Many of the early philosophers, artists, and authors signed their work with their own unique symbol or monogram rather than their name. This practice added a mysterious allure to their work and also protected them from persecution should their writings or artwork be deemed counterestablishment.
Practicing without feedback is like bowling through a curtain that hangs down to knee level. You can work on technique all you like, but if you can't see the effects, two things will happen: You won't get any better, and you'll stop caring.
I have read all Brown's books and have found them both interesting and innovative and if you've ever enjoyed any of his novel, I'm sure you would agree with me too but Deception Point is quite the opposite of what you would expect. I found it extremely boring and repetitive. Not one of his best works.
It's not enough to ask what successful people are like, in other words. It is only by asking where are they from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn't. Successful people don't do it alone. Where they come from matters. They're product of particular places and environments.
Although having seen the movie before reading the book, I have to admit that I enjoyed the latter the most. Dan Brown does a great job of navigating you through the plot so gracefully while incorporating interesting historical facts.