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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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Good Action...common story

Finished this book over the weekend. What can I say...I think Dan Brown watched National Tresure, and National Tresure-Book of secrets too many times. It makes a good action read...but is predictable and not original.

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Not so great the third time around...

You know how a great joke loses its punch after the fifth or sixth telling? Dan Brown has told this joke twice before, substituting names and places. He's a good storyteller, and his publisher has trained him well... at this point they could have a ghost crew writing these for him and publishing a new one every month. It was entertaining and well narrated, but probably the last Dan Brown book for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dana
  • Anderson, SC, United States
  • 03-07-10

too evil

typical of prior Dan Brown. Least satisfying so far. The bad guy is too evil and too omnipotent and too UNcredible. Errors and conflicting descriptions are more obvious and never explained (extremely muscular eunuch eg) Most characters lecture eachother as if reading abstracts from a Google search with glowing generalities promising a universal truth which is never delivered. It's somewhat like weight-loss-secret pop-up ads keep appearing in the narrative.
Fiction novels, especially action/mystery, should have a separate rating system on credibility. How much are you willing to suspend your sense of disbelief and knowledge of the real world in order to go along with the ride? (Why do highly successful people all seem to have less than a high school level education and mentality? Why don't they delegate to more competent assistants?) In this case, you have to suspend a lot.
Brown's ticking clock suspense and plot twists and who-can-you-trust issues are included. If you loved his prior books, you may like this one.

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  • Charles
  • Eufaula, OK, USA
  • 03-06-10

Could not stop listening

Historic and exciting throughout.

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  • Michele
  • Idledale, CO, United States
  • 03-05-10


All 17+ hours are filled with excitement and drama. Dan Brown is a fountain of knowledge and information...much of which tied to the "mysteries" I have been exposed to/studied over many years. We listened on a drive to Arizona and it kept our attention all the way!

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The book was not only excellent but also educational. I enjoyed being able to go on-line and verify actual history subjects that Dan Brown refered to in this book - really adds to the adventure.

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  • Max
  • Buckeye, AZ, USA
  • 03-04-10

The Lost Symbol


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  • David
  • Maple ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • 03-02-10


Wow.. this was just horrible. By far the worst of the Robert Langdon novels. The story takes place in a matter of a couple of hours, but the book is filled up with years worth of backstory about characters you really don't care about. The science is absurd.

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  • John
  • Aiken, SC, USA
  • 03-01-10

Not Worth the Listen

Seventeen hours reading to wait for and an ending that was pathetic. Dan Brown should refund every dime he made on this disaster.

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Getting Old

Dan Brown needs to find a new schtick. This last attempt at leading us on a breathless chase has really fallen flat. The first two books were exciting and kept our attention and were very interesting with all the historical information they afforded. The current book bogs down in repetition and overly drawn out contemplations of the fate of man and his soul. I would have rather read Dante or Plato for this kind of fare. I was looking for a good hair raising adventure. I must say, however, that I was kind of expecting this to be a rerun of the prior two novels, but it was just so much less, it was even more disappointing than I thought possible from this author, monotonous pain the last few chapters. Well, Dan, it's time to find a new kind of novel to write, but thanks a million for the excellent Da Vinci Code and even better, Angels and Demons!

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