I heard a beefy thump on the front porch which means that my mailman is angry that he had to walk to the front door and that I have another book. I was thrilled to get a copy of Brown’s “Inferno” courtesy of the good folks at Doubleday. I plan to tackle this gem sometime in November.
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
In a move that’s sure to excite fans of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, Columbia Pictures has announced that it will adapt the third book in the series, called The Lost Symbol, and has hired Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things) to do the honors.
Despite the fact that Angels and Demons, the follow-up film to The Da Vinci Code, failed to meet its predecessor’s degree of success ($486 million worldwide as compared to $758 million worldwide), Columbia is chancing that The Lost Symbol will be a healthy entry to the series after watching the book version fly off the shelves last year.
The Lost Symbol will follow Robert Langdon as he works to decode Freemason symbols in Washinton, D.C. No word on whether Tom Hanks will reprise his lead role as Langdon, the guy with a soft spot for female descendants of Christ.
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The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown
(3 and a half stars)
Fortified with iced tea and a bag of potato chips, I plunged into the world of Dan Brown once more. I guess that the first question that pops into your mind would be, “Is The Lost Symbol as good as the Da Vinci Code?” Sadly, I don’t think that it is. Why? Because it is too much like the Da Vinci Code.
In other words, it reads very much like the Da Vinci code. If you are a fan of murder mysteries, you will guess the plot early on. The whole novel gives you a deja vu feeling.
On the plus side, Brown gives us a positive look at Freemasons. I have to admit that I found that to be a pleasant surprise. All to often, the Freemasons have been the whipping boys of popular fiction and to see an accurate depiction of Freemasonry was refreshing.
However; to be totally accurate Mr. Brown could have shown masonic brothers fighting over how much to spend on a coffee maker, but I digress. I think most people will enjoy the book. Having said that, it is not Mr. Brown’s best effort.
Artist Jim Sanborn thought his ‘Kryptos’ cypher at the CIA headquarters would be broken within weeks. But two decades later, it still guards its text. David Usborne reports on a mystery that has frustrated the world’s best crypto-geeks.
For 19 years it has sat beyond the public’s gaze in an inner courtyard on the campus of the Central Intelligence Agency, a not uninteresting sculpture with 865, apparently randomly selected letters perforating a solid scroll of copper. But Kryptos is not merely a sculpture, and artist Jim Sanborn chose its constituent letters in a far from random fashion. They make up a code so complex that even the CIA’s most esteemed cryptologists can’t crack it.
Everyone at the CIA has known this for years. But when a novel called The Da Vinci Code appeared, a whole new crowd of crypto-geeks started paying attention. Today, the puzzle is the object of almost obsessive interest to thousands of amateur code-crackers worldwide. And the object of their obsession begins as follows: ‘EMUFPHZLRFAXYUSDJKZLDKRNSHGNFIVJ’.
via ‘Kryptos’ and Dan Brown: Inside the CIA’s code of secrecy
Dan Brown’s first new novel since The Da Vinci Code was announced yesterday. Inevitably, it involves a global cult and a race against time to unlock a secret formula.
Details of the plot are likely to remain fiercely guarded until much nearer the publication date of September 15, but intrigue centres on whether Brown’s vast and conspiracy-crazed international fanbase can divine any clues about the novel from its title: The Lost Symbol.
The story, a sequel to The Da Vinci Code, unfolds over 12 hours and again features the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. It has taken Brown five years to write but only in the past few days has he settled on a title bland or enigmatic enough to give away none of his new subject matter.
Since The Da Vinci Code was unleashed on a largely unsuspecting world in 2003, Brown’s success has been such that every carefully drip-fed hint of his plans has been cannibalised by fan sites and rival publishers.