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The Lost Symbol

108 Ratings: 2.0
A book by Dan Brown.

The Lost Symbol, developed under the working title The Solomon Key, is a 2009 novel by American writer Dan Brown. It is a thriller set in Washington, D.C., after the events of The Da Vinci Code.      Released on September 15, 2009, … see full wiki

Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Doubleday Books
33 reviews about The Lost Symbol
review by . October 19, 2009
It's best to turn your brain off before diving into The Lost Symbol.  Dan Brown's latest novel drops the "hero" Robert Langdon into Washington DC to embark on yet another journey of hidden symbolism, codes and mythology.  There's just enough factual information in the book to create an interesting backdrop for this story, but the premise isn't nearly as shocking or controversial as The DaVinci Code.      The story moves along at a good pace so its easy to …
review by . September 25, 2009
The Lost Symbol marks the return of Dan Brown.  HIs last book was The Da Vinci Code way back in 2003.  And The Da Vinci Code went on to become one of the biggest selling adult novels of all time (albeit for all the wrong reasons).  So how do you follow up one of the biggest most successful books of all time?  Well, you really can't, to be honest with you.  I mean, how do you write a follow up to a story about the Catholic Church keeping Jesus's bloodline a secret?  …
review by . April 17, 2010
Based on the number of reviews on Amazon (2,380 and growing), I seem to be a bit late to the Dan Brown The Lost Symbol party. In my defense, I can say that I have been enjoying quite a few first time authors and some favorite authors returning to the book world. Further, as I read quite a few other books with a similar formula in the past year, I really didn't see the need to pick up another one. But this is Dan Brown after all. If you have read The Da Vinci Code, and I am guessing that you have, …
review by . July 06, 2010
I actually enjoyed The da Vinci Code (even though the title doesn’t make sense… “the of Vinci Code?) and Angels and Demons. However, The Lost Symbol was disappointing at best. Perhaps is was the lack of exotic, exciting scenery (Paris and Rome beat Washington DC for exotic and exciting. My apologies to those who feel otherwise), or perhaps it was simply the poor writing. Isn’t the first rule of fiction “show, not tell?” It seems that Dan Brown forgot that important …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2010
One of the funniest reviews I've ever read in Amazon is for "The Lost Symbol". It is a satire called "I'm pretty sure it went down like this". Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3A2X0ZIIS9JVD/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdp"
review by . December 18, 2009
As a follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons", it almost goes without saying that "The Lost Symbol" is going to be a runaway best-seller. Nor does it take deep literary analysis to suggest that the plot involves symbols, codes, secret rituals, freemasonry, mysticism, religion, history and frantic chases from one secret location to another as symbologist Robert Langdon slowly unravels "the" ultimate secret to lay it bare before Dan Brown's breathless …
review by . June 29, 2010
The newest addition to the Dan Brown novels is a good read just like all of Dan Brown novels. Unfortunately the novel's premise is just like all the other ones. The protagonist faces a mystery that can be solved through deciphering a code. They are joined by a member of the opposite sex in solving the mystery, and sexual tension ensues. With that said, even though they are somewhat cookie cutter novels, I still enjoy reading them. There are several redeeming features to the novels that definitely …
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Good book, interesting US Capitol factoids!
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Really liked this book...this is my favorite book so far from Dan Brown. I couldn't put this one down.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
i thought this one would be better than it was. its was an ok read, just not what id expected.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Writing was bad, but book was somewhat entertaining. Definitely not as good as Angels and Demons.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Simply written but still good insight into many of the "secrets" behind Freemasons.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
ABetter than the DaVinci Code in my mind.,
review by . June 27, 2010
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown brings back Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in another thriller combining ancient legends and mystique with modern day mysteries. In this book Langdon gets a call from an old friend to give a speech to wealthy Smithsonian donors. When he gets to the site, he finds that there is no speech and no gathering. Instead his old friend, Peter Solomon, has been kidnapped by a seeming madman and unless Langdon can solve an ancient Masonic code, his friend will be killed. The …
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
masterfully done. Being a Mormon, I was expecting some criticism, but took the essentials of the faith and did one slight slap,but it was a good thought. I liked the symbolism and masonic facts.
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Interesting concept, but just as formulaic.
review by . June 05, 2010
   As a preface it's only fair to say that I read The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, and saw the DaVinci Code film, some years back and really enjoyed them. I think that anytime a writer creates an ongoing series with returning characters as Brown has done with Professor Langdon, there are bound to be tons of comparisons between the works -- not all of them favorable to the newest addition.      One thing is certain, Brown absolutely knows how to write a thriller …
Quick Tip by . May 23, 2010
An entertaining read. Better than Angels and Demons. A good, easy, suspenseful book to read when on vacation.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
Best author ever!
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Actually haven't finished it yet. . . attention keeps wandering . . .
Quick Tip by . April 21, 2010
I just didn't like it as well as Dan Brown's previous books . Okay, but not great.
review by . February 04, 2010
Symbologist Robert Langdon is once again called out on a mission, but this time it seems for an innocuous reason. Of course, it can't be, or there would be no new novel. There is not much new here, other than the setting in DC and its monuments. Langdon is plunged into a maelstrom of a hunt for a deranged, sadomasochistic villain who is close to learning the Masonic secret of the universe and will probably use it for no good. Because "symbologism" is such an intellectual topic, every time a new …
review by . September 28, 2009
How good is "The Lost Symbol"? Good enough to keep me up till 5 a.m. reading until I couldn't focus my eyes anymore.     Yes, Dan Brown is largely following the formula he established in "The Da Vinci Code". So what? In terms of producing suspense and keeping the reader turning pages, the formula works.     We have the villain, Mal `akh, truly the incarnation of evil. Wealthy, superbly intelligent, strong beyond ordinary mortals, cunning, sadistic and filled …
review by . December 06, 2009
Dan Brown must be a bit mystified if he reads through the reviews on Amazon.com. In many ways "The Lost Symbol" is a superior book to "Angels and Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code". Brown has matured as a writer and has honed his craft. Mainly there is less author intrusion . i.e. poor dialogue or scenes that case the reader to break from the spell that has been cast by the author and think "What? That seems silly/corny/gimicky/stupid" - in short, it knocks the …
review by . November 14, 2009
Ok, it would have been hard to just flat-out ignore Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol after The Da Vinci Code was so popular. I wasn't one of the ones who had to read it immediately, so I put myself on the hold list at the library to get it whenever I got to the top. After finishing the book, my overall reaction is... meh. It's mildly entertaining, and I was interested to see how it would end. But it seemed to repeat the same scene formula over and over. In addition, it could have been at least a third …
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