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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 Building. 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 Building. 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 Inc.

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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  • Nick Evans
    10/7/09
    Overall
    "Disappointed"

    I was disappointed with this one. It felt like a movie script where he had already set out the locations etc Also I got very fed up with the constant end of chapter cliff-hangers to try to keep me interested. In the end I simply couldnt finish it. This author has a reputation which is way in excess of his abilities. Very sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    10/6/09
    Overall
    "Annoying narration"

    I'm not finished the book yet. I'm enjoying it but for the narration of the female CIA character. I understand she has had throat cancer but the voice for her is just so annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alessandro
    Torpoint, Cornwall, United Kingdom
    10/6/09
    Overall
    "Brilliant"

    Truly a amazing and breathtaking book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Bath, United Kingdom
    10/6/09
    Overall
    "Standard Brown stuff"

    All the typical elements of a Brown work are there. Formulaic, but good all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    London, United Kingdom
    10/5/09
    Overall
    "Enjoyable Thriller"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's entertainment at it's best, a fast paced thriller with mystery and an interesting subject matter!!!! Nobody ever claimed Dan Brown was a literary genius but he does write an exciting story! Definitely recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    Nr. Castleford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    10/3/09
    Overall
    "Just my opinion"

    Thoroughly enjoyed. I find Langdons scepticism a little unreal considering what he's been through in the previous books. Otherwise, very thought provoking and it inspires me to learn more, I actually want to read the bible now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    10/2/09
    Overall
    "Far too long"

    We listened to this and enjoyed the first 10 hours, but found the constant need to lecture us about everything a bit heavy going. The last hour and a half seemed a bit pointless. One book we should have bought abridged. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    Leeds, West Yorks, United Kingdom
    9/29/09
    Overall
    "A bit of a let down after all the hype"

    Sadly this one did not grip me as all his other books have done. It was a struggle to get to the end of the first half, I found the pace picked up somewhat then. I felt a bit cheated though, as I guessed some of the twists in the plot! I've never done that before in a Dan Brown, the story lines have always tripped me up. In my opinion not in the same league as Deception Point, but an entertaining read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    New Deer, UK, United Kingdom
    9/28/09
    Overall
    "The Lost Symbol (Unabridged)"

    Not as good as the other two Langdon books. I think Dan Brown's been watching the National Treasure movies. Not very original and a bit long winded but enough tension & interesting bits to keep you going to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    9/25/09
    Overall
    "Oh Dear!"

    What a disappointment. I've so looked forward to this book and it's so rubbish.

    So much of it was predictable I was left thinking "Come on Professor Langdon, keep up!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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