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've read all three of the previous Langdon books. This is the worst, and overall, I give it an average 3 stars. The plot is somewhat predictiable, especially the "twist" at the end. The characterization is ok, not great. Narration is average. What bugged the crap out of me was a portion of the book regarding a dark corridor the characters must travel thru repeatedly to get to an office space. The author describes deep fear by the characters regarding this situation. There's no deep fear for the reader tho--just a roll of the eyes and a "ever hear of a flashlight?" response every time the annoying sequence rears its unlikely head.
A good thriller,especially if you like history or mysticism. Exciting most of the way through, although end drags just a bit
Very good narrator who conveys characters well. However, even he was burdened with Dan Brown's attempt to stretch each scene out before revealing that chapter's "dramatic" conclusion. This unneeded dragging out proves to be the undoing of a book containing interesting factoids and a very evil villain.
The overly wordy and self satisfied way of writing that Dan Brown employs is a bit much at times. "Look at me and how much I know", he apparently says. However, if one can stomach this style of writing, the audio book is excellently made. Nothing one can do about Dan Brown, unfortunately.
I love books.
The narration was very good, but the story itself was just okay. Parts of it were exciting, parts seemed to be Dan Brown showing off the research he did. It follows his usual formula, so if you like his other books you will probably like this one.
Amongst the many problems with the book include such diverse elements as:
1. The CIA exceeds their authority to operate domestically. As a typical reader with no special knowledge of the CIA, I expect the CIA to have very little authority inside the borders of the USA. There are plenty of people crying out over government agencies abusing their authority, or the great potential for abusing their power, so a different agency should have been used.
2. In Angles & Demons, the threat and the motivation of the authorities dealing with the threat will very real, easy to understand, and clear cut.
In The DaVinci Code, the true threat and motivations were more abstract, but there were still multiple murders to investigate.
In The Lost Symbol, the threat and motivations are kept hidden too long. The leader of the CIA efforts to thwart the villains plans is prepared to bend or break any rules in order to succeed, without any explanation of why. Once the threat and motivations were made clear, I was not impressed by the severity of the supposed threat.
3. There are parts of the book that come very close to science fiction. The leading/bleeding edge technology might exist is some form, but not yet practical or safe to be used the way described in the book.
Very suspenseful, thought provoking and interesting. Somewhat long, with a few parts that could have been left out without losing anything. A typical Dan Brown mystery with many spiritual overtones and messages.
I read reviews that say its just another Dan Brown twist of the truth and theories; and so it is. But if you're on a long drive and want something easy to follow, not too deep, yet thoughtful at times, this is a good choice. I thought it was interesting and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a light read. If all you can do is criticize Dan Brown, then skip it.
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