The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)
by Dan Brown
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PublisherDoubleday Books
Release Date2009-09-15 (added to CC 27 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank149

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.

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Is it entertaining? Yes! Is it easily readable? Sometimes! Is it a "good" book? Depends!

Dan Brown is not an easy writer. The writing in this book is far from fantastic, but there's just something...entertaining about it. Once I hit page 60 or so, I simply couldn't stop reading it. It's full of all the things you'd expect from Dan Brown: italics, stilted dialogue, shoddy history, and a really unbelievable, but completely gripping plot. Take it for exactly what it is: pure, guilt-free entertainment. Revel in it, enjoy reading, and don't worry about what anyone thinks.
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