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)
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?
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
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.
The book was good, even gripping through the first half. Then it became redundant and very predictable. And the end sounded like an excited school child preaching to you you about the wonder of God. The last four chapters felt like they were never going to end; dragging on and on and going nowhere. I appreciate the insight Brown was trying to portray there, but it was done rather poorly.
As for the Narrater, Paul Michael, he would blend his voices into the narration and at times I felt like he completely forgot which character he was portraying. He wasn't terrible, and was certainly listenable. But he could have been much more consistent.
Overall, A good book, not great, but good. It won't become anybody's favorite book. Fan's of Dan Brown will more than likely enjoy it though I don't expect anyone to be terribly impressed.
I couldn't wait for this book to become available, and I downloaded it immediately. I loved "Angels and Demons" and "The Davinci Code". Unfortunately, this book really fell short. The facts are interesting, but I never felt myself "sitting on the edge of my seat". I still don't see the big "national security" issue. It was so overblown that it was a let down when it was revealed. Likewise, the big twist in the story was fairly obvious by the time I was half way through the book. I think it is worth the credit. It held my attention, but it doesn't even come close to his previous works.
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.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
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!
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.
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