- Hardcover: 510 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Books; 1st edition (September 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385504225
- ISBN-13: 978-0385504225
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5,380 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let's start with the question every Dan Brown fan wants answered: Is The Lost Symbol as good as The Da Vinci Code? Simply put, yes. Brown has mastered the art of blending nail-biting suspense with random arcana (from pop science to religion), and The Lost Symbol is an enthralling mix. And what a dazzling accomplishment that is, considering that rabid fans and skeptics alike are scrutinizing every word.
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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Starred Review. After scores of Da Vinci Code knockoffs, spinoffs, copies and caricatures, Brown has had the stroke of brilliance to set his breakneck new thriller not in some far-off exotic locale, but right here in our own backyard. Everyone off the bus, and welcome to a Washington, D.C., they never told you about on your school trip when you were a kid, a place steeped in Masonic history that, once revealed, points to a dark, ancient conspiracy that threatens not only America but the world itself. Returning hero Robert Langdon comes to Washington to give a lecture at the behest of his old mentor, Peter Solomon. When he arrives at the U.S. Capitol for his lecture, he finds, instead of an audience, Peter's severed hand mounted on a wooden base, fingers pointing skyward to the Rotunda ceiling fresco of George Washington dressed in white robes, ascending to heaven. Langdon teases out a plethora of clues from the tattooed hand that point toward a secret portal through which an intrepid seeker will find the wisdom known as the Ancient Mysteries, or the lost wisdom of the ages. A villain known as Mal'akh, a steroid-swollen, fantastically tattooed, muscle-bodied madman, wants to locate the wisdom so he can rule the world. Mal'akh has captured Peter and promises to kill him if Langdon doesn't agree to help find the portal. Joining Langdon in his search is Peter's younger sister, Kathleen, who has been conducting experiments in a secret museum. This is just the kickoff for a deadly chase that careens back and forth, across, above and below the nation's capital, darting from revelation to revelation, pausing only to explain some piece of wondrous, historical esoterica. Jealous thriller writers will despair, doubters and nay-sayers will be proved wrong, and readers will rejoice: Dan Brown has done it again.
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For those who like complex mysteries and nuanced tales that involve symbols and many things that are not as they appear to be, this is a fine book. There is enough Cosmic Science + Faith, thoughts have mass and energy, we live in 10 dimensions (his version -- my version has 26), it is entirely possible for humanity to create cosmic convergence of thought that can see the future and achieve immortality.
The author -- who is clearly white-washing the Freemasons and completely avoiding their central role as the global network through which the Rothschilds and the Vatican achieve their Satanic control purposes -- surprised me by including some trenchant but all too limited detail on blood sacrifices and blood drinking, with two really great quotes: "Blood is the tincture of eternity" and "Without blood there is no true sacrifice." He avoids at all costs linking the Freemasons at the 34th, 35th and 36th levels (the above the eye Illuminati) with child abduction, child abuse, and child exploitation in ritual sacrifices, blood drinking, body organ harvesting, and bone marrow transplants for anti-aging. In short, he wimped out.
This could have been a six-star Deep State killer book, instead it is a four-star Freemasons white-wash feel good book. The ending is adequate -- we are one, we can achieve heaven on earth -- but the author, who clearly knows vastly more about the Deep State and the Freemasons than he lets on in this book, chose not to expose the New World Order, Agenda 21, population control, elective wars, and more that are the daily bread of the elite -- along with those of the 99% they wish to destroy for fun and profit.
I generally don't read fiction, this was recommended to me in support of some work I am doing for an International Tribunal on Pedophilia, and it was on balance disappointing. The author pulled every punch possible -- this book is the World Wide Wrestling version of Dante's Inferno.
For the smart people (which is increasingly including all we Deplorables in Fly Over Country), here are ten books I recommend that I have reviewed here at Amazon, they offer the hope that We the People -- the 99% -- will indeed triumph over the 1%, achieve full disclosure of the thirteen extraterrestial civilizations across the cosmos, and rise to our full potential as a conscious species. The first half are negative and the second half are positive.
Project Human Extinction: The Ultimate Conspiracy
The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
The American Deep State: Big Money, Big Oil, and the Struggle for U.S. Democracy (War and Peace Library)
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
God and Science: Coming Full Circle?
Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
The Beginning of All Things: Science and Religion
For extraterrestials, consider searching for the term, source=phibetaiota.net. For the second American revolution that seeks to take the Deep State down non-violently, this summer, search for #UNRIG.
Best wishes to all,
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The end of the book drags.
I'm not sure I'll read the next one.
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.