The Lost Symbol Download by Dan Brown
Click Here to Download the Book 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, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn--Brown's most exciting novel yet.
Reviews 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.
As I have mentioned before, I got the idea of reading this book from my mom. Although, I was planning on reading this book, due to me loving the author, my mom made me read it immediately. Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbolism professor, must present a lecture to Washington D.C. His dear friend Peter Solomon, A Mason leader, has recently been found missing. Langdon goes on a treacherous journey in order to find his friend. During the trip, there are many problems and puzzles to solve. His enemy throughout the story is Malak'h, a man who stops at nothing to get it his own way. My favorite quote comes from Sato, Director of the FBI's external conflicts: "Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user." This quote is trying to say that it is up to use our knowledge to its highest potential. Only some are capable to handle the almost impossible task. This quote gave me a different perspective on what I think of Knowledge, and how the wise describe what knowledge is. Throughout the story, all I felt was the urge to find the solution. There were many puzzles, such as the math box. Every second of the journey was filled with mystery and I enjoyed that very much. In The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown wrote the story in a third person point of view.
Like any other Dan Brown book I have read, this book is one I would easily recommend to any type of reader. Its been exhilarating every second of the novel. In shorter terms, this book will easily make someones top ten books list.
The interesting thing about this book has to do with both the criticism and the praise of Dan Brown's work as a whole. I remember loving The DaVinci Code when I read it in High School. I was in college when I finally read Angels and Demons, and by then I started to realize what it was people were criticizing about his writing style. It was with The Lost Symbol that I finally realized: the writing itself, the word choice, the metaphors, the cliches, is not very good. The storytelling, however, is superb. Maybe moreso in this one than in its predecessors in the trilogy. I could not put it down and though I cringed at some of the writing, I was desperate to know what happened next. Dan Brown is a master storyteller, which is probably why his stories work so well on film (maybe moreso than they do in print). He'll be penning the screenplay for this one, and I hope his own writing doesn't bring down the quality of what ought to be the best film in the trilogy, as it's definitely the best book.
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