Mr van Noordwyck’s summer reading

We asked all members of staff to tell us what they had been reading during their summer holidays and received some really interesting replies.  Here is Mr van Noordwyck’s selection:

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

In this prequel to “The Da Vinci Code”, Mr. Langdon attempts to discover the  killer of a prominent physicist who was looking to prove that science and religion are intermingled. He crosses paths with the Vatican, along with the Swiss Guard, but the most surprising and unexpected twist occurs at the end, when the real murderer is discovered….

Deception Point by Dan Brown

Rachel Sexton, a gister (data summarizer) for the National      Reconnaissance Office, gets an unexpected meeting with the  President of the United States.

Before she knows it, she is up at the North Pole, examining one of  the greatest finds in the history of mankind. NASA found a  meteorite containing life from outer space! This meteorite could win the election for current President Herney, because his adversary, Senator Sexton, is a popular critic of NASA…

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

When the National Security Agency’s invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power.  NielsenBookDataOnline


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-  night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly    curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the  museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of  baffling codes. As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist,  Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they  are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo  Da Vinci – and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever…   NielsenBookDataOnline

Mr Van Noordwyck is working his way through Dan Brown’s series of books and is just finishing The Lost Symbol. Watch this space for when he’s completed the saga…

The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)

The Lost Symbol is the third in Dan Brown’s series about the symbologist Robert Langdon, here follows a synopsis:

“WHAT WAS LOST WILL BE FOUND…Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned at the last minute to deliver an evening lecture in the Capitol Building. Within moments of his arrival, however, a disturbing object – gruesomely encoded with five symbols – is discovered at the epicentre of the Rotunda. It is, he recognises, an ancient invitation, meant to beckon its recipient towards a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. When Langdon’s revered mentor, Peter Solomon – philanthropist and prominent mason – is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend’s life is to accept this mysterious summons and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon finds himself quickly swept behind the facade of America’s most historic city into the unseen chambers, temples and tunnels which exist there. All that was familiar is transformed into a shadowy, clandestine world of an artfully concealed past in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth. A brilliantly composed tapestry of veiled histories, arcane icons and enigmatic codes, The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced thriller that offers surprises at every turn. For, as Robert Langdon will discover, there is nothing more extraordinary or shocking than the secret which hides in plain sight…”    Nielsen Book Data Online

Mrs Bailey from Kings Campus has this to say:

“This is the 3rd novel of Robert Langdon series. Easy reading, not as good as the other novels. 2 stars.”

What do you think?  How does it compare with the first two?  Please write reviews of these as well and send them in, together with your thoughts of the films…