Can anyone tell me what Secret Peter and the Masons were protecting? At first it was suggested they were protecting the secret location of the Ancient Mysteries. But Brown makes clear the AMs are preserved in history's important religious texts.
Then it was suggested the Secret was the Verbum Perdo. But when we discover what that was, it turns out it was never lost. Then perhaps it was the location of the Lost Word. But it's common knowledge there's a Bible buried in the cornerstone of the Washington Memorial, so there's no secret there, either. And since there's a Bible in nearly every American home, the the fact there's a specific Bible in a specific location is almost beyond irrelevant, anyway.
Perhaps it was secrecy through obfuscation. Well, OK, so the Bible isn't so much the Lost Word as it is the most-printed book in all history. Nor is it any secret that there's a Bible buried under the WM. Nor does it really even matter that there's a Bible under the WM, because nearly every American owns a copy. So what we're really trying to prevent is people connecting the dots -- realizing the Bible is the key to unlocking the AMs.
But that doesn't work, either. Despite the fact the Bible is the most-studied book in history, entire wars have been fought over its meaning. Which makes it a pretty poor candidate for a key to unlocking anything -- let alone the AMs.
Any way I slice it, I just can't find a secret in there anywhere. So what, exactly, were generations of Solomons ready to surrender their lives to protect?