The Dan Brown Enigma: The Biography of the World's Greatest Thriller Writer
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The success of his titles Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol has made Dan Brown a household name—but how did he achieve this? This book includes a look at his early years as a musician, teacher, and humorist, and it examines the crucial role that his wife, Blythe Brown, plays in his life and work. It examines his skillful storytelling and extraordinary attention to detail, and reveals how important research is to his books, and how through careful study, he brings to light ancient rites and rituals that are buried deep within the collective subconscious. This combination of Brown's imagination with the secret truths, myths, and legends from a variety of ancient institutions—including the Freemasons and the Catholic Church—are perhaps why his novels are so successful, and, at times, controversial. This insightful look into the world of Dan Brown will enthrall, entertain, and unlock the secrets of one of the world's most exciting and enigmatic writers.
underline where she finds common links, as it helps her piece the big picture together. Our studies into the origins of the Christian movement and the ancient mysteries continue to this day. Our research and Blythe’s note-taking is a continual process.’ While research is crucial for Brown to provide the fact and authenticity he seeks, the other key to creating a realistic feel to the book is ensuring his locations are accurate. One could say that this is Brown’s biggest trademark. Many
Robert Langdon found himself embroiled with the Freemasons and he didn’t have to leave the country. By one minute past midnight the book had sold more than half a million copies in the UK alone, making it the fastest-selling adult fiction book ever, according to The Guardian. In its first two days the book did sell more than a million copies in the UK, Canada and the US, breaking every first-day sales record for adult books. In the UK the Waterstone’s chain reported it was their fastest-selling
Mal’akh, is not hunting for the lost symbol but the lost word, which he believes will give him immortality. Brown neatly ties the circumpunct to the Freemasons when Langdon explains that the ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids were the ancestors of the modern stonemasons and within Masonic symbolism the pyramid and other Egyptian themes are very common. In the book, the circumpunct’s meanings are sometimes varied and often they are spiritual in nature. A circle with a point, for example, is
chaos surrounding The Da Vinci Code distracted him but, Brown said, ‘The real reason The Lost Symbol took so long is that the subject matter behind it – the science behind it, the philosophy behind it – is so complicated and really so mind-blowing that I needed a lot of time to process it and understand it to a point where I could use it in a thriller.’ Like his character Robert Langdon, Brown remained a sceptic while he was writing the book. ‘It took me a long time to get to the point where I
217  See Lisa Rogak’s book, The Man Behind The Da Vinci Code: An Unauthorized Biography, p. 118 citing the broadcast of the National Public Radio, Weekend Edition, 26 April 2003 CHAPTER FIFTEEN  The Matt Lauer Interviews, the Today Show, 15 September 2009  The facts in this paragraph come from Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol breaks records for first week sales, by Michelle Pauli, published on The Guardian web pages 22 September  This quote and the facts in the following