The Lost Symbol Kindle Edition 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 didn't expect to read another Robert Langdon book, and I certainly didn't expect to "need" to buy it while still in hardcover. But when I read an excerpt and found that it started out just blocks away from my old apartment at the Scottish Rite temple on 16th Street... There was really no way I couldn't read the book. Immediately. Dan Brown's books are always excellent suspense, and I will unashamedly admit to staying up all night to finish this one. Even knowing how much I despise Brown's endings, I still had to power through to make it to this one. It wasn't anything spectacular, but the last few chapters didn't make me actually cringe and try to block them out. So that's something. Mostly I was just thrilled to follow the characters through streets and buildings that I was familiar with. No matter how far-fetched the action got, I was usually pretty familiar with the distances they traveled, the landmarks they passed, and often right with them as they bounced from one clue to the next. I'm not sure this book had quite the compelling conspiracy that the DaVinci Code had, but I did enjoy the style and writing more. As a history nerd and former DC resident this book had immediate appeal that I'm not sure would be universal. Still, it was decent suspense, with some fun DC trivia. I enjoyed it and thought it was better than his previous Langdon novels.
Definitely a great book to read. Some of the action and plot points can be predicted from his other books, and since he uses a lot of the same writing techniques, but the symbolism and story is fascinating. Not being particularly religious, but having my own beliefs on morality and the miracle of human consciousness this book gives a lot to think about. If anything just reading the last chapter is worth it for anyone who is unsure of their beliefs, and even many religious people should read it just to reveal a little more clarity on what they already know. I give 5 stars because the plot was great, the symbolism is captivating, there is a twist that I didn't see coming at all, and because it lends a lot of thought to spirituality. Nowhere near as propaganda-ish as some of his other stories and the views of theology expressed in those.
I think that this is Dan Brown’s best thriller yet. So if you like Dan Brown you will love this book. I thought his villain was terrifying, mostly because he was so intelligent, purposeful. I loved the story line and I especially loved the theme of Masonic Rites and the setting in Washington D.C. I did feel that Langdon’s character was a little weak and almost non-essential except that he was the walking encyclopedia to feed the CIA information about the Mason’s and he was obviously needed to decipher the symbols in the story. I was somewhat disappointed over that. My daughter reminded me that he was like that in the previous two books and I was actually comparing him to the “Movie Langdon”. After concluding that I was indeed thinking of him as the” adventurous hero” reflected in the movie I continued reading from a different
perspective and enjoyed the book much more. What I particularly enjoy about reading Dan Brown is that I have to empty my mind and leave it open to read without prejudice. I like thinking about the possibilities that he proposes. I also love the fact that he not only has a physical setting for his stories but he also has an intellectual setting. Dan Brown requires that I, as the reader, think about what he is saying. I find myself stopping to do research on the internet looking up places and images he is referring to. I even found myself reading several Masonic sites. This story for me was very interesting because of its association with many religions, Christian and Non-Christian. I found myself identifying and agreeing with many of the things he talked about. I feel Dan Brown is an enlightened person and has a gift for bringing his thoughts to paper.
Click Here to Download the Book