I've never met Dan Brown, but I sometimes feel as if I know him pretty well. Let me explain.   


My name is Simon Cox and in November Simon & Schuster will publish my new book, Decoding The Lost Symbol. Its the unauthorized guide to the facts behind the fiction within the new Brown novel, The Lost Symbol. I've also written Cracking The Da Vinci CodeIlluminating Angels & Demons; and The Dan Brown Companion so you see I'm a bit of a Dan Brown junkie and I can't wait to get my teeth into the research for the new book. To that end I am following the tweets and Facebook messages that Mr Brown's publishers are issuing on a daily basis, trying to get a head start on what I need to read up on. The clues have been pretty interesting so far, and it would seem that the basic story line that was predicted a few years ago (when the working title of the Brown book was The Solomon Key) still forms the basis for The Lost Symbol. The Founding Fathers; Masonic lore and esoteric symbolism; the sacred and mysterious layout of Washington DC; the Rosicrucians; Albert Pike; Aaron Burr and much else besides has been hinted at so far.   


Each week I will be giving you an insight into some of these clues and hints that are coming out daily. I will take you through the research process that I will be undertaking in order to have my book on the shelves at B&N by November 3rd. It will be fast and furious research, history at speed and a lot of fun.  


I have a website at http://www.intotheduat.com/, where I can be contacted directly, I tweet (@FindSimonCox) and I have a Facebook page, where every nuance of this amazing process of writing a book about a book, in double quick time, will be laid bare for all to see. Interestingly, Brown's publisher has said that the new adversary for Robert Langdon within the pages of The Lost Symbol, will be revealed when his Facebook page has 100,000 fans. So, what are you all waiting for? Get on over there and become a fan. I have research to do and you can all help out!  


Interestingly, one of the most recent clues (as I write this), is a picture of the Dome of the Rock, atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Its a major research area and interest of mine and I am working on a treatment for a documentary about this extraordinary place at the moment. Its a central hub, a nodal and naval point for three major religions, but above all, its a powder keg that could ignite at any time. It will be interesting to see how he places this amazing site into the framework of the book - though I suspect that King Solomon's fabled temple, with its Masonic symbolism and mysterious architect, Hiram Abif, will play a major role.  


So, gird your loins, start to get excited and let the decoding begin. It should be a fun ride, full of symbols lost and found and with some amazing twists and turns. Welcome to my world.

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎07-30-2009 11:16 AM
Well, Simon, cause I'm not so great with the figuring out of codes, I wasn't too jazzed about TLS. But now you've got me wildly excited 'bout the facebook page, and your book, which may actually allow me to speak w/ some modicum of "in the know-ness" if not intelligence when everyone else in the universe starts talking "The Lost Symbol."
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