Written by Sherry
Friday, 18 September 2009 12:19
An ancient puzzle at the heart of Washington.
A shadowy cult determined to protect it.
A white-knuckled race to uncover the Mormon Church's darkest secret.
The Serpentine Glyph
When world-famous Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to the Capitol to analyze a mysterious ancient script—imprinted on a gold ring lying next to the mangled body of the traditionalist head docent —he discovers evidence of the unthinkable: the resurgence of the ancient cult of the Lucifori, a secret branch of the Mormon Church that has surfaced from the shadows to carry out its legendary vendetta against its mortal enemy, the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican.
Langdon's worst fears are confirmed when a messenger from the Lucifori, Glen Beck, appears at the Lincoln Memorial to deliver a fateful ultimatum: Turn over Fr. Augustine Di Noia, OP, or one cherub will disappear from the Sistine Chapel every day. With the deadline fast approaching, Langdon joins forces with the freckled, home-schooled daughter of the murdered docent in a desperate bid to crack the code that will reveal the cult's secret plan.
Embarking on a frantic hunt, Langdon and his companion follow a 65,000 day old trail through Washington's most venerable churches and exalted buildings, pursued by a one-handed albino assassin the cult has sent to thwart them. What they discover threatens to expose a conspiracy that goes all the way back to Joseph Smith and the role of the Legionaries of Christ in the founding of the Mormon Church.
- With apologies to everyone and Slate's Dan Brown plot generator.
I just had to see if Mark Shea was right and that nothing beat using the name of Glen Beck to generate traffic!