The Lost Symbol
By Dan Brown
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307950680, 624pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
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Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn--Brown's most exciting novel yet.
Dan Brown is the author of The Da Vinci Code, one of the most widely read novels of all time, as well as the international bestsellers Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife.
At their core, novelist Dan Brown's best-selling books are treasure hunts, much the like the ones his father, a math teacher, arranged for him and his siblings. The Lost Symbol continues the tale of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who is plunged into the secretive world of Freemasons. More at NPR.org
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The ending sucked. Sorry to be so abrupt, but I appreciate that this is a long review, and I appreciate that you might not finish it, and unlike some other book reviewers, I can't in good conscience discuss The Lost Symbol without bringing up the ending.
- How familiar were you with Freemasonry before reading the novel? How did your impressions of the organization shift throughout the book, from the chilling prologue to Peter Solomon's philosophical comments near the end?
“Impossible to put down. . . . Another mind-blowing Robert Langdon story.”
—The New York Times
“Thrilling in the extreme. . . . A definite page-flipper.”
—New York Daily News
“The wait is over. The Lost Symbol is here. . . . Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a roller coaster.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Dan Brown is a master of the breathless, puzzle-driven thriller.”
“Dan Brown brings sexy back to a genre that had been left for dead. . . . His code and clue-filled book is dense with exotica . . . amazing imagery . . . and the nonstop momentum that makes The Lost Symbol impossible to put down.”
—The New York Times
“Call it Brownian motion: a comet-tail ride of beautifully spaced reveals and a socko unveiling of the killer’s true identity.”
—The Washington Post
“Robert Langdon remains a terrific hero, a bookish intellectual who’s cool in a crisis and quick on his feet. . . . The codes are intriguing, the settings present often-seen locales in a fresh light, and Brown keeps the pages turning.”
“A fascinating pleasure. . . . Upends our usual assumptions about the world we think we know.”
“A roaring ride. . . . A caper filled with puzzles, grids, symbols, pyramids and a secret that can bestow ‘unfathomable power.’”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“[The] Indiana Jones of intellectuals, Robert Langdon, rides again. . . . Revelations connecting faith and science . . . add dimension to this page-turner’s thrills.”