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)
Pure entertainment. Dan Brown keeps you glued to the book cover to cover. For a change the way this book ends is better than his previous books.
I don't know what all the negativity is about this book. It is as good as anything else he has written. Action adventure and a great deal of historical information. The narrator is one of my favorites and he did not disappoint this time.
10 times better than DaVinci code. Far deeper; Dan Brown has raised the bar. Thrillers don't get any better than this.
Slow to start, but don't put it down. Then end is not what I knew it to be. Nice Dan Brown, nice. Thanks once again for the entertainment!!!
I loved it! I'm not "literary genius"--I just like suspense & this was great! I never read The DaVinci Code but after this book I'm sure going to!
Robert J Collins, Netlogic Corporation
This is my first Dan Brown book I have lessened to and I found it wonderful. I was captivated, drawn to investigate items further, and impressed by the spiritual nature of the book and the message it delivered in a very positive and entertaining way. I highly recommend it to anyone!
Dan Brown is an author that doesn't shy away from controversy. I can imagine the message could be offensive to some "sheep" that flock to simple interpretations (milk for children) of scriptures. However, I really enjoyed it and thought both the plot and the message were very appropriate for our time. I also enjoyed the depth of information and history surrounding the subject matter. It brings light to subjects and ideas that need illumination. Can't wait for the movie.
Dan Brown is a master at writing suspense. This book is no different. Mr. Brown does a great job of taking you into the mind of his characters and understanding their motivation.
This book is no different - you really feel what characters are feeling.
There are several subplots going on simultaneously and each one really builds its own drama and some very unexpected plot twists.
They say the thrill is in the chase - well after the thrill-ride this story takes you on - the ending can be i little disappointing. But well worth the read!
It seems as though the author accepted the responsibility of explaining Masonry to the unaccepting and the result for me was more than I ever wanted to know. The antagonist is revolting which perhaps is to be expected but became hard to take. I was anticipating a good performance by Paul Michael, but I bagan to wish I were listening to John Lee.
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