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)
Very predictable - everytime something happened that was supposed to be an "ah ha" moment- I had figured it out a long time before. No big surprises, and a bit boring and unrealistic. I would not recommend this one - I think Dan Brown's use of this particular story line has run it's course. Time to move on.
Is this stiffly written with improbably plot - certainly. But I took it as a clever and compelling tour of Washington landmarks with interesting tidbits at every stop. Dan Brown takes familiar images, symbols, stories and words and finds a mystery in them. Admit it - it's fun!
With books of this notoriety, it's hard to believe that anyone's reviews will actually influence whether or not you are going read the book, but nonetheless here are my comments.
In many ways, this book was more imaginative than the DaVinci code. So if you liked that book, you are pretty certain to like this one. Dan Brown is the master of taking the treasure hunt story line and making an extremely clever and entertaining story. The author's talent involves doing research on a topic, like the Masons, and then taking these pieces of information and weaving them into an almost plausible story pointing to a hidden treasure. He mixes ancient concepts with extremely modern technologies to achieve a story line like no one else can put together. He is also almost 'genious' in coming up with ways older technology was used to hide clues in plain sight or only to the sight of the 'worthy'. If the Masons hadn't actually left a trail of interlinked clues, they should have.
My only criticism is the 'bad guy' is a bit too cartoonish and I was disappointed that I was able to guess the location of the hidden treasure well before it was revealed and I'm not usually very good at guessing outcomes.
Not only was I entertained, it made me want to become a Mason.
To start I gave the Davinci Code 5 stars. Unfortunately I can only give this trash 1 star.
The idea of gnostic or believing in the divinity within is a great premise as it refers to the ancient mysteries. The problem is that he made it so boring I don't care to even google the subjects he talks about.
The idea for this book is obviously from about 10 other books that have already done the "look within" premise. He did add some history and cool tricks but nothing like the Davinci Code.
So far our hero Robert (a professor wearing a jacket and scarf) has outran Interpol, numerous secret societies trying to kill him, falling from a helicopter, being drowned & held at gun point 100 times yet he is alive! Demons & angels made Langdon into an unbelievable Rambo type doing the craziest things and living.
To add to the bad & retread story the writing was bad. It seemed like he tried to go for the Clancy style intricate details but here it read as boring and over reaching.
When I read Dan Brown I'm looking for fiction that moves into some reality. This book not only made no sense in reality but makes Noetic Sciences seem trivial when it really is an emerging science with proven results not just a Langdon characters dream.
Take "The DaVinci Code" and run it through a word processor's search & replace function and you'll get this book.
When the book is moving it is engaging and interesting, but it comes to a complete standstill every time it starts talking about "Noetic Theory."
(Noetics is basically a a pseudo scientific version of "If you wish it hard enough it'll happen" as popularized in the "What the bleep do we know" movies. Gah. Pure new-age trash.)
Save yourself the credit and the 18 hours. Buy something else.
-Some of the locations are well describes, and there were some tense chapters
-More Robert Langdon, the ultimate "Bookish Hero"
-Formulaic. It makes the 2nd and 3rd Logan's Run books look original.
-WAY too much focus on pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo. I'd rather he'd used Voodoo in place of Noetics - at least Voodoo doesn't pretend to be science.
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This book did not have the twists and turns of his previous books. Brown makes Langdon seem more like a fool or just a person in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of being the great symbologist whose background helps in solving some great mystery, as in past books. This is a very mediocre book, however the reading is excellent. Unlike Dragon with the tattoo the book is well written but the reading is so dull,
I listened to this book on a long drive. It kept me interested and made my drive go by very fast. I think it is a little bit different than the other books Dan Brown wrote, but I really enjoyed it.
I have read and enjoyed all Dan Brown's books and loved the DaVinci Code but The Lost Symbol was very disappointing. The story is written like a screenplay with alot of peripheral descriptions for the camera. Also there is much redundancy in the context of the Ancient Mysteries. It felt like being lectured to alot which DB does in his books but more so in LS. Where was the editor on this book? The history of the Freemasons and Washington DC was interesting but it lacked the action of his previous books.
Although what goes on in Brown's book is unbelievable you still wondered, were intrigued, believed, felt for the characters...not here. Robert Langdon seems simply dumb and baffled in this story...and he is such a great character. The ending is disappointing and not in the "revelations" but in the character portrayals (very unrealistic).
Oh I wish it wasn't so, but even the narration was disappointing...it failed to hold my interest (but one of the characters had a low soft voice which was just creepy but was described that way). Could not wait for the book to be available and then could not wait for it to be over.
Not at all what I expected. Story was bland and characters were shallow. Forced myself to listen to the end even though I was not even engrossed enough to care how it ended. Not at all up to the level of his prior books.
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