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The Lost Symbol

A book by Dan Brown.

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There are going to be a LOT of disappointed fans out there!

  • Dec 18, 2009
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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 readership.

The plot, such as it is (and it doesn't even begin to compare with his previous efforts), tells the tale of Mal'akh, a shadowy, bizarrely tattooed villain who seeks to unlock the wisdom of the ages guarded by the Mason's greatest secrets. Mal'akh kidnaps Peter Solomon, the secretary of the Smithsonian institute, a billionaire and a 33rd degree Freemason. Using him as a hostage, Mal'akh forces Robert Langdon to search for the clues that will unlock the code on the Masonic Pyramid which is presumably a map to the location of the wisdom that he seeks.

As a thriller, "The Lost Symbol" is pretty weak stuff - repetitive, over-written and melodramatic. It lacks the intensity, the passion, the drive, the pacing and, indeed, the controversy that understandably (and quite justifiably) drove "The Da Vinci Code" to the top of the best-seller lists. I might even go so far as to suggest that Brown's focus on the Christian bible (well, at least, the Masonic interpretations of the bible) are a blatant apology to the fundamentalist Christian groups that seemed to be so deeply offended by "The Da Vinci Code".

The real power and enjoyment of this novel rests in its non-fiction content and background - the interpretation of Masonic philosophy, secrecy and rituals to a public that, by and large (myself included), has misunderstood the group for many years.

I certainly wouldn't be rushing out to spend my money on a hard covered version of a novel that comes nowhere close to fulfilling the overblown expectations of hordes of Dan Brown's fans. But I certainly would sit back patiently, wait for the thousands of copies that will make their way into second hand shops and read it for the history, the philosophy and the interesting sidebars on scholarly interpretation of religious books such as the Talmud, the Bible or the Koran.

Paul Weiss

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January 03, 2010
Damn...this on my to be read list....I guess I'll read it anyway. Nice review!
January 03, 2010
Good luck ... I'm sure you'll enjoy the history of the Masons.
April 18, 2010
I read it. It sucked. And I am not a Dan Brown hater like so many people out there. I like his other books. Was very disappointed in this one.
 
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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 . 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.
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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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