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Best Books of Dan Brown

Updated on July 21, 2013
Dan Brown
Dan Brown

About Dan Brown...

Dan Brown is an American bestselling author of mystery, suspense and thriller novels and one of my personal favorites. He has a unique skill of blending modern science with history and cryptography to build hid own genre of novels.

He is probably best known for his book, "The Da Vinci Code" that was published in 2003. The Da Vinci code is the best example for his talent in creating suspense and mystery throughout a story line, from the prologue to the end of the book.

His novels are usually fast-paced-spanning around two, three days at most. But his talent for creating visuals in the readers' mind through comprehensive detailing has lead to the success of his novels.

Dan Brown book list...

  1. 187 Men to Avoid: A Survival Guide for the Romantically Frustrated Woman (1995)
  2. The Bald Book (1998)
  3. Digital Fortress (1998)
  4. Angels & Demons (2000)
  5. Deception Point (2001)
  6. The Da Vinci Code (2003)
  7. The Lost Synbol (2009)
  8. Inferno (2013)

The highlighted four novels are adventures of 'Robert Langdon', a Harvard professor of Symbology.

The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code

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Best of Dan Brown novels...

Here is an attempt to identify the best novels written by Dan Brown. These are in order of my personal favorations and will not necessarily depict the views of any other. But the again, I have a pretty good taste and this ranking may tally almost perfectly as yours. If you believe otherwise please leave a comment and let others know as well.

01) The Da Vinci Code

Undoubtedly 'The Da Vinci Code' is the masterpiece of Dan Brown's creations. Funded by a rich backstory developed from the age old mysteries of art such as the Mona Lisa, The Holy Grail and the symbology leading to the uncovering of the world's biggest and most secretive knowledge.

This is an adventure by 'Robert Langdon'-the main character of four of Dan Brown's novels up to now. Robert Langdon is a Harvard professor of Symbology and an expert at that. Often his unique knowledge of certain secret cults, organizations, symbology and expertise does save his life in the bizarre twist of events that take place throughout the novel. Robert Langdon is also an excellent cryptographer. His expertise in symbology often aid him to identify and create hidden connections among things that may seem ordinary to us.

The Da Vinci Code is an amazing journey and a page turner. Due to the immense popularity of the book, The Da Vinci Code was made into a movie in 2006, in which Robert Langdon is played by Tom Hanks. Although the book is brilliant, I cannot say the same about the movie. If you are new to Dan Brown novels and want to try one of his books, The Da Vinci Code is my best offer for you.

Angels & Demons written in perfect anagram
Angels & Demons written in perfect anagram
Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons

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02) Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown is the first novel featuring the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. If you are the slightest fan of secret cults and Free Masons and Illuminati, this story will blow your mind away. Even better, you can find the following author's note at the beginning of the book.

"References to all works of art, tombs, tunnels, and architecture in Rome are entirely factual (as are their exact locations). They can still be seen today.

The brotherhood of the Illuminati is also factual"

As for the reliability of this statement, I cannot vouch. But that statement certainly adds some value, authority and a sense of realness to the whole novel.

Also one of the best things about Dan Brown's novels is the fact that he uses real world things to base his stories on. That certainly takes a lot of effort and research and he should be duly credited for that.

Anyway, the Angels & Demons has a very intriguing story based around the supposedly 'dead' cult of Illuminati, their power and how they spread their tentacles to use their power to stop Robert Langdon who is pursuit of uncovering the truths.

Angels & Demons too was made into a movie, without success as would be expected of such a great story line.

Deception Point
Deception Point

Deception Point book...

03) Deception Point

This is a non-Robert Langdon novel. Deception Point speaks of more or less government hidden agendas and conspiracy theories. NASA is a huge loss making entity for the US Government. As the knots tie around politicians on heavy wastage of money on NASA, some people try to save it from being shut down before the next election. What NASA needs is a scientific breakthrough- a discovery that will change the course of humanity forever and as luck would have it, they do make a breakthrough. But hidden among all politics and discoveries are biggest lies that are invisible to the naked eyes.

Definitely another fast-paced thriller from Dan Brown.

"A Conspiracy Thriller that really THRILLS!"

- Jeff Edwards from

Inferno by Dan Brown
Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno is the description of hell from the prose "The Divine Comedy" by Dante.

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04) Inferno

Inferno by Dan Brown is the fourth adventure of Robert Langdon. This is also the latest book written by Dan Brown (2013).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Italy with a gun shot wound on his scalp and without any recollection of where he is, what had happened or what was happening around him. From this point on-wards the story picks up a fast paced thriller that words cannot describe. Again in Inferno we see Dan Brown's talents in mixing ancient art and crafts and symbols and futuristic sciences which are yet to see the daylight.

Again at the beginning of the book Dan Brown gives a note:

"All artwork, literature, science, and historical references in this novel are real"

Again, I cannot stand for the reliability of this statement, but his exquisite knowledge on the matters mentioned in the book, through the perspective of Robert Langdon, makes me want to believe Dan Brown.


These are merely the top 4 books of Dan Brown as per my personal perspective. Different people may have different opinions, and I encourage them to leave a comment below with their rankings.

This ranking by no means should be understood as a listing of only the books worth reading of Dan Brown. I loved almost all of his books, maybe except for the first two books written in 1990s, specially since I haven't read them and also since they are of a different genre.

If you wish to buy other books of Dan Brown visit his Amazon page.

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      Richtjam 20 months ago

      Angels and Demons was also my favorite of the Dan Brown novels. It's possible because I have seen many of the sites discussed in the book. Da Vinci Code closely follows. Lost Symbol has been my least favorite of all of his novels. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, however, it felt more predictable than the others.

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      Rajat 2 years ago

      I loved Angels and Demons!

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      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      I love Angels & Demons. Voted up.