Unlock Dan Brown’s Reading List

Author of huge-selling The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown writes thrillers that are unique, 24-hour treasure hunts. He has seen his work translated into 52 languages, and three of novels adapted into films. An avid reader, Brown loves nonfiction, fondly remembers his childhood favorites, and dabbles in thrillers. Here are some of his favorites:

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s first masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of all time, Of Mice and Men tells the timeless story of George and Lennie, ranch hands who drift from job to job, always one step ahead of the law and a few dollars from the poorhouse. The men are polar opposites, but bound together by a dream — a dream that will always be just that.

What the Dog Saw

Malcolm Gladwell might just be the nation’s most gifted journalist in the country. All of his books have been bestsellers, and this one, a collection of his best pieces from the New Yorker, continues the streak. What the Dog Saw investigates why there are so many different kinds of mustard but only one kind of ketchup; a surprising assessment of what makes for a safer automobile; a look at how we hire when we can't tell who's right for the job; why homelessness might be easier to solve than manage; the saga of the quest to invent the perfect cookie; and many more.

Call of the Wild

Considered by many to be Jack London’s greatest work, Call of the Wild is a short adventure set in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush. It is a gripping tale of a heroic dog that faces a choice between living in man's world and returning to nature. In the end, he rejects civilization and lets instinct take over.

Lord of the Flies

After a plane crash leaves a group of young English school boys lost on a tropical island, their struggle to survive and establish order quickly devolves from a battle against nature into a vicious battle against their own primitive instincts. William Golding’s classic is one of the most vivid and gripping works works in modern fiction.

The Tristan Betrayal

It’s 1940. The Nazi’s are in full power, France is occupied, Britain is being hammered by the Blitz, America is neural, and Russia is (for now) in alliance with Germany. American ambassador Stephen Metcalf has been charged with investigating a bold plan that may be the only hope for the free world. In order to do that, he must travel to wartime Moscow to find, and possibly betray, a former love — a fiery ballerina whose own loyalties are in question — in a delicate dance that could destroy all he loves and honors.

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