Book lovers can mark their calendars: a date has been set for the release of Dan Brown’s fifth novel, the much anticipated follow-up sequel to The Da Vinci Code.

Dan Brown’s Cultural Popularity

When it was first released in 2003, The Da Vinci Code captured the attention of a wide reaching audience, landed on the best-seller list for 144 weeks with over 70 million copies sold and spawned a movie version in 2006 starring Tom Hanks. It also became a world-wide phenomenon, and consequently managed to anger the Vatican and some Catholics in the process, because of its criticism of the Catholic Church.

September Release of Dan Brown’s Follow-Up to The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol

Six years later, Dan Brown is gearing up for the release of his long-awaited Da Vinci Code follow-up, The Lost Symbol. Little is known about the book’s actual plot line, other than the book’s course of action takes place within a 12-hour time frame and the main character is Robert Langdon, who makes his third appearance in a Brown novel (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code).

Some speculation has popped up on the internet, claiming that The Lost Symbol takes place in Washington, D.C. and has a storyline focused on Freemasonry. There is also the belief that the story will, to some degree, also focus on the Kryptos sculpture in at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virgina, as alluded to briefly in a Wired story published in the May 2009 issue.
In a statement recently released by Brown’s publisher, Random House, fans can expect the book to hit their local bookstore shelves in the United States, Canada and Britain on September 15, 2009. The book will also be available to readers in audio format.

Dan Brown’s Busy Year

Not only is The Lost Symbol being released in 2009, but so is the film version of Brown’s 2000 novel, Angels & Demons. The film has a May 2009 release date and once again stars Tom Hanks as the protagonist, Roger Langdon and Ewan McGregor. Only time will tell if Angels & Demons will have the same Midas touch in theaters that The Da Vinci Code did, opening in the top spot at the box office, grossing more than $110 milion during its first week of release.

The Lost Symbol is already available for pre-order online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Borders and pre-sales statistics are already indicating that this book will follow in the successful footsteps of its predecessor. The book will have an initial print run of 5 million copies, a Random House first.