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The Lost Symbol Hardcover – Sep 15 2009
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Other than the mystery this book was terrific to read for me. kept me in suspense I will be reading more of his booksPublished 4 months ago by browndcm
I don't quite get all the detractors on this one. Personally I loved the book and would love to know another writer that packs about 2-3 University courses worth of interesting... Read morePublished 5 months ago by 1969
The Davinci Code and Angels and Demons were phenomenal novels following our favourite professor but this sequel left a little to be desired. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nans
Not as enjoyable as I thought it would be! Another "Inferno" type of book!!Published 14 months ago by Lindy Klassen