i. Through the first 60–80 pages of both books the entities, events, characters, descriptions and information are introduced in a both a similar manner and similar order:
a) Opus Dei is closely related to the Vatican – TVB – Back Cover, the pivotal role that the Opus Dei Organization played in their lives and the insidious influence of its corrupt priests on the Vatican, TDC Fact Page, “The Vatican prelature Opus Dei is a deeply devout sect that has been the topic of recent controversy due to brainwashing, coercion and a dangerous practice known as corporeal mortification”.
b) The Guardian of a secret- Roberto Calvi is murdered at a Famous City Landmark – Blackfriars Bridge (London) TVB – Introduction Page – The Guardian of a secret- Jacques Sauniere is murdered at a Famous City Landmark (Paris) – The Louvre; TDC Page 3-5.
c) “Precious Object” – “sacred treasure so carefully hidden” (kept secret) passed on – ancient secret dating back to 49 A.D and ‘Calvi dying with a secret’. TVB Page 3-5, TDC “secret treasure” “I must pass on the secret” TDC Page 5 “most powerful secrets ever kept” – Sauniere.
d) Others in the Brotherhood mentioned, TVB Introduction page. Others in the Brotherhood mentioned – TDC Page 4 – There are ‘4’ members of ‘The Brotherhood’ in each book who “guard the secret” – Roberto Calvi, Sindona, Ruiz-Mateos and the Venetian keep the “secret” in TVB – Jacques Sauniere and the other three other men killed in TDC are the keepers of the “secret”.
e) The first time we see Catherine Turrell, “she awakes” in strange surroundings. “Catherine awoke,” TVB page 11. The first time we see Robert Langdon “he awakes” in strange surroundings, “Robert Langdon awoke slowly,”; TDC page 7.
f) Catherine Turrell looks at herself in the mirror; “When she looked in the mirror the haggard face she saw there was almost unknown to her, she felt physically light and emotionally heavy”; TVB Page 13, TVB – Langdon looks at himself in the mirror, “He gazed into the full-length mirror, the man staring back at him was a stranger tousled and weary” “His usually sharp blue eyes looked hazy and drawn tonight”; TDC, page 8.
ii. The First Major Scene in the Second Part of the books is set out at pages 179-188 in TVB and pages 275-288 of TDC. These are the common elements:
a) Mercenary takes control of Central Male Character;
b) Mercenary has a gun;
c) Main Male Character is lying on the floor injured and in pain;
d) Main Female Character sitting or propped up against a ‘couch’ (divan);
e) A Main Character has an ‘injured right ankle’;
f) Scholar is talking to Mercenary as the other characters listen to them;
g) Mercenary holds a gun to the head of one of his captives;
h) Mercenary “lowers his gun”;
i) Mercenary is in pain, injured
j) Scholar captures Mercenary
k) Opus Dei sent Mercenary after the Relic the Scholar has control of in the room.
l) A “miracle” is introduced as a happening (Happens to Jeremy (Mercenary) – Silas (Mercenary) prays for one, and in hours he will get one – one will happen.
m) Out of all of the characters in the books, the same ‘Four Characters’ (the same in both books) are present in the Scene(s) at the same time – The Central Male Character, the Central Female Character, the Scholar and the Mercenary
n) Mercenary is distraught and feeling helpless
o) Three Main Characters (Main Male Character, Main Female Character and Scholar) regain (are in) control of the Relic as the scene ends
i. The cover of TVB shows the Vatican Seal – with the keys in the middle of the symbol – with a cross at one end of the Key. The use of a Key with a Cross on one end that is associated with the Catholic Church or a group associated with the Catholic Church (Priory of Sion) is taken from TVB and used in TDC.
ii. The key described in TDC with a Fleur-de-Lys on it; “The identity of the living Priory members is kept extremely secret”, Langdon said, “but the P.S. Fleur-de-Lys that you saw as a child are proof. It could only be related to the Priory.” Langdon pulled the heavy key from his pocket again. “Langdon had realized that this key in addition to having the Priory seal embossed on it, possessed a more subtle tie to the Priory of Sion. The equal arm cruciform was symbolic of balance and harmony but also of the Knights Templar. Everyone had seen the painting of the Knights Templar wearing the tunics emblazoned with a red equal-armed cross. Granted, the arms of the Templar cross were slightly flared at the ends, but they were still of equal length.” – “A square cross just like the one on this key.” On page 168 of TDC the association is made between the key and the Holy Grail, Langdon “fantasized about what they might find. The Holy Grail.”
i. Introduction of Opus Dei Founder Jose Maria Escrivá, TVB Page 14. TDC – Introduction of Opus Dei Founder Jose Maria Escrivá, page 28
ii. Introduction of Opus Dei Mercenary – Jeremy – TVB – Page 7. Introduction of Opus Dei Mercenary – Silas- Page 12-13
iii. Introduction of a Relic TVB – “precious object” “relic passed on” – page 3-4 Introduction of a Relic TDC, page 13 – “the legendary keystone” (relic)
iv. Peter Zagranski (Chief Secretary to Pope) is introduced (the head of Opus Dei), TVB page 7. Bishop Manuel Aringarosa is introduced, (the head of Opus Dei), TDC page 28.
v. Escrivá had made Opus Dei an ultraconservative Catholic Organization, TVB page 5. Jose Maria Escrivá promoted a return to conservative Catholic values TDC page 28, and use of exactly the same word; “ultraconservative – Christian secret society.” TDC page 29.
vi. Opus Dei was “founded at a small church in Spain, in 1928” and is a personal prelature of the Pope, TVB page 5. Opus Dei “founded in 1928 by the Spanish priest” and is a personal prelature of the Pope, TDC page 28-30.
vii. Escrivá and his philosophies controversial, TVB Page 6. Escrivá and his philosophies are controversial, TDC page 29.
viii. Escrivá’s book introduced, The Cronica, TVB page 46. Escrivá’s book introduced, The Way, in TDC, page 14.
ix. Escrivá’s beatification is questionable and Opus Dei’s financial influence over the church is suspicious. TVB page 5-7. Opus Dei’s, “intricate worldwide financial empire exercised considerable influence on the church”. It was for this reason that, “the beatification was taking place a mere seventeen years after his death,” and signified some of the “greatest changes in procedure ever to take place in Western religious history.” See also- TVB page 78, “In 1928 with the approval and help of Pope John Paul II, Opus Dei was made a personal prelature.” On page 130 of TVB “the IOR was given “billions of Dollars by the bankers.” And TVB page 127, “without the financial support of the Opus Dei, the Catholic Church would have been broke.” TDC page 40- 41- “the Pope placed the founder of Opus Dei on the “fast track” to sainthood, accelerating the often century long waiting period for canonization to a mere twenty years.” And, “Suspiciously Opus Dei’s elevation to a prelature occurred in the same year (1982) the Opus Dei wealthy sect allegedly transferred one billion dollars into the Vatican’s IOR Institute for Religious Works commonly known as the Vatican Bank, bailing it out of an embarrassing bankruptcy.” TDC page 40-41 – Use of the year 1982 – Money transfers (one billion dollars) to the IOR by Opus Dei in TDC.
x. On page 29 of TDC “Opus Dei had taken root in Spain before Franco’s regime”. The Franco government is mentioned in TVB on page 78, “Opus Dei “attracted members from the right wing pro-Catholic Franco government”.
xi. Opus Dei has, “an intricate worldwide financial empire exercising considerable influence on the church”, TVB page 5 (the same phrase is used), TDC page 29, “most financially secure Catholic organization in the world”.
xii. Opus Dei is being opposed by another entity, Opus Dei forms “new secret military order,” TVB page 6-7, “There had been reports that Escrivá sympathized with Adolph Hitler”, (scandals), TVB page 6 and “Opus Dei is being opposed by a force infinitely more powerful than the media,”- and “They know not the war they have begun,” Aringarosa says, TDC page 30. References to the “military” and “war” – when talking about the church. Then Brown makes mention of the media’s opinions of Opus Dei, “The media always gravitated towards scandal, and Opus Dei, like most large organizations, had within its membership, a few misguided souls who cast a shadow over the entire group,” TDC page 29.
xiii. TVB brings together Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, church secrets and a hugely significant Christian relic (The Turin Shroud). At pages 202-203 of TDC Dan Brown describes and connects the Masons (Priory) and the Knights – the keystones (Secrets) and The Holy Grail (Relic) – the Secret that is being protected.
xiv. In both TVB and TDC all the characters and the plots move around to the finding of a secret relic that a Brotherhood possesses, that is linked to the blood of Jesus Christ.
xv. In TVB and TDC the secret is kept in a Knight’s safety deposit box in a private bank managed by the Knight who is helping others in a Brotherhood to guard a secret that is important to many people and organizations of the Catholic Church.
xvi. In TVB the Dead Sea Scrolls are described as glass jars or cylinders with a papyrus scroll rolled up inside it. In TDC what everyone is looking for is a “Cryptex” – It is a box containing a glass cylinder with a papyrus scroll rolled up inside it.
xvii. In both books the rolled scroll of papyrus has an ancient poem written on it.
xviii. The key to open the box involves the circular moving of letters on it that must be put into proper sequences (order) to spell a specific 5 letter word password. In TVB it is a number sequence code that needs to be deciphered and put into sequence and a five-letter password IBIZA. In TDC the five-letter password is SOFIA. In both TDC and TVB the passwords are linked directly to an earlier feature the major female character’s life.
xix. Five-letter words are used as the password to get the secret out of “a Knights bank” with the password code figured out by the lead male character while he is in London.
xx. In TVB the number code of two parts is used – Page 171, “The account number combinations went together too easily; the first two and the last two digits of each were exactly the same.” TDC Page 60-61, “This is the Fibonacci sequence,” she declared, (Sophie) – (it’s a number sequence clue to get the secret, same as in TVB), “A progression in which each term is equal to the sum of the two preceding terms.” TDC – Page 97- “The scrambled Fibonacci sequence is a clue. The numbers are a hint as to how to decipher the rest of the message.” TDC – page 67 – number code is 13-3-2-21-1-1-8-5. The last two numbers are equal to the first number. In TVB and TDC the same combination of numbers is used to decipher clues to get at the secret. It’s a number combination of the same ‘two parts’, last two and first two specifically.
xxi. The TVB secret kept in a Knight’s Private Bank, Page 169-170 – “Michael had withdrawn her money from his banks”… Page 157-160, “The Knights of Malta” … Catherine had met Michael Macheras (Knight banker) at a party at her family’s French country estate…, Page 160 – “he told her that accounts could be set up in her name at his Cyprus bank”. The same as in TDC, the secret is kept at a Knight’s private bank. TDC – Page 176-191, Andre Vernet, The Depository Bank of Zurich.
xxii. In TVB the Knight Private Banker Catherine met at a Party at her family’s French Country estate, TVB page 159 – “There had been one exception. It had been at her father’s birthday party 10 years ago at the family estate just outside Monaco…home on term break” her father is hosting a party. “When she first saw Michael Macheras.” In TDC the Knight Private banker who Sophie saw at party at her family’s French country estate, TDC page 140 -141, “Sophie had witnessed proof of that ten years ago. Returning for spring break, she goes to the (family’s) vacation chateau in Normandy”… her grandfather is “hosting a party.” TDC- Page 183 – “The woman before him was as unexpected a visitor as Vernet had ever had. “I’m sorry, do we know each other?” Sophie asked.
xxiii. “It’s a simplistic cryptographic joke.” TVB Page 171- it is a code number sequence based upon the number 2; “the first two and the last two digits of each set were exactly the same,” and “the password, too was ludicrously simple.” Similar phrase used to describe “the number code’, ‘simplistic joke’ and ‘ludicrously simple’ – TDC page 61.
xxiv. TVB – Page 171-172 “The password, too, was ludicrously simple”. It is a five letter word, ‘IBIZA’. TDC – Page 200 “We require a password,” … “This cryptex has five lettered dials.” In TDC Page 303- 321, the password is the five letter word, SOFIA. In both TVB and TDC the five-letter passwords are linked to Catherine or Sophie’ life.
xxv. In TDC, page 304, “Hebrew alphabet… is found throughout the Kabala and the Dead Sea Scrolls”… “The mystical teachings of the Kabala drew heavily on anagrams rearranging the letters of Hebrew words to derive new meanings”– Hebrew words on a scroll, like the Dead Sea Scrolls in TVB on Page 50.
xxvi. In the TVB and TDC a glass cylinder inside containing a scroll – a leaf of papyrus that is an ancient document that is critical to religious beliefs. The ‘idea’ of a papyrus scroll being used for this purpose to describe religious beliefs is written in TVB beginning with the descriptions of the Dead Sea Scrolls on page 50. In TDC – the Holy Grail – the Divinity of Christ or the Bloodline.
xxvii. In the TVB and TDC solving the riddle (Poem) of the scroll found inside the cryptex involves the figuring out of a code message written backwards (Hebrew scroll writing). Scroll writing is backwards. In TVB everything moves in the same manner towards a “secret” “treasure” and a Codex (Aleppo) is described that “is the earliest known Hebrew manuscript” (the writing is backwards). xxviii. In the TVB and TDC the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex is explained – and the Prophesy of future military struggles is described. The concept of a Prophesy also appears in TDC.
xxix. In the TVB and TDC, four main members of the Brotherhood are described; members of the Priory or the Knights Templar. TVB has four Bankers who are Knights/Masons and members of a Brotherhood. The Knights Templar or reference to the Priory – are the Knights of Malta in TVB.
xxx. In the TVB and TDC the Grand Master is mentioned – in the Introduction Page of TVB referring to a brotherhood – linked to Roberto Calvi’s (Introduction – Mason man murdered) murder the Masons and later to the Knights. In TDC page 171, “my grandfather was one of them?” (Jacques Sauniere – Prologue – Mason man murdered). Page 218, “my grandfather” and “the brotherhood,” page 264, “Even if your grandfather were the Priory Grand Master [Knight’s – Masons].”
xxxi. In TVB you need two things to open the safety deposit box where the treasure is – a personal account number and the password. In TDC you need two things to open the safety deposit box where the treasure is, a key (the crucifix) as a personal account number (10 – digit number sequence code) and the five-letter password that opens the Cryptex.
xxxii. In the TVB and TDC to get the treasure (the proof of a secret) it is the lead figures who figure it all out; Stephen Hathaway and Catherine Turrell in TVB, and Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu in TDC.
xxxiii. In the TVB and TDC – The scrolls are found in round jars or cylinders. The Aleppo Codex is introduced in the beginning of TVB. It is “the earliest known Hebrew manuscript. The one here in Israel contains 295 of the original 487 leaves,” (papyrus). The Scrolls described along with the Codex are rolled mostly on round cylinders and are papyrus scrolls. The scrolls are described on TVB Page 50 – 52, (Hebrew) and “psalms like poems” a partial text of the book of Isaiah, and an apocalyptic work about a future military struggle. The chapter describes in detail the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other scrolls and gives a considerable amount of information about many papyrus and leather scrolls that have been found in the last century. In the beginning explanations of the finding of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 it is written in TVB that “the scrolls had been found in jars (round cylinders) to protect them from the humidity, a practice which was described in the Bible and the Apocrypha”. “The discovery of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 in a cave near Qumran’. Qumran was known for being terribly arid.” Arid conditions will destroy papyrus scrolls. TVB, Page 51- Aleppo Codex is the earliest known Hebrew manuscript. In TDC the papyrus (Hebrew) scroll in the second cryptex box that opens with the word APPLE. In it is a Hebrew manuscript in a round glass cylinder to protect it from the vinegar that will destroy it. All of the scrolls (Hebrew) in both TVB and TDC refer to Hebrew documents psalm like poems – that need to be deciphered – to tell the reader a riddle, leading them somewhere or giving them information. The Apocrypha or Gnostic Gospels are mentioned in TVB on Page 50. In TDC on Page 234 and Page 245 a similar description… “The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950’s hidden in a cave near Qumran’, in the Judean desert. And, of course, the Coptic Scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi.” Identical descriptions to the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran and the Apocrypha, Coptic Scrolls or Gnostic Gospels found in Nag Hammadi are in TVB on Pages 50-51 and in TDC on Page 234.
xxxiv. In fact, more accurately, if Dan Brown had done his own research instead of merely copying TVB text into TDC, he would have written this; “The Dead Sea Scrolls were actually found in Wadi Qumran, in the Qumran Caves — 19 kilometers from the ancient West Bank city of Jericho”.
xxxv. In the TVB and TDC the same ‘idea’ to create the ‘central entity’ of a story exists, the ‘core idea’ of the ‘relic’ (scroll) is the one of the most important elements of both stories. The search for this object begins the search for the Holy Grail, to prove both that the Bloodline exists and that Jesus Christ is not Divine. Without the scroll there is no quest. In TVB the quest begins with everyone searching for a core object – the Holy Cloth TURIN SHROUD that develops the plots and themes of the story to show that Jesus Christ is Divine. In TDC the quest begins with a search for the HOLY GRAIL to show that Jesus Chris is Not Divine.
xxxvi. TVB – Page 166 – “To publish evidence strongly questioning the validity of church teachings… like Jesus being alive when He was taken to His burial chamber… The lords of Rome… buried everything (conflicting doctrines and findings) deep in the Vatican archives with volumes off other information that contradicted their teachings,”; “the reports had been suppressed by the Vatican.” TDC also in explaining the Bloodline Theory, which is based on the proposition that Christ was alive when taken from His burial chamber, describes conflicting Scriptures and Concepts of the Catholic Church; Christianity involving the APOCRYPHA, Gnostic Gospels and “gospels that don’t match up with the gospels in the Bible”, TDC Page 245-246. See also TDC – Page 234-235- “Church’s desire to suppress these documents comes from a sincere belief in their established view of Christ. The Vatican is made up of deeply pious men who truly believe these contrary documents could only be false testimony.”
xxxvii. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Apocrypha described in TVB at page 50, along with the Turin Shroud descriptions on TVB page 164-167 regarding the possible Blood of Christ being found in the Turin Shroud form the basis of an apparent conflict in evidence that puts the teachings of The Catholic Church and Christianity in question about the Divinity of Christ. The Blood if Christ and a missing relic (secret) and conflicts in church doctrines is very similar to the Bloodline Theory as developed in TDV by Dan Brown with his by introducing missing parts of the real history of the church (Apocrypha) regarding among other things the concept of Jesus Christ and His Divinity – concepts and teachings directly related to the Blood of Christ and the introduction of a secret relic that will prove He was not Divine – the Holy Grail.
xxxviii. There is a distinctive series of links common to both TVB and TDC between missing documents, secrets, the Apocrypha, rolled Hebrew papyrus scrolls, teachings related to the Bible, the Blood of Christ, His Divinity, the doctrines of The Catholic Church and Christianity; which turns on the finding of a relic and the proving or disproving of Catholic/Christian teachings.
xxxix. Reference is also made to conflicting gospels and any evidence that conflicts with the Catholic Church linking all of this with one of the Central Themes and a Main Entity and the Divinity of Christ. TVB page 166, “The whole belief system of the Catholic religion rested upon Jesus dying on the cross that terrible Friday and then being resurrected and mystically ascending into heaven. Although scholars had rejected the (Turin) Shroud’s authenticity, their findings presented conflicting arguments about the actual circumstances which surrounded the death of Jesus Christ.” And, “to publish evidence strongly questioning the validity of church teachings was not considered to be in the best interest of the church and the reports had been suppressed by the Vatican.” On page 234 of TDC Brown writes – Teabing said, “The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the 1950’s hidden in a cave near Qumran in the Judean Desert. Then Teabing continues, “Of course, the Vatican, in keeping with their tradition of misinformation, tried very hard to suppress the release of these scrolls. And, why wouldn’t they? The scrolls highlight glaring historical discrepancies and fabrications, clearly confirming that the modern Bible was compiled and edited by men who possessed political agenda – to promote the divinity of the man Jesus Christ and use His influence to solidify their own power base.” Brown writes on page 235; Teabing countered, “is that almost everything our fathers taught about us about Christ is false. As are the stories about the Holy Grail.” This directly links the Dead Sea Scrolls descriptions in TDC on page 234 and conflicting doctrines of the Vatican on the same page to Brown’s major entity and theme- the Holy Grail and The Bloodline and the Divinity of Christ on page 235. Out of the 240 thousands, hundreds of thousands, of artifacts that have been found that conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church, that is suppresses things that threaten it, in both TVB and TDC the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Apocrypha (Nag Hammadi), Coptic Scrolls of Nag Hammadi, or Gnostic Gospels are the significant historical findings to justify that the Catholic Church is suspicious.
xl. In TVB on page 166 the documents and arguments are “conflicting”. In TDC at page 235 they are described as “contrary”.
xli. In the TVB and TDC – the (same-age) “Scholar” (the characters serve the same purposes) is the one giving the reader all of this vital information. In TVB the Scholar is Father Rovarik and in TDC the Scholar is Teabing.
In the book’s Appendices, the listings of the copying from Page 222 to Page 296 show hundreds of instances of copying. These listings, although completely compelling and overwhelming, are not inclusive of all of Dan Brown’s copying of The Vatican Boys to create The Da Vinci Code.