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The Lost Symbol Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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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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!
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....
Robert Langdon receives, what he believes to be, a request from an old friend to come to Washington. D.C. Once there, in the Rotunda of the Capitol, is found his friend's dismembered hand. The chase is on; Robert Langdon and his friend's sister, against an unknown villain and members of the CIA.
I could go on and on about how bad I thought this book was. The bad guy was way over the top, Langdon seemed flat, and the women were too stupid to live. The geography of Washington had errors. Yes, some of the information on the Freemasons is interesting, as is some of the arcane historical information, but nothing really gels together. There's a federal agency involved without any explanation as to why they are there. There's nothing to grab onto.
With DaVinci Code, there was the whole Mary Magdalene theory; with Angels and Demons it was the race against the clock and would the Pope get elected. Here's it's about rescuing a friend of Langdon's whom we've not met and to whom we have no real attachment, and about the great secret protected by the Freemasons.
The book is an example of bad dialogue, bloated writing, and repetitive scenes. However, the greatest sin was that I never felt engaged or cared what happened. Nearly every chapter ended with a mini-cliff hanger and didn't add to the plot or the suspense. One or two wouldn't have bothered me but every chapter became absurd and amateurish. Write a good story; I'll keep turning the pages.
The only thing I didn't regret about this book was that I bought the Kindle version rather than the $150 signed edition I was offered. No thanks.