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.
i though the book was good but i think dan brown needs to wrap up the robert langdon story and focus on one of his other books of write a new novel, concerning this book, it appears that dan brown has found a new word to play with:esoteric, he uses this word so many times in the book, u can make a drinking game out of it, but besides that, its just as good as da vinci code and angels and demons, and if u liked angels and demons more than the da vinci code, then this book will not disappoint you, overall a very good read
Not his best
This book was okay but not my favorite. I think I expected a little bit more after having to wait 6 years for this. I did run my iPod out of charge listening to it but am slightly disappointed to have spent so much $$ on the unabridged version. I love Paul Michael and would listen to him narrate the phone book, but the voice he used for Sato (??) made me think of Yoda the entire time. And I had the identity of the bad guy figured out almost immediately. It just seemed overly long and detailed and then there wasn't as much bang for the buck at the end as there was in the DaVinci Code.
One of Dan Brown's Best
Having now read most of Dan Brown's works, I consider myself pretty educated when it comes to his writings. This book was his best yet, until the last 10% of it. I read it on my Kindle and was completely enthralled the entire time, until the last part. Brown took me from emotion to emotion, literally dragging me through parts that I was hesitant to read because of my own fear, but it was too good to stop reading and take a break. I love the character of Robert Langdon, and I know not everyone shares that sentiment. I find him so realistic and easy to understand, so he makes the perfect protagonist and he just gets better in this book. It's a very factual read, so much so that I needed to stop a couple times and talk myself through the more dense parts, but it all relates to the story. Without giving anything away, I just want to recommend this book to people and tell you to expect a fabulous thriller... with a more-or-less mediocre ending. If you loved the ending to Angels and Demons, then you'll understand what I'm talking about here; there's just no BAM! at the end that you're hoping for, but it's definitely a good wrap-up for the book and it all makes perfect sense. Highly recommended.