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The Lost Symbol (2009)

by Dan Brown

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Series: Robert Langdon (3)

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Symbologist Robert Langdon returns in this new thriller follow-up to The Da Vinci Code.
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Formulaic, but fun. ( )
  medwyn1066 | Nov 28, 2023 |
The 3rd Robert Langdon story, set in Washington. Very similar to the previous two books with a lot of running around. This time Langdon has been invited to Washington to give a lecture at the Smithsonian by his friend Peter Solomon, only to find his friend has been kidnapped and it was the kidnapper that had lured him there to decipher a Freemason's pyramid to find the location of the Lost Word, buried somewhere in the capital. In the meantime, the kidnapper has attracted the attention of the CIA, who want to avert a national crisis by cooperating with him, whether that helps to rescue Peter Solomon or not. Katherine, his sister, is also targetted as the kidnapper tries to destroy both her and her work on the Noetic sciences. Katherine and Langdon manage to solve the secret of the pyramid together, as they dart around the city, whilst avoiding the CIA. With a couple of interesting twists near the end, disaster is averted and all is eventually revealed. Despite the formulaic style, I enjoyed this fast-paced historical tour of Washington and the peek into freemason philosophy. I also found the ending to be more satisfying as time was taken to explain the meaning of the ancient mysteries. ( )
  LindaLiu | Sep 19, 2023 |
I am returning this (overdue)book and will revisit it when my life and my home are less chaotic ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
Oh dear. I have casually enjoyed Dan Brown's other tomes; however, The Lost Symbol didn't even have that brain candy charm. Tense scenes were frequently interrupted by several page long asides of dubious relevance. The so-called science was hilariously awful and the end of the book suspense revolved in part around the fear that someone would exsanguinate through a "medical needle" placed in a vein in the antecubital fossa (i.e. venipuncture.) Luckily, that part was so ill-paced that the character was saved before I had to waste too much time screaming about how infeasible it was to be killed by an IV.

The core plot -- many important men in Washington are Free Masons, a group that has left hidden symbols all over Washington DC and celebrates human life -- was far less intriguing than Brown's other books.

Overall -- this was in SORE need of an editor and a fact checker. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
The Lost Symbol was another great read by Dan Brown!

I found this novel not to be as good as Angels and Demons or The Da Vinci Code, but I still really enjoyed it! This book felt slower and a little more boring until I got half way into it, but I still felt the need to read it and be hooked onto Dan Brown's story.

I enjoyed this book! The twists and turns were great (even if I guessed some of the plot twists that occurred). I can't wait for more Dan Brown!

He is almost untouchable for problems in the story. I didn't see much wrong with the story or plot or characters.

Good book!
Five out of five stars! ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
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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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Andersson, Leo(Övers.)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boldrini, AlexandreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Conde, ClaudiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To live in the world without becoming
aware of the meaning of the world is
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Neckties had been required six days a week when Langdon attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and despite the headmaster's romantic claims that the origin of the cravat went back to the silk fascalia worn by Roman orators to warm their vocal cords, Langdon knew that, etymologically, cravat actually derived from a ruthless band of "Croat" mercenaries who donned knotted neckerchiefs before they stormed into battle. To this day, this ancient battle garb was donned by modern office warriors hoping to intimidate their enemies in daily boardroom battles.
The only wrinkle was the bloody black-clad heap in the foyer with a screwdriver protruding from his neck.
It was no coincidence that Christians were taught that Jesus was crucified at age thirty-three …
Thankfully, this particular crypt contained no bodies. … The entourage hurried through, without even a glance at the four-pointed marble compass in the center of the floor where the Eternal Flame had once burned.
His hips and abdomen were the archways of mystical power. Hanging beneath the archway [sic], his massive sex organ bore the tattooed symbols of his destiny. In another life, this heavy shaft of flesh had been his source of carnal pleasure. But no longer.
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Známeho harvardského odborníka na ikonografiu Roberta Langdona nečakane pozvú prednášať do washingtonského Kapitolu. Pozvanie mu cez sprostredkovateľa zašle jeho mentor, filantrop, historik, vedec a slobodomurár Peter Solomon, preto Langdon rád vyhovie. Lenže prednášková sála zíva prázdnotou... Hrozný nález odťatej ruky so zlatým prsteňom a s tetovaním dokazuje, že Solomona uniesli a jeho život je v Langdonových rukách. Musí vyriešiť jednu z najväčších záhad ľudských dejín, ktorá však môže otriasť samotnými základmi kresťanskej viery. Nejde však len o tajomstvo z dávnych dôb slobodomurárstva, ale aj z nedávnej minulosti a Langdona na konci jeho cesty čaká jedno z najprekvapujúcejších odhalení, s akými sa doteraz stretol.
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