Well, it seems to be accurate. The newest Dan Brown book will indeed feature Freemasonry. The US cover features the US Capitol and the seal of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction. If there were any doubts before that this book would affect the Craft and how we are perceived, it should dissipate fairly quickly.
What does this mean for us? First, we had better be able to explain to the millions of readers of these books any misconceptions that may appear in the book. Second, we had better be ready for the onslaught of curious men who's interest will be sparked by this book in joining our Fraternity. I know many brothers are concerned about the quality of the men that will be on our doorstep and with good reason. It will be our job to remove the wheat from the chaff. Of course, we have been doing that for centuries so we should have it down by know. And really, when was the last time you ran into a bad candidate.
The UK version of the cover uses a key with a Square and Compass as its handle. It also prominently displays the US Capitol building on its face.
Okay, so Esquire at the Manthanein Chronicles blog has corrected me on the SR seal. It is, in fact, more similar to the seal used by the Northern Jurisdiction. This is what I get for not being a Scottish Rite Mason. If you want to check out the analysis, go to his blog post here.
So I think the Scottish Rite bodies may need to get ready for the onslaught of interest. The reason I say this is that if you add the numbers for the date, 9/15/09, equals 33. Interesting.