How much is Dan Brown worth?
|Net Worth:||$180 Million
|Date of Birth:||June 22, 1964|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Dan Brown
Brown grew up hanging around the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where his father was a math professor. Brown’s mother was a professional musician who played the organ at church. Brown credits his parents’ different backgrounds with his interest in both science and religion. He was the oldest of three children.
What He Did Before Writing
Brown graduated from Amherst College and then spent time as a singer-songwriter. He has made four recordings: SynthAnimals, Perspective, the self-titled Dan Brown, and Angels and Demons (the liner notes of which contained the same artwork that would later be used in his novel by the same title). In 1993, Brown became an English teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy. He quit teaching in 1996 to write full time.
(Although he wrote a humor book with his wife)
Singing & Songwriting
Quote from Dan Brown:
“Religion has only one true enemy–apathy–and passionate debate is a superb antidote.”
-from Dan Brown’s Official Web Site
What He Has Written:
- 187 Men to Avoid: A Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman (1995, co-written with wife, Blythe Brown, under the pseudomnym Danielle Brown)
- Digital Fortress (1998)
- Angels and Demons (2000)
- Deception Point (2001)
- The Da Vinci Code (2003)
- The Lost Symbol (2009)
Brown’s first three novels obtained modest readership when they were first released. The runaway success of Brown’s fourth novel, The Da Vinci Code, thrust his previous thrillers onto the bestsellers list.
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons is Dan’s Brown first Robert Langdon thriller. It takes place chronologically before The Da Vinci Code, although it doesn’t matter which book you read first. Both books involve conspiracies within the Catholic church, but Angels and Demons has more action within Rome and the Vatican. Angels and Demons is a fast paced thriller that provides an entertaining escape for the reader.
- ‘Angels and Demons’ is a fast paced page turner.
- The mix of religious and historical elements adds a unique twist to the mystery.
- Brown provides plenty of surprises.
- If you are put off by graphic violence, some descriptions may bother you.
- The religious elements might offend some people, especially Catholics.
- Part of the ending is too far-fetched — like an action movie.
- ‘Angels and Demons’ by Dan Brown was first published in 2000.
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- 713 Pages
Guide Review – ‘ Angels and Demons’ by Dan Brown
As I talk to people, I usually find that those who have read Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code usually prefer whichever book they read first. This rule applies to me as well — I read Angels and Demons first and was completely drawn in by the plot and pace. I was stunned at the surprises, and excited at the adventure. Angels and Demons isn’t great literature, but I don’t always want to read great literature. Sometimes I just want good entertainment. Angels and Demons provides that.
Here’s the catch: Dan Brown follows a certain formula with most of his books. Some people don’t mind this. For me, the second book I read of his (which happened to be The Da Vinci Code) was a lot less thrilling than the first since I could predict some of the twists. If you have already read The Da Vinci Code, be warned that you might not like Angels and Demons as much as I did.
The Lost Symbol
If you haven’t read any Dan Brown books yet, start with Angels & Demons or The Da Vinci Code. They are better thrillers. If you have already read Brown and enjoyed his previous books, you will probably enjoy The Lost Symbol. Robert Langdon’s third adventure is another fast paced thriller that involves secrets in art, architecture and history. Brown does not break any new ground, but he does provide some good beach reading.
- Brown’s style keeps the pages turning as readers try to connect the dots.
- Symbols and mythology in a familiar setting provides a fun chance to toy with conspiracy theories.
- ‘The Lost Symbol’ does not require much effort to read.
- A familiar formula & mediocre dialogue keep Brown from accomplishing anything new.
- ‘The Lost Symbol’ becomes tedious when it strays from plot and tries to make profound points.
- The “national security crisis,” when revealed, falls short of the build up and character reactions.
- Long, less-than-captivating denouement.
- ‘The Lost Symbol’ by Dan Brown was released September 15, 2009
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- 509 Pages
Guide Review – ‘The Lost Symbol’ by Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown is Brown’s third Robert Langdon thriller. In Brown’s first two Langdon books — Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code — Langdon uncovered conspiracies within the Catholic church that involved art and science. The Lost Symbol takes place in Washington D.C. and explores the secrets of Freemasonry.
Brown is not the first to use the Masons as a launching point for a thriller. Indeed, I couldn’t help but compare my experience reading The Lost Symbol with watching National Treasure. I enjoyed the movie more because it took itself less seriously than The Lost Symbol and enjoyed a visual advantage (always nice to be able to see the symbols and buildings involved in a conspiracy). Still, there is plenty of Mason folklore to go around, and The Lost Symbol does a fine job of creating another mystery in our nation’s capital.
So why do I consider The Lost Symbol merely an average read? First, Brown does not create anything new — no new character development, no big surprises in plot trajectory. Furthermore, his signatures “twists” are not nearly as tantalizing as in his previous books. After so much build up, I found myself let down by the reality of the secrets revealed in the end. Finally, there are several points when it seems as if Brown is trying to make his book more intelligent or profound than it actually is. Langdon’s rants about religion and truth, when not directly tied to the mystery, are tedious and even a little preachy. In fact, the last 50 pages of the book try a little too hard to be enlightening.
My recommendation: If you’re planning a trip to Washington D.C. in the next year, this would be a fun read to accompany your tour. Otherwise, unless you’re a die hard Brown fan, I’d get on your library list or wait for the paperback release.
Dan Brown Trivia
- Characters in Brown’s books are often named after real people in his life. Robert Langdon is named after John Langdon, the artist who created the ambigrams used for the Angels and Demons CD and novel. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca is named after friend Carla Ventresca. Robert Langdon’s editor, Jonas Faukman, is named after Brown’s real life editor, Jason Kaufman.
- Brown usually begins writing by 4 a.m. each day.