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)
This book was really pathetic. Except for Robert Langdon, the characters seemed like predictable plot devices, There was little to no character development -- thus, it was hard to understand what motivated them or their bizarre behavior. Who is Peter Solomon? Even after 14 hours, I couldn't tell you. I didn't mind the hokey Masonic stuff, except that it was repetitious and went on forever. I enjoyed the well-researched detail about DC, as a former resident. The book's worst part is its "faux" ending, which occurs almost three hours before the narrator stops talking. After that, the story just went on and on, like a balloon that was slowly leaking air, until finally it collapsed under its own weight. I've heard Dan Brown say that he gets up at 4 AM every day to write. Maybe he should get more sleep.
Sorry, Dan Brown...this one didn't do it for me. I got it the minute it came out, but was disappointed. The way each short chapter ended in a cliffhanger seemed childish. There were some surprises, but I think it needed another flawed or evil character. Parts seemed pedantic and preachy. The narrator was excellent, so I was able to finish it. Had it been a book, I would have been speed reading thru it. Lynn
Lost Symbol sounds like Dan Brown's version of 24, with the bad guy being the main character, a few sprinkles of Family Feud, repetitious, and incredibly padded in many of the scenes.
After reading the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, I was really hoping for a different type of story. Instead, we are presented with a weak plot line that drags on and on. The random facts thrown in throughout the story was the only truly redeeming quality of the book. Brown's twists of historical events are interesting, however they don't make up for an overall predictable and nearly identical storyline to his previous two books.
Mr. Brown, please finally come up with some unique plot line that doesn't feel exactly like your other books!
I enjoyed the other Dan Brown books, so bought this one as soon as it was available. What a waste. I struggled to get through it and only finished it to be able to say I had read the whole thing......Save your money for a good John Sandford
Having read all of the previous reviews, I wonder what some of them were expecting from this book. With looking at the description and some of the critical reviews, along with knowing Mr. Brown's previous works, I found it engaging and entertaining. Just as I had hoped. As someone who has seen a lot of the world, retired military, and 'common' American, I found this book to be more enjoyable than 'code', although it will not be for everyone. Before you buy, check out the description, maybe the book's website and decide for yourself. I did not give it a 5 star simply because it is not without flaw. Definitely fulfilled my need for mental escape.
I loved the DaVinci Code so I eagerly ordered The Lost Symbol and began listening as soon as I could get it downloaded. I listened for several hours, waiting for it to get exciting...interesting...believable... If even one of the aforementioned qualities had emerged, I would have been relieved, but unfortunately, it only continued to drag on and on. I am fascinated by the subjects of the book, but this presentation is served up by both writer and reader with a heavy hand in a condescending, preachy manner. The situations are beyond farfectechd and the characters are unbelievable, unlikeable, and poorly developed, and the dialog is often downright laughable. After about 2 hours or so, I started jumping ahead about an hour at a time, to see if a) I was missing anything, or b) if I cared. When I began "cheating" and jumping to 2 hours each time, I realized I had basically quit listening soon after the book began, which I've only done one other time in my many years of Audible membership.
I know Dan Brown can be a good writer, but I think the pressure to outdo the DaVinci Code really caused this pyramid of mysteries to implode into (too) many hours of worthless dust. I wish Audible had a "return policy" so I could get my credit back....
For me, the best way to describe this book is to use the analogy of going to a French restaurant for a great dinner (The Da Vinci Code) and then the next day go to a fast-food joint with a French-style menu. Everything is similar but not as good. Also, the book is extremely formulaic, but so openly so, you see the formula more than the plot. And the writing probably has more clich?s than any professional writer should include.
But, it is a fast read--good for long, long plane rides or boring vacations. And if you ever wondered about the Masons, this is their Gone with the Wind.
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