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The Dan Brown Bump

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few months, you know that Dan Brown’s new novel, The Lost Symbol, is set in DC. And what’s the point of being featured in a bestselling book (or movie) if you can’t capitalize on all the people coming to your city to see the places featured?

Dupont Hotel is offering a “Lost Symbol” package that includes a copy of the book, and The Telegraph reports that staff at the House of the Temple, headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, are expecting a tenfold increase in tourists this year, thanks to Mr. Brown. Then again, that article also calls DC “stuffy” and “the most boring capital in the world to visit,” so I’m taking everything they say with a grain of salt.

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The Lost Symbol Can Now Be Found

Dan Brown’s long awaited book The Lost Symbol hit stores today.  The latest in Brown’s series of books involving super sleuth Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) takes place here in D.C., the city we all love so much.  According to Wikipedia:

“The book’s story takes place over a period of 12 hours in Washington, D.C., with a focus on Freemasonry. Langdon is summoned to Washington by his mentor, a Mason named Peter Solomon. When Solomon goes missing and a ghastly clue is left, Langdon is sent on a rapid chase through the concealed passages of the city. He joins forces with Solomon’s daughter, Noetic scientist Dr. Katherine Solomon, while matching wits with a tattooed and brilliant villain who is in search of an ancient source of power.”

I can’t wait to see what crazy underground tombs of evil Brown has in store for us.  Perhaps the Washington Monument is actually a giant handle that when pulled will rotate the entire city by a magical 33.3 degrees, awaken the founding fathers from their graves who will then rewrite the Constitution to suit today’s needs?  Maybe the Capitol has a secret basement that only a select group of senators know about, containing an ancient recipe for half smokes topped with chili and melted cheese?

I bought my copy today, did you?