Dan Brown returns with Da Vinci Code sequel, The Lost Symbol

The sequel to Dan Brown’s international bestseller “The Da Vinci Code” now has a name and release date. “The Lost Symbol” will hit bookstores in USA, Canada and UK on Sept. 15.

“The Lost Symbol” will again feature Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, but that’s pretty much all we know about the book so far. Some hardcore Langdon-fans are certain that the plot will freemasons in Washington D.C., but the early release date of the book could be undermining that. Many fans expected “The Lost Symbol” (previously known as “The Solomon Key”) to be released on September 18, which has always been an important date in Masonic history. It was on September 18, 1793 President Washington led a Masonic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to lay the cornerstone of U.S. Capitol.

However if you check out Robert Langdon’s website the clues points the plot of “The Lost Symbol” in another direction.

Mr. Langdon is in the process of completing his newest manuscript Symbols of the Lost Sacred Feminine—an exploration of modern religious iconography and its origins in the ancient goddess cults.

Last month, while in Florence, Professor Langdon uncovered an ancient parchment that historians now believe may be the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The encoded parchment—bearing the name La Profezia (The Prophecy)—raised eyebrows when scholars discovered it was signed “LSPDV.” (Leonardo’s full name was Leonardo Ser Pieri Da Vincio).

What we do know is that the plot will take place over 12 hours and that we can expect codes, history and intrigue. Dan Brown spent five years researching for this book.

“The Lost Symbol” has already been picked up by Columbia Pictures as a follow-up to this spring’s release of “Angels and Demons” featuring Tom Hanks (and several Danish actors). “Angels and Demons” is directed by Ron Howard, but I think we can expect both Howard and Hanks to return in “The Lost Symbol.”

“The Lost Symbol” will have a first printing of 5 million copies. “The Da Vinci Code” with 81 million copies in print worldwide owned the bestseller lists for more than a year.