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Lost Symbol, The

by Dan Brown
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Random House Large Print
  • Publishing date: 15/09/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780375434525
  • ISBN: 0375434526


Let's start with the question every Dan Brown fan wants answered: Is The Lost Symbol as good as The Da Vinci Code? Simply put, yes. Brown has mastered the art of blending nail-biting suspense with random arcana (from pop science to religion), and The Lost Symbol is an enthralling mix. And what a dazzling accomplishment that is, considering that rabid fans and skeptics alike are scrutinizing every word.

The Lost Symbol
begins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell too much would ruin the fun of reading this delicious thriller, so you will find no spoilers here. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love). Again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The setting, unlike other Robert Langdon novels, is stateside, and in Brown's hands Washington D.C. is as fascinating as Paris or Vatican City (note to the D.C. tourism board: get your "Lost Symbol" tour in order). And, as with other Dan Brown books, the pace is relentless, the revelations many, and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.

Nothing is as it seems in a Robert Langdon novel, and The Lost Symbol itself is no exception--a page-turner to be sure, but Brown also challenges his fans to open their minds to new information. Skeptical? Imagine how many other thrillers would spawn millions of Google searches for noetic science, superstring theory, and Apotheosis of Washington. The Lost Symbol is brain candy of the best sort--just make sure to set aside time to enjoy your meal. --Daphne Durham

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  • The Lost Storyline
    From Amazon

    I normally do not critize an author, but the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown is just too much. I got the impression that he was expressing criticism of the intelligence of his readers. The book is long, redundant, exceedingly verbose and at times filled with pointless code breaking. There is the issue of Eight Franklin Square. One would think that a prominent members of the CIA's management would KNOW that there is no such address simply by programming it into their GPS in the Black SUV or by googling it. Also anyone who has lived in D.C. for a long period of time gets to know that some building have numeric names that are not numerical in number. WOW, but the CIA didn't know? Then the CIA leader sends two principle people, Langdon and Katherine, off to a potential crime location with only ONE agent for protection. Now let me see TWO principle suspects and ONE agent. Is DB's CIA under a budget crunch? Then you have Professor Langdon, sealed in a plexiglass box that is filling up with water, giving the secret to a "MADMAN" who had, let's see: Cut off the hand of Langdon's dear friend; Stabbed a screw driver into the neck of a CIA agent (I did wonder where the MADMAN got the screw driver from). Also the MADMAN killed a security guard, tied up Kathrine, the female that Langdon was travelling with, and oh yes and hit Langdon in the head with something that knocked him to the floor. With all that death and distruction around Langdon, don't you think that a highly educated college professor would have come to a logical conclusion? "IF I GIVE THIS LUNITIC THE ANSWER HE IS GOING TO KILL ME ANYWAY." Also, the college professor may ask "Hey crazy man wearing only a loin cloth, who keeps lying to me; "We have the hand, but where is the rest of my friend, that you promised that you would return if I broke the code?" Also, there is one other thing that seemmed a little disturbing about this book: Where are the D.C. police? That Patterson fellow seems to hold the D.C. police in high reguard. And here's a news flash for you goverment fans, The CIA does not have a charter that allows it to operate openly in the U.S. without the FBI being involved. Hey, there's another prominent D.C. agency that was never mentioned; the FBI, this was a kidnapping case. Oh well the book is FICTION. And like all Dan Brown books, he takes valid agency and turn it into a bundle of hogwash. I must admit that this book Lost Symbol is a "Page Turner", there were pages that I skipped out of sear boredom. And like other reviewers, I was reminded of other Dan Brown books that seem to have a similar plot and the same characters. Albino man or Tattooman, all have the same increadible physical power, spider like reactions, expanded wisdom and knowledge, and of course they have all disfigured themselves because they are insane. If there is an abridged version of this book, I would highly recommend it. But the full over five hundred pages version is burdonsome reading and at times just irritating. Thanks for you attention

  • Two Masonic Thumbs Up (One Angry Editor's Thumb Down)
    From Amazon

    THE LOST SYMBOL gets 4 stars for the story and rich use of Masonic symbols, but only 3 stars for the actual writing. This should result in a total of 3.5 stars, but Amazon does not allow 1/2 star ratings. So I decided to round down and apply a 3-star rating. Much has been said about Dan Brown's poor writing technique in the previous two Langdon stories, but in this outing Brown really lowers the bar (he is, without a doubt, the poster child for "tell, don't show"). I'm sure the effect is quite jarring for someone working through page after page of the written word. Fortunately, Brown's verbose tendency to over-explain how a character, for example, delivers information through their eyes is not as bludgeoning in the audio version (even if you go with the unabridged audio). All that aside, the Masonic plot combined with details about America and her Founding Fathers is entertaining and, to a certain point, almost inspiring. If readers complete THE LOST SYMBOL and have a desire to learn more about Washington, Franklin, etc. and the city they built to serve the nation they founded, then I believe Dan Brown can be credited with a great service.

  • Well written, great start, boring ending ...
    From Amazon

    This is pretty standard Dan Brown fare. The book is extremely well written in terms of style, sequence and content-arrangement. Brown's background in formal academic writing comes through clearly. If you have read the usual fare of thrillers from the likes of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Tom Clancy et al, you'll definitely see that the writing style is definitely superior; no cheesy contemporary jokes or macho BS to make you groan. The downside seems to be that the book seems unnecessarily inflated with a lot of pointless chapters that add no value (perhaps to make it easier for the inevitable screenplay??). 'The Lost Symbol' starts off reasonably strong and carries the plot well initially. However, two thirds of the way in, you start to guess as to the identity of the villain, but dismiss it as being too far-fatched. Not so; like many of Brown's earlier books, the ending seems a bit lame after all the initial build up. Also, Brown seems to be smitten by the Freemasons; after about 200 pages of non-stop vindication of everything the Masons may or may not have done that was perceived as evil (I was not aware that they were such a controversial bunch!), I was getting a little tired of hearing how the Masons were all-knowing and seemed to have answers to all of life's questions! Brown aslo seems to be under the impression that his readers are looking for existential answers and for the true meaning of God in his books. Sadly this reader was just looking for a good thriller, nothing more. Given my mild disappointment after all the hype, I can't rate this higher than 3 stars.

  • Can I add something about the science in this book?
    From Amazon

    Many have commented about how idiotic this book is (and I wholeheartedly agree), but I felt compelled to say something about the science in it. It's sooooo poorly done and understood that is pathetic...I should say dangerous! I'm worried about the young minds and the confusion this book could cause. Please parents warn your children...

  • A Very, Very, Very Boring Book!
    From Amazon

    On the one hand, you are tempted to think that this "novel" is really a thinly-veiled screenplay: in reading it, one can imagine the stars who are intended to be cast: Hanks, of course, probably Morgan Freeman as the Capitol Architect, etc. On the other hand, this book is so numbingly boring that it is difficult to see how ANY director---even one much more talented than Opie---could turn this vehicle into something that anyone could possibly sit through for two hours.

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