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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of The Da Vinci Code (has it really been *that* long?), Dan Brown has made the eBook versions available FOR FREE, all week (March 17 to March 24). Go grab it now!
Dan Brown's publishers have released the prologue and first chapter of his latest novel in the Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which I've embedded above for your reading pleasure. The book begins with the usual (sometimes controversial) Brownian statement that "all artwork, literature, science and historical references in this novel are real", and mentions a pseudonymous organisation known as 'The Consortium' which will apparently feature in the novel (saying the name has been changed for "considerations of security and privacy".
The book opens by referencing Dante's Inferno and a few of the famous locations in the Italian city of Florence. If you've checked out my primer to the new novel, Inside Dan Brown's Inferno, you should be well aware of the significance and details of each of these - if you don't have it, you can grab the eBook for just $2.99.
Dan Brown's latest book Inferno is due out on the 14th of May, 2013. And as is usual with Mr. Brown, he can't resist having a bit of fun by hiding secrets and codes about the place for those willing enough to seek them out (such as the very intelligent visitors and commenters on this website), well in advance of the book's release. As you can see from the video above, one of those appears to be that the publication date of the book (5.14.13) was chosen for a very specific reason: when flipped/read right to left it gives the first five digits of pi (3.1415).
To learn more about the mysteries, history and locations that Dan Brown will likely be exploring in Inferno, be sure to download a copy of Inside Dan Brown's Inferno from the Kindle store (just $2.99!). Using some of these hidden clues that Dan Brown has left about 'for those with eyes to see', the book is an excellent primer that fills you in on the background information behind Inferno to allow you to enjoy the book to its fullest.
Click on the cover below to go get a copy:
The title of Dan Brown's new book has been revealed after a 'puzzle' was completed by fans just hours after being posted to social media. Brown's code-solving historical investigator Robert Langdon will return in the new novel, Inferno, set to be released on May 14.
The title – Inferno – was revealed soon after the announcement by readers, who had been invited to use social media posts to help expose a digital mosaic. By posting on Facebook, or tweeting using the hashtag #DanBrownToday, readers' profile images were added as tiles in a web graphic, with the title – alluding to Dante's 14th-century poem – becoming clear as more images were added.
"Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said.
"With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm … a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."
"Dan Brown's enthusiasm for puzzles, codes and symbols is a passion shared by his readers," said Suzanne Herz at Brown's US publisher Doubleday, saying that the marketing stunt was intended "to harness that passion and use it as a catalyst to reveal the new title."
The Scotsman reports on the discovery of human remains beneath the central aisle at Rosslyn Chapel:
It could have been a plot twist from The Da Vinci Code when workers unearthed a pile of bones under heavy stone slabs.
No-one knew why the skeletons were there in the central aisle of the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, which according to legend is the last resting place of ancient knights and even older holy relics.
But archaeologists now believe the skeletons were placed there when the chapel was abandoned during the Reformation, in the 17th century, by local people who wanted to bury their relatives on consecrated ground. They lay under the stone for more than three centuries until the slabs were lifted two years ago.
Sorry, Dan, no Jesus or Mary Magdalene!
Seems like everyone's a bit 'Dan Brown-fatigued' - on top of very little news about the best-selling author, the only related news recently comes from Hollywood, where award-winning director Ron Howard has opted out of being behind the camera for the big screen adaptation of The Lost Symbol. Despite taking control of the first two films in the series, Howard will this time only be associated as a producer.
Last year we pointed out the 'amusing coincidence' that award-winning scriptwriter Steven Knight was penning the film adaptation of DB's The Lost Symbol. Now, however, The Hollywood Reporter carries news that Dan Brown himself has now taken over the job of writing the movie script:
Mega-selling mystery author Dan Brown has taken over writing duties on the film adaptation of The Lost Symbol.
Columbia Pictures is developing the film version of Brown's most recent novel, which was published in 2009 and sold more than a million copies in its first day on shelves. In it, Brown's regular protagonist, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, gets mixed up with the Freemasons in Washington, D.C.
...Oscar-nominated Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight first took a run at the Symbol screenplay. Although Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment is once again producing, Howard, who directed the first two Brown adaptations, has not committed to directing Symbol. Nor has star Tom Hanks officially come on board to reprise Langdon.
Seems a risky proposition...is this a sign that TLS is not going to be a big-budget affair, with Hollywood studios not willing to bet on DB's books anymore? That would seem unlikely, given the first two movies have made billions.
In DB's favour though, his books do read much like a movie, so perhaps it won't be too great a leap for him to make.
This week Dan Brown appeared on the Today show, chatting to Matt Lauer about the new illustrated edition of The Lost Symbol and various other topics. At one point Lauer asked him about his appearance at the Italian La Scala opera house, and wondered aloud if that would be in the next book. DB paused, and laughed awkwardly, before saying "Anybody that's seen La Scala knows it is an unbelievable piece of architecture, great amount of history." Very suggestive that this will play a part in the next Langdon novel.
Lauer then wondered whether the next book would take as long as The Lost Symbol did (5 years after DVC), to which DB replied "I have been informed...by my wife, that if this new novel takes as long as The Lost Symbol, my next media appearance will be on The Bachelor."
Here's the full interview:
Good to hear!
One of the Washington D.C. locations used by Dan Brown in The Lost Symbol was the enigmatic Kryptos sculpture at C.I.A. headquarters (actually at Langley, Virginia). Those who have watched this site over the years would know that DB had been planning on using Kryptos in his sequel to The Da Vinci Code since before he even wrote that book - it's a topic that interests him greatly.
Dan is sure then to be intrigued by the news that Kryptos designer James Sanborn has released a clue to help puzzle-solvers decipher the last remaining message hidden 'within' the sculpture, telling the New York Times that six letters from the remaining 97 letters that have yet to be solved — NYPVTT — are the 64th through 69th letters of the final 97 characters, and that they decipher to the word BERLIN:
It’s the first clue Sanborn has revealed in four years, after he corrected a typo in his sculpture in 2006 to keep crypto detectives from being derailed in their search for solutions.
Sanborn told Threat Level last week that he wanted to reveal a clue to mark the 20th anniversary of the sculpture’s dedication at CIA headquarters in 1990. He said it would be a “significant clue” and hinted that it would “globalize” the sculpture. Asked if this meant it would take the sculpture off CIA grounds and out of the United States, he conceded it would.
Code detectives were already at work trying to crack the rest of the solution Saturday afternoon following the new clue revelation. Members of a popular Kryptos Yahoo Group were brainstorming during a 90-minute conference call.
“The ‘Berlin’ clue makes a lot of sense, in historical context of the Berlin Wall coming down that year,” says code cracker Elonka Dunin, a game designer who moderates the Yahoo Group and maintains a comprehensive web site on Kryptos.
To keep up to date with any new discoveries, your best bet is to visit Elonka Dunin's Kryptos webpage. (For the trivia lovers out there, Dan Brown seems to have given an anagrammatic nod to Dunin in the naming of the character 'Nola Kaye' in The Lost Symbol).