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)
It was still worth the read. It was somewhat predictible, and very far fetched to think that all that action could happen in one 24 hour period. It was a good fantasy laden with thought-provoking facts and action. I think Robert Langdon needs to take a sabbatical and Dan Brown should find another story line to pick up for the next go round.
I expected it to be a thriller but it turns out to be a normal book, expected motre from Dan brown
Love Dan Brown. Read it thoightfully. There is alot to this book and to his theories. I think his book are a gift for the open minded, thoughtful intellect.
I am just curious what all these other reviewers were expecting. I enjoyed it. It was worth my credit. If you liked the Code and A and D, you will enjoy this. If you don't like the others don't bother. The twists are predictable but fun. The villan is also very intersting and deep. If you enjoy Dan Brown use your credit. If you jumped on the bandwagon after the code, find another book.
This book was way too long and Brown was way too wrapped up in his symbols to the point of boredom. It is apparent Brown writes to his once successful formula, but it isn't working any more. It just would not end.
I already knew Dan Brown couldn't write, but he had been a very good story teller. This is boring garbage. I would have rated less than 1 star--but audible doesn't give you that option.
I was interested in seeing how Dan Brown would follow up the Da Vinci Code. Although there were parts that were somewhat exciting and surprising, the novel was predictable and at times boring. So far, I think Angels & Demons is the book by Brown that I have enjoyed the most.
Dan Brown seems to want everyone to believe that the Freemasons are the only group of people that have their head on straight. This books jabs at almost every other faith group in the world except the Masons as he portrays them to be the only group to hold the truth. The book is boring and lacks the excitement factor you would expect from a world recognized author.
I hestiate to criticize anyone who has the discipline to write a book, let alone one so researched, but this book is really bad. At best, this should be marketed as a book for adolescent readers. From the word go, it is one laugh after another. The Washington Monument is described as appearing in the mist like the majestic mast of a ship; its architectural symbolism predating the ancient civilizations of Rome, Greece, and did he include Egypt? The super secret architectural inspiration for this is as ancient as a phallus. I gave this book three stars out of generosity for its research. Oh yes, the Masons embrace plenty of scumbags. My Grandfather, who graced their ranks, was denied the 33rd Degree because his ill health prevented him from physically going to Washington. They let him die without what he had worked so hard for. But, that isn't the reason for the scumbags comment. One of their finest pushed his wife down a flight of stairs fresh home from major surgery for cancer. Yep, they are a fine bunch of fine fellows.
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