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
"[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)
I couldn't wait for this book to become available, and I downloaded it immediately. I loved "Angels and Demons" and "The Davinci Code". Unfortunately, this book really fell short. The facts are interesting, but I never felt myself "sitting on the edge of my seat". I still don't see the big "national security" issue. It was so overblown that it was a let down when it was revealed. Likewise, the big twist in the story was fairly obvious by the time I was half way through the book. I think it is worth the credit. It held my attention, but it doesn't even come close to his previous works.
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.
Something about yourself!
The book starts off well enough, but by the end of the first third of the book you will have already figured out who the bad-guy really is and how that came about. Many of the characters are portrayed as incredibly inept (or stupid). By the time you are two thirds through the book you wish it would just end. When it finally does end, it doesn't end but preaches (or drones) on and on and on. Contrived and predictable is a good description of the book.
This book is not a leap from Dan Brown's other books. It was great escapism and there were some good moments...I am a geek and I liked the "lectures" throughout. As a mystery - not so much - I figured out the staircase about chapter 10 - won't spoil it for others.
This is not Shakespeare but a good story and probably written for the 3rd movie. Enjoy and take it as a bit of a vacation from real life. Don't bother if you want deep characters and a believable story.
Well narrated. Not Dan Brown's best. Still, I normally listen while driving. This, I had to listen to even at home just to get to the ending. Very engaging, but not as memorable as earlier works.
A must for anyone new to the DC area as I am.
Several people said the book was too long, I totally disagree. I truly enjoyed the level of detail and research that went into the book. The story was fascinating and the mix of science, technology and mysticism was amazing. Don't shy away due to the length; the story is captivating. I think I'd give Angels and Demons the edge over the Lost Symbol, but this was better than DaVinci Code.
This is the first book I downloaded and could not finish. I had to stop listening after only two thirds of the book. What a disappointment after Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons! This latest installment by Dan Brown is so thoroughly far fetched and repetitive it reads as if the publisher pressured the author to write this sequel, and a certain number of pages needed to be filled. I also can't believe the current 3 1/2 star rating. Eyballing the posted user reviews, the overall rating should be much lower.
I eagerly awaited this book after reading Angels and Demons, but I have been barely able to get beyond the first three hours after many attempts. I just can't get beyond the awful narration. Every time the reader does Santos voice, I want to turn it off. Brown's writing does nothing to draw me in. It was a definite waste of a credit. I am going to go out and borrow the book and see if reading it is better than listening to it. I am spoiled by excellent readers. This one is not.
As much as I enjoyed DVC, perhaps I anticipated this release too much. Brown seems to have lost his touch. At times, I found myself urging my iPod to just get on with it already. Implausible characters and irritatingly slow plot development just left me exasperated when it was finally over.
I am not sure what I was expecting, but this was not it. I think Dan Brown was writing a screen play rather than a novel this time. The book is not as intelligent or insightful as his other Langdon books. It is a sloppy retelling of the DaVinci Code in a different setting.
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