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)
Brown's latest novel featuring Robert Langdon is a mixed bag of results. It almost appears as if parts of it were written, then the manuscript put aside and taken up a later dates. The strength, if you can call it that, in this novel, are the supporting characters, particularily two women who are the most interesting. The Langdon character unfortunately seems to have taken a stupid pill for this adventure as there are many cases where "I don't see it" "How did I miss that" "Oh, I see now" and so forth as the supporting scientist character is the one to find the majority of the clues and hence, clueing in Langdon.
Paul Michael does a very good vocal job on this novel, it is just unfortunate the story was not more solid to carry such a length.
The story will be familiar to anyone who's read any of Mr. Brown's other books. It is an involved, fast-paced thriller that lives up to the complicated precedent set by the author's previous work. My summary would be this, "What's that? Run!"
The recording is another matter however. The sound varies greatly throughout the book. For instance, in the middle of a sentence there might be a phrase or a word that sounds as if it has been over-dubbed. Like the narrator went back and re-recorded just a few words and then they were inserted afterward. It isn't a big thing but it definitely interrupts the flow and seems a tiny bit jarring as you listen.
All-in-all a pretty good story with believable characters.
Enjoyed the book and the audio performance. A good thriller/mystery, once again featuring Symbologist Robert Langdon. Can't help but feel a little plot re-tread, but Brown does this sort of thing well--and is well-researched.
I don't know why has become fashionable to claim that Dan Brown writes poorly. To me his prose is clear and strong and generates colorfull pictures of the characters and places. The story is gripping, and fast paced - even with the flashbacks and all the mini lectures that is part of Dan Brown's style. It does go to extremes in many ways but I find that facinating.
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.
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.
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