Daniel Gerhard “Dan” Brown, an American author of thriller fiction, a songwriter, and a pop singer, is best known for his bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. He is a brilliant writer who I think has mastered the art of weaving science, technology, history, ancient mysteries, cryptography, symbols, religion, and conspiracy theories neatly in one fine book. Never had a book combined fiction and facts so seamlessly in a thriller before.
In this article, I am going to tell you why you should read Dan Brown, especially his Langdon series.
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Langdon series remains one of the most captivating thriller series starting from Angels and Demons followed by widely acclaimed The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Inferno respectively. However, these series are not connected and it is alright to kick off with any of these first. Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor and a renowned symbologist, is the protagonist who embarks on his thrilling adventures full of mysteries, symbols, and breathtaking encounters.
The plot of the first book, Angels and Demons, is set in Vatican City and the book revolves around finding a canister containing ‘anti-matter’ that has a destructive potential of a nuclear weapon. As the secrets of murders and of an ancient anti-religious organization Illuminati unfolds, the story takes unfathomable twists and turns. If that is not enough, the book also contains several ambigrams created by John Langdon, a real life typographer. How cool is that!
The Da Vinci Code starts with the death of Louvre curator Jacques Saunière, hence it is not hard to guess that the plot of the story is set in Paris. Robert Langdon embarks on his mysterious adventure while unveiling secret message from Saunière including Fibonacci series, secret Pagan group, secret cryptex and the mystery behind The Holy Grail. It explores an alternative religious history and the possibility of Jesus Christ having been a companion to Mary Magdalene.
In his third book, The Lost Symbol, Professor Langdon unravels Washington’s dark history and ancient wisdom protected by a secret Masonic group. It beautifully ties intricate laces between Science and Ancient Mysteries. It has everything from noetic science, web spiders, high-tech laboratories, CIA, and code breaking to ancient pyramids, secret groups, true wisdom, and George Washington!
Finally Inferno, initially set in Florence, also has its plot in Venice and Istanbul. In this series, Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon finds a small modified version of Botticelli’s Map of Hell that is based on Dante’s Inferno. And hence, the chase begins where he finds himself fighting ‘Bio-terrorism’ that intends to solve the world’s problem of over-population through a plague. You will have to read the book to know how our intellectual hero prevents the Doomsday.
Personally, I enjoyed reading Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code more than The Lost Symbol. However, Brown has made a huge comeback with Inferno, I should say. Just for the record, Digital Fortress is also a real page-turner where I learned more about codes and cryptography than in college.
If you read them, feel free to share your thoughts and insights.