Author Dan Brown turns 45 today. Brown has written numerous bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making it one of the bestselling novels of all times. His other novels include The Digital Fortress (1998), Angels & Demons (2000), Deception Point (2001), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and his next book The Lost Symbol which is slated to release on September 15, 2009.
Named one of the 'World's 100 Most Influential People' by Time Magazine, he has appeared in the pages of Newsweek, Forbes, People, GQ, The New Yorker, and others. His novels are published in 51 languages around the world.
Brown's novels feature the lead character Robert Langdon who researches historical themes and Christianity. As a result, his novels have generated controversy, especially with the Christian community. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, as he is a Christian himself.
Of his book The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown says that it is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate" and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith".