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The Lost Symbol | [Dan Brown]

The Lost Symbol

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 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 is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.
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Publisher's Summary

The Lost Symbol, the stunning follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, is a masterstroke of storytelling - a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes and unseen truths...all under the watchful eye of a terrifying villain. Set within the unseen tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Sylvia Kearney 10-31-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great Listen"

    Although I have truly enjoyed Dan Brown's books in the past, this one is just great!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Corvallis, OR, United States 10-25-09
    Ken Corvallis, OR, United States 10-25-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating"

    This book grabed me and keept me hooked from the beginning through the end! Highly recommeded! Excelent!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise T. Fort Worth 10-22-09
    Denise T. Fort Worth 10-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the intrigue"

    Dan Brown has become one of my favorite authors. He really has a eye for details we pass by everyday and never give it a second glance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Lisle, IL, USA 10-18-09
    Ronald Lisle, IL, USA 10-18-09
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    "What Happened to Dan Brown?"

    Unfortunately, this book was melodramatic, unnecessarily violent and imprisoned in a plot that strained even a relaxed standard of credibility.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Arcadia, IN, USA 10-12-09
    Michelle Arcadia, IN, USA 10-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    This book was a great book. The details that was given made the book so vivid in my mind.

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    Chris Willits, CA, United States 09-30-09
    Chris Willits, CA, United States 09-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Predictable and self indulgant"

    Mr. Brown is obsessed with himself and two ideas (which I won't share as to not ruin the book). The book could have been 2 hours shorter simply by leaving out the last 10 chapters - with no impact on the relvent content. In a "new" country I though Mr. Brown would have some new ideas, but he just falls back into the same old stuff. The new age wishy-washy BS he pretents is real science (even reassures the reader it is real in the foreward) when it is in fact junk science of the first order is probably the most troubling.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 09-29-09
    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 09-29-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting"

    The book has an interesting plot with lots of unexpected twists. There are just too many words. It's a long book and could be shorened by eliminating some of the long and sometimes tedious explanations Otherwise. a pretty good book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 09-26-09
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 09-26-09

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "One of Brown's Best Ever"

    While being a "thriller" with plenty of them to boot the author's character and narrator's tone continually amazes me with the his symbology insights. So not are you only entertained but learn as well.

    I finished and felt appropriately "thrilled" and also much wiser about rarely or never mentioned details that are apparently visible if you just know where to look in Washington D.C.

    These are all described and explained in a way that makes Langdon (the main protagonist and Harvard symbology professor, if this is your first Dan Brown book) explain so many amazing things without ever once sounding patronizing nor superior. His attitude of "Aww shucks this stuff is just common sense if you know a little history behind it" makes Langdon all the more endearing.

    Langdon/Dan Brown are very good teachers!

    Dan Brown, it seems, wants to "play nice" with the groups (Masons, Catholic church, Rosicrucians, etc.), he had used as previous plot devices. Brown, there, elevates the debate.

    His logic and the discussion he creates between two characters make very solid food for thought and an ending that will leave you thinking.

    The tech stuff: Perfectly produced and edited (you can hear a very rare "redo") which means they wanted every last word to sound perfectly and they all do!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daren Holladay, UT, USA 09-24-09
    Daren Holladay, UT, USA 09-24-09 Member Since 2010

    Love to listen and read. Both different experiences, but both are ways to keep the mind active and learning.

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    "Thinking outside the box"

    I love the thoroughness of Dan Brown's research and the enlightening etymology of different words. Exceptional book and great narration!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 09-23-09
    Robert 09-23-09
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    "Same old successful rubbish"

    Just as bad as his other books, predictable and ridiculous - has all of the earmarks of another undeserved bestseller.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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