The Lost Symbol revealed

Have you seen it?

Today Random House Publishing revealed the new jacket cover to the Dan Brown novel The Lost Symbol. This sequel to Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code is due out September 15.

So why is this important and what does it tell us?

First of all, as with most authors who spout mystery, action and adventure – unlike Stephenie Meyer (Q6, answer), for example, who thinks her covers are just the pretty work of the Art Department – they put clues to their stories on their covers.

J.K. Rowling is the most infamous case of this, where from the foreign additions, to the adult versions to the children’s versions – each one of the Harry Potter covers told a part of the story. It was up to the reader to figure it out, pre- and post- reading.

For example, on the adult version of the Deathly Hallows was a picture of a locket with an ‘S’ on it. But if you read the books, or were savvy enough, you would have figured out that
a) The locket is green = Slytherin
b) It’s a locket = this is the “R.A.B.” locket, more than likely
c) ‘S’ = one thing ‘Slytherin’ or Salazar Slytherin, one of the Hogwarts founders
d) If it belonged to Salazar Slytherin, like the Hufflepuff cup = important artifact dating back hundreds of years

Therefore, the locket is probably a picture of one of the horcruxes created by Lord Voldemort holding a piece of his soul.

That being said, one of the biggest fall backs (and a bad public relations move) was the announcement by Jason Kaufman, Dan Brown’s editor at Doubleday, who let the cat out of the bag that The Lost Symbol is “largely” based in Washington, D.C., but that it is “a Washington few will recognize.” It also doesn’t help that he said the book will cover and touch on “an unseen world of mysticism, secret societies, and hidden locations, with a stunning twist that long predates America.”

My predictions are as follows:
– The Templers will be back
– The Lost Symbol is actually the ‘all seeing eye’
– The Illuminati will be involved again
– Something will go down at the Smithsonian – probably the Smithsonian Castle
– The underground tunnels the Senators and Congressmen and woman use from their buildings to the Capitol building will be utilized
– Alexander Hamilton’s name will make an appearance as the first treasurer of the United States and he whose statue currently guards the treasury
– The Library of Congress will pop up with a vengeance and be the ‘key’ as well as the ‘place’ where a lot of ‘treasures’ are housed

I also have the feeling that the book will parallel the Disney National Treasure films in more ways than one, but in a different, unique Dan Brown style.

What say you?

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (’07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(’08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima.

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