Dan Brown’s Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon, is to tackle a fifth mystery in the series next fall.
Robert Langdon has been on the wrong side of the Illuminati in Rome, working against the clock to foil an antimatter bomb in Vatican City (Angels and Demons); he’s gone head-to-head in France with the Opus Dei, cracking the clues in Leonardo Da Vinci’s work to find the real Holy Grail (The Da Vinci Code); he’s found himself back on home turf, only to be needed in Washington D.C., uncovering Masonic secrets whilst observed by a truly terrifying villain (The Lost Symbol); and – as cinemagoers can currently discover, if they’ve not read Inferno – the professor has lost his memory in Florence, only to have to follow Dante’s hellish trail in that state in order to stop the release of a deadly plague.
And now, fans of Dan Brown’s thrilling writing can rejoice, as his publishers, Doubleday (and Transworld in the UK), announced that a new novel in the Robert Langdon series, Origin, is to be released in September 2017.
If you’ve been on withdrawals from the tweed jacket- and charcoal turtleneck-wearing Harvard academic, this is (to say the least) great news. Especially as the publishers promise that Brown’s trademark style and narrative weaving of “codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture” will once again be a main feature. The publishers also dropped some cryptic hints as to the plotline:
“Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.”
Intrigued yet? You and millions of others: apparently there are more than 200 million copies of his books in print worldwide. According to The Bookseller, in the UK alone the author has sold 16 million print books (at a total of £91.7m). Indeed, The Da Vinci Code is the second bestselling book of all time, with 4.5 million copies having been sold.
Brown’s longterm editor, Bill Scott Kerr, of his UK publisher Transworld, is certainly happy:
“Over the past 15 years it has been an utter privilege to publish Dan Brown’s unique blend of electrifying storytelling, historical reinterpretation and genius code making. The fact that there is to be another installment in this record-breaking run of books will be hugely exciting to his millions of fans around the world and gives us in the publishing world another extraordinary event to look forward to next year.”
Perhaps there will be even more years for celebration after that: Brown has mentioned before that he thinks there are around 12 Robert Langdon books in him. And now?
“That number has probably grown. Every book I write spins off ideas for another three or four so there is no shortage of material for Robert Langdon in this world. Symbols, religion, conspiracy, all of that is a really rich world to explore.”
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