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)
Being a mason, at times I was somewhat horrified with what was being said. We really do all those things. The story is what threw things off, the truth was always there and will be there throughout time. A must read for my brothern.
Tedious and very long book which completely turned me off. I am a commuter listener and this book got on my nerves with its lack of action from about midway through. I finished it despite this hoping for it to start going again, but alas no such luck. He just kept on rambling. What a rip off!
PS! I have read other DB books and although they are not all as good as the Da Vinci code I thought this one could compare, but it certainly did not.
Imagine you just watched the 6th sense, but in the end Bruce Willis was a psychologist and helps a boy to realize he wasn't actually seeing dead people. That's how I feel. This book should be renamed, "The National Emergency that Turned out to be Nothing Serious At All" or "Robert Stays Up All Night to Watch the Sun Rise, Finds Nothing Goes Home".
The villain was very cool though.
If this book was written by any other author and was not the sequel to one of the highest selling novels of all time...I think I would have rated it a five. Nonetheless, this is a very good book with a solid story. It was paced well and took me on many different turns that I enjoyed. There were some rather predictable payoffs, but as a whole a great effort!
As a side note, Paul Micheal is now without a doubt one of my favorite narrators! His character development is crisp and his tone control is top notch! A+ for him!!
I have to say, I just couldn't wait for this one to be over. There was a lot of pre-publishing hype and I think this continued in the book. Just so much written, but very little of it was super exciting. I was disappointed in this one.
As always, Dan Brown comes through with another great book. Is it as good as Angels and Demons? Judge for yourself. I thought it was excellent and well worth reading. His story lines are extensively researched and well thought out which keep the readers attention throughout the whole book. Some of the important points of the book are over-emphasized and restated again and again but it is not too annoying. If he had stopped the book when the story line ends it would have been a 5 star rating for me. But he chose to write a few more chapters of preaching about his ideals on religion and concepts that may be found offensive by some. The preaching did not really tie into the great story line and was more of an ambiguous tag on the end of what could have been an excellent book that a successful author like Brown is sadly afforded by the powers that be. Nonetheless, it is still worth reading and I do recommend it if you like Brown.
Robert Langdon is way more annoying in this sequel.
poor character development, poor plot development. Slight redeeming value from interesting history & insight into Masons.
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