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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
9:36 PM

Paris, in the darkness, the police are on the hunt. Our two heroes are desperately trying to escape:

When Langdon reached the exit of the park, he swallowed his machismo and jammed on the brakes. "You"d better drive."

Sophie looked relieved as she jumped behind the wheel. Within seconds, she had the car humming smoothly westward along Alle de Longchamp..."Which way is Rue Haxo?" Langdon asked, watching Sophie edge the speedometer over a hundred kilometers an hour.

A hundred kilometers an hour? My God! That's more than sixty miles per hour!

I'm reading The Da Vinci Code, a monster best-selling novel causing a great gnashing of teeth in some Catholic circles for its mixture of fact (most prepositions as well as some nouns) and fiction (the other 400 pages). The problem is that readers and in all likelihood author Dan Brown himself cannot tell the difference between the two.

So when a reader says "this has completely altered my view of the Church," it's like reciting "The Cow Jumped Over The Moon" to your daughter, who replies, "Daddy, that completely alters my conception of space travel!"

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