In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. 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.
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon—a prominent Mason and philanthropist —is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations—all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.
As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.
The Lost Symbol
We bought this book to pass the time as we made our 1000 mile trip from Wisconsin to South Carolina. The story was great and the delivery was exciting. When the final page was turned, we unpluged the iTouch and looked at each other wondering how could Dan Brown be so clever.
The Lost Symbol, the third book by Dan Brown involving the character of Robert Langdon, turned out to be disappointing. The Lost Symbol seemed to have the same plot as its two prequels, which made it very predictible and a little bit tedious. Although it was not completely terrible, at the end it seemed like the interesting parts of the story were not worth the time spent reading the book.
First of all, the story seemed to follow the same plot as The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. After reading a few pages of the book you can tell which characters will turn out to be good or bad. The villains in the three books are similiar; they all seem to be lost and after finding out about a strange organization like the Opus Dei, they decide to start a journey that involves strange killings, rituals and tortures.
Also, the characters many times give too much information, which makes the reader feel like he or she is hearing a lecture. This makes the story slow and tedious. Before finding out something important about the plot or about the motives of the characters, one has to read pages of history. Althought the history given in the other two books was very interesting, in this one there was just too much history, and mostly it seems like the author is trying too hard to teach us about history.
Another thing that was sometimes bothersome to me was the inner dialogues of the characters; which most of the time were just too cliche of too obvious.
However, it would be unfair to say that the book was not interesting at all. Dan Brown still does a good job keeping the reader wanting to know how the story is going to end. It is also impressive how he comes up with interesting back stories for real places and buildings, and makes it all fit in his puzzle. Also, as with his other two books involving Robert Langdon, he provides interesting facts about organizations,science, and works of art that make the reader want to know more about and do research on their own.
Finally, afther finishing the whole book, I felt dissapointed in the way the story ended. IT seemed like the hours fo enduring reading several tedious pages and silly lines were not worth it. Unlike the two prequels, were the ending was fascinating and surprising, in this one, the ending was unsatisfying.
The Lost Symbol
This third of Dan Brown's symbology novels begins well but gets bogged down in minutia and tediuos details. Three-quarters of the way through it becomes one of those lectures that puts students to sleep as the narrator drones on is if to only hear himself speak. I finally quite listening because I could!