Initially, I wanted to do an issue on Philip Roth this month in honor of his winning the Man Booker on the 18th of May. But considering that we are in the middle of our discussion on super successful writers of best selling popular fiction, I have finally decided to do an exclusive issue on Philip Roth once this existing series has been completed. This issue is dedicated to the famous Dan Brown.

Dan Brown

Dan BrownDan Brown (born on 22nd June, 1964) is a US based thriller-fiction writer who is perhaps best known for writing The Da Vinci Code. He decided to try his hand at writing after reading Sydney Sheldon’s The Doomsday Conspiracy, at the age of 29. After 3 unsuccessful attempts at novel writing, Dan Brown finally hit the jackpot with The Da Vinci Code. The Da Vinci Code got included in the New York Times Best Seller List in the very first week of its release in 2003. The popularity of this novel helped push sales of Dan Brown’s other three novels, all of which eventually became best sellers. In 2004, all four of his novels were included in the New York Times Best Seller List in the same week. Subsequently Dan Brown wrote The Lost Symbol in 2009. He has also announced plans of writing 12 novels around his protagonist Robert Langland in future.

So far, two of his novels, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons have been adapted into films. The Da Vinci Code was a highly anticipated film. However, though it grossed fairly good revenues (approximately $750 million worldwide), overall it received poor critical reviews. Angels & Demons also did not receive much critical acclaim. On the other hand, literary critics also have called Brown’s prose style ‘clumsy’. In spite of this, Brown's books continue to enjoy a huge fan following.

Book Review Circle gossip

You must have noticed that symbols, puzzles and codes play an important role in advancing the plot of Dan Brown’s novels. But did you know that he lifts bits of the puzzles and codes directly from his past experiences? You see, as a child Dan Brown used to play puzzle games with his father who was a mathematician. In fact the treasure hunt in chapter 23 of The Da Vinci Code has been directly inspired by Brown’s relationship with his father.
This aspect of Dan’s writing is also the predominant theme of his official website His website has an interesting ‘secrets’ section which has games, puzzles, and bizarre facts among other things, to keep fans glued.

Book Review Circle suggested read:

The Da Vinci Code
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Test your Literary Quotient

See if you know answers to the following
  1. Name Dan Brown’s first 3 novels
  2. Before becoming a writer, Brown tried his hand at another creative art. What was it?
  3. Name the female protagonist of The Da Vinci Code


  1. Digital Fortress(1998), Angels & Demons(2000), Deception Point(2001)
  2. He wanted to be a musician and released various music albums
  3. Sophie Neveu
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