One can say with quite a bit of confidence that Dan Brown is an acclaimed author of thriller fiction. The author of several #1 bestselling novels, his novel The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide. His work has been published in 51 difference languages, and he is considered one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People according to TIME Magazine.
His most famous character is Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist who commonly finds himself solving a murder, consequently uncovering secrets, dangerous situations, and sometimes treasure! A reader will find Robert Langdon in three of Dan Brown‘s novels: Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and The Lost Symbol (2009).
Angels & Demons opens with the discovery of a respected physicist Leonardo Vetra, which draws Robert Langdon onto the scene. This doesn’t prove to be easy; the Illuminati, a secret society whose name was founded branded onto the body of Vetra, seem to have discovered a new form of power: antimatter. Langdon must try to stop the Illuminati from destroying the Vatican City.
The Da Vinci Code was published (and takes place) after Angels & Demons, though the movies were produced in the reverse order. In this novel, Langdon works with Sophie Neveu to investigate a murder in the Louvre, which uncovers a battle between two powerful, secret societies. Readers will be stunned by how intelligent, intricate, fast-paced and simply brilliant the novel is.
The Lost Symbol became the fastest selling adult novel in history shortly after its release. Similar to the way the novel flew off the shelves, the novel is fast-paced, all taking place in a time frame of just half a day. After arriving at the U.S. Capitol to deliver a lecture, an object appears that Langdon identifies as an ancient invitation that brings its recipient into a long-lost world, complete with more codes, secrets, and of course, a terrifying villain.
Films for Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code have already been produced, featuring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon. A film adaptation of The Lost Symbol is already scheduled for a 2012 release, with Hanks returning for the role of Robert Langdon.