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Hi, how are you? Come over, make yourself at home, and welcome to ReviewBox Brasil! Today we will talk about Dan Brown's books, the works of one of the most successful authors in the history of the publishing market.

If you like novels full of mysteries, codes, international intrigues, all with a breathtaking narrative, and on top of that with a surprising ending, well, these books are for you.

In the Guide below, you will have at your disposal everything you need to know about the works, their stories, their characters, and, of course, about the author. Everything so you can choose the ideal book, which best suits your tastes and your type of reading. Read carefully! You'll discover a secret..




Summary

  • Dan Brown has released seven books in his career, the first in 1998 and the seventh in 2017.
  • Among these works, five belong to the same series, which follows the protagonist Robert Langdon, and the other two are single narratives.
  • The Brazilian editions have an average of 470 pages each.

The Best Dan Brown Books: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Dan Brown's books have not been turned into films for nothing, nor have they had a million-dollar turnover in cinemas and bookshops for nothing. The author seems to have found a precise combination between writing techniques, narrative elements and thematic universes.

His works attract legions of fans and curious people in various ways. He manages to keep up by positioning his characters in different places, and dealing with different mysteries and threats. In this Buying Guide, we will investigate this "magic" so you can decide which is the ideal work for your reading.

Imagem mostra um homem sorrindo enquanto lê um livro, sentado num parque.

Dan Brown retains the uncanny ability to keep his books riveting. (Source: Tamarcus Brown/ Unsplash.com)

What is the genre of Dan Brown's books?

The broadest, and classic, definition of the genre of Dan Brown's books is that they are Crime Novels. After all, practically all of them have their plots starting from crimes, be they murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, etc, and develop from the search for their respective resolutions.

However, a very present narrative element in the books are the chases and races against time, which add the Suspense genre to the works, especially the subgenres Mystery Thriller and Crime Thriller.

The Mystery Thriller follows the protagonist following clues, while being pursued, or in a race against time, as in the case of "The Da Vinci Code"; The Crime Thriller inverts the logic, with the protagonist pursuing a criminal from the clues of the crimes he commits during the plot, as in "Angels and Demons".

Why are Dan Brown's books best-sellers?

Dan Brown is not exactly prestigious for being a skilled writer, like Ernest Hemingway, or Scott Fitzgerald, to be only among American authors.
Nor has Dan created a fantastic universe, rich in characters, details and long plots, like J.K. Rowling in "Harry Potter", Tolkien in "Lord of the Rings", or George R.R. Martin in "The Ice and Fire Chronicles" (the popular "Game of Thrones").

Why, then, are their books bestsellers? Narratively speaking, perhaps it is exactly this opposition he has to other great authors that makes him so successful.

Dan Brown does not bet on far-fetched words and deep passages, or imaginary worlds with epic journeys. On the contrary: his novels have a well-tied plot, which develops quickly, and grips the reader from the very first pages.

Imagem mostra uma livraria, com a sua primeira estante repleta de livros de autoria de Dan Brown. Ao fundo, um mar de livros e estantes, desfocados.

Even without the wealth of words or the worlds and characters of other authors, Dan Brown's books attract a very high level of interest from readers. (Source: TEA/ 123rf.com)

But it is not only from narrative simplicity that the appeal of Dan Brown's books lies. The author, in contrast, makes the mysteries to be solved in his novels quite complex, with enigmatic clues and answers that generate more questions.

These clues, mysteries and riddles, especially in the "Da Vinci Code" series, are built from very popular elements of world culture, such as art history and religion. Dan creates conspiracies with the Mona Lisa, the Catholic Church, Freemasonry, among other highly recognized institutions.

This transition between real and fictional is the author's art, something in which he is virtually unparalleled. Moreover, this expedient creates inevitable polemics, which only make the books even more targeted.

Finally, Dan Brown is a profound connoisseur of the publishing market, and manages to bring together in his novels several successful strategies, such as mysterious villains, international intrigue, suspense, and the aforementioned transition between real and fiction.

Imagem mostra o quadro de Leonardo Da Vinci, “Monalisa”, exposto no Museu do Louvre, e parcialmente encoberto por cabeças de visitantes, desfocadas na foto..

Who wouldn't want to read a book in which the Mona Lisa is the source of a great mystery? (Source: Eric TERRADE/ Unsplashcom)

Robert Langdon Series or Single Works?

So far, Dan Brown has released seven books. With relatively the same genre, they can be divided into two groups, the works of the so-called "Robert Langdon Series" and the other novels, here called "Unique Works".

In the Robert Langdon Series, which gave Dan Brown stratospheric projection, we follow the adventures of Robert Langdon, a professor of Symbology at Harvard University, in the USA, who uses all his knowledge and quick thinking to solve the most diverse enigmas, in the most diverse situations.

In "Angels and Demons", he is called to the Vatican to decipher a symbol marked on a corpse; in "The Da Vinci Code", it is his turn to solve an enigma left by a professor murdered in the Louvre in Paris.

In "The Lost Symbol", the setting is Washington, USA, where he must meet the various demands of a lunatic; "Inferno" is set in Florence, where Langdon must overcome amnesia to solve a series of riddles while on the run from a murderer. "Origin", finally, takes the professor to Spain, where he pursues a secret password.

The Unique Works is two, only, but follows, in some ways, the success points of the Robert Langdon Series. "Digital Fortress" deals with a cyber conspiracy, while "Point of Impact", with a space conspiracy.

Robert Langdon Series Unique Works
Genre Police Romance and Suspense. Suspense and Thriller
Protagonist Robert Langdon Robert Langdon, Rachel Sexton, Susan Fletcher and David Becker
Theme Historical Conspiracy Science Conspiracy

Who is Dan Brown?

Dan Brown is the stage name of Daniel Gerhard Brown, born in Exeter, New Hampshire, United States, in 1964, the son of Constance Brown and Richard Brown. He is the eldest of three brothers.
Dan is part of a select list of authors whose books are among the bestsellers in history. They include, for example, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter Saga, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who wrote The Little Prince.

Brown has already featured in the prestigious "Times" magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. After all, his books have been translated into more than fifty languages.

His career as a writer began in 1998 with the launch of "Digital Fortress". His most recent work is "Origin", released in 2017. He has an incredible achievement, of having his first four books on the New York Times bestseller list, simultaneously.

Buying Criteria: how to compare Dan Brown's books

To help you find the Dan Brown book that best suits your reading, we have put together a list with selection criteria. We are sure that they will be very useful at the time of your purchase!

Now let's talk about each of these items, so that your choice, and your purchase, are the best possible.

Theme

As we talked about above, Dan Brown's books have a kind of "formula", between characters and plots, which change, in the end, based on the space where the narrative develops, and from which culture the book ends up appropriating, especially in its mysteries.

This space-culture relationship is, then, the theme of the book. So, as the works have the quality stamp of the "Brown formula", you only have to choose the theme that pleases you the most: mysteries of the Catholic Church, of Freemasonry....

Imagem mostra um homem, bem agasalhado, escolhendo livros dispostos numa mesa larga, que ocupa todo o quadro da foto. Ele segura um livro em sua mão direita.

With a similar basic structure, and guaranteed narrative quality, you can choose among the themes that please you most. (Source: Clem Onojeghuo/ Unsplashcom)

Review

The reception of specialized critics is always a good criterion, a north about the quality of the work. The contextualization is also important, comparing it with other books, by other authors or the author himself.

But it is very important that you seek a reasonable number of reviews, ok? It is the multiplicity of voices that will provide a clearer "picture" of what the book is about.

Editing

The editing of the book is a good point to look at. There are illustrated editions, with commentaries, adapted editions, like the most recent one of "The Da Vinci Code", made for, as the cover says, "Young Adults".

Pay attention, therefore, to the editions, and what else they can offer.

Adaptations you've seen

Part of the fame of Dan Brown's books is due to the cinematic adaptations - the other part is due to his miraculous endings, endings which are repeated in the films.

If possible, then look for books without adaptations, or ones you haven't seen the end of. Nobody deserves spoilers, right?

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