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The Lost Symbol | [Dan Brown]

The Lost Symbol

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.
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Publisher's Summary

The Lost Symbol, the stunning follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, is a masterstroke of storytelling - a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes and unseen truths...all under the watchful eye of a terrifying villain. Set within the unseen tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object - artfully encoded with five ancient symbols - is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor Peter Solomon - prominent Mason and philanthropist - is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving Peter is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon finds himself plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations...all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

The Lost Symbol is exactly what Dan Brown's fans have been waiting for...his most thrilling novel yet.

©2009 Dan Brown; (P)2009 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[I]mpossible to put down....Mr. Brown was writing sensational visual scenarios long before his books became movie material. This time he again enlivens his story with amazing imagery....Thanks to him, picture postcards of the capital's most famous monuments will never be the same....In the end it is Mr. Brown's sweet optimism, even more than Langdon's sleuthing and explicating, that may amaze his readers most." (The New York Times)
"Thrilling, entertaining....Robert Langdon goes for another roller-coaster ride - this time in a hunt for a Masonic treasure in Washington, D.C." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Canda Mueller 10-15-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Just what should be expected from Dan Brown"

    This is just as entertaining as Dan Brown's other books. The scenario is typical of his writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-03-09
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 10-03-09 Member Since 2007

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

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    "Really Bad - Boring Beyond Comprehension"

    The two stars are for the guided tour of Washington D.C.'s unique landmarks. But...

    You know a novel is in trouble when you get 3/4ths of the way through and just want it over already. The antagonist in this story seems to be motivated by such a surreal urge to do evil (and become a god) that he is driven to perform ridiculous acts of cruelty, so bizarre in nature as to be laughable from a literary stand point. The listener will find him/herself saying, "Why would he do that that?" Just because something is macabre, doesn't mean your maniacal antagonist has to do it...but that's exactly what Dan Brown has done in this novel. The evil doer in this book is nothing more than a stock character akin to the wicked troll living under the bridge (or, in this case, a mansion).

    More painful yet is the is the introduction of an entire throw away section of the book involving something called noetic science. It comes, build to a crescendo, and disappears in a blaze of inanity. Filler is the best description I have for the chapters on the subject.

    Perhaps the most odd aspect of this book is how the author allows characters in the throws of death (or running in terror) to lucidly contemplate great spiritual mysteries as if their impending doom is a moment of clarity worthy of epiphany. Those little gems can be described in one word...hooey.

    The entire premise of the book (no spoilers here) is inane: a great mystery, so powerful that it must be kept from all humankind. Yet, that same mystery would liberate (you guessed it) all humankind. It keeps you listening to the end, only to let you down like an expensive restaurant meal that gives you gastrointestinal issues.

    Avoid this novel so Dan Brown will have to do his mea culpas to a public who expected more than this, but less than Umberto Eco.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 09-29-09
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 09-29-09 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "Lost Symbol"

    What a disapointment. I would not have given this one star but 0 star is not an option. I was looking forward to going on Dan Browns newest adventure. I'm feeling let down by Mr. Brown. I have read his other books this once is not even close to his other novels. In fact I would like a refund!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Essex, CT, United States 09-25-09
    Richard Essex, CT, United States 09-25-09
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    "Ditto! A Wasted Credit"

    I support the comments that the story-line was:
    Predictable - YES
    Repetitive - YES
    Cookie-Cutter - YES
    and YES, a disappointment!


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    William Murphysboro, IL, USA 02-13-10
    William Murphysboro, IL, USA 02-13-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Contrived"

    I could not think of the proper way to express my reservations about this book. When talking to a friend of mine she said that she found the book to be contrived. I think that is an excellent way of expressing my critique. Typical of Dan Brown, there is a load of information, perhaps too much arcane information. However, that is the most interesting aspect of the book. I found myself being lectured way too often or as another friend said "speechifying". I was also troubled about the repetitive nature of some of the lecturing which talks place in the form of an explanation. I swear it is almost cut and past from one section of the book to another.

    By the end of the book I was happy that it had finally finished and felt that the work to get through it was really not worth the effort.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Calabasas, CA, United States 11-06-09
    Jerry Calabasas, CA, United States 11-06-09 Member Since 2005
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    "I want my seventeen hours back!"

    A previous reviewer wrote " If you like Dan Brown, you will like this book". I like Dan Brown but this book is a near complete waste of time. Is Brown writing a mystery or giving a lecture? I thought this book was never going to end. Of course as another reviewer said, he will probably make a fortune on the screen play. This may be a challenge for Ron Howard, not sure he has ever made a movie based on a lecture before.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Johnston 10-20-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "First Draft"

    As much as I wanted to like this one, it was not to be. As the story stumbled through I couldn't stop myself from thinking that somehow an unedited first draft of a Dan Brown novel had been bootlegged and released as a final product. I can only assume that the author has reached some sort of "untouchable" status with the publisher and was allowed to bypass any semblance of editorial assistance. Some of the material was so repetitive that on more than one occasion I was sure my ipod had skipped back to previous chapters. The story had potential but this book belies the greatest qualities of all other Dan Brown novels. If the reader cannot even begin to accept the plausibility of the book's premises and reconcile the revelation of interesting real world facts to creative fictional situations then we are left with nothing more than a screenplay barely worthy of a lost episode of MacGyver. I assume Ron Howard is sweating bullets wondering what he is supposed to do with this one. This will teach movie execs to read before they buy.
    Great narration though!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Oakdale, CA, United States 10-05-09
    Diane Oakdale, CA, United States 10-05-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Classic or Typical"

    Depending upon your view, this was either "classic" Dan Brown or "Typical" Dan Brown. Being a fan, I will say "classic", but definately not the best of Brown.

    Robert Langdon was once again, after an early morning call, running around a large city with a beautiful, very smart, scientist; being chased by the authorities, and a scary, extremely creepy bad guy. Of course Robert has to decode something to save a life and once again it all has religious overtones. (Okay, overtones is an understatement.)

    There were plot twists that I saw coming and a couple that caught me off guard. All in all, I did enjoyed the ride. But, as others have said, once the ride was over, it just kept going! Not only did the ending go on too long, but the behavior was not believable. All the people involved had just been through a harrowing, intense experience - The emotions or lack of, did not ring true.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    09-24-09
    09-24-09
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    "Brown goes down"

    I could hardly wait for Dan Brown's new book. It was a huge disappointment. He should have written an essay with all his wonderful facts. Instead, he ran them all together with flat, lifeless characters. I finished it, but it was difficult.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lyle Austin, TX, USA 04-07-10
    Lyle Austin, TX, USA 04-07-10
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    "The Formula Gets Tired"

    Dan Brown hit on a great formula with "Angels and Demons," then improved the pacing and intrigue with "The Davinci Code." I found them both to be very entertaining and fun. The Lost Symbol follows the same formula for the most part, but without the excitement or supporting character pizazz of the other two books. I found it boring and predictable. The same old details are dropped ad nauseum, (Langdon's Harris tweed, Mickey watch, claustrophobia, et al.) and the character doesn't develop in any way. The plot is also a little clunky compared to the other two books. I wish I had reread Davinci Code.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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