- Publisher: Corgi Books
- Format: Paperback | 672 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 44mm | 440g
- Publication date: 22 July 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0552149527
- ISBN 13: 9780552149525
- Sales rank: 1,681
The Capitol Building, Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon believes he is here to give a lecture. He is wrong. Within minutes of his arrival, a shocking object is discovered. It is a gruesome invitation into an ancient world of hidden wisdom. When Langdon's mentor, Peter Solomon - prominent mason and philanthropist - is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend's life is to accept this mysterious summons. It is to take him on a breathless chase through Washington's dark history. All that was familiar is changed into a shadowy, mythical world in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth...
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Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and Inferno. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and creative writing. He lives in New England. Visit his UK website at www.danbrownofficial.co.uk.
By Jonathan Pseud 30 Apr 2011
On the plus side, this is a really pacy conspiracy-thriller, taking place over a single night (with a few flashbacks), making Washington DC sound like a fascinating city, full of interesting nuggets of artistic and scientific knowledge, with a dramatic crux at the end of almost every chapter worthy of a fifties' pulp serial, and powered along by Masons, Rosicrucians, 'Noetic scientists' and other conspiracy stuff. It also makes some interesting distinctions between scepticism about religious ritual, and respect for religious beliefs themselves.
On the minus side, it ends up being rather a shaggy-dog story - the 'world-changing' implication of the discovery of the secret is (look away now) basically about some very high-up people being embarrassed by the wacky stuff they do in their private societies. The stuff about noetic science felt under-described. And the character of Number-one Mason Peter Solomon lacked enough depth to really make us feel for his danger as the hero, his friend Robert Langdon, does. The original conflict between him and his son also lacked (to me) any convincing cause or explanation, and the bad-guy is simply a bit 'mad' (always a sign of an under-characterised thriller villain). So overall, it's got, in an exaggerated form, the advantages and problems of many thrillers - but the problems weren't great enough to stop me enjoying it, as long as I didn't think too hard.
By splashofourworlds.blogspot.com 08 Sep 2010
The fact is that i wasn't planning to buy this book at all and i have never read before a book by Dan Brown (i have watched the movies for The Da Vinci Code and Angels&Demons though). When i got the book as present i thought "why not?".
So here we are.
The also known from the previous books professor Langdon was summoned once again to solve a mystery. Action, deaths, history,codes, ancient riddles are as always part of the story. I believe it's best to not reveal more of the story since the official summary of the book says already what's important.But i will describe more what i'm thinking about other parts of the book.
At the start it was really confusing and difficult for me to read but after some chapters i get used to Brown's writing style. I really liked how he was describing the places,real or not. He gives you exactly the right details that needed so you can imagine and feel like you are there, next to the character.
Huge part of the story are symbols,history and stuff related with them. If you think you can't keep up with the book because you are not expert in those fields, then you are mistaken. The Lost Symbol is a book for all. Dan Brown explains every single thing that he mentions. Maybe sometimes the info is too much and get you a little tired but in the end you still have in your mind the basic details that needed to keep up with the book. Plus, you are learning new interesting facts about our world's history.
Lastly, i would like to add the meaning of the book. I will not tell you the conclusion but in the last 3 chapters you will get so many food for your brain that will truly surprise you. The writer not only writes a wonderful story but he also states some really good questions about our existence,our future and the power a human has.
I think Dan Brown as one of the best and most clever authors that ever existed.It is good to see that there are still people out there with their own ideas and who are not following the trend of our years. And i promise you that you would love The Lost Symbol, an entertaining story accompanied with a bit of things worthy of our thoughts.
"* 'Impossible to put down...Another mind-blowing Robert Langdon story' - Janet Maslin, New York Times * 'The wait is over. The Lost Symbol is here--and you don't have to be a Freemason to enjoy it...THRILLING AND ENTERTAINING, LIKE THE EXPERIENCE ON A ROLLER COASTER' - Los Angeles Times * 'Unputdownable...Gripping...Jaw-dropping...The blockbuster read of the year' - News of the World * 'So compelling that several times I came close to a cardiac arrest...As perfectly constructed as the Washington architecture it escorts us around' - Sunday Express"