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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; American First edition (Sept. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385504225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385504225
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.  SPLENDID…ANOTHER MIND-BLOWING ROBERT LANGDON STORY."—Janet Maslin, New York Times

"THRILLING IN THE EXTREME, A DEFINITE PAGE-FLIPPER."—Daily News (New York)

"Call it Brownian motion: A COMET TAIL-RIDE of beautifully spaced reveals and a socko unveiling of the killer's true identity."—Washington Post

"The wait is over.  The Lost Symbol is here--and you don't have to be a Freemason to enjoy it….THRILLING AND ENTERTAINING, LIKE THE EXPERIENCE ON A ROLLER COASTER."—Los Angeles Times

"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 

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.


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on Oct. 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
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Oh Dan Brown. What happened? You had such momentum from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, neither of which were fantastically written but that had interesting stories and fast-paced plots. You had a good premise, expanding on the Masons that you'd touched on in Angels & Demons. You even had lots of time - The Lost Symbol didn't exactly get rushed to the printers. So what happened? Did you have a fight with your editor? Was your 'delete' key not working? Something must have happened because I can't think how else The Lost Symbol became so bloated and boring.

The focus in this instalment of Robert Langdon's adventures is on the Freemasons and there is a lot of information about their rituals, their symbols, and their legends. Most of it is interesting and relevant to the plot. But Brown also insists on adding extra information throughout the novel that serves no purpose other than to show how good Brown is at research. Instead of a tight storyline, where the information comes in as needed to develop characters or drive the plot forward, we get little bits of action broken up by long passages of information, much of which gets really repetitive after a while. By the last hundred pages or so, I couldn't care less what happened to Langdon or anyone else. I just wanted to be done with it and move on.

A common complaint in other reviews is that the novel reads more like a screenplay. I didn't really feel that way, although it did seem like Langdon's character was written as Tom Hanks much more than in the previous two books. Everyone else just felt like the same person, they all blended together with no distinct personalities. Another reason why I didn't care what happened at the end.

Overall: a disappointment, even for Dan Brown.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ron H on Sept. 27 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you have read any of Dan Brown's previous works this strays little from his established plotlines. The characters and their development were pulled from his previous novels and little new was offered. What saved this book for me as more than just a rehash of DaVinci or Angels and Demons was that he continues to impress with his research on secret societies and how they are woven into the everyday fabric of our cities, language, and culture. Although I didn't find the Mason's history as rich as the other two novels mentioned it was interesting and well worth the reading time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Literary Alchemist on Oct. 13 2009
Format: Hardcover
When it comes to Dan Brown books there is a certain level of disbelief that the reader must suspend. I'm okay with that. I sign up for it the minute I buy a book by him. If I accept the idea that there is a particle based bomb made by a religious scientist working for a wheelchair bound relic at CERN does the rest of the story make sense? If yes, then the story is enjoyable. In no, then I have a man jumping from a helicopter into the Tiber by using a piece of cardboard to airsurf to safety from great heights. In this latest book not only is the reader asked to suspend disbelief, they are asked to suspend all levels of logic. Brown spends 450 pages detailing the physical incapacity of a main character only to have him descend 550 stairs without breaking a sweat. Really? Brown has an antagonist whose origin is absurd. Really? Brown's book has a 'plot twist' that reveals only what a reasonable person would have figured out by page 40. This. Book. Is. Bad. Pass on it. My only comfort is that I got it for 50% off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne on Jan. 10 2011
Format: Hardcover
This edition is SO LUXURIOUS and the price is FANTASTIC, thanks to Amazon!! I already own daVinci Code and Angels & Demons in the same edition and looking at the illustrations as you turn the pages brings the reading experience of Dan Brown's novels to a whole new level. The Lost Symbol is no different, when the novel first came out, I didn't buy it, hoping there would be an illustrated version. Well let me tell you that the wait paid off!

As for the story, how can you not enjoy this type of reading? Fast pace, fascinating and so rewarding!

LOVE IT!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tempest Dasher on Nov. 17 2009
Format: Hardcover
First I would like to say that I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code,The Lost Symbol however is a boring writing disaster. It is as though Dan Brown uses a template to create his characters and plot lines. The evil villain displays similar attributes as villains from previous novels. Robert Langdon thought processes are shallow and unimaginative.The characters lack depth and and are uninteresting. The writing drags on and on without anything to keep you interested. This book was difficult to stay focused on because it was so boring. The many flashbacks in the novel do not add interest to the story but rather make it a more cumbersome read. I also dislike the short disjointed chapters. It is not worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NorthVan Dave on Dec 23 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Lost Symbol is, in case you've been living under a rock, Dan Brown's most recent book. That would be the Dan Brown of the Da Vinci Code fame. So of course expectations for this novel were, at least from those in the literary world, high. I'd like to say that I found the book met those expectations, however that would be a lie. And I was raised to never tell a lie. So here's the straight goods.

The novel starts out with Robert Langdon, the hero from both Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, being summoned to Washington DC by an old friend of his. Once he arrives, Langdon is quickly pulled in to a mystery when, much to his surprise, he finds a grizzly discovery on the floor of a DC monument. This in turn leads to a series of adventures involving different locations throughout DC.

Overall I think it's safe to say that I wasn't a fan of this book. Sure, all of the Dan Brown hooks were there. Short chapters with cliff hanger endings, enticing you to keep reading. But the characters were, I felt, quite one dimensional. At no point was I really all that engaged in what was going on within the book, and I couldn't wait for the story to end.

In short, skip this one.
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