser, Charles

Quincunx, The

Plots hide within plots, and secrets have their own secrets, in this vast, atmospheric Victorian labyrinth of a novel which revolves around a will, a codicil, and a heraldic figure.

1989

Pearl, Matthew

*Dante Club, The

In this richly-detailed, diabolical shocker, a trio of great American authors searches for a scholarly serial killer creating his own grisly interpretation of the Inferno in the streets of 19th Century Boston.

2003

Pears, Iain

Dream of Scipio, The

Three men separated by centuries, each searching for the grace and wisdom hidden within an esoteric teaching, each facing the perplexing cataclysms of their age: barbarian conquest, black death, and global war.

2002

Perdue, Lewis

Daughter of God

Evidence of a female messiah executed by the Church in the fourth century is discovered by a young art expert among art works stolen by the Nazis. This long-kept secret threatens modern religion and world political stability.

2000

Perez-Reverte, Arturo

*Flanders Panel, The

An art-restoration expert discovers a strange inscription beneath layers of paint on a 15th century Flemish painting depicting a chess game. As she searches for an answer to the riddle of the painting, she uncovers a dangerous contemporary mystery.

1994

Perez-Reverte, Arturo *Seville Communion, The
When a computer hacker penetrates Vatican security to send an urgent, anonymous plea to the pope, Father Lorenzo Quart of the church's Institute of External Affairs, a sort of Vatican CIA, is dispatched to investigate. 1998
Perez-Reverte, Arturo *Club Dumas
Lucas Corso, a book dectective/mercenary, is hired to authenticate part of the original manuscript of Alexander Dumas's Three Muskateers, but is drawn into a much more involved plot.
1996
Perez-Reverte, Arturo *Fencing Master, The
Don Jaime is a fencing master in 1868 Madrid and a man of honor, an anachronism. He is approached one day by a beautiful and mysterious woman who asks the maestro to teach her the unstoppable thrust. Even though her weapons of charm and elegance are formidable, Don Jaime declines. But soon he finds himself involved in a plot that includes seduction, politics, secret documents, and murder. 1999

Powlik, James

*Meltdown

Oceanographer Dr. Carol Harmon calls upon her ex-husband and colleague Brock Garner for help when her research team discovers a deadly radiation leak beneath the Arctic ice that threatens the entire world.

2000

Preston, Douglas (see also: Lincoln Child)

*Codex, The

In this archaeological thriller, a hippie, a veterinarian and a professor search for the hidden tomb where lies the ancient wisdom and treasure of the Mayas. Also try 'The Relic' and 'Reliquary.'

2004

Quinn, Daniel

Story of B, The

Father Jared Osborne--bound by a centuries-old mandate held by his order to know before all others that the Antichrist is among us--is sent to Europe on a mission to find a peripatetic preacher whose radical message is attracting a growing circle of followers.

1997

Rabb, Jonathan

Book of Q

When a monk friend asks him to keep safe an ancient scroll unearthed in an old church, a young priest uncovers a sixth-century conspiracy that threatens to re-awaken in the present.

2001

Rabb, Jonathan

Overseer, The

At the center of this book is a political treatise rumored to outline a plan for world domination. Written by a 16th-century monk named Eisenreich, this manuscript was so explosive that the Pope supposedly had Eisenreich killed in order to suppress it. But the work...somehow survived, and it has fallen into the hands of a ruthless group who plan to use it to subject the world to their control..

1999

Sapir, Richard

Body, The

Summary currently unavailable.

1983

Sheldon, Sydney

If Tomorrow Comes

Tracy Whitney is the lovely, idealistic computer technician who becomes an international adventurer

1983

Silbert, Leslie

Intelligencer, The

On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service.

2004

Silva, Daniel

Confessor

An academic working on an exposé about the Vatican's collaboration with the Nazis has been assassinated. Mossad agent Gabriel Allon suspects that the gunman was working for a secret Vatican society known as Crux Vera, and he embarks on a dangerous journey that reveals long-buried secrets.

2003

Stephenson, Neal

Cryptonomicon

The descendent of a World War II code breaker tries to track down the secrets of the Third Reich's cryptographers--secrets that may liberate or ruin the cybertech world of the present day. He uncovers evidence of a long-dormant, top secret conspiracy.

1999

Stevenson, Jane

London Bridges

In this delightfully roundabout yarn, a scheming lawyer and an erudite gay professor of antiquities find themselves at odds over old Greek treasures that may or may not be lying in wait somewhere in London.

2001

Walker, Mary Willis

Under the Beetle's Cellar

Trapped underground for a ritualistic 50 days of cleansing are a busload of 11 elementary-school students and their Vietnam-vet bus driver. Kidnapped by Samuel Mordecai, a religious fanatic, the group slowly realizes that without a rescue attempt by the FBI, their demise will mark the beginning of Mordecai's prophesied apocalypse. Because he once found amateur detective Molly Cone to be a fair journalist, he requests that she interview him again.

1996

Wall, Alan

School of Night, The

Editor Sean Tallow steals two Elizabethan-era tomes from a university library. In the enciphered Hariot Notebooks, as they are called, he hopes to find reference to the enigmatic School of Night, a group of Elizabethan intellectuals possibly including the real author of Shakespeare’s plays.

2002

West, Cameron

*Medici Dagger, The

Everyone had thought the secret was lost to the flames, but now daredevil Reb Barnett races against the clock and some nasty arms dealers to find a weapon that cannot be broken, forged by Leonardo Da Vinci.

2001

West, Morris L.

Eminence

An Argentinean cleric, tortured in the 1970s is rescued and brought to Rome. A generation later, having rising within the hierarchy, a candidate for the papacy himself, he must confront his past.

1998

Wood, Barbara

Prophetess, The

Six ancient scrolls found in the Sinai desert profoundly challenge the patriarchal order of the Catholic church, and suggest the existence of a seventh scroll containing the secret to eternal life.

1996

Wood, Barbara

Magdalene Scrolls, The

Summary currently unavailable.

1979

Zimler, Richard

Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, The

In this intensely atmospheric mystery set in 16th century Portugal, Berekiah Zarco searches the mysteries of scripture and streets ablaze with anti-Semitic fervor, seeking justice for his slain uncle Abraham.

1998



 
 
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