SECRETS OF THE CODE Decodes Da Vinci Dust Jacket Mystery ... and Novelist Dan Brown's Next Move

04 May, 2004, 01:00 ET from CDS Books

    NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Hidden within the dust cover of the
 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code is a cryptic message that may suggest the
 direction novelist Dan Brown will take in his widely awaited sequel. The code
 within the dust jacket is only one of dozens of mysteries revealed in the
 just-published book, SECRETS OF THE CODE: The Unauthorized Guide to the
 Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code, edited by Dan Burstein (CDS Books, April
 2004, $21.95 hardcover).
     "Look closely at the text of The Da Vinci Code's dust jacket and you will
 find select letters that stand out in very slightly bolded type," says
 Burstein, whose SECRETS OF THE CODE is the most comprehensive, and the only
 secular guidebook available to The Da Vinci Code. "You have to look carefully
 and you may not see it at first. In fact, you may need a magnifying glass. But
 once you find these slightly bolded letters and string them together, they
 clearly spell out an intriguing question: 'Is there no help for the widow's
 son?'
     "This question is tinged with allusions and meanings. It is a reference to
 the Book of Enoch, one of the most unusual of the Apocrypha. It is also a
 reference to Mormon traditions, Masonic traditions, and to science fiction
 writer Robert Anton Wilson, whose Illuminati series includes a novel entitled,
 Widow's Son."
     Among the more than 50 commentaries in SECRETS OF THE CODE, investigative
 journalist David Shugarts analyzes the dust cover mystery as well as dozens of
 other intriguing plot details and plot flaws within the Da Vinci Code. Reports
 Shugarts:
     "'Is there no help for the widow's son?' was the title of a now famous
 talk given before a Mormon audience in 1974 that sought to establish a
 connection between Freemasonry and the founder of the Church of the Latter Day
 Saints, Joseph Smith. The talk was secretly tape-recorded and has been widely
 circulated, much to the chagrin of many in the Mormon Church. Many Masonic
 lodges have 'widow's son' events to this day. Mormon temples are often
 decorated with Masonic symbology. I believe the sequel to The Da Vinci Code
 will involve a Mormon-Mason treasure hunt through the U.S., with Robert
 Langdon back to lead us through the interpretation of all these symbols."
     Dan Burstein further notes, "Seven million people have bought The Da Vinci
 Code and looked at its dust jacket, yet very few have found this hidden
 message. Anyone who enjoyed the experience of reading The Da Vinci Code will
 enjoy David Shugarts's analysis of the dust cover mystery, as well as all the
 other work by theologians, historians, philosophers, and art experts that we
 have brought together in SECRETS OF THE CODE."
     In addition to this revealing discussion of the message embedded in the
 jacket of The Da Vinci Code, SECRETS OF THE CODE explores a vast range of
 provocative issues raised in the novel.  World-renowned scholars tackle
 questions such as the true identity of Mary Magdalene and feminine influences
 in the early days of Christianity, the nature of the relationship between
 Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the meaning of the search for the Holy Grail in
 history, the facts concerning the secret societies discussed in The Da Vinci
 Code, and much more.
 
      SECRETS OF THE CODE is #20 on The New York Times Extended Bestseller List
      (hardcover non-fiction) for May 9, 2004.
 
      SECRETS OF THE CODE: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The
       Da Vinci Code
      Publication date: April 2004
      400 pages, illustrations, hardcover, ISBN 1-59315-022-9
      USA:     $21.95
      Canada:  $29.95
 
     For more information, please visit Dan Burstein's web site:
 www.secretsofthecode.com
 
 

SOURCE CDS Books
    NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Hidden within the dust cover of the
 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code is a cryptic message that may suggest the
 direction novelist Dan Brown will take in his widely awaited sequel. The code
 within the dust jacket is only one of dozens of mysteries revealed in the
 just-published book, SECRETS OF THE CODE: The Unauthorized Guide to the
 Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code, edited by Dan Burstein (CDS Books, April
 2004, $21.95 hardcover).
     "Look closely at the text of The Da Vinci Code's dust jacket and you will
 find select letters that stand out in very slightly bolded type," says
 Burstein, whose SECRETS OF THE CODE is the most comprehensive, and the only
 secular guidebook available to The Da Vinci Code. "You have to look carefully
 and you may not see it at first. In fact, you may need a magnifying glass. But
 once you find these slightly bolded letters and string them together, they
 clearly spell out an intriguing question: 'Is there no help for the widow's
 son?'
     "This question is tinged with allusions and meanings. It is a reference to
 the Book of Enoch, one of the most unusual of the Apocrypha. It is also a
 reference to Mormon traditions, Masonic traditions, and to science fiction
 writer Robert Anton Wilson, whose Illuminati series includes a novel entitled,
 Widow's Son."
     Among the more than 50 commentaries in SECRETS OF THE CODE, investigative
 journalist David Shugarts analyzes the dust cover mystery as well as dozens of
 other intriguing plot details and plot flaws within the Da Vinci Code. Reports
 Shugarts:
     "'Is there no help for the widow's son?' was the title of a now famous
 talk given before a Mormon audience in 1974 that sought to establish a
 connection between Freemasonry and the founder of the Church of the Latter Day
 Saints, Joseph Smith. The talk was secretly tape-recorded and has been widely
 circulated, much to the chagrin of many in the Mormon Church. Many Masonic
 lodges have 'widow's son' events to this day. Mormon temples are often
 decorated with Masonic symbology. I believe the sequel to The Da Vinci Code
 will involve a Mormon-Mason treasure hunt through the U.S., with Robert
 Langdon back to lead us through the interpretation of all these symbols."
     Dan Burstein further notes, "Seven million people have bought The Da Vinci
 Code and looked at its dust jacket, yet very few have found this hidden
 message. Anyone who enjoyed the experience of reading The Da Vinci Code will
 enjoy David Shugarts's analysis of the dust cover mystery, as well as all the
 other work by theologians, historians, philosophers, and art experts that we
 have brought together in SECRETS OF THE CODE."
     In addition to this revealing discussion of the message embedded in the
 jacket of The Da Vinci Code, SECRETS OF THE CODE explores a vast range of
 provocative issues raised in the novel.  World-renowned scholars tackle
 questions such as the true identity of Mary Magdalene and feminine influences
 in the early days of Christianity, the nature of the relationship between
 Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the meaning of the search for the Holy Grail in
 history, the facts concerning the secret societies discussed in The Da Vinci
 Code, and much more.
 
      SECRETS OF THE CODE is #20 on The New York Times Extended Bestseller List
      (hardcover non-fiction) for May 9, 2004.
 
      SECRETS OF THE CODE: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The
       Da Vinci Code
      Publication date: April 2004
      400 pages, illustrations, hardcover, ISBN 1-59315-022-9
      USA:     $21.95
      Canada:  $29.95
 
     For more information, please visit Dan Burstein's web site:
 www.secretsofthecode.com
 
 SOURCE  CDS Books