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The Lost Symbol Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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“Impossible to put down. . . . Another mind-blowing Robert Langdon story.”
—The New York Times
“Thrilling in the extreme. . . . A definite page-flipper.”
—New York Daily News
“The wait is over. The Lost Symbol is here. . . . Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a roller coaster.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Dan Brown is a master of the breathless, puzzle-driven thriller.”
“Dan Brown brings sexy back to a genre that had been left for dead. . . . His code and clue-filled book is dense with exotica . . . amazing imagery . . . and the nonstop momentum that makes The Lost Symbol impossible to put down.”
—The New York Times
“Call it Brownian motion: a comet-tail ride of beautifully spaced reveals and a socko unveiling of the killer’s true identity.”
—The Washington Post
“Robert Langdon remains a terrific hero, a bookish intellectual who’s cool in a crisis and quick on his feet. . . . The codes are intriguing, the settings present often-seen locales in a fresh light, and Brown keeps the pages turning.”
“A fascinating pleasure. . . . Upends our usual assumptions about the world we think we know.”
“A roaring ride. . . . A caper filled with puzzles, grids, symbols, pyramids and a secret that can bestow ‘unfathomable power.’”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“[The] Indiana Jones of intellectuals, Robert Langdon, rides again. . . . Revelations connecting faith and science . . . add dimension to this page-turner’s thrills.”
About the Author
Dan Brown is the author of The Da Vinci Code, one of the most widely read novels of all time, as well as the international bestsellers Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife.
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The research into the Bible and Noetic sciences was fascinating. I liked the way it was all tied together over a few chapters at the end of the book and not just all explained and wrapped up in one chapter as many thrillers do. It showed the care that Mr. Brown took with the subject research, by fleshing it out over a few chapters so the reader could sit back and relax after the excitement of the previous chapters as the action came to a climax. It would have been unfair to the underlying subject material to just end it after the main action and the villain is revealed. I liked seeing Robert Langdon out of his depth a bit and be surprised by something he did not know.
I hope he will revisit some of these themes and characters in later books, it would be a shame to go this deep into such rich fertile soil and then just abandon it as just another day in Robert Langdon's life. I would hope some of the revelations would change the character in some small way or what is the point of this long unwinding novel if it is just a forgotten adventure in his past.
Overall it is an engaging read and I would recommend it to everyone. I hope it will eventually be a film in the Robert Langdon canon but I am not sure it had the acclaim of
his previous adventures to get this off the ground. I enjoyed all of Dan Brown's books and I look forward to Inferno. I just wanted to state how much I appreciated and enjoyed this novel. It made a 17 hour flight go by much faster as I tuned these pages and got lost in this great story and actually learned more about some interesting topics that I think everyone would benefit from researching further. From my further reading I can see that Noetic Science is attempting to give humanity a bright future by exploring the potential we all have to be greater that we think we can be. As the Beatles said in Yellow Submarine. "Its all in the mind "......Enjoy....
I had to say that because I've read so many reviews from people who mistook The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and this book as if they were factual history books or written as gospel. Get over it people. It's all fiction.
That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Robert Langdon series. It's remarkable how an iconologist has bridged crime, murder and mystery. And I also love how Dan Brown has been able to take a kernel or two of truths to create a fast paced mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Just read them because I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I do!
Lost Symbol is a series of debates between the various principals separated by brief spurts of action. The action is entirely forgettable: melodramatic, unbelievable, and overly drawn out. One particular walk down some stairs had to have extended over 6 chapters: I thought they'd never get to the bottom. If I were rating the book on action, it would be at most two stars.
Then there were the characters. The "bad guy" was brilliantly described, but everyone else was one-dimensional and terribly similar. On the strength of the bad guy alone, this book might justify 3 stars, with the other characters contributing little.
On science, the book doesn't do well. At one point the main scientist obviously fails to understand the meaning of "exponential increase". One star.
Where the Lost Symbol shines, however, is in the description of architecture, symbology, and art. This is Dan Brown's brilliance, and is the stuff of a 5-star review. Had the book removed all of the action, and had only the discussions of philosophy, art, architecture, symbols, and puzzles, I would have gotten as much out of it with fewer pages.
As it is, though, I give it 3 stars.
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