Dan Brown's highly anticipated new book 'Inferno' is out on Monday night.
Rather than focusing on the plot or the characters what a lot of people are mostly wondering is - how many people will he annoy?
His book 'The Da Vinci Code' managed to offend great swathes of the world's population despite being a work of fiction.
Will 'Inferno' live up to the controversial hype? Are there a few little tricks he could do to help him on his way...?
Robinson was so incensed by the 'The Da Vinci Code' he felt compelled to edit and narrate a full rebuttal of the book which aired on Channel 4. Brown's book relies heavily on the existence of a secret society called the Priory of Sion. Robinson managed to find someone who assured him that entire thing was a hoax dreamt up by his father. Or in his words, "piffle". <strong>Total number of peeved</strong>: 1
This incredibly powerful chap ruled over the Roman Empire in the 4th century AD. 'The Da Vinci Code' purports he destroyed early Gnostic Christian gospels that portrayed Jesus as merely human in order to create a demigod inspired form of Christianity with which he could unify and rule his kingdom. If this is the case, he'd probably prefer it was kept quiet... <strong>Total number of peeved: 2</strong>
Rushdie was not a fan of Brown's novel, not one bit. He said of it: "Do not start me on 'The Da Vinci Code. "A novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name." Perhaps Rushdie was just jealous Brown's controversy was overtaking his own 'Satanic Verses' as the literary furore to end all furores... <strong>Total number of peeved: 3</strong>
Without doubt the best verbal onslaught over Brown's novel came from Stephen Fry. In prose which surpassed any of that found in the book, Fry described it as "complete loose stool-water" and "arse gravy of the worst kind". <strong>Total number of peeved: 4</strong>
Famed horror novelist tried valiantly to top Fry's remarks but could only muster "intellectual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese". Good effort, but lots of people actually like Kraft cheese, a hell of a lot more than arse gravy anyway. <strong>Total number of peeved: 5</strong>
Lewis Perdue & Baigent and Leigh
Brown faced two lawsuits alleging he had plagiarised previous works. Both failed. <strong>Total number of peeved: 9</strong>
Perhaps unsurprisingly France doesn't feature too heavily in the Bible. One tenuous claim the Land of Egalatie had was that the 'historical' Jesus (as opposed to the one inclined to resurrect and the like) actually came to France with Mary Magdalene and had a child. In the intense scrutiny of the aftermath of 'The Da Vinci Code', many people poured scorn on such theories thus ridiculing France's link to a Christian past. <strong>Total number of peeved: 65,436,561</strong>
The Catholic Church
This is the biggy. Unsurprisingly, Brown's vision, fiction or not, of a bloodline of Christ that fundamentally undermines the Church's teachings did not go down too well. The Church felt compelled to speak out against the book calling it "shameful and unfounded lies". <strong>Total number of peeved: 1,200,065,436,561</strong>
Can He Annoy Off More Than 1.3 Billion People With His New Book?
It's going to have to be a titanic effort - but there are some possible shortcuts...
Rather than the Catholic Church Brown could instead choose to target Islam whose 1.62 billion members would easily take him over his last target.
India Or China
A country-based approach could help him. India's population of 1,241,491,960 or China's 1,344,130,000 would be enough.
A study in 2007 warned of thee impending crisis caused by the rapidly proliferating number of Elvis impersonators on the planet. A third of the world's population would be snaking their hips by 2019 apparently, more than enough for Brown.
There aren't enough gingers in the world for Brown to repeat his feat. With only an estimated 97.5 million of them he would fall far short.