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The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3) by…

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

by Dan Brown

Series: Robert Langdon (3)

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Symbologist Robert Langdon returns in this new thriller follow-up to The Da Vinci Code.
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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Interesting and thought-provoking read. A few areas were taken a bit too far and/or over the top. But all in all, this was an interesting, informative, and entertaining read. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
I've read Dan Brown novels in the past and enjoyed the lore-rich, tense stories that blend history, speculation, legend, and fiction. This, however, fell short. I've always been shocked with the revelation of the mastermind's identity in previous Dan Brown novels but in The Lost Symbol, the main antagonist's true identity was painfully clear halfway through the book.

At every turn, the revelations dissapointed. The antagonist's true identity, the antagonist's motivation for his actions, the big threat to national security, the big secret of the ancients... none of which lived up near a fraction to their hype.

Characterization was bland, where every characer minus Capitol Chief Trent Anderson - the only releatable character of the cast, was either annoyingly likeable or about as appaling as used toilet paper. The kidnapped Peter Solomon, that we get to know through flashbacks, was a Mary Sue/Gary Stu, so infurriatingly likeable, chummy, uberduber smart, always right but so incredible charismatic everyone lets him win any discussion with a smile on their faces, well aside from that one time, and The Masons like the Mary Sue of 'misunderstood' organizations.

Also featuring repeating of plot points and phrases, characters acting OOC, and tropes like talking about scenece as it is a person/entity, forgetting about side-characters after they've outplayed their role, making something that is quite mundane and down to earth sound mysterious, esoteric or even magical and, of course, the old wise sage, including the 'your eyes blind you' and 'it was not until I was blind that I could truly se

One-and-a-half star for a couple of tense chase-and-hide scenes and every chapter featuring Chief Anderson. ( )
  CoderZebrine | Jul 30, 2021 |
Robert Langdon, internationally known symbologist, has received a last minute invitation from his long time mentor, Peter Solomon. A gala is planned for the supporters of the Smithsonian and the scheduled keynote speaker has fallen ill, so Solomon figures Langdon would be a perfect fill-in. The glitch is the gala is that night. All transportation is taken care of, so all Langdon has to do is show up. He is also asked to bring a specific item, entrusted to him for safe keeping years ago.

When Langdon shows up, he finds the room he is to speak in is empty. It seems he has been the victim of a sham. Someone has wanted Langdon and the object for their own personal gain. And Solomon has been taken hostage to ensure Langdon shows up.
The plot has to do with Masonic lore. The adversary is obsessed with solving the deep secrets of the Masons and becoming the owner of the knowledge and power of the lore.

It takes place in various historical buildings in Washington DC around the Smithsonian. Secret tunnels, rooms with hidden entrances, members of the FBI and CIA called in to assist. There is quite a bit of the history and secrecy of the Masons and of the buildings, and sometimes a bit too much, but frequently very interesting to me.

It wasn’t a book for a quick read, or a steady read for me. But then none of the other Langdon books have been. I do enjoy the history, but sometimes it is a bit much. None-the-less, I enjoyed it and plan to read other books by Dan Brown. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jul 20, 2021 |
This is the third in a series of Robert Langdon novels, not far afield from Dan Brown's earlier "The DaVinci Code" and "Angels and Demons". Not everything is believable, but it is a thriller novel and not nonfiction. The theme is somewhat repetitive in that there are many symbols discovered throughout the book which only Langdon could understand and translate, however instead of being purely Christian symbols and originating in Rome, this book involves Masonic symbols and takes place in Washington, DC. Some readers were able to anticipate the conclusion part way through the book, which makes the ending somewhat anti-climatic, but I didn't figure it out until the end, and therefore I found it interesting to the end. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Good, fast paced thriller in which Robert Langdon is drawn into a family drama, involving the mysterious Mason order. He has to use all his expertise to avert disaster. The last 30 pages were awful and utterly unecessary. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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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