Title: Running the Amazon
Author: Joe Kane
First published: June 17th 1989
Finished reading: November 29th 2013
Pages: 379 (Read in Spanish: ´El Descenso De Las Amazonas´)
Joe Kane tells his own personal account of the first expedition to navigate the entire river Amazon, the world´s longest river (more or less 6.300 km). Together with eight men and a woman, they try to find the beginning of the river, situated in the cold mountains of southern Peru, in the Colca Canyon. From there part of the group navigates in kayaks, and others go down by foot, since the first part is too dangerous to navigate by anything bigger. Later they join the kayaks in a raft. They encounter various problems and dangers, and only four of them were able to reach their goal: the Atlantic Ocean. A true story and amazing adventure for sure.
Title: The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2)
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
First published: April 2003
Finished reading: November 14th 2013
“Telling someone about what a symbol means is like telling someone how music should make them feel.”
I remember that the first time I picked up The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown as a teenager I actually really enjoyed it. I guess I was less critical back than, because when I found a copy while I was traveling and decided to reread it, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have thought. There is no doubt that The Da Vinci Code is a very entertaining story as long as you don’t think too much of the details. I remember enjoying the mathematical details and explanations throughout the story, although I do have to admit some of it is farfetched. But I guess that Dan Brown wasn’t exactly looking for the next historical correct masterpiece and focused more on the bestseller qualities; with millions of copies sold around the world he sure did a great job reaching a broad public. It’s not a mindblowingly good read, but if you are looking for a fast paced and entertaining read, The Da Vinci Code does fit the description.
A phone call wakes symbologist Robert Langdon in the middle of the night after a lecture in Paris. The curator of the Louvre museum has been murdered and his body was found covered with symbols. The police found evidence supposedly incriminating Langdon, and they start a man hunt when Sophie Neveu, the curator’s granddaughter and cryptologist, forces Langdon to escape. They follow a trail of clues hidden by the curator, grand master of the Priory of Sion, which according to the myth will lead to the Holy Grail. It is a desperate race that will lead the two main characters to cathedrals and castles throughout Europe while they try to uncover the truth… And their enemies are closer than they imagine.
This novel by Dan Brown is without doubt an entertaining read and it shows in the millions of copies that have been sold ever since it was published. It’s not exactly the next literary masterpiece and I felt the story lacked some dept when it comes to character development and plot. Still, if you don’t focus too much on the details I’m sure you will end up enjoying The Da Vinci Code.