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Codebreakers rack their brains to solve Dan Brown's new poser
London Times ^ | 1/2/06 | Ben Hoyle

Posted on 01/02/2006 12:55:51 PM PST by wagglebee

The publisher says the clues are already out there — on the cover of The Da Vinci Code
THE ink is not yet dry on the eagerly awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code, but already fans of the publishing phenomenon believe that they have deciphered clues to its plot.

The CIA, the Freemasons, the Mormons and an unfinished pyramid on the US dollar bill are all expected to figure prominently in Dan Brown’s next adventure when it is published this year or early next.

Fevered speculation has been building among the author’s legions of fans since it emerged that hints to The Solomon Key were incorporated into the design of The Da Vinci Code’s American dustjacket.

With worldwide sales of more than 40 million copies, including 4 million in Britain, The Da Vinci Code and its blend of conspiracy theories, shadowy secret societies and thrilling adventure has already spawned an industry of its own.

A film version of the novel, starring Tom Hanks as the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, and Audrey Tautou, who played the title role in Amélie in 2001, as the French cryptographer Sophie Neveu, opens in May.

Bookshops are overflowing with parodies and with works promising to examine the issues raised in The Da Vinci Code. A further spate of books is attempting to pre-empt the subject matter of the sequel. In Secrets of the Widow’s Son, for example, the journalist David Shugarts purports to offer an “explorer’s field guide to understanding the main themes, ideas, symbols and historical issues which author Dan Brown will most likely utilise in The Solomon Key”.

A veteran of The Da Vinci Code industry, he and his team of researchers believe that Mr Brown has chosen Washington as the location for his next novel after setting Robert Langdon’s previous adventures in Paris, London and Rome.

In The Guide to Dan Brown’s The Solomon Key, Greg Taylor suggests that the new book will refer to the Masonic and Utopian views prevalent among the founding fathers of the United States and to the Skull and Bones society, the secret Yale brotherhood to which both candidates in the 2004 US presidential election once belonged. He also highlights conspiracy theories linking the unfinished pyramid on the US dollar bill to the Masons.

Doubleday, Brown’s publisher, has posted a “webquest” on the internet as part of its advance marketing strategy for the new book. The webquest challenges budding codebreakers to unravel a series of puzzles starting with the ciphers and symbols that are “already in your possession”.

The site says: “Disguised on the jacket of The Da Vinci Code, numerous encrypted messages hint at the subject matter of Dan Brown’s next Robert Langdon novel.”

A faint grid reference written in reverse on the cover leads, with an adjustment of one degree, to a sculpture called Kryptos in the courtyard of the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Kryptos is covered in about 1,800 letters of code, much of which is still a mystery despite its location at the workplace of some of the world’s shrewdest cryptographers.

A further clue on the jacket is visible with a magnifying glass. Some of the lettering describing the plot is in bolder type than the rest. When read separately from the other words the letters read: “Is there no help for the widow’s son?” Those words, a Masonic call for help, have been linked to Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known as the Mormons.

He started to say them as he fell to his death from a window after he was shot and fatally wounded by the mob who stormed his prison cell in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844.

Brown is reluctant to betray too many details but he has said that he grew up surrounded by the “Masonic lodges of our fathers” and confirmed that his next novel would be set “within the oldest fraternity in history, the enigmatic brotherhood of the Masons”.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: danbrown; davincicode; masons; moonbattiness; mormons; skullandbones
So now the masons and the Mormons will be blamed for creating Skull and Bones and producing George Bush.
1 posted on 01/02/2006 12:55:53 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

I don't get it. I read the book, and thought it was really stupid.


2 posted on 01/02/2006 12:57:11 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: wagglebee
Oh goody, another book/movie to make people think the Masons are a big evil conspiracy that controls the world...
Dan Brown isn't a bad author as long as you take his writing as the fiction it is.. the problem is too many people take his books seriously.
3 posted on 01/02/2006 12:57:55 PM PST by mnehring (“Anybody who doesn’t appreciate what America has done and President Bush, let them go to hell”...)
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To: wagglebee

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/thedavincicode/


4 posted on 01/02/2006 1:01:10 PM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: mnehrling

Amen to that!


5 posted on 01/02/2006 1:05:01 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (To those who believe the world was safer with Saddam, get treatment for that!)
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To: wagglebee
A film version of the novel, starring Tom Hanks as the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, and Audrey Tautou, who played the title role in Amélie in 2001, as the French cryptographer Sophie Neveu, opens in May.

So now we know when the book will come out.
It probably would have anyway to catch the summer vacation reading surge.

So9

6 posted on 01/02/2006 1:05:44 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: teenyelliott; apackof2; Dashing Dasher

Just too easy......

"You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your..............."


7 posted on 01/02/2006 1:08:20 PM PST by Texas WOP
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To: teenyelliott
I don't get it. I read the book, and thought it was really stupid.

I thought he did a good job of weaving a story around a bunch of conspiracy theories that have been around a long time. It's not fine literature, but fine literature usually doesn't amuse me as much.

8 posted on 01/02/2006 1:10:54 PM PST by cryptical
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To: mnehrling; wagglebee
Brown...confirmed that his next novel would be set “within the oldest fraternity in history, the enigmatic brotherhood of the Masons”.

I'm looking forward to learning the hidden meanings of that obscure ritual activity known to some as "The Kegger".

9 posted on 01/02/2006 1:11:14 PM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: teenyelliott

I got to 100 pages or so and stopped. It was too much - too many coincidences, the protagonists too lucky in their ability to solve mysteries, just basically too unbelievable. You can take the breakneck speed factor and overdo it, which I believe was done in this book.


10 posted on 01/02/2006 1:11:53 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Lizavetta
It was like reading an I Love Lucy episode, only fancier.

"Oh, look, they are going to get caught. Oh, look, they got away. Oh, look, they are going to get caught. Oh,look, . . .

And then the ending: "Hey, let's get together later and have sex."

"Okay."

The End.

Fabulous writing. The stuff of legend. Or at least worthy of making a stupid movie.

11 posted on 01/02/2006 1:15:15 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: wagglebee

42. The answer is 42.

12 posted on 01/02/2006 1:16:56 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: siunevada
I'm looking forward to learning the hidden meanings of that obscure ritual activity known to some as "The Kegger".

It's an ancient practice designed to insure that the regurgitation reflexes function correctly.

13 posted on 01/02/2006 1:17:48 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Tom Clancy for Conspiracy Nuts?


14 posted on 01/02/2006 1:17:57 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: teenyelliott
Hey, has anyone here read The Lost Painting about a missing Carraveggio? I think the author is Jonathan Harr or something like that.
15 posted on 01/02/2006 1:18:56 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: wagglebee
Sounds George Washington related...He was THE BIG MASON in Williamsburg, Va. and their are many references to events he attended as being done in "Masonic Fashion".

There was also a 1750 Fraternity at William and Mary College in Williamsbugh Virginia. The name appears in letters only (FHC) and no one ever has said what the Latin would be. Thomas Jefferson was a member of this "Secret Club".

In the 19th and 20th century, it called the Flat Hat Club. It was specific to friendship, mirth, conviviality, science and charity.

Anyone remember their Latin?? Wanna Guess?

16 posted on 01/02/2006 1:24:41 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: wagglebee

Just a reminder .....Dan Brown ...writer of FICTION.


17 posted on 01/02/2006 1:30:44 PM PST by badpacifist (Schadenfreude)
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To: badpacifist

Fiction it is. I enjoy historical novels but the DaVinci Code doesn't even rate that.


18 posted on 01/02/2006 1:37:32 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: teenyelliott

I thought the same thing about the ending. The story had a great lead up and wove in some interesting history, but the end just fell flat. It was like Dan Brown got tired of writing and just decided to end the book as fast as he could.

I'm surprised that the focus of the next book will be on the Masons considering that "National Treasure" was releasesd not too long ago.


19 posted on 01/02/2006 1:39:52 PM PST by GovGirl (Newsweek lied, people died...can we make that into a t-shirt?)
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To: teenyelliott

I thought it was entertaining.

What I find stupid and borderline scary are the people who somehow think this novel has a basis in reality, kind of like the same people who thought that Oliver Stone's "JFK" was a documentary.


20 posted on 01/02/2006 1:43:37 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Sacajaweau

FHC stands for: "Fosseus Habitus Comenglus" which loosely translates to: "The Skull and Bones Society".

I think.

And Buuuuush is one of those, as is Kaaaarl Roooooove....:)


21 posted on 01/02/2006 1:47:11 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: badpacifist
Just a reminder .....Dan Brown ...writer of FICTION.

According to Dan Brown, his novels are essentially factual dramatizations of real historical events.

22 posted on 01/02/2006 1:48:21 PM PST by frgoff
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To: Sacajaweau

Course, I have to be careful about giving away the secrets over here...there could be a mass run off of a cliff over in DU if I do it correctly!


23 posted on 01/02/2006 1:48:56 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: rlmorel

"...kind of like the same people who thought that Oliver Stone's "JFK" was a documentary." What? It wasn't? What are you trying to say here?


24 posted on 01/02/2006 1:49:17 PM PST by Robwin
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To: teenyelliott
Me think you and Lizavetta should stick to "The lone Ranger" and the "Roadrunner" and leave Dan Brown's writing to us that like good mystery and conspiracy writing.
I got all of Dan Brown's books and will likely buy the next one to
25 posted on 01/02/2006 2:03:41 PM PST by munin ( I support the war on Muslim terror and GWB)
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To: munin
Oh, nice. I think his writing is very boiler plate, so you tell me to read the Roadrunner.

Perhaps I read more than you do, and recognize crap when I see it.

26 posted on 01/02/2006 2:06:22 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Sacajaweau
.....The publisher says the clues are already out there ? on the cover of The Da Vinci Code

Uh,......the 'Table' is really a 'bingo' table.....

27 posted on 01/02/2006 2:07:50 PM PST by maestro
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To: wagglebee
Looks like Brown has just "Fictionalized" The Hiram Key by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas this go-round...how original

Next up will be Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods or maybe he'll re-write The Templar's Secret Island by Henry Lincoln.

This guy has quite a racket going. There is certainly plenty of source material to pull from. Can't wait until he works Oak Island, Rennes-le-Château, Bérenger Saunière, Visigothic treasure troves and maybe even the discovery of the Ark during Timkat in Ethiopia....Should be good for at least ten more volumes, I would think.

28 posted on 01/02/2006 2:20:43 PM PST by Range Rover (Kerry is STILL a Fraud...Rather is the Court Jester)
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To: munin
...and leave Dan Brown's writing to us that like good mystery and conspiracy writing.

You could easily make the case that Brown is a good to excellent storyteller, but he is an atrocious writer. The writing in The Da Vinci Code was so awful, I found myself alternately laughing and weeping as I moved from page to page. Dan Brown is many things, but he is NOT a good writer.

29 posted on 01/02/2006 2:25:48 PM PST by Mordacious
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To: Robwin

LOL!

You want to hear a funny one...my wife and I went to see "Apollo 13" when it came out a few years back...as we were leaving the theater, there was a young couple in front of us, and the young gal turned to the guy and said: "I'm really glad the movie ended like that..."


30 posted on 01/02/2006 2:29:37 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: wagglebee

Okay, I have my DVC right here . . . all it has on the cover is "The Da Vinci Code," "Dan Brown," "Author of Angels & Demons," part of the Mona Lisa's face, and some script that (if I know my Tolkien, and believe y'all me, I do know my Tolkien) looks to be Elvish.


31 posted on 01/02/2006 2:31:32 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: rlmorel

I realize it is fiction but I couldn't get through the book because I thought it was so lame. I wish I had liked his writing.


32 posted on 01/02/2006 2:33:42 PM PST by ruoflaw
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To: teenyelliott
I think his writing is very boiler plate

Calling it boiler plate is kind. It's offal. I'm shuddering just thinking about it.

33 posted on 01/02/2006 2:33:51 PM PST by Mordacious
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To: Mordacious

I agree.


34 posted on 01/02/2006 2:34:39 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Lizavetta

I just ordered it at the library. Was it good?


35 posted on 01/02/2006 2:39:29 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Happy Festivus!)
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To: mnehrling
Dan Brown isn't a bad author as long as you take his writing as the fiction it is.. the problem is too many people take his books seriously.

Dan Brown is a great author, as evidenced by how entertaining his works are and by their success. Only an idiot, who is incapable or unwilling to differentiate between fiction and non-fiction, would "take his books seriously" in any way other than as entertainment.

36 posted on 01/02/2006 3:18:08 PM PST by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (How long do we have to pretend that the vast majority of Democrats are patriots?)
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To: wagglebee

I thought "Angels and Demons" was better than "The Da Vinci Code".

Both books are works of fiction and nothing else.

I still feel better after reading anything that Vince Flynn pens. Mitch Rapp is the man.


37 posted on 01/02/2006 3:24:59 PM PST by old_sage_says (Reading FreeRepublic each day is as normal to me as my "morning constitutional".)
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To: Xenalyte
If you are looking at the script on the "torn" section of the Mona Lisa, it's merely reverse writing in a pleasant longhand. Hold it up to a mirror for legibility.

The DVC is a pleasant airport book. But it should not in any way be taken seriously. Though the author rightfully classifies it as fiction, he unforgivably cited falsehoods as fact.

For example; The so-called Priory of Sion is a huge falsehood presented as fact immediately following the second title page. This "Fact" page claims the Priory of Sion is real. The DVC is built around the Priory of Sion's existence. Yet the Priory of Sion was a latter half 20th Century hoax perpetrated by a forger. He was caught in the act and confessed to such in French court. Any cursory research would have revealed this to Dan Brown.

So, the DVC is a fun read but in no way a source of "light".

Enjoy.
38 posted on 01/02/2006 4:00:24 PM PST by DakotaGator
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To: rlmorel
Well, wouldn't that be interesting if it translated into that. I took four years of Latin but 40 years later, the mind is dim. I'll go to the Library though.

The snitch Mason, Mr. Morgan, is buried in a cemetery near me. Pure politics at that time. Someone once told me that the Masons were attached somehow to the Shriners. Does that make sense?

39 posted on 01/02/2006 4:08:45 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: teenyelliott

I'll wait for the paperback version. Or maybe used at amazon.


40 posted on 01/02/2006 4:55:56 PM PST by printhead
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To: printhead
Seriesly, I wouldn't waste a dime on it.

I love historical fiction, but the underlying story in this one was so unbelievably terrible, it made my teeth break.

41 posted on 01/02/2006 5:04:32 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: teenyelliott

Teeny, I would suggest Umberto Eco's 'Foucault's Pendulum.' Excellent read, on basically the same premise as 'The DaVinci Code,' but so much more plausible and better written (and I did enjoy the DaVinci Code, but had a hard time starting it and accepting the premise that a dying man had enough time and wits to plant the myriad of clues...but I did enjoy it. Weak ending though.)


42 posted on 01/02/2006 5:15:22 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Zuzu's petals are in my pocket...)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Thanks, I'll look it up.

There were little bits in DVC that I found interesting, but on the whole, the story between the man and the woman really had me cringing.

DVC had gotten such rave reviews, and I had heard from so many people what a great book it was, important even (I know know those people are insane).

I was just expecting a great work of art, when in reality it's just a silly little book.

43 posted on 01/02/2006 5:20:05 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: teenyelliott

LOL...yes...early on, when Sophie is described as having auburn hair, I just thought..."pre-casting Julia Roberts?"


44 posted on 01/02/2006 5:39:02 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Zuzu's petals are in my pocket...)
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To: old_sage_says

Yes, Mitch Rapp is truly the man.


45 posted on 01/03/2006 12:33:15 AM PST by NoCurrentFreeperByThatName
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To: wagglebee

LOL, great comment.

BTW, from accounts, Joseph Smith's last words were "Oh Lord, my God."


46 posted on 01/05/2006 10:40:18 PM PST by Utah Girl
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To: teenyelliott

Perhaps I read more than you do, and recognize crap when I see it.

Did pretty well for being a book of crap. Why don't you just say you didn't like it, but others might. Like me. I liked it. Was well written. Kept you hanging, chapter to chapter. Brown sold a whole lot of books, so obviously a large amount of people don't feel like you do. You may not like the anti-Catholic slant, which it has bigtime, but if you ignore his liberal, anti-church bias, the story itself was a good read and a cliff hanger. Will buy the next, and personally I can't stand Dan Brown's politics, but I like his writing abilities.


47 posted on 01/05/2006 11:00:16 PM PST by flaglady47
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To: flaglady47

Could not have said it better myself. I thought that it was a great read and I am looking forward to his next book.


48 posted on 01/05/2006 11:13:05 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Mordacious

Truer words are seldom spoken.


You could easily make the case that Brown is a good to excellent storyteller, but he is an atrocious writer. The writing in The Da Vinci Code was so awful, I found myself alternately laughing and weeping as I moved from page to page. Dan Brown is many things, but he is NOT a good writer.


49 posted on 01/05/2006 11:13:10 PM PST by Paulus
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To: flaglady47

I know different people like different things. I was just being ill tempered to a poster who was being rude to me.


50 posted on 01/06/2006 7:44:19 AM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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