I was convinced that the theme of the Knights Templar would die out for a few years after being exploited to the max just recently. Apparently, Dan Brown thinks otherwise:
The whole industry is impatient. Book sales are generally sluggish, and one explosive, high-profile title can jump-start sales across the board as customers pour into the stores and walk out with a bagful of titles. When Bertelsmann AG reports 2007 results in March, it will be the first time since 2002 that it didn’t get a boost from “The Da Vinci Code.”
Meanwhile, the nation’s biggest retailers can barely restrain themselves. “We’re constantly asking,” says Bob Wietrak, vice president of merchandising at Barnes & Noble Inc.
So where is the new novel? It’s a mystery worthy of the deepest secrets of the Knights Templar. Mr. Brown, holed up in New Hampshire, isn’t saying. His agent, Heide Lange, isn’t, either.
Well, I bet anything that Brown has been looking at this old book:
“Geschichte des Tempelherrenordens, nach dem vorhandenen und mehreren bisher unbenutzten Quellen” by Wilbelm Ferdinand Wilcke.
It is a rather early publication (1826-27) that seems to be full of all sorts of speculations, some of which possible went unnoticed in the ensuing amateurish Templar lore-passing.