SECRETS OF THE WIDOW'S SON:
THE MYSTERIES SURROUNDING THE SEQUEL TO THE DA VINCI CODE
David A. Shugarts

 


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Sterling, 2005
Reviewed by Barbara Fielding
 
SECRET'S OF THE WIDOW'S SON is an ambitious book that seeks to give readers a "jump start on understanding the intellectual substance" of Dan Brown's next novel. The rumor mill supposes the sequel to THE DA VINCI CODE will be based on another secret fraternal society, the Freemasons. Shugarts claims to have cracked a coded message from the jacket flaps of DVC -- a series of bold letters that when linked together form the question, "Is there no help for the widow's son?" This line is reported to be a common phrase used as a plea for help from one Freemason to another.
 
Shugarts explores the history and symbols of the Freemasons with many little- known facts and stories of their early beginnings. If you are a fan of Dan Brown's books, you will appreciate the incredible amount of research that has gone into his writings. Readers can become unsure what is fact and fiction when Brown draws his often stunning conclusions based on a mixture of information. Shugarts has sifted though the research and condensed the material into an easily readable and interesting format. As an added bonus Shugarts points out a few errors in the aviation details found in DVC. There are also facts and stories of the Knights Templar, the Illuminati, and a list of famous American Freemasons.
 
While Dan Brown has hinted at the subject of his next book he has not publicly disclosed the new mystery Robert Langdon will be called on to solve in his sequel to DVC. Readers can enjoy passing the time with the speculations and conjectures within SECRETS OF THE WIDOW'S SON.
 
October 2005

 

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