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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dan Brown's New Book

All you Da Vinci Code lovers out there, Dan Brown has announced that his new book Inferno will be coming out on May 14, 2013. It will feature his popular hero from The Da Vinci Code and others, Robert Langdon. The book will be set in Europe and since it is reported to be about Dante, we can only assume it will take place in Florence, Italy. Sounds good, right? If you are now jumping up and down with anticipation, here is a list of some older titles that read similarly.

One of my favorite authors who use to live in Georgia but now lives in Florida is Steve Berry.  Many of his titles have the same feel as Brown's but particularly The Templar Legacy. It features retired government agent/Copenhagen bookstore owner, Cotton Malone. In this title (yes there are other Cotton Malone titles, He tries to assist his ex-boss who was kidnapped and ends up investigating the Knights Templar. Really plot driven and fast paced.

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, 2 Princeton college students, published The Rule of Four in 2004. It was billed as a literary Da Vinci Code but many took exception to that. It is basically a search for the hidden meaning within Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - an Italian early romance. It was suppose to lead them to a fortune but instead leads them into a maze of murder and intrigue.

Kathleen McGowan starts a trilogy focusing on Mary Magdalene and her descendants with The Expected One. A journalist searches for scrolls that she has been told Mary Magdalene hid in the south of France. People have either loved it or hated it. It might have something to do with the religious subject matter but you will have to read it to see what you think.

Kate Mosse wrote Labyrinth which is also the first in a series. The story takes place in 2005 in the Pyrenees as well as 800 years before in southern France. In both tales, a book which contains the secret of the Holy Grail is the focus. Can they keep it safe in both places? Can they find out the secret? Once again, people either loved it or hated it. One wonders when there are such differing opinions what would happen if they spoke to each other in person.

John Case are a husband and wife writing team. They have published 6 novels together. One of them, The Genesis Code, is frequently compared to Dan Brown's work. In this title, a private investigator is told that his sister and his son have been killed when their home burned down. He discovers that they were dead before the fire. In addition, they are not the only mother and son who have been killed. All of them had been patients at a fertility clinic in Italy. The arsonist is a member of a splinter Catholic group called Umbra Domini. Hmmmmmmm. What does that have to do with the murders????  Read it and find out.

Hopefully, these five will give you something to read while you are waiting for Brown's new title.

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