The success of Secrets of Code ? and the subsequent books in the Secrets Series ? was based on the conviction that the millions drawn to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code were captivated by the mysteries and controversial ideas on which it was based as well as its fast-moving plot.
Likewise, when Dan Burstein finished The Da Vince Code, he wanted to know more, wondering what was true and what was not, what was fact, what was fiction, what was informed speculation and what was pure flight of literary fancy. The quest for answers led him to the books likely to have been part of Dan Brown's source materials and then well beyond, digging deeply into the back-story, which encompassed everything from the life and work of Leonardo, to the complicated history of early Christianity, and from writings on the sacred feminine to obscure works on codes, secret societies, and the occult.
As Burstein absorbed this trove of books and materials on history, archeology, art, theology, Biblical studies, science, encryption, and philosophy, it occurred to him to bring many of these diverse strands together into a single volume so that other Da Vinci Code readers and enthusiasts could benefit from that body of knowledge and criticism as well.
Thus the idea for Secrets of the Code was born: to create the definitive guide to the novel, providing the curious reader with authoritative explorations of the major themes in Dan Brown's mega-seller and do it succinctly through original thought and writing, excerpts from numerous books, websites, and magazines, and interviews with leading experts in their field.
The success of that approach became readily apparent. Secrets of the Code reached eighth place in The New York Times best-seller list, was translated into twenty-three languages, reached seven international best-seller lists, and saw two million copies in pint worldwide. It also spawned a documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon and a special edition of US News & World Report.
After that, five more similarly researched and formatted books were produced as companions to the Dan Brown phenomenon: Secrets of Angels and Demons (which also achieved The New York Timesbest-seller list), Secrets of Mary Magdalene, Secrets of the Widow's Son, Secrets of the Lost Symbol, and Secrets of Inferno. Additionally, Squibnocket published two other books that captured the cultural zeitgeist in a timely way: Secrets of 24 (based on the addictive television show) and Secrets of the Tattooed Girl (exploring the world of Stieg Larsson and his Millennium Trilogy.)
On the drop-down menu in this section the reader will find some early press releases, reviews, and more information produced for publicity purposes. Additional materials can be found by clicking on the links to the other books in the Series.