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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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    Paul williamstown, NJ, United States 01-31-10
    Paul williamstown, NJ, United States 01-31-10 Member Since 2007
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    "In love with books again"

    I havent enjoyed a good book in quite a long time. I grabbed this just because it was on the Best Seller list. I had never read or watched the Davinci Code. I LOVED this book and I love Robert Langdon. I love the symbolism mixed with religion and Masonry. Since reading this book I went back and grabbed Angels n Demons which I enjoyed equally. Davinci Code and me have a date next weekend while on family vacation. I find the books very easy to read, without too much filler. I personally can live without the few times where Dan Brown crosses reality over to futuristic transportaion, fuels and weapons. I much prefer stories that teeter right on the edge of reality making me question the fine line of what is believeable. Overall though... a great book. PC

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Melbourne, FL, USA 11-10-09
    Frank Melbourne, FL, USA 11-10-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Not his best"

    Although a big fan, I was not impressed with this read. Too much story for such a let down in the end.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra waco, TX, United States 09-25-09
    Sandra waco, TX, United States 09-25-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Preachy"

    Loved his other books, but this one...not so much...Long on detail...repeated over and over and over again just in case you missed it the first 10 times. Cookie cutter action...same old formula with different names and places. Very preachy...is he trying to start a new religion?

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Do Not Go There!"

    Please do yourself a favor and skip this. I rather enjoyed reading the books "DaVinci Code" and "Angels and Demons", but these books do not transfer well to audio. Endless, endless mediocre (and that's being kind) language! All Brown's weaknesses are amplified in audio (if you will!)
    I'm not an anti-Brown snob, but there are so many better thrillers to listen to!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Chattanooga, TN, USA 01-14-10
    Adam Chattanooga, TN, USA 01-14-10
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    "Great book."

    This book is awesome. Once again Dan Brown has written an exciting adventure. Can't wait for another Robert Langdon Adventure.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Bluffton, SC, United States 12-28-09
    Kelly Bluffton, SC, United States 12-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent!"

    This was a great book. Very fast paced and full of interesting information. I thought that the first book would be a really hard book to top, but it really did a good job in following up the Di Vinci Code.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 09-18-09
    Autumn Marina, CA, United States 09-18-09 Member Since 2004
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    "All over the place"

    I am finding this novel rather difficult to get into. It seems like a hodge podge of ideas with no coherant storyline. I'm just not caring about the characters, and I am bored by yet anotehr masochistic villain. The albino monk was enough from the first book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Markinch, SK, Canada 01-30-10
    Mark Markinch, SK, Canada 01-30-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Good escape"

    This book is not a leap from Dan Brown's other books. It was great escapism and there were some good moments...I am a geek and I liked the "lectures" throughout. As a mystery - not so much - I figured out the staircase about chapter 10 - won't spoil it for others.

    This is not Shakespeare but a good story and probably written for the 3rd movie. Enjoy and take it as a bit of a vacation from real life. Don't bother if you want deep characters and a believable story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Canda Mueller 10-15-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Just what should be expected from Dan Brown"

    This is just as entertaining as Dan Brown's other books. The scenario is typical of his writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 09-29-09
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 09-29-09 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "Lost Symbol"

    What a disapointment. I would not have given this one star but 0 star is not an option. I was looking forward to going on Dan Browns newest adventure. I'm feeling let down by Mr. Brown. I have read his other books this once is not even close to his other novels. In fact I would like a refund!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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