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The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | May 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Lost Symbol is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 1.08 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307950689

ISBN - 13: 9780307950680

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lost in D.C. For me, this book did not live up to the calibur of Dan Brown books I've grown accustomed to. Set in Washington, D.C. there certainly were enough landmarks and historical sites to uncover no shortage of mysteries. However this book was all about the Masons, there were almost too many layers to the symbology we learn about, and there wasn't nearly enough of the chase from landmark to landmark that Brown usually treats us to. The book was definitely a page-turner from the start. Short, terse chapters keep the reader up late. But the ending probably wrapped up about 4-5 times before revealing yet another layer, and before finally coming to an end. As to that ending, I found it a little lacking and unsatisfactory given the build-up. That said, one 'ah-ha' moment I didn't expect made this read worthwhile. This was a relatively entertaining read ... but not as good as the last one (DaVinci Code) or the next one (Inferno).
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great book for thrill seekers Another great book by Dan Brown. The style and the plot has Dan's name written all over it. A really good page turner that keeps you attached to the book. I have to admit though, I was disappointed at the end. The ending of the story didn't live up to all the mystery/thrill that started from the first page. Also, there's one mystery that I think either he forgot to explain or I didn't understand :-)
Date published: 2012-08-21

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The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 624 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 1.08 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307950689

ISBN - 13: 9780307950680

About the Book

In this follow-up to the global phenomenon "The Da Vinci Code," this is a masterstroke of storytelling--a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths set in the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C.

Read from the Book

PrologueHouse of the Temple8:33 P.M. The secret is how to die.Since the beginning of time, the secret had always been how to die.The thirty-four-year-old initiate gazed down at the human skull cradled in his palms. The skull was hollow, like a bowl, filled with bloodred wine.Drink it, he told himself. You have nothing to fear. As was tradition, he had begun this journey adorned in the ritualistic garb of a medieval heretic being led to the gallows, his loose-fitting shirt gaping open to reveal his pale chest, his left pant leg rolled up to the knee, and his right sleeve rolled up to the elbow. Around his neck hung a heavy rope noose—a "cable-tow" as the brethren called it. Tonight, however, like the brethren bearing witness, he was dressed as a master.The assembly of brothers encircling him all were adorned in their full regalia of lambskin aprons, sashes, and white gloves. Around their necks hung ceremonial jewels that glistened like ghostly eyes in the muted light. Many of these men held powerful stations in life, and yet the initiate knew their worldly ranks meant nothing within these walls. Here all men were equals, sworn brothers sharing a mystical bond.As he surveyed the daunting assembly, the initiate wondered who on the outside would ever believe that this collection of men would assemble in one place . . . much less this place. The room looked like a holy sanctuary from the ancient world.The truth, however, was stranger still.I am just blocks away from the White Hous
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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.”    —Richmond Times-Dispatch“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.”     —Entertainment Weekly “A fascinating pleasure. . . . Upends our usual assumptions about the world we think we know.”    —Newsweek “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-tu
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Bookclub Guide

This guide is intended to enhance your book group’s discussion of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, the thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code.

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.