Dan Brown bio, author of Da Vinci Code, Lost Symbol

       

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Dan Brown

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci CodeDan Brown

Born

June 22, 1964

...in Exeter, New Hamp- shire, to Dick Brown, a math teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy, and mother Connie who was a professional musician.

Photo credit Dan Courter

Dan Brown in the Early Years

Instead of being handed presents on birthdays and holidays, young Dan's father gave him clues to treasure hunts which led to the gifts. One wonders if his father got a share of the royalties for The Da Vinci Code, which followed that same model. When he graduated college, Dan knew exactly what he wanted to do. He became a musician. This led to one of his most popular works, Happy Frogs, which sold a few hundred copies but never quite made it onto Billboard's top hits. 

Oddly enough, Angels & Demons began as a collection of songs, which Dan released on CDs during 1994. He then finally got into writing, co-authoring with his wife a humor book titled 187 Men to Avoid: A Guide for Romantically Frustrated Women. If his career had ended there, all his friends and relatives would have been left shaking their heads, wondering what happened to the young guy with all the potential they once knew.

Dan Brown in Recent Years

Then Dan happened to read a thriller by Sidney Sheldon and thought "Hey, I could do this." That led to Digital Fortress in 1998, and he was off and running. Then came Deception Point, followed by Angels & Demons, as a book this time. Of course, it was The Da Vinci Code that propelled him to stardom in 2003. Just a novel? By public demand, the Louvre Museum in Paris had to arrange special Da Vinci Code tours taking visitors to see places and paintings mentioned in the book. 

His next venture, The Lost Symbol, had a difficult time living up to the exceedingly high standard set by his previous book. But his wily imagination can be expected to produce a few more volumes over the years. 

In fact, Dan's new book Inferno is already stirring quite a bit of attention. See the intriguing book review shown here.

Like many other Baby Boomers, his meandering quests in early years seem to have led to a bountiful orchard -- in which he plans to pick all the fruit he can reach.

His current book:

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, new book

Dan Brown's Inferno book

Inferno, Dan Brown's latest novel, brings back Robert Langdon, the hero of The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. It went on sale May 14, 2013.

Meanwhile, the companion book to this novel has recently arrived in bookstores across the USA and Europe. Templar Inferno by noted historian Sanford Holst is an intriguing exploration of the world in which Dan's novel takes place. Many Knights Templar were burned to death and became the inspiration for Dante to write his Inferno in the 1300s, and it changed everything that followed. These are the real-life stories of individual Templars who survived those attacks and were forced to live outside the law. In time they had their revenge on kings and the Vatican for those fallen brothers.

Dan Brown based his novel on Dante's world, and added his own fascinating twists, turns and trail of clues. Here are two good books we recommend.

  

Sworn in Secret                                      Inferno.

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