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The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown

Published: 2012-05-01
Paperback : 624 pages
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Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient ...

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Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn--Brown's most exciting novel yet.

Editorial Review

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

The Lost Symbol
begins 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 spoilers here. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love). Again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The setting, unlike other Robert Langdon novels, is stateside, and in Brown's hands Washington D.C. is as fascinating as Paris or Vatican City (note to the D.C. tourism board: get your "Lost Symbol" tour in order). And, as with other Dan Brown books, the pace is relentless, the revelations many, and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.

Nothing is as it seems in a Robert Langdon novel, and The Lost Symbol itself is no exception--a page-turner to be sure, but Brown also challenges his fans to open their minds to new information. Skeptical? Imagine how many other thrillers would spawn millions of Google searches for noetic science, superstring theory, and Apotheosis of Washington. The Lost Symbol is brain candy of the best sort--just make sure to set aside time to enjoy your meal. --Daphne Durham

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Would you choose wealth or wisdom if given a choice?
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Stick to 1 or 2
by mel29 (see profile) 08/08/11
There is so much information in this book, that we found ourselves all over the place in discussion - Masons, Religion, Noetic Science, Founding Fathers, DC. Probably need to try to focus more on only 1 or 2 aspects of the novel.

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  "The Lost Symbol"by Susan S. (see profile) 12/09/15

Excellent, very entertaining, fast read that had lots of historical information about Washington DC. The whole book club really enjoyed it.

  "Even 1 Star is Being Generous"by Mandy B. (see profile) 06/28/14

Sadly disappointed because I normally love Dan Brown. Not only was the book WAY too long, there was no logical flow to the story so was very difficult to follow. Ironically, even with no flow, it was extremely... (read more)

  "The Lost Symbol"by Sandy S. (see profile) 01/22/14

Really liked this book. Was the first book I have read by Dan Brown and will read others. The only thing I did not like about it, is it seemed to drag on at times.

  "Langdon on home turf."by Linda J. (see profile) 05/22/13

A good, not great, follow up to The Da Vinci Code. Well-researched and intricately plotted. I did figure out something important very early in the book, which was revealed very late in the book. I don't... (read more)

  "Chockful of info and more and then some!"by Melissa H. (see profile) 08/08/11

True to Dan Brown's form, this 600+ page-turner has tons of information that at times can overwhelm the reader. Felt as thought it was written more as a screen-play than a novel. Though, still interesting... (read more)

  "Could not put down"by emily a. (see profile) 03/30/11

This book is so full of true facts and just an amazing book. There is never a dull moment in this book.

  "Great, in the appropriate context"by Stephanie L. (see profile) 01/19/11

You don't read this because you want to read exquisite literature. But, as a fast-paced thriller with intriguing, fact-based elements, Brown does a great job. Set your expectations for what it is, and... (read more)

  "Good, but not his best"by Anke E. (see profile) 11/17/10

I've read several of Dan Brown's books, and this is not his best. If one takes out the pages over pages of explanations and ramblings about sybolism and religion and believes, the book woul... (read more)

  "The Lost Symbol"by Amanda W. (see profile) 11/12/10

I liked this book alot. It is not as fast paced as the Da Vinci Code or as contriversial as Angels and Demons but it is a good read. A bit long

  "lost symbol"by Holly P. (see profile) 07/12/10

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