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33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol: A Reader's Companion to the Dan Brown Novel Paperback – December 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1557049193 ISBN-10: 155704919X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (December 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155704919X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557049193
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is designed to appeal to fans of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, particularly The Lost Symbol (2009). Beyer explores some of the book’s codes, puzzles, and historical references. Although he does raise some interesting questions—How does The Lost Symbol’s original title, The Solomon Key, help us to understand the meaning and importance of one of the book’s characters?—he also spends a lot of time on matters peripheral to his theme. Why, for example, in a book that is presumably being read by someone who is intimately familiar with Brown’s novels and their hero, Robert Langdon, would the author devote nearly 2 full pages to a physical description of the character and an explanation of what he does for a living? Similarly, the author’s lengthy travelogue-like description of The Lost Symbol’s setting, Washington, D.C., could be replaced by a simple list of elements from the Brown novel that actually exist in Washington, freeing up 30-odd pages for meatier pursuits. Recommended for readers who can’t get enough of Brown and Langdon, but for a better—and much more entertaining—exploration of Brown’s techniques, try The Va Dinci Cod (2005), the hilarious Da Vinci Code parody written by A. R. R. R. Roberts (otherwise known as Adam Roberts). --David Pitt

About the Author

THOMAS R. BEYER, JR., a Professor at Middlebury College, who specializes in Russian language and literature, has taught numerous seminars on the works of Dan Brown, and is the editor of the online reference guide The Keys to The Da Vinci Code. He and his students are currently working on a wiki devoted to Angels & Demons. He is based in Middlebury, Vermont.


More About the Author

Thomas R. Beyer Jr was born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York where he attended Xaverian HS. he is a graduate of Georgetown University (1969) and the University of Kansas (1974). For the past 35 years he has been a Professor of Russian at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is the author of over a dozen books to learn Russian, several translations of the Russian writer Andrei Bely. Considered an expert on Russian writers in emigration in Germany and the United States, Professor Beyer has lectured extensively in Russia, Germany and the United States. For the past few years he has offered seminars on the works of Dan Brown designed to permit students and readers separate fact from fiction.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By What do you think Harry? on November 28, 2009
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I bought this book in hopes of understanding more of Dan Brown's historical references. The book gave me that and so much more. It is an informative, interesting, and a genuinely fun read. Thomas Beyer is truly talented and I really hope he continues to comment on and investigate other novels.
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By Michael Trend on December 26, 2010
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I gave this book as a Christmas gift to a lodge brother, the man who inpired me to become a freeemason. He's a great Dan Brown devotee and his bookshelf contains all of his works that have masonry as a theme. He owns the movies, too.

My lodge brother called me on Christmas Day to rave about the book. He read it in two sittings. It is well written and rather symbolic in its own right--"33 keys," as in the 33 degrees of freemasonry.

I thumbed through the book, before I sent it to him. It looked engaging, so I'll probably read it when I visit him next month.
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By Bill on November 27, 2010
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33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol contains details and refrences to other documents for understanding the cryptic information found in Dan Brown's manner of presenting true and fictional facts. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in learning background information and separating fact from fiction contained in that novel. After reading 33 Keys, rereading Dan Brown's book is a different thriller by having clues to decode much of the information in his book.
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I read this book long after I read The Lost Symbol. It would have been great if I had read it right after reading The Lost Symbol. It was still an enjoyable read. The author also gives lots of links at the end of each chapter (section?) so you can look up more information.
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By Carrots on September 15, 2010
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Pleased with condition of book and delivery time! Thank you....I always shop at Amazon first!
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