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Link of the Week: Dan Brown Plot Generator

September 16, 2009

Apparently the writers at Slate Magazine aren’t too fond of Dan Brown and his writing adventures involving protagonist Robert Langdon.  About 20 minutes ago (at midnight on Tuesday) his newest book was released.  In “celebration” of Dan Brown’s newest novel The Lost Symbol they came up with this fun little play on Brown and his extremely successful formula.

Slate Magazine came up with a “Dan Brown Plot Generator” where you can select a city and a group, and they come up with a comical plot for his next book. Here is a pretty funny random plot that I generated:

A long-forgotten puzzle at the heart of New Orleans.
A shadowy cult determined to protect it.
A desperate race to uncover Major League Baseball’s darkest secret.
A long-forgotten puzzle at the heart of New Orleans.
A shadowy cult determined to protect it.
A desperate race to uncover Major League Baseball’s darkest secret.
The Missing Mausoleum

When world-famous Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to the French Quarter to analyze a mysterious ancient script—drawn on a calling card next to the disemboweled corpse of the head docent—he discovers evidence of the unthinkable: the resurgence of the ancient cult of the Lucifori, a secret branch of Major League Baseball that has surfaced from the shadows to carry out its legendary vendetta against its mortal enemy, the Vatican.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed when a messenger from the Lucifori appears at Lake Pontchartrain to deliver a macabre ultimatum: Deposit $1 billion in Major League Baseball’s off-shore bank accounts or the exclusive clothier of the Swiss Guards will be bankrupted. As the city braces for disaster, Langdon joins forces with the nervy and quick-witted 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 800-year-old trail through New Orleans’s most venerable monuments and exalted buildings, pursued by a one-handed assassin the cult has sent to thwart them. What they discover threatens to expose a conspiracy that goes all the way back to Babe Ruth and the very founding of Major League Baseball.
A pretty funny generator Slate Magazine.  I am a huge fan of the Dan Brown books, but find your generator clever.  Let me know what funny scenarios that you all came up with.
Also, will you be buying his new book?  When I get more free time I will buy it and happily read it, but until then I hope you all enjoy it (and probably review it).
Happy Puzzle Solving everyone
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