The Lost Symbol Hardcover – Illustrated, September 15, 2009
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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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- Publisher : Doubleday; 1st edition (September 15, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 510 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385504225
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385504225
- Item Weight : 1.72 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.58 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor Robert Langdon gets a call from the personal assistant of his old friend Peter Solomon asking him to come to Washington, DC immediately. When he gets to the meeting place, there is no one there. Instead, Robert witnesses an horrific find. Langdon recognizes the gruesome artifact. Almost immediately the director from a secretive branch of the CIA called OS shows up. Ms. Sato is a firebrand. Also among those present is Officer Anderson, the chief of the building security.
Langdon gets a call from someone he now recognizes is a very real threat to Peter. This man has planted the find and escaped the building unnoticed. Langdon was tricked into coming to DC. The caller tells him the he must find something and Peter is the one who told him to call Robert. He says Peter said Robert is the only one who can find what the caller wants.
With the madman egging him on, Langdon, Sato and others are racing around DC looking for the mysterious artifact the killer wants.
The reader gets to be a first-person witness to the search. We learn much about the architecture of Washington, the hidden meanings and about why the founding fathers designed things the way they did.
This book is fast moving and very exciting. Robert Langdon is a remarkable character. Intelligent and quick thinking, he keeps the action moving along at a fast pace. Katherine Solomon, Peter's younger sister, plays a key role in the book as well. She, too, is extremely bright and is studying the science of noetics.
I found the whole discussion of noetics very interesting.
I surely hope Dan Brown is now working on another Robert Langdon adventure!! Please?
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The pace is too fast, it shifts extremely quickly between scenes, feeling more like a blockbuster movie then a novel. While the antogonist is set up brilliantly, many of the other characters have stories that feel like they should have more impact on the story than they do, disappointingly failing to deliver and instead leaving an ending that feels no more than skin deep.
Robert Langdon is stripped off his agency throughout the story and the story failed to interest me in him as a protagonist.
I like the writing style of Dan Brown and it might be my personal opinion, but the topic seems so washed out I won’t be interested in continuing reading the series..