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Did Dan Brown Kill Michael Baigent?

Da Vinci The last supper detail Da Vinci codeNo one’s suggesting that Dan Brown literally murdered Michael Baigent, but the author of The Da Vinci Code and his publisher, Random House, pushed back so hard against the co-author of Holy Blood, Holy Grail‘s copyright infringement lawsuit that it killed him, says Baigent’s friend Graham Hancock, in The Independent:

Dan Brown and his publisher Random House have been sensationally accused of sending a rival author to an early grave.

Michael Baigent was left destitute after losing the case he brought against Random House for copyright infringement in 2006. Writer Graham Hancock says the protracted legal battle “cost Michael Baigent his life” – the 65-year-old author died earlier this month of a brain haemorrhage. Baigent was the co-author of a 1982 non-fiction book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which investigated the same conspiracy theories upon which Brown’s later novel, The Da Vinci Code, is based. With Richard Leigh, Baigent’s book explored the theory that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had had a child together.

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CERN And The Vatican Will Study Origins Of The Universe Together

If you're among the millions of people who read Dan Brown's Illuminati-vs.-Catholic Church thriller Angels & Demons, you'll feel that the idea of the Vatican collaborating with CERN on the Large Hadron Collider project is more than a little unlikely; nonetheless, the Catholic Spirit is reporting that it's going to happen:
The Geneva-based laboratory would like to invite an astronomer from the Vatican Observatory to collaborate on studies concerning the origin of the universe, said Ugo Amaldi, a professor of medical physics and president of the TERA Foundation, which works closely with CERN in finding ways to apply atomic research in treating cancer. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, "is an international and European (facility), and to have the Vatican Observatory send some or one of its young scientists will be something that is extremely important," he said. He made his comments during a Dec. 10 Vatican press conference launching the Italian-language version of "The Heavens Proclaim," a book about the history of the Vatican and astronomy. The head of the Vatican Observatory, Jesuit Father Jose Funes, said during the book presentation that he hopes Gabriele Gionti, a young Vatican astronomer who will be ordained in June, will be involved in the CERN collaboration...
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Da Vinci Code Author Dan Brown’s Twenty Worst Sentences

The Telegraph has compiled a list of the twenty absolute worst sentences written by Da Vinci Code and Lost Symbol author Dan Brown.

Edinburgh professor of linguistics Geoffrey Pullum says “Brown’s writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad,” and he’s right, woo-ee, there are some stinkers.

Angels and Demons, opening sentence: “Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own.”

The Da Vinci Code, chapter 4: “Five months ago, the kaleidoscope of power had been shaken, and Aringarosa was still reeling from the blow.”

The Da Vinci Code, chapter 4: “As a boy, Langdon had fallen down an abandoned well shaft and almost died treading water in the narrow space for hours before being rescued. Since then, he’d suffered a haunting phobia of enclosed spaces – elevators, subways, squash courts.”

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