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Secrets of the Widow's Son: The Mysteries Surrounding the Sequel to the Da Vinci Code    by David A. Shugarts & Daniel Burstein order for
Secrets of the Widow's Son
by David A. Shugarts
Order:  USA  Can
Sterling, 2005 (2005)
Hardcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you haven't read The Da Vinci Code, you at least know of that extremely popular book, which itself was a sequel to Angels and Demons, both by Dan Brown. I have to admit that I was confused at times by the symbolism and references in the text of The Da Vinci Code. But it was such a good story that I overlooked those hitches, plowed onward, and felt rewarded by my persistence by the time I reached the end.

In David Shugarts' Secrets of the Widow's Son, I was confused most of the time. Shugarts feels he is explaining some of the mysteries that Brown will use in his third book of the series, The Solomon Key. I don't quite understand how one can explain something that has not yet been published. But that all too powerful but this is a fascinating book that includes startling facts about the origins of Freemasonry, Mormonism, and Catholicism, and the beginnings of our very own country and its founding fathers. Whether or not Shugarts is right in his predictions of the course Brown's novel will take, he has expounded extremely interesting lines of thought. Some of which, in my mind, explain events in the United States today.

Secrets of the Widow's Son is an intriguing book that will capture your interest whether you truly enjoy it or not. And, if you do some traveling, it will have you looking for the symbols that Shugarts has sprinkled liberally throughout his work. The amount of research that went into the writing is awesome in itself, and should be appreciated.

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