Dan Brown, Cryptography, Codes and Symbols

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For lovers of secrets, codes, symbols and conspiracies, books by Dan Brown are ultimate fixtures of excitement, ecstasy and exhilaration. Set in a 24-hour period, they engulf the mind, body, heart and soul of the readers completely, with their themes of cryptography, keys, symbols and codes. Interestingly, so much for the treasure hunts, reading them would not have been possible if Dan Brown hadn't drawn inspiration from Sidney Sheldon's 'The Doomsday Conspiracy' to become a writer! In a writing career spanning a little over the decade, Brown has come up with classic novels some of which are 'Angels & Demons', 'The Da Vinci Code', 'The Lost Symbol' and 'Inferno'. Amusingly, all the aforementioned novels have the same protagonist, Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbology expert. Additionally, they share historical themes and Christianity as motifs. Most of his works have received positive response from the publics and the critics, selling over 200 million copies. Also, his books have been translated into 52 languages, while two of them, 'Angels & Demons' and 'The Da Vinci Code' have been adapted into films. A chance reading of the novel ‘The Doomsday Conspiracy’ by Sidney Sheldon changed the course of Dan Brown’s life completely. Inspired by the simplicity of the prose and the efficiency with which the storyline was dealt with, Brown resorted to switching to a writing career. To pursue writing professionally, Brown started working on ‘Digital Fortress’, his first thrilled-based novel. He centered it at Seville, a place where he had spent a year in 1985. He quit teaching in 1996. Two years henceforth, in 1998 ‘Digital Fortress’ was released. Meanwhile, Brown came up with two humor books as well, ‘187 Men to Avoid: A Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman’ and ‘The Bald Book’. While the former was published under the pseudonym ‘Danielle Brown’,

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