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)
The problem with Dan Brown's books is that they all have exactly the same tempo and pretty much the same plot. Haven read his prior books, I worked out the big revelations. The Ending is disappointing and the narrative lost me in the last few chapters, as the author tried to reason away the conclusion. Nonetheless I gave this review an above average rating because they are fun books.
As usual, Dan Brown tells a great story. HOwever, more than any of his other books, this one is heavily laden with personal philosphy about how the world should be, how we should act, etc. IMHO, it really detracted from the story and made the book way longer than it needed to be
After the excellent "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code", my hopes were high for the new Dan Brown book. Even though "The Lost Symbol" is well written, I feel that it falls slightly short of my expectations.
What Dan Brown once again does very well is share scientific, philosophical, and biblical insights. The thriller story built around these insights is good, but sometimes a bit flimsy. The books starts off very well, dips in excitement for a long time, then has some well written plot turns, and subsequently drags on with repetitions of concepts already discussed.
If you have been through Dan Brown novels before, you know what to expect in terms of story template: psycho killer, a painting with hidden symbols, clues in buildings and churches, and a strong and smart woman by Robert Langdon's side.
Not as exciting as the two previous books, but still worth your while.
Disappointing follow-up to his other books. Despite Dan Brown's efforts, the Masons in Washington DC can never be as frightening or intriguing as Catholics!
The big problems is that the formula is way too overt - the short chapters that always end in cliff-hangers, the main characters who are always a step behind the reader, the lone nut-job who's orchestrating all the mayhem.
An unfortunate change in the formula is that Robert Langdon's no longer seems to be the intelligent protagonist who figures out the next step and drives the plot. This time his skepticism goes to the point of stupidity and he's just dragged along for the ride.
On the plus side, I personally liked the theme of the "lost wisdom of the ages' - to find a universal God within ourselves. This is a message that I hope will gain further traction with the popularity of this book.
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I did not enjoy this book even though it was classic Brown. His vocabulary is so very limited that it sounded as though he were repeating the exact same thoughts 30 times before moving to the next one. Smart people do bizarrely stupid things at every turn and after awhile it just got so hokey and unbelievable I couldn't wait for it to end.
While some elements of the story were engaging overall I was disappointed with this novel. It lacked much of the guile that marked the Da Vinci code. The focus in this book on the mysteries around the religious-science interaction to me was simply not that appealing. Also, the ending really dragged.
This is an exciting trip through symbolism, and gathers art and architecture in our United States Capital, insight into our founding fathers, with connections to the Free Masons, and the illuminati, a tale of suspense and intrigue that produces a history and art lesson that we all should know about our own capital and heritage. I was spell bound and could not wait to find out what happened in the next chapter. Dan Brown is a teacher and a fiction writer, combining the two we always learn from his books, and the story is compelling and exciting.
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