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.
"[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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"Same old, same old."
Let's face it you'll know if you're going to like this book just by your views on The Da Vinci Code et al. I'll leave the formulaic plot, 2 dimensional characters (exactly the same people as in his other books just with different names it seems) and unimaginative writing well alone because, at the end of the day, Dan Brown can write a cracking yarn.
Yes, this book has major faults but it still keeps you coming back for more. Any excuse for a smug sounding Langdon to wax lyrical about hidden societies and the masses ignorance to "what's real".
The narration is nothing special, but then it doesn't really need to be. He's not got a lot to work with to be fair.
4 star because, for all it's faults, I still really enjoyed it.
"should have stayed lost"
same old same old. regurgitated plot, boring characters. huge disappointment. all dan brown is doing is trying to give a history lesson. da vince code was good, this is just a repeat in a different location and the 'twist' was predictable.
i should be allowed to get my money back.
"The messiah returns ..."
This book has surpassed the Davinci Code ... so many questions answered ... more questions, however I feel they are tenable. Although this is fiction, you realy have to search your soul. 'n you know what, he points you in the right direction. Enjoy!
"Long awaited but a let down.."
The Lost Symbol had me expecting the same intensity of the other Dan Brown thrillers but sadly I was very disappointed. I found the book dull, unmoving and tedious; although I did finish it. All in all disappointing after such a long wait.
"A thrilling story that hooks you from the start"
I was sceptical about downloading this book, as I didn't want to be seen to be buying into the Dan Brown 'hype'. However, having heard about some of his previous books, through friends, in the news, etc I decided to give it a go.
I must say I wasn't disappointed. The book hooks you from the start and although some of the final twists became obvious to me fairly early on in the plot, it was an engrossing listen that had me longing to get back into my car for the journey too and from work, where I had 2 hours undisturbed listening each day. I was sorry when it came to an end.
"Lost....symbol as well"
Unfortunately it seems that Dan Brown doesn't know when to quit writing the series he started with Da Vinci Code, which was good, followed with Angels and Demons which was already less enjoyable, and now The Lost Symbol which should have been left lost. As well as for the series of the "Langdon" books, he should know when to quit writing the book he's working on. Repetition towards the end of the Lost Symbol and the unbelievable capability of maimed, half dead and exhausted people happily wheeling around was , mildly put, annoying. First time in my quite long reading 'career' I put the book down a few pages before the end because I couldn't be bothered to finish it.
So..Mr. Brown, please leave poor traumatized Langdon to enjoy peaceful life and start to write about something- or someone else.
"Height of His Powers"
Dan Brown at the height of his powers, a gripping twisting new story with the depth of research and popular references that we're acustomed to. I loved it.
"Good and Getting Better"
Dan Brown has done it again. Some people may scoff at his writing and get all upset because he wrote about the Roman Catholic church and the supposed links to various sects and groups through the ages BUT this is FICTION. So relax, sit back and listen to the next saga of Robert Langdon... Is it as good as The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.... Yes probably but do not get into detailed battle about the real world and this fictional story.
I really felt let down by this book. I'd read some reviews praising it and noting that it couldn't be put down etc. That was true, I did get through the book very quickly. My reason for getting through it so fast were not that I was captivated by the story, far from it, I just wanted to get the book finished. I found the story very similar, if not an exact clone set in a different city to other books by this author. The outcome was going to have to have a twist to make it worth getting to, the twist was there but very poorly constructed. Altogether this is not a book I would recommend, Dan Brown has done some far better stories.
"The Lost Symbol"
A more implausible storyline I find hard to imagine. The two great ?reveals? in the plot could be spotted well before half way in. Dan Brown as reached an all time low, bettering ?Angels & Demons? in creating unbelievable situations for equally unbelievable characters.
Research into the subject is undoubtedly his strength, but I didn?t engage with the story.
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