Should you be so inclined — and perhaps you should — toward new books besides Dan Brown's blockbuster The Lost Symbol, I have the information somewhere around here...
The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown
Five years in the making and "D-Day" (Dan Brown Day) is finally here to, as it is speculated, give a big boost to the book business — not only for a new book's own bestseller-dom but also for a little residual fallout for other titles waiting to see if they stack up against the stacks of (ta-da!) The Lost Symbol. With such promises in the offing, and a first printing of five million copies, there's some sage advice to be had from the industry’s one-man stimulus packager: "I'm also a big fan of gravity boots. Hanging upside down seems to help me solve plot challenges by shifting my entire perspective."
Now that’s a valuable writing tip for the plethora of derivative Dan Brown wannabes out there ready to take pen to paper and slavishly follow – via The Da Vinci Code knock-off way — in the gravity boots of the author of the bestselling hardcover adult novel of all time, which sold 81 million copies in print internationally and inspired yet another bad Tom Hanks movie haircut.
Once again featuring Code’s symbologist protagonist Robert Langdon attempting to solve one of history’s greatest mysteries, the narrative – squeezed into a 12-hour time period — is sure to be bursting with page-spinning intrigue and irresistible storytelling as we try to keep up with Langdon (and his doubtlessly too-young trophy love interest). With don’t-blink suspense sequences and twists and turns that have their own twists and turns, there also promises to be a lot of surprises in store on the whiplash-winding trail of clues, conspiracies, and convoluted puzzles. Sleuthing and snooping at such a breakneck pace, “Robert Langdon’s life clearly moves a lot faster than mine,” says Brown. Well, sure – but hanging upside down in gravity boots doesn't help much, either.