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The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown) by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown) (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 (Dan Brown)
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Doubleday Books (2009), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 528 pages
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Tags:Historical Fiction

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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (2009)

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Well, it's Dan Brown, so it's not a literary masterpiece. What it is, however, is what Brown's books always are - a very entertaining read. I think the other two Langdon books are a step above the non-Langdon novels, and The Lost Symbol follows in that tradition. Best of all, Brown has actually moved away from his usual formula a little, so it's not just the same old plot in a slightly different location.

I am an unabashed fan of Brown's work, because his fiction is always fun to read. There is nothing wrong with reading for entertainment, despite what Brown's naysayers would have us believe, and The Lost Symbol delivered exactly what I asked of it - a light and engrossing read. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
It was a 4.5 star read to be precise. Dan Brown never fails to amaze me through his intricate writing and attention to detail on the minuscule level. Langdon has been according to me, one of the most thought-out characters in literature. The only thing that took away from this book for me personally is the fact that the progress got a little slower in the middle and the bombardment of factual information a little too much to take in at once. The ending also was a little underwhelming, but the later part of the book really had some amazing moments. Dan Brown's books to me are a distinct piece of literature that stand out among everything else, credit to the research and hard work put into these works. ( )
  manogna_thumukunta | Jun 4, 2020 |
I like books about smart people, and esoteric history, and I particularly enjoy the Dan Brown books set in locations I am very familiar with. But all of that does not make it easier to get past his tired writing, and insistence on ending practically every paragraph on a cliffhanger. And the ending! Ugh. The ending of this book is truly the worst. ( )
  sanyamakadi | May 18, 2020 |
Tried reading it as it came with the Kindle I borrowed from the school library. Could not get past about 20%.

I know Dan Brown novels mix reality with some outlandish fiction, but the premise of this book was just so fatuous, I just couldn't be bothered to make the effort. Once the CIA got mixed up with the story, on top of some new-agey, BS-so-called-science, I just couldn't see my further efforts being rewarded.

While I have no idea how the plot will develop or how the story will end, the fact that I am quite content to wait for the movie to come out on cable (or not) tells you how engaged (or not) I was with the story. ( )
  Joonsik | Apr 12, 2020 |
The Lost Symbol is the third Dan Brown book about the character Robert Langdon. Dan Brown books seem to follow a pattern in the Style they are written. Because of this, if you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code you will probably enjoy The Lost Symbol. The chapters are short making it easy to read the book in small chunks one chapter at a time. What is lacking is the surprise of the other Robert Langdon stories. Many of the twist and surprises are predictable. The central focus in The Lost Symbol is Washington D.C. and The Masons. After finishing 1/4 of the book I had already figured out who the villain is and where The Lost Symbol was hidden. Many of the problems with this book are the same problems the movie versions of the last two Robert Langdon stories and I think that was Dan Brown's intention in order to make the book more movie script friendly. Even though I enjoyed The Lost Symbol, I only gave it three stars because I felt it could have been better if a movie version had not been thought about while writing the book. ( )
  Shack70 | Feb 23, 2020 |
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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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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.
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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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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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