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The Mysteries Surrounding the Sequel to The Da Vinci Code

One cipher, hidden on the dust jacket of The Da Vinci Code.

One man, desperate to find the key to unlock the mystery behind the sequel.

As the world waits for Dan Brown’s sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Secrets of the Widow’s Son prepares international audiences with a unique offering:  a book about a book that has yet to be published. A book that is likely to raise new questions about  early American history in the same way The Da Vinci Code opened up debate about early Christianity.

Secrets of the Widow’s Son is a fascinating journey into the world of Dan Brown’s forthcoming book,  The Solomon Key—and the stew of mysteries, alternative histories, theological debates, secret societies, scientific and technological issues, art works, conspiracy theories, myths, and occult knowledge that are likely to inhabit it.  Author David Shugarts leads the reader along a thought-provoking and ultimately shocking trail of clues, codes, symbols, unsolved mysteries and long-forgotten history. 

Secrets of the Widow’s Son was born more than a year ago, when Shugarts, while collaborating on the bestselling Secrets of the Code, deciphered a hidden message contained in the dust jacket of The Da Vinci Code, revealing the following enigmatic question:

“Is There No Help for the Widow’s Son”

Tracing the phrase to sources in Freemasonry, Mormonism and early Christian apocrypha, Shugarts was able to predict key aspects of the content and location of Dan Brown’s much-anticipated next novel.As Dan Brown himself later announced, The Solomon Key will focus on the rich and secretive history of the Freemasons and be set largely in Washington, D.C.

Shugarts then spent the last year rummaging through raw materials from which The Solomon Key is likely to be fashioned, including the link between the Freemasons and our Founding Fathers, the relationship between Egyptian hieroglyphics and 19th century American religion and how colorful characters such as Albert Pike and Joseph Smith might figure in Dan Brown’s thinking. Truly stunning secrets are revealed, codes are cracked, mysteries are explored and an unparalleled journey begins!

Dan Burstein, editor of Secrets of the Code and creator of the “Secrets” series, observes in his Introduction: “In Secrets of the Widow’s Son, Dave Shugarts provides Dan Brown fans with a kind of reverse engineering process for the ideas and issues that are likely to figure prominently in The Solomon Key. Our book is definitely not a plot spoiler. Instead, it allows the ordinary reader to participate at a more engaged level in the extraordinary conversation that Dan Brown’s books have invited us to have: about American history and our Founding Fathers; about Christianity, the sacred feminine, and the hidden meanings of symbols in our everyday lives; about mystical knowledge, cosmology, science versus religion, and the meaning and purpose of life itself.

“Whether or not Dan Brown’s next book ultimately includes everything on Shugarts’s amazing guided tour, our readers will come away with an eye-opening new understanding of American history.”

About the Authors
David A. Shugarts has more than 30 years of journalistic experience, with a focus in investigative reporting.  He was an important contributor to the two prior books in the “Secrets” series, Secrets of the Code and Secrets of Angels & Demons.

Dan Burstein is an author and venture capitalist. He is the creator of the “Secrets” series and editor of the New York Times bestsellers, Secrets of the Code and Secrets of Angels & Demons. The two “Secrets” books now have well over a million copies in print and are available in two dozen foreign language editions.