Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) of the seventh rank is a skilled and gifted soldier, who rose from bloody battle during the Great Wars with an unwavering loyalty for his ageing but resolutely brave master Bartok (Morgan Freeman), despite the latter having been dishonoured and shamed by the corrupt ruler for publicly standing up for the rights of his enslaved people. After his brutal execution, all those firmly loyal to Bartok - led by Raiden - seek to avenge him in the only way they know how, with Bartok's warning of their ruler's merciless intentions strongly in mind. Raiden will lead them into the ultimate battle, in spite of their small numbers, having made far too many sacrifices in their lifetime. As his rebellion unfolds, he begins to understand that, despite what the rule claims, no honourable man can ever be 'dishonoured'; it is something inborn, and something worth fighting for.
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EL James swaps her bondage whip for a rake as the dough comes flying her way.
They say sex sells, and now author EL James can attest, as the Fifty Shades of Grey creator perches on top of Forbes' author rich list. Amazingly, on the back of her raunchy trilogy alone, James has made more money than any other author in the past year, having earned $95m (£61.5m) from sales of her erotic fiction trilogy and the purchase of the film rights for $5 million (£3.2m).
EL James Is Exceedingly Rich.
What started out as Twilight fan fiction has seen the author's work rocket past Twilight author Stephenie Meyers (who didn't even make this year's top 15) in the last year's earnings to take the top spot on the business magazine's list. Her books sold faster than any other novel in history, with 70 million shifted in the first eight months of release in the USA and at its peak, the trilogy was earning her more than $1 million (£650,000) per week. The success of the 50 Shades trilogy was fostered by the ebooks market that enabled people to read her book in public places without feeling embarrassed to be seen reading such steamy fiction.
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Mr. Hanks will be breaking codes once again.
Having starred in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks will complete the trilogy of Robert Langdon movies when he stars as the inquisitive Harvard University symbolist in Inferno, set for release on December 18th 2015. The Hollywood Reporter had the date.
He'll always be little Forest to us
Despite a poor critical response for both of the previous Dan Brown-novel movies – The Da Vinci Code managed 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Angels & Demons only marginally improved on that with 37% - they have fared well at the box office, grabbing over $1.2b from conspiracy-hungry movie-goers, the type of which probably believe half of what’s happening in the film, or can’t understand it and think Langdon as a modern day Indiana Jones.
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Dan Brown - American author Dan Brown best known for the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code seen leaving the Shelbourne Hotel. He is in Dublin for the Writers festival - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 20th May 2013
Dan Brown and Conor Whelan - Author of the Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown is presented with a copy of the Book of Kells by Easons MD Conor Whelan at a signing for Inferno at Easons - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 20th May 2013
Inferno follows Robert Langdon again
Dan Brown – best selling author with over 200 million copies of his books swapping hands – released his latest novel, Inferno recently. He’s opened up recently to NPR about being an author and his new book, expected to sell like the proverbial hotcakes, but better, like really hot, sweet cakes, that you can read, and keep.
"In any novel, you would hope that the hero has someone to push back against ... I find the most interesting villains [are] those who do the right things for the wrong reasons, or the wrong things for the right reasons — either one is interesting,” he explains. “I love the gray area between right and wrong. Here is somebody who says we have an enormous population problem on this planet and everybody's turning a blind eye, and there are no simple solutions, but there is a solution. And while it's terrifying, maybe there's a silver lining to it. Maybe he's actually the good guy in all this." While the reviews for Inferno have been fairly strong, the critics suggest that this page-turner won’t be in line for any literary prizes. Brown, it seems, has forgone the sculpture of literature in exchange for a bestseller – combing the two is something of a lost art.
Dan brown chats to some dudes somewhere - the 2010 Billboard Latino awards, to be exact
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Critics unimpressed with Brown's fourth detective novel
Best-selling author Dan Brown is back with another book that looks set to shift by the forest-full, but will the latest of his run of detective thrillers, which started with Angels & Demons back in 2000, actually be any good?
Inferno is the fourth book of his series surrounding the character Robert Langdon, with Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol all selling considerably and films being made or in the process of being made in the wake of their success. However, Brown’s books haven’t always gone down well with the critics, and the fourth installment is another that, though likely to be a huge success, doesn’t appear to be knocking on any reviewers end of year list thoughts even at this stage of the year. "The way the story is told is very similar to The Da Vinci Code: it is basically an extended chase," said the Daily Mail’s critic. "Dan Brown claims to have gone into philosophical, theological and literary history in great depth for his books, but if he has done so, he has left no trace of these in-depth researches in Inferno. It's all twaddle, but at least it is entertaining twaddle."
The Telegraph meanwhile, said that it was Brown’s most ambitious novel to-date, but also his worst. "As a stylist Brown gets better and better: where once he was abysmal he is now just very poor," they wrote. "His prose, for all its detailing of brand names and the exact heights of buildings, is characterised by imprecision. It works to prevent the reader from engaging with the story. This mattered less in his previous novels, but with Inferno I sense for the first time that Brown is aiming at a tauter, better book, one more interested in the real world, longing to escape from the prison of his pleonasm.” He finishes "But in the end this is his worst book, and for a sad, even noble, reason - his ambition here wildly exceeds his ability." Ouch. Still, who cares if it sells eh? Brown certainly won’t.
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Dan Brown's Inferno' - his sixth mystery novel - will see turtleneck wearing protagonist Robert Langdon tackle Dante's epic 14th century poem. Brown's new book was revealed during a social media announcement on Tuesday (January 15, 2013) during which Facebook and Twitter readers profile images were added as tiles in a web graphic, alluding to Dante's allegory of the journey through hell.
Harvard professor Langdon - played by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons adaptations - will be adventuring through "the heart of Europe" this time around, where he will be "drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces." Dante's poem has been studied and scrutinised for hundreds of years - it depicts hell as nine circles of suffering located within the earth. "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said. "With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm . a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways." The poem offers up plenty of scope for Brown's polarizing style of writing and fans should expect plenty of puzzles, codes and symbols.
Brown - born in Exeter, New Hampshire - is one of the world's most successful authors, though is often derided by serious literary critics. He is, of course, the man who served up the line, "Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own."
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Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno - the hotly anticipated next chapter in the world of Robert Langdon - will be published in the U.S. and Canada on May 14 by Doubleday Publishing.
The novel is "set in Italy and centers on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces, Dante's Inferno," according to the Doubleday statement. "In Inferno...[we follow] Robert Langdon back to the heart of Europe, where he becomes entwined in a mystery that has global ramifications...tied to the ominous and truly mesmerizing details of Dante's masterful work," Jason Kaufman, Executive Editor with Doubleday said. "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world," Brown said in the statement.
Brown should be considered a monolithic presence in the literary world. "The Da Vinci Code" spent 144 weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list, has been translated into 51 languages and has sold 81 million copies worldwide. While some authors and keen-readers alike show disdain for his writing, preferring classic works, his pedigree is hard to dispute. "With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm ... a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways," continued Brown.
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Da Vinci’s Code writer Dan Brown has announced that he will be returning with a new book this year.
One of the biggest selling authors of all-time, his critically divided but commercially massive books – which also include Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, Deception Point and The Lost Symbol – have sold over 200 million copies between them, with Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code both getting adapted into feature length films. The Independent reports that the latest of Brown’s crime thrillers – his first since 2009’s The Lost Symbol – will be released on May 14, 2013. His publishers have not revealed the title of the book yet, instead offering up secret codes and messages on social networking for fans to uncover, but it will once again follow the adventures of Robert Langdon – a mainstay in the series since 2000’s Angels & Demons.
Currently a professor of iconology and symbology at Harvard, Brown’s book will apparently be based on "one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces". Intriguing. Meanwhile, his last book The Lost Symbol could well become the third book to be turned into a film; the previous two featured Tom Hanks playing Langdon, but were not universally well-received by the critics.
Jk Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy looks set to continue her literary success with one million pre-orders already having been made.
Following the massive success she had with her Harry Potter franchise which continues to reach out to fans with the new interactive website Pottermore.com even after the release of the last book and film, this modest author’s new ventures definitely look just as promising. It is expected to become the UK’s best seller of 2012 with The Bookseller charts editor Philip Stone telling AFP ‘It’s one of the biggest releases of the 21st century’ and predicting an immediate place at number one. It certainly has the credentials to become the next big hit in literature with it being the most pre-ordered book at Waterstones this year and with Rowling’s last book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, selling 2.5 million copies in the UK just in the first 24 hours.
However, she has some serious competition. She is yet to break the record for the most hardback sales of an adult book in the first week (given that ‘Harry Potter’ was a children’s franchise) which currently stands at a massive 550,000 for Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ sequel ‘The Lost Symbol’. She is also to match the global phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by EL James which has so far sold 5.3 million. One Waterstones spokesperson has expressed doubt that Rowling will even match her own success records with ‘A Casual Vacancy’ and admitted, ‘It is not in the league of ‘Harry Potter’.’Will JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Storm 2012’s Bestseller Charts?
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Bookshops are expected to open early for the launch of the novel at 8am on Thursday and pre-orders at Waterstone’s are the highest of the year so far. A spokesman for the high-street bookseller said: “This is definitely the biggest launch of the year. Having said that, it is not in the league of Harry Potter, which is obviously a phenomenon that built up over a decade.” The real pull, though are the online pre-orders, and they’ve hit the roof. “We have seen a great deal of customer interest for ‘Casual Vacancy’ and, on the strength of pre-orders alone, it has featured in the Amazon.co.uk bestsellers list since it was announced. It’s likely to be one of our bestselling books this Christmas,” said Amazon’s books manager Darren Hardy.
In terms of adult books, of which this is Rowling’s first foray, Dan Brown leads the way: his novel The Lost Symbol sold 550,000 hardback copies in its first week. EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold 5.3 million copies in print and ebooks, will also be hard to beat, but given Rowling’s monolithic name in publishing; her Harry Potter franchise making her one of the richest women in the world, she’ll have the best chance of breaking those impressive sales records.
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