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Overview Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols— is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one
inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightningpaced story with surprises at every turn--Brown's most exciting novel yet.
Reviews I liked this novel actually better than DV Code and A & D, which is ironic as it wasn't quite the page turner as those were, but the plot and ideas were more believeable. I was very interested in The Masons, as they were so much a part of the early patriotic/revolutionary era of the US. As usual there is a gruesome evil person, with superhuman like skills and power. The whole story covers just 24 hours...wow, what a day! Interesting insight from Brown on the Masons or Noetic Science?: "a temple of God" refers to the "temple" of the brain; how "the created,...becomes the Creator"; when the eye is single, your body fills with light". For me the last part of the book added to my personal confirmation of what faith is, and that "our minds can generate energy capable of transforming physical matter." I believe as Katherine stated, "As soon as we humans begin to harness our true power, we will have enormous control over our world..and be able to design reality, rather than merely react to it." How about this idea: God created us in his image, but not just our physical bodies resemble him, but our minds! Now that's a a great idea, and correlates with my LDS belief that we were all intelligences first, even before our spirits were created. Because of this, we have God-like potential power, and indeed can become like him. We just haven't learned all that is necessary ...yet. Interestingly, he refers to the Hebrew meaning of God, Elohim, which is plural. Hmmm, gives lots to think about, especially if you don't believe in God, or if your belief in God is limited. Love this idea also on p. 563, There are those who create, and those who tear down. The dynamic has existed for all time. Another perspective of atonement...."gathering what is scattered...to bring order from chaos, to find "at-one-ment", from this vantage point, His characters discuss the inherent power of prayer groups, healing circles, singing in unison, worshipping en mass... unfortunately, no mention of Christ in that view, but there is still much truth there. "We have barely scratched the surface of our mental and spiritual capabilities." Can you believe a popular fiction novel promoting such eternal truths? I'd love to talk to others about this, but my husband disliked the book. I thought it was great. I really enjoy Dan Brown's stories. I have read Angels and Demon and The Da Vinci Code, I am currently reading Deception Point and plan on reading Digitial
Fortress. I absolutely love his story telling. I have read mixed reviews and I think the negative reviews are just really people who are too serious in life. For goodness sake it is a book for entertainment, not a non-fiction story. Though I have read some non-fiction stories that are more fiction then Dan Brown's book. Brown's books are entertaining and make you look at thing in different ways which is good. Everytime I pick up Brown's book, I am totally immersed in the story and at the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. I can't wait until the next book.
It took me a bit longer to finish this book then I expected, but I am so glad that I read it. Again, Dan Brown delivers a thought provoking story in his unique style. I know others really dislike Brown's style of writing saying that it follows a formula of the ultra dramatic and the never ending cliff hanger chapters, but I just don't tire of that at all. A great thrilling read. I can't wait to read the next Dan Brown book! Now boarding on track 33, the Symbolism Express departing for the Freemasons, the Invisible College, the Office of Security, the SMSC, the Institute of Noetic Sciences and multiple points around the cryptic compass.
Your temporal destination, not Paris and London, but Washington, D.C.
Your conductor, Harvard symbiologist Robert Langdon, the Indiana Jones of the new age.
Tied to the tracks in the gathering darkness ahead and facing certain death, if not embarrassment, another keeper of the ancient mysteries including the wisdom of Solomon, not a man of the Louvre, but a man of the Smithsonian.
Traveling alone, an attractive female relative of the man lashed to the tracks, not agent and cryptologist Sophie Neveu, but Noetic scientist Dr Katherine Solomon.
Sitting in the engineer's seat with a small stone pyramid rather than a chalice holding down the deadman's pedal, a rogue and tattooed Mason in search of apotheosis replaces Silas, "The Da Vinci Code's" rogue and scourged monk as our antagonist for the evening.
Hold on. It's going to be another bumpy ride.
Dreams of déjà vu remind you what the journey will be like: short chapters, multiple points of view, conflicting agendas with something very large (yet unknown) at stake, the thrill of the chase, the almost-sexual tension of nearsatisfaction again and again as answers appear and disappear, multiple station stops for arcane wisdom instruction, and a desperate-save-humanity-hunt for secrets you've stared at your entire life without comprehending.
By the end of the novel, you won't be a 33rd Degree Mason and you won't be like unto a god in any way you can quite wrap your mind around, but you will have experienced a high-adrenaline ride. This thrill is what the journey is all about. Perhaps reality lurks around the edge of the plot and theme and perhaps sacred messages lurk within the vast white spaces between the lines of black type, but that's not why we're turning the pages from 1 to 509.
Dan Brown has done it again, and upon reflection at the dawn's first light, you'll see that he knows how to pull the right strings and push the right buttons and sprinkle the right esoteric seasonings across his smorgasbord of mysteries from around the world to keep readers addicted for the trip. On the last page, you may well hope, along with Robert Langdon and Katherine Solomon that men and women will follow the ancient maps toward their true potential; but seriously, the novel's destination really doesn't matter, does it, because the ride was the peak experience you were seeking when you picked up "The Lost Symbol." The lost symbol by Dan Brown was a fantastic book. Even though this book is a bit long, it does not disappoint. This book is the third book to the Da Vinci code series and is based yet again on Robert Langdon, a symbologist. It seems like he is always at the wrong place at the wrong time because in this book he is caught in between another great mystery of the world but this time it is based in Washington DC, but later find out that he actually did not have to give a lecture but instead was set up by the villain. As Solomon his friend and mentor which is a member of the infamous 33rd degree masons is kidnapped with his hand cut off so that it could be the first hint to the great chase, he tries to solve the great mystery of gaining ultimate power while at the same time finding his friend. As the antagonist Mal’akh is bent on finding a secret stair case that would lead him to great power, he manipulates Langdon by also kidnapping Katherine, his friend and the mason’s sister also because she is researching in secret technology. The antagonist is also a master of disguise also with lots of money but none of those matters to him since his goal in life was to be as powerful as great people in
history like Isaac Newton. As Langdon works with the CIA they both try to find and save their loved ones. Throughout the story he finds a lost cap stone, with the end reveling how to gain the ancient power which is in fact not something a person can just tattoo on to their self. This book is fantastic because it takes real life symbols and incorporates them into a fictional world so that we can connect to the events the main character goes through. Also this is a really good book because from time to time has very interesting facts that also goes smoothly with the story. The only bad thing that I would have about this book is that for that lengthy book, only a few days go by. This book is definitely an awesome book to read and I would recommend it to anyone. Its one of those books that once you've opened, you'll find hard to close it before you've reached the end. And the end, as always, is Symbolic - Something that according me, is obviated when talking about a Dan Brown novel. As exhilarating as it can get, the story is about Robert Langdon deciphering the masonic pyramid. The pyramid, ostensibly, holds the secret that helps mankind unveil the true potential of a wisdom that is rendered unfathomable by the countless decades of ignorance that spawned upon mankind in the interim. And as its palpable, the secret can be unveiled only by those who have the true potential and character to do so. However, the villain, it seems, misinterprets the whole ideology as in a twirling plethora of confrontations, converts the secret into one that he wants to use to reach the pinnacle of the devil.Inoculating himself with evilness, he moves ahead with a plan to acquire the secret and reach the zenith of demon. He believes that with utmost sacrifice combined with the magical power of the secret hidden within the masonic pyramid, he'll become the supreme dark force reigning the world. His planning was perfect and his execution was flawless. He even kills the protagonist. But wait, if the protagonist is dead, who helps the world in fighting the evil ? Well, you gotta read the book to find that.. :) I must admit that I can't understand all the negative reviews of this book. In holding with Angels and Demons and the Davinci Code, this is another vintage Langdon mystery brought to us by Dan Brown.
Nobody quite melds such different themes into a book like Brown does; ancient mysticism, religion, masonic secrets and science. They were hallmarks of the first two Robert Landgon adventures and they're in the Lost Symbol in spades.
Langdon is summoned to Washington DC to give a last minute lecture for a friend of his, Peter Solomon, head of the Smithsonian Institute and 33rd degree Mason. What Robert discovers when he arrived at the lecture however is something he couldn't have thought of in his wildest imagination. He finds his
long time friend Peter waiting for him, but only PART of him. Peter's severed hand along with a cryptic message left by a madman, Peter's captor.
What transpires after that and along the course of the book is true Dan Brown. Riddles wrapped in mysteries, arcane rituals, ancient symbols, all leading on a hunt to find Peter's abductor by the end of the night and unravel the mysteries of the lost symbol.
Brown didn't let me down with this one. While I thought Angels and Demons was the better of the two, both that and DaVinci code set a benchmark for this type of mystery. A tough act to follow indeed. But I think Brown's third offering in the series is totally worthy of being held in the same regard as the preview two Robert Langdon books. In addition, the Lost Symbol (as well as the previous two) make the reader reconsider what's dogma in regards to religion and science. They make you reconsider paradigms that you've grown up with and have accepted for, quite likely, your whole life. That's the reaction I have to his books in any event.
I devoured this book in short order because the subject matter was VERY interesting, as are the characters, and I just find Dan Brown has a great writing style. Very fluid and always engaging.
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