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The Lost Symbol

Format:  Hardcover,

509 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2009

ISBN-13: 9780385504225

ISBN-10: 0385504225

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In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code," " Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling--a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object --artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist --is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.
As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.

Specifications

Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2009
ISBN-13: 9780385504225
ISBN-10: 0385504225
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 509
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Brown, Dan

Dan Brown was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on June 22, 1964. He was a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing. In 1996, his interest in code-breaking and covert government agencies led him to write his first novel, Digital Fortress, which quickly became a #1 national bestselling e Book. In its first week on sale, The Da Vinci Code debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller list, simultaneously topping bestseller lists at The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Later, the book hit #1 on every major bestseller list in the country. The book was made into a motion picture by Columbia Pictures, starring Tom Hanks. Brown's other works include Deception Point; Angels and Demons, which was also adapted into a film, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. His novels have been translated and published in more than 50 languages around the world.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-09-28)

Brown's long-awaited blockbuster (after The Da Vinci Code) does not disappoint. Robert Langdon receives an invitation to give a lecture in Washington, DC, but discovers an empty chamber when he arrives at the venue. He quickly learns that he's been summoned for his knowledge rather than his oratory skills and that his friend Peter Solomon has been abducted. To save his life, Langdon must follow a set of clues and uncover a treasure hidden somewhere in the nation's capitol. Brown follows the template that worked in his earlier Langdon novels and proves he is the undisputable master of the genre. He even takes time to poke fun both at his popularity and the six-year gap between books.

Verdict: Not playing it safe, Brown crafts a compelling thriller with a rather odd yet intriguing nemesis; the final revelation is guaranteed to stir up more controversy and offshoots examining the themes explored. Buying this book is a no-brainer, but reading it will activate the brain cells in a way few suspense novels achieve.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/09.] - Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling--a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths... all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object --artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation... one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist --is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for... his most thrilling novel yet.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5★ by 37reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Read I have been a fan of Dan Brown's works since Digital Fortress.He simply grabs the readers attention and keeps it.This book just as great as his previous titles if not better.I would recommend this to any Dan Brown fan. 10/16/2009
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Dull and predictable Unlike the DaVinci Code, this book seems very forced and contrived. The "plot twists" are easily figured out early in the book. The premise borders on ridiculous. I was very disappointed in the story. 10/06/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Dan Brown has done it again! The Lost Symbol is a book that can't be put down easily. The twist and turns, the quick pace, and thoroughly enjoyable writing style leaves the reader fully engaged.You'll fine this book as one of your best reads, using the U.S. capital as its back drop.Hope we don't have to wait for years for the next book. 11/07/2009
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Major Disappointment Maybe expectations were too high, but i was totally disappointed. It had a promising beginning, but the final third was an extreme letdown. The religious message was enough to make me gag. 09/24/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good Good book, not as good as Angels & Demons or DaVinci code, but good none the less. 10/01/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by a fascinating book Received this book promptly and once I startedreading it, I had problems putting it down untilI was finished. Being able to order online was a realbonus, because we had been very busy having to make short trips, and I really wanted this bookafter reading reviews of the movie. Thank youWal-Mart for making it convenient. 12/10/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good read Interesting, well-written and well-researched book, although a little overlong. 04/06/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by An Excellent read... so far I have not finished the book yet but it starts off with a bang and has kept me fully interested so far. I am sure it will be a smash success and an excellent read - a book that will not take me long to finish. 09/18/2009
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