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Some people have suggested that the movie National Treasure may have delayed the release of Dan Brown's The Solomon Key, considering the similar subject matter. If that was the case, we can only wonder then at the effect of a new book by Brad Meltzer, titled The Book of Fate. Murder plots in Washington D.C., Freemasons, codes from the time of the Founding Fathers...sounds a little familiar doesn't it (if you've read The Guide to The Solomon Key anyhow!).
The Bookseller has reported that the date for Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh's appeal hearing (in regards to the 'Da Vinci copyright case') has been set. Even Baigent and Leigh would have to grin about the date set:
The Court of Appeal has set provisional dates for the re-opening of the Da Vinci Code trial for 16th and 17th January next year. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh--the authors who attempted to sue Random House for breach of copyright after claims that Dan Brown had plagiarised their work, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail--were granted leave to appeal the High Court judgement in July.
As enthusiasts for the Priory of Sion/Rennes le Chateau mystery would know, January 17 is a most auspicious date.
Following in the footsteps of Lewis Perdue, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, is Catholic author Jack Dunn, author of The Vatican Boys:
In the last five months, Dunn has received "several oral and written credible preliminary reports from literary and/or linguistic experts confirming that substantial similarities in many constituent elements" between the two books are present "and would be readily apparent to reasonable lay readers of both books," according to the lawsuit.
At least he's only asking for a small amount as restitution - what's $400 million (say it out loud, it's almost funny)...
The Catholic newspaper The Universe is reporting that 'rebel priest' Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is said to have met with representatives of Dan Brown and Sony Pictures, discussing the possibility of working with Brown on a new novel about exorcisms:
Participants talked about organising a meeting between Archbishop Milingo and Dan Brown at Gatwick in late September or early October, according to the Italian daily, Il Giornale.
In addition his work with Brown on the new novel, Milingo is also reported to have reached an agreement to collaborate with Sony Pictures in the production of a film based on Brown’s earlier novel Angels and Demons.
The Vatican has said that if the story is true, there would be "serious consequences" in store for Milingo, who has previously caused controversy by suggesting there are devil worshippers within the Catholic Church and by becoming married in a 'Moonie' ceremony.
Despite finally slipping down the best-seller charts, Dan Brown appears to remain a favourite with members of the British Parliament. In a survey of which books the pollies are reading, Brown was top of the list, or near top of the list for many of them - despite most of their other books of interest were historical or political 'heavy' reads. Perhaps they're brushing up before the next one heads for Washington, D.C.?
The Bookseller reports that The Da Vinci Code is finally about to slip out of the Top 50 books in the UK, after a reign of more than two years. They also analyse the impact of the book, and how Dan Brown (and J.K. Rowling) have redefined the definition of 'bestseller'.
The Mercury News has a nice little story about the House of the Temple, the headquarters of Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction) in the United States. As I point out in my book, the building is likely to be a location of interest in The Solomon Key for various reasons, not least its stunning architecture. For a good look, head over to Jim Alison's website which hosts plenty of great 'esoteric' images of Washington, D.C.
DVC bogey-men Opus Dei are warding off a new scandal, with the chainsaw murder of a high-profile Italian financier who was a member of the organisation. Interestingly, the victim's remains were found under a bridge, which bears a slight echo of the controversial death of "God's Banker" Roberto Calvi.
The Bookseller is reporting that The Da Vinci Code plagiarism trial is set to re-open at the Court of Appeal in London in early 2007. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh have been granted leave to appeal over the original High Court judgment by Justice Peter Smith, which cleared the Random House Group (and therefore Dan Brown) of the charges of plagiarism of the alternative history book Holy Blood, Holy Grail (by Baigent, Leigh, and Henry Lincoln). The saga continues...
While mentioning Picknett and Prince (see the next most recent news story), make sure you check out Issue 5 of our free PDF magazine Sub Rosa. P&P have an article in the new issue on their latest investigations into the Priory of Sion and the link with the small French village of Rennes-le-Chateau. Certainly food for thought in the wake of all the popular media's debunking of Dan Brown's sources.