Via express buzz
The Da Vinci Code sequel, The Lost Symbol, by author Dan Brown is expected to break all book records when it goes on sale next week amid some of the tightest security ever for a novel’s launch.
More than 6.5 million copies have been printed of the highly anticipated sequel to the 2003 mega hit, as book stores around the world brace themselves for an unprecedented stampede from hungry fans.
As well as being one of the largest first print runs in publishing history, an electronic version of the novel, which took Brown five years to write, will be released on the same day.
It is also already at the top of Amazon’s best seller list.
“The Lost Symbol” features the star of the series Robert Langdon, the Harvard University professor, returning to solve another, as yet disclosed, mystery.
Experts say the latest book, to be published in Britain by Random House, is the most sought after novel since the last Harry Potter book.
Extraordinary measures have been taken to keep the content’s under wraps, with the only detail the publishers have disclosed is that it takes place over a 12-hour period in Washington.
Guards have been posted at book warehouses across the globe, anyone who has come into contact with the book has had to sign a non-disclosure agreement and the reclusive author has not done the usual pre-launch publicity tour, bar one interview with the popular Today programme in the US.
In a rare interview, the reclusive author said that he was already writing The Lost Symbol when he started to realise that The Da Vinci Code “would be big”. “The thing that happened to me and must happen to any writer who’s had success is that I temporarily became very self-aware,” he told Parade. “Instead of writing and saying, ‘This is what the character does,’ you say, ‘Wait, millions of people are going to read this.’ It’s sort of like a tennis player who thinks too hard about a stroke – you’re temporarily crippled.”But Brown overcame the paralysis – “I realised that none of it had any relevance to what I was doing. I’m just a guy who tells a story” – taking five years to pen the new adventures of his dapper symbologist hero Robert Langdon.