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The Lost Symbol

A book by Dan Brown.

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Better than Da Vinci!

  • Sep 15, 2009
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In The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown uses the proven formula that brought him so much success in The Da Vinci Code. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology, once again sets his wits against a mysterious and murderous foe, solving puzzles of history, art and the occult, in the company of a beautiful female companion. They race against time to find a mysterious object and rescue a kidnapped friend. Along the way we hear all about arcane subjects as diverse as Freemasonry, symbology, noetics, and the architecture of Washington DC.

The pace of this novel is breathlessly fast, except for those moments when his characters turn into human textbooks, spouting background information. Although I found some of them fascinating, the reader can easily skim these sections without sacrificing much understanding of the plot. If his previous novels are any guide, this information may not be too reliable anyway!

Mal'akh, Langdon's evil foe is brilliant, formidable, and bizarre. He has all the frightening characteristics you could hope for in a villain. He makes a worthy opponent to Langdon and Katherine, in a true battle of wits.

The subject of The Lost Symbol should not generate as much controversy as his last novel. Brown is sympathetic to Freemasonry, and he doesn't portray masons as evil conspirators against history or knowledge. He espouses a belief in the divine nature of the human mind, like an Eckart Tolle of fiction, only with an anti-Christian grudge. I doubt that this novel will give rise to another cottage industry of books and films explaining where Mr. Brown fudged his facts, but the field of noetics might see a burst of interest.

The final pages point to "facts" that may strain the reader's credulity, but this is an entertainment, not a manifesto. Although Mr. Brown has made some modest improvements in style, the text is still awkward in many places. I didn't read this book for the quality of his prose. I hopped on for the thrill of the ride. Dan Brown fans will be well satisfied with this novel, and they will doubtless climb aboard. Once you are caught up in this story, you won't want to put it down.

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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.
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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, it is the third Brown novel to involve the character of Harvard University symbologistRobert Langdon, following 2000's Angels & Demons and 2003's The Da Vinci Code. It had a first printing of 6.5 million (5 million in North America, 1.5 million in the UK), the largest in Doubleday history. On its first day the book sold one million in hardcover and e-book versions in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada, making it the fastest selling adult novel in history.[4] By September 25 the book topped the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction.


Let's start with the question everyDan Brownfan wants answered: IsThe Lost Symbolas good asThe Da Vinci Code? Simply put, yes. Brown has mastered the art of blending nail-biting suspense with random arcana (from pop science to religion), andThe Lost Symbolis an enthralling mix. And what a dazzling accomplishment that is, considering that rabid fans and skeptics alike are scrutinizing every word.

The Lost Symbolbegins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell too much would ruin the fun of reading this delicious thriller, so you will find no ...
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ISBN-10: 0385504225
ISBN-13: 978-0385504225
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Doubleday Books
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