Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan to reunite on new movie 'Ithaca'

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'Inferno' tops list of Amazon best-sellers in 2013

'Inferno' tops list of Amazon best-sellers in 2013

SEATTLE, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Florence-set mystery "Inferno" by Dan Brown was the best-selling book of 2013, the U.S. online retailer Amazon.com announced.
EL James tops Forbes' top-earning author list

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Tom Hanks to star in film based on Dan Brown's 'Inferno'

Tom Hanks to star in film based on Dan Brown's 'Inferno'

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- Actor Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard are reuniting to make "Inferno," their third movie based on a Dan Brown mystery novel, The Hollywood Reporter said.

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MLB: Philadelphia 7, Miami 3

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Dan Brown's fourth Robert Langdon novel to be published in May

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Pre-sale of Rowling book hits 1M copies

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Don't try this at home -- or elsewhere!

Don't try this at home -- or elsewhere!
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Dan Brown
"Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London after giving evidence in the ongoing plagiarism trial brought by authors Michael Beagent and Richard Leigh on Monday March 13 2006. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels, which are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour time period, feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into over 40 languages, and as of 2009, sold over 80 million copies. Two of them, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, have been adapted into feature films. The former opened amid great controversy and poor reviews, while the latter did only slightly better with critics.

Brown's novels that feature the lead character Robert Langdon also include historical themes and Christianity as recurring motifs, and as a result, have generated controversy. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, though he is on a 'constant spiritual journey' himself, and says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate" and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith."

Dan Brown was born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA, the eldest of three children. Brown grew up on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy, where his father, Richard G. Brown, was a teacher of mathematics, and wrote textbooks from 1968 until his retirement in 1997. Both of Brown's parents are also singers and musicians, having served as church choir masters, with his mother also serving as church organist. Brown was raised an Episcopalian.

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