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The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Dan Brown

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Title:The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Doubleday Books (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 528 pages
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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2009)

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Dear Dan Brown.............. this was a waste of time. ( )
  the_nice_bookworm | Nov 12, 2015 |
Good book
  Beautyspin | Nov 10, 2015 |
Okay, so I tried this book two ways. I tried reading it first. The text is so dense with useless information I just stuttered and stalled, leaving it sit for weeks at a time. I decided to try the audio book to see if that improves my opinion of the book.

So far... not so much. Two international best sellers and suddenly the agent and editor stop working on killing useless information. The book can be notably shorter. I'm through disc two of the book right now. More to come if/when I finally stop...

Okay, fact complaint: Obsidian is NOT bone. Within paragraphs of each other. Seriously?

Quit drawing this out so much. The book can be infinitely shorter. Not building suspense, just boring the crap out of the reader.
Last few chapters: Preach, preach, preach. My god, just write the end already!


Finally finished the book. UGH! The first two books had notable editing, and a decent plot with a group versus crazy person. This was crazy person versus Langdon. It just didn't have the same feel as the first two books. I could have removed about 70 chapters and not lost much of the plot or direction of the book. The characters were rather bland, some sections predictable. Just ugh. ( )
  gilroy | Oct 22, 2015 |
@lost_symbol +davinci_code ( )
  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
As the follow up to The da Vinci Code, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is invited to give a lecture at the United States Capitol, with the invitation from his mentor, a mason named Peter Solomon. Solomon just so happens to be the head of the Smithsonian Institution. Robert was told to bring a small, sealed package which he had entrusted to Langdon years earlier. hen Langdon arrives at the Capitol, he learns that the invitation was not from Solomon. It was from his kidnapper, Mal'akh, who has left Solomon's severedight hand in the middle of one of the museums, recreating the hand of mysteries. Mal'akh contacts Langdon, charging him with finding both the Mason's pyramid, which is believed to be hidden somewhere underground in Washington D.C.

Langdon is then met by Trent Anderson, head of the Capitol police, and Inoue Sato, head of the CIA's Office of Security. Sato claims that Mal'akh poses a threat to the national security of the US, and that his capture is more important than Peter's life. Examining the hand, they discover a clue leading them to Solomon's Masonic alter in a room in the CApitol's subbasement, where they find a small pyramid lacking a capstone with an inscription carved into it. Sato confronts Langdon with the security x-ray taken of his bag when he entered, which contains a smaller pyramid in the package that he brought by the kidnapper's request. Sato attempts to take Langdon into custody, but is assaulted by Warren Bellamy, Architect of the Capitol and a Freemason, who then flees with Langdon during the fight. Bellamy explains that he had been in contact with Mal'akh and wants Peter's assistance in finding him.

Mal'akh is revealed to be a Freemason with tattoos covering almost his entire body. He infiltrated the organization in order to get an ancient source of power, which he believes Langdon can unlock for him in return for Peter's life. Memories begin to flash back at this point. Several years ago, Peter left large sums of money to his rebellious son, Zachary, who then fled the Solomon household and led a reckless life in Europe until he was arrested and imprisoned in Turkey for possession of drugs. Peter flew to Turkey and decided to teach Zachary a lesson by leaving him in Prison for another week. Apparently, Zachary was murdered by his cellmate, who found out about Zachary's fortune, and fled to Greece to lead a luxurious life under the name Andros Dareios, Dareios however, soon grew tired of his life in Greece. Later, Dareious breaks into Solomon's home to find the pyramid, but accidentally killed Peter's mother, and was show and left to fall in a frozen river by Peter. Covering his scars with tattoos, he adapted to the name Mal'akh.

As Langdon deals with the events, Mal'akh destroys the Smithsonian-sponsored of Dr. Katherine Solomon, Peter's younger sister, where she has conducted experiments in Noetic Science. Katherine manages to escape after a cat-and-mouse chase, but Mal'akh destroys all of her research. While cornered by the authorities, Bellamy is forced to give himself up while Langdon and Katherine escape. Both are later captured by Sato's team. Mal'akh is later found out to be Peter's phsyciaatrist, Dr. Christopher Abaddon. Sato allows Katherine and Langdon to go to the Solomon mansion to find Mal'akh and comfort Peter. Meanwhile, as he is being interrogated by Sato, Bellamy expresses belief that Sato is working with Mal'akh, but Sato assures Bellamy that she is also pursuing Mal'akh in the interests of national security, and displays a piece of evidence that shocks Bellamy. Mal'akh captures Langdon and throws him in an airtight sensory deprivation tank, where he interrogates Langdon and gets him to cooperate with the illusion of drowning. After he's done with Langdon, he continues to fill the tank until Langdon thinks he's dead.

Mal'akh takes the weak Peter on his wheelchair and hurries out of the house to the House of The Temple. Immediately after arriving, he has Peter guide him through to find the location of the pyramid. Sato and her team finds Langdon and assume that he's dead, but open the box to find that he is alive. Katherine, Langdon and Sato rush to the House of The Temple where Mal'akh threatens to release a video showing government officials performing secret Masonic rituals. Mal'akh orders Peter to sacrifice him as he believes that it is his destiny to become a demonic spirit. Peter claims he will do so without hesitation to avenge his son and mother, but Mal'akh shocks Peter by revealing that he is Zachary Solomon himself. He explains that he bribed the prison wwarden to fake his death by disfiguring the body of another inmate beyong recognition. Peter prapares to stab Zachary but cannot bring himself to do it, and drops the knife just as Langdon jumps in and tackles him. Sato's team crashes into the building with a helicoptor, killing Zachary with shards of glass fatally lodged in his body. Peter and Katherine then mourn Zachary's death.

Peter tells Langdon that the Masons believe that the Bible is an esoteric allegory writen by humanity, and that, like most religious texts around the globe, it contains veiled instructions for harnessing humanity's natural God-like qualities-similar to Katherine's research, and is not meant to be interpreted as the commands of an all powerful deity. The Masons have metaphorically buried their pyramid, believing that when the time is right, the rediscovery will usher in a new era of human enlightenment. ( )
  KatelynC.G1 | Sep 11, 2015 |
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In the end, as with “The Da Vinci Code,” there’s no payoff. Brown should stop worrying about unfinished pyramids and worry about unfinished novels. At least Spielberg and Lucas gave us an Ark and swirling, dissolving humans. We don’t get any ancient wisdom that “will profoundly change the world as you know it” — just a lot of New Agey piffle about how we are the gods we’ve been waiting for. (And a father-son struggle for global domination, as though we didn’t get enough of that with the Bushes.)
There are moments of excitement in this skilfully edited, deeply implausible thriller. At times the suspense is prolonged rather than sustained, but the 500 pages turn steadily and the overall effect is entertaining and certainly family-friendly. The Lost Symbol is violent but remarkably chaste and devoid of profanity.
added by Shortride | editThe Age, Simon Caterson (Sep 19, 2009)
If you hate Dan Brown, you're going to hate this book.

It seems Brown has decided to irk his critics by repeating every flaw he's been accused of. ...

No, it's not Foucault's Pendulum. It doesn't even come close. However, if you liked Dan Brown's previous books you're likely to enjoy this one. There is some interesting trivia about the history of Washington, DC which is in fact true, which is an added bonus.
added by camillahoel | editRead And Find Out, Tom (Sep 17, 2009)
It’s true, his style is as baldly prosaic as legend, but there remains a heft to his potboilers that is hard to imitate. He is better at conveying claustrophobia and breathlessness than, say, the explosion of a top-secret lab (“fragments of titanium mesh . . . droplets of melted silicon” etc) but the latter will make a juicier scene come the inevitable Tom Hanks movie, and the author knows this.
added by Shortride | editThe Times, Andrew Collins (Sep 16, 2009)
As a thriller, "The Lost Symbol" is exciting, although readers of "The Da Vinci Code" will notice that some of the same stock characters and creaky plot devices pop up... As District of Columbia resident, I must say that Mr. Brown does a first-rate job of delivering a Cook's tour with duly sinister overtones of Washington's famous sites... It's when Mr. Brown interrupts his storytelling to deliver one of his many lectures on Christian ­intolerance—with pointed digs at the American ­religious right—that "The Lost Symbol" becomes a ­didactic bore.

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The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling—a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

The Capitol Building, Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon believes he is here to give a lecture. He is wrong. Within minutes of his arrival, a shocking object is discovered. It is a gruesome invitation into an ancient world of hidden wisdom.

When Langdon’s mentor, Peter Solomon – prominent mason and philanthropist – is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend’s life is to accept this mysterious summons.

It is to take him on a breathless chase through Washington’s dark history. All that was familiar is changed into a shadowy, mythical world in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth.
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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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