The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
The discovery of a mysterious object in the U.S. Capitol building and a subsequent kidnapping lead Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into a web of mysterious codes, secret locations, and hidden knowledge.

Bantam Dell Pub Group
Da Vinci Code symbologist, Robert Langdon, returns in Dan Brown's highly anticipated new thriller, THE LOST SYMBOL.

Blackwell North Amer

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.

& Taylor

The eagerly awaited follow-up to the best-selling The Da Vinci Code once again features Robert Langdon and weaves five years of the author's research into the story's twelve-hour timeframe, in an exhilarating thriller that is full of surprises. Five million first printing.
Symbologist Robert Langdon returns in this new thriller follow-up to The Da Vinci Code.

Publisher: Random House : New York, 2009
ISBN: 9780385504225
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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Jul 12, 2019

The only reason I read this was because I had been to Washington recently and wanted to read about the places I've visited. There were definitely holes in this book but I did still find it fairly interesting owing only to the Freemason information and the historical buildings mentioned in the novel.

plymc_lindsAy Jun 26, 2018

Love the series, but hated this book. I could not follow. The romanticism was lost in the setting.

Oct 23, 2017

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Oct 22, 2017

This book was okay for the most part, just the ending is lacking. The book is enjoyable and worth while to read if you are a fan of Dan Brown/Robert Langdon. The puzzles and plot of the book was good and fast paced it only started lacking toward the end and seemed summed up quickly and without a final resolution of many points. My hubby and I read it together and he seems to agree with the idea of over all enjoyment but a lacking ending.

esillius Jun 01, 2017

Many people are calling this the worst of Dan Brown's books and it was overlooked for a possible film, with Inferno coming out recently, but I really enjoyed this book particularly because it took place in Washington DC, an area more familiar than Rome or Paris or the other books. I found the dramatic parts suspenseful and the historical parts fascinating.

Apr 11, 2017

I liked his very first book, after that I find it a waste of time.

karolka Oct 26, 2016

Fun and entertaining! I did like it .

Jun 26, 2016

My least fave of the Langdon series - but still a great read. I read it when it first came out and now I'm having a second go... and am liking it better the second time though I know now how I felt it dragging the first time through

May 02, 2016

My favourite book so far from Dan Brown. I'm so confused how some fans here didn't understand this. Tastefully done to give us some light on the Freemasons. Kept me on the edge of my seat & Googling so many paintings, buildings, will find out.

Sep 28, 2015

Loved the first two books but I found this one stale. I haven't even thought about reading the Inferno because of it.

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Oct 22, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Severed hand, torture

Jul 04, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Fights in the dark, blowing things up, drowning people...

Sep 04, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Sep 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Dec 16, 2013

a more detailed look at the Franklin Square featured in the book:

Here shows many others, first and third squares were featured in the book:
(the sums of corner/center 2X2's and the 4 corners of the first one are 34 as well):

Dec 30, 2012

"No chance, Langdon thought. Little nooses."

Robert Langdon on ties.

Mcanel Jul 07, 2012

This is one of Dan Brown's three best books. If you liked Angels and Deamons or The Da Vinci Code, then you will love this book!

Mar 08, 2011

WORST book I've ever read! Normally I'd garbage a book like this after the first 40-50 pages. This time I struggled through it despite my strong inclination to throw it out the window. Should have gone with my inclination!


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Oct 22, 2017

Robert Langdon is tricked into coming to Washington DC by a mad man bent on recovering the ancient mysteries of the Masons. He kidnaps a friend lf Langdons, Peter Solomon and severs his hand to start Langdon on a series of puzzles to decode an ancient pyramid which contains a map to the ancient mysteries. He must decode this map in order to save Peter at the request of his kidnapper. Mal'akh the mad man also attacks Peter's sister Katherine over her research in Noetic science which is connected to the ancient mysteries and has proven the existence of the soul. Of course Langdon prevails and saves his friends as well as uncovers the secret of the ancient mysteries.

Aug 01, 2011

This book is about the latest adventures of Robert Langdon

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