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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L for Leonardo Da Vinci

Posting the A-Z of Dan Brown's books through his words, characters, places and more. Welcome to the A-Z April 2015 challenge...


L is for Leonardo Da Vinci

"Langdon was talking in rapid bursts now. 'The Priory's membership has included some of history's most cultured individuals: men like Botticelli, Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo.' He paused, his voice brimming now with academic zeal. 'And, Leonardo Da Vinci.'
Sophie stared. 'Da Vinci was in a secret society?'
'Da Vinci presided over the Priory between 1510 and 1519 as the brotherhood's Grand Master, which might help explain your grandfather's passion for Leonardo's work. The two men share a historical fraternal bond. And it all fits perfectly with their fascination for goddess iconology, paganism, feminine deities, and contempt for the Church. The Priory has a well-documented history of reverence for the sacred feminine.'"

- from The Da Vinci Code, chapter 23


A portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci, a key figure in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code

K for Katherine Solomon

Posting the A-Z of Dan Brown's books through his words, characters, places and more. Welcome to the A-Z April 2015 challenge...


K is for Katherine Solomon

"Katherine Solomon had been blessed with the resilient Mediterranean skin of her ancestry, and even at fifty years old she had a smooth olive complexion. She used almost no makeup and wore her thick black hair unstyled and down. Like her older brother, Peter, she had gray eyes and a slender, patrician elegance."

- from The Lost Symbol, chapter 5


A Mediterranean woman with olive skin and dark hair, similar to how Dan Brown describes Katherine Solomon's appearance in The Lost Symbol

Saturday, April 11, 2015

J for Jacques Sauniere

Posting the A-Z of Dan Brown's books through his words, characters, places and more. Welcome to the A-Z April 2015 challenge...


J is for Jacques Sauniere

"In the centre of the light, like an insect under a microscope, the corpse of the curator lay naked on the parquet floor.
"You saw the photograph," Fache said, "so this should be of no surprise."
Langdon felt a deep chill as they approached the body. Before him was one of the strangest images he had ever seen.
The pallid corpse of Jacques Sauniere lay on the parquet floor exactly as it appeared in the photograph. As Langdon stood over the body and squinted in the harsh light, he reminded himself to his amazement that Sauniere had spent his last minutes of life arranging his own body in this strange fashion."

- from The Da Vinci Code, chapter 6

The self-arranged corpse of Jacques Sauniere in the novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Friday, April 10, 2015

I for Illuminati

Posting the A-Z of Dan Brown's books through his words, characters, places and more. Welcome to the A-Z April 2015 challenge...


I is for Illuminati

""If you don't mind my asking, Robert, how did you get involved with the Illuminati?"
Langdon thought back. "Actually, it was money."
Vittoria looked disappointed. "Money? Consulting, you mean?"
Langdon laughed, realizing how it must have sounded. "No, money as in currency." He reached in his pants pocket and pulled out some money. He found a one-dollar bill. "I became fascinated with the cult when I first learned that U.S. currency is covered with Illuminati symbology.""

- from Angels and Demons, chapter 31


A U.S. one-dollar bill featuring the Illuminati pyramid and all-seeing eye


Thursday, April 9, 2015

H for Hassassin

Posting the A-Z of Dan Brown's books through his words, characters, places and more. Welcome to the A-Z April 2015 challenge...


H is for Hassassin

"They were renowned not only for their brutal killings, but also for celebrating their slayings by plunging themselves into drug-induced stupors. Their drug of choice was a potent intoxicant they called hashish.
As their notoriety spread, these lethal men became known by a single word - Hassassin - literally, 'the followers of hashish.'


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As the Hassassin stood there savoring his prize, he ignored the throb in his arm . . . 
Gazing down at his incapacitated prisoner, the Hassassin visualized what lay ahead. He ran a palm up beneath her shirt. Her breasts felt perfect beneath her bra. Yes, he smiled. You are more than worthy. Fighting the urge to take her right there, he closed the door and drove off into the night."

- from Angels and Demons, chapters 5 and 95


Hashish - not to be confused with chocolate!

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