Dan Brown has received numerous awards among which the Book Sense award (2003, for The Da Vinci Code) and the Goodreads choice award (2013, for Inferno). Most of Dan Brown's novels have received praises and positive reviews from newspapers, including The New York Times and The Guardian. Although Dan Brown has not won any major literary prize (such as the Booker prize, the Pulitzer prize or other National book awards), he remains one of the most read writers of the 21st Century, with a strong popular following that rivals J.K. Rowling, Paulo Coelho, John Grisham or Danielle Steele.
Da Vinci code:
“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?'”
“The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven. The Bible is the product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.”
The Lost Symbol:
“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.”
“Sometimes all it takes is a tiny shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light.”
“Angels and demons were identical--interchangeable archetypes--all a matter of polarity. The guardian angel who conquered your enemy in battle was perceived by your enemy as a demon destroyer.”
“Sometimes a legend that endures for centuries... endures for a reason.”
Dan Brown's books have consistently made a great start in bookshops around the world. His recent thriller The Lost Symbol broke one-day sales records, with over 1 million copies. While the book Inferno was about to be released, Dan Brown announced the future publication of his latest title (Origin), thus creating the highest peak in the sales of books ever recorded in late October 2016. To date, Dan Brown has sold over 200 million copies of his books, bringing his annual revenue is reported to be over $150 million and he was the highest paid writer in the world back in 2012 with $46 million.