The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does B&N allow reviews before a book is published. I have a tendancy to look at reviews before i purchase a book. Random reviews before a book comes out skews the rating and is very annoying. I really don't care what readers thought about an author's previous works. I'm interested in the current selection I am buying now. If I want a history, I will look at previous works myself. Be fair to your readers and please consider this review process. There was one book I looked at awhile back that had 2,000 ratings by the authors fans before the book came. And the book did not measure up.
Oscar_Aguilar More than 1 year ago
Yep, I just finished reading it and Mr. Brown's newest book, THE LOST SYMBOL, is a very worthy addition to your library. In "The Lost Symbol," symbolist Robert Langdon is on a mission to find a Masonic pyramid containing a code that unlocks an ancient secret to "unfathomable power." It's a story of hidden history in the nation's capitol, with Masons the greatest puzzle of all. Dan Brown uses the proven formula that brought him so much success in The Da Vinci Code. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology, once again sets his wits against a mysterious and murderous foe, solving puzzles of history, art and the occult, in the company of a beautiful female companion. They race against time to find a mysterious object and rescue a kidnapped friend. Along the way we hear all about arcane subjects as diverse as Freemasonry, symbology, noetics, and the architecture of Washington DC. The pace of this novel is breathlessly fast, except for those moments when his characters turn into human textbooks, spouting background information. Although I found some of them fascinating, the reader can easily skim these sections without sacrificing much understanding of the plot. If his previous novels are any guide, this information may not be too reliable anyway! Mal'akh, Langdon's evil foe is brilliant, formidable, and bizarre. He has all the frightening characteristics you could hope for in a villain. He makes a worthy opponent to Langdon and Katherine, in a true battle of wits. The book features small, easily readable chapters and is a classic Brown-style page-turner. Six years of research and an amazing passion for writing is apparent from the first page to the last. If you're a big Brown fan like me, you'll appreciate that I'm not going to divulge any spoilers to would-be readers. Check it out for will not be disappointed. Another outstanding book I finished this week that I strongly recommend is EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2.0 - So rocked my world!
BookMarkML More than 1 year ago
My Two Cents: I've noticed that some visitors are wondering how jeremy0u812 could have reviewed a book that isn't scheduled for strict-on-sale release until September 15. Well, it's fairly obvious to me that he has not actually read "The Lost Symbol." He reveals no specific plot points about the book, and his review simply appears to be a critique of Dan Brown's previous four novels and his expectations of this one. Additionally, there have been no galleys or advanced reader's copies issued from Knopf yet, nor are there likely to be any in the foreseeable future. I would suggest that everyone read jeremy0u812's review as such, and save final judgment for this specific book until it's available.
Lori_Miller More than 1 year ago
I loved Angels and Demons and greatly enjoyed the DaVinci Code. This is more on the level of Deception Point (another book which demonstrated a total ignorance of the real world and how Washington works). The book starts with an improbable beginning, throws in a stereotypical security officer, mixes in some nebulous pseudo-science and then goes masonic on us. I found the locations interesting, but the characters are cardboard. The fatal flaw of The Lost Symbol is that it's as light on thrills as it is on substance. I suppose this is the fall of non-fiction, as the best book I've read so far is Emotional Intelligence 2.0
beezybow More than 1 year ago
I chose this book to read on vacation, beginning with an 11 hour flight schedule. It was engaging, fun, and not only kept my interest, it kept me awake! It also offered me incentive to get right back to reading whenever an opportunity presented itself. Some of the historical sections regarding Freemasonry were a bit tedious but far from being boring, and, in fact, prompted me to find out as much as possible about that organization to determine the accuracy and validity of Brown's narration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all of Dan Brown's book, I was extremely excited about Langdon's latest adventure. But shortly after starting, I found the book to have many more drawn out portions than normal in Brown's books. Langdon's previous adventures constantly keep me turning pages, but this time around some parts were drawn out and literally bored me. The writing style is the same as before, which is starting to become extremely predictable. Having taken place in the nations capital, I was hoping for more settings. Felt that after 6 years of research we would have more about the capital incorporated in the book. This book just didn't click like Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code. Of Browns 5 books, this is the worst.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear B & N: I am writing a request along with thousands of others on your website. PLEASE, DO NOT allow people to post reviews that they know nothing about if the book has not come out yet. It's insulting for the eagerly awaiting fans for "The Lost Symbol" to pace your website only to find these pointless know-it-alls who write theses ABSURD reviews. CC
LyndseyLS More than 1 year ago
The Lost Symbol is fantastic. The characters are introduced and developed very well, and the plot, though sometimes very long, is intriguing. It is easy to get frustrated with the amazing amount of detail that is used to describe every second, but the information presented by the detail is undeniably one of the best aspects of the book. The emotional detail also gives an amazing insight into the minds of the characters.
SDGLEN More than 1 year ago
Not the worst book I have ever read. Perhaps the worst book I have ever finished. Dan took too much time off, he forgot what made him sucessful. But I guess with all the money he has made, it is of no concern to him. Much like James Patterson and Johnaton Kellermen, he has sold his soul. This is a very bad book from start to finish, I won't be waiting for your next.
Nemisis More than 1 year ago
As soon as you start reading this book it hardly seems possible that it has been 6 years since The Da Vinci Code... So far it has been truly impossible to stop reading. To use a well worn cliché - a real (electronic) page turner! Downloaded it to my Blackberry and started reading it immediately in the departure lounge. Two people asked what I'm reading and are feverishly trying to get their copy downloaded before we take off. Then we'll have 8hrs and 20 minutes of (hopefully) uninterrupted time enjoy it. I hope we don't have to wait another 6 years for the next one.
Elle_Wilvee More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Davinci Code and found Angels & Demons even more enjoyable, but I have to say that this book was very disappointing. Just about everything was wrong. The writing was as gripping as ever, I will give him that. Every chapter ended in a cliffhanger, just like every other Dan Brown book. But the plot was predictable and honestly I found this 'secret' that they are hiding through the whole story to be not nearly as important as they made it out to be. Definitely not worth killing for. I won't discredit Brown's research or his ability to write entertaining books, but this just wasn't his best. I was let down.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
The last thing I read before I put the book down was the critic blurbs on the back cover. After reading all of them, including this one from the Library Journal "This masterpiece should be mandatory reading. Brown solidifies his reputation as one of the most skilled thriller writers on the planet.", I was left with one rather large question. Did they just read the same book? Now I'm not saying I didn't like the book, because I did. I found it to be a fast paced, heart pounding romp through our nations' capitol. It's a fun, entertaining read that I'm sure millions are devouring within one or two sittings like I did. That's it though, the book isn't life changing or so brilliantly written that everyone should be required to read it in school rooms. What I like the most about the book is Robert Langdon, who since The Da Vinci Code, reminds me of a sexless Indiana Jones. A middle aged action hero for the masses, one that appeals to both men and women. He is a fantastic character and I applaud Dan Brown for dreaming him up. he is a welcome addition to the action/thriller genre and I'm glad I've been able to get to know him over three books. I do have one slight problem with the book and one problem that was a little more serious for me. The first was how much googling I had to do to understand every little fact and nuance in the book. I'm used to that with Dan Brown books, I had to do the same thing with The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Between searches for all the symbols, buildings, and religious references along with all the reading I did on Noetic Science I spent almost as much time online as I did reading the book. I shouldn't blame Dan Brown for this though, I'm like this anytime I read a book that mentions something I'm not already familiar with. The larger issue for me was how easy and predictable the identity of the villain is. The dust jacket makes Mal'akh sound like the most dangerous foe ever encountered in a thriller, I found him to be a tedious and egotistical brat who's motives really aren't ever explained. Figuring out who he really is, wasn't that hard to do. Figuring out why he takes the horrific actions he does is a little bit harder to pinpoint. The explanations in the book just don't make sense to me. A lot of us have had serious issues with our parents, but I don't know any that go to this length for a sense of revenge that really doesn't make sense. If there is a flaw in the book, it is here. The other normal issues exist as well; a plot that depends on a lot of coincidences and conjecture, a cast of characters that could be put into any other thriller and feel right at home, and the occasional dialogue that sounds like it's coming out of a encyclopedia or dictionary. With all that being said, I would still recommend this to anyone who wants a thrilling romp full of action and intrigue.
Rubie More than 1 year ago
Great book! hooks ya! has some great twists that I was not expecting. its a real page turner... I love Dan Brown's writing style and the trill of his books. If you liked Da Vinci code and Angels and Demons you will like this one too.
Sweetdeath More than 1 year ago
I just finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. This is his fifth book. I have read all five. Dan Brown is one of those writers that keep your interest and I have enjoyed his first four books. I had a bad feeling about the fifth book before it was published for a couple of reasons. It took a long time to write. To me this indicates to me that the book was laborious to write. When I write something about a subject I like it flows out like a stream bolstered by major rainfall. The Lost Symbol did not flow out of Dan Brown's mind easily and smoothly. It's gestation was more like a tough pregnancy shrouded by severe labor pains. The results were all the worse for the stretching and pushing to bring it to term and deliver it. After a mega masterpiece like The Da Vinci Code, the next book would have to meet very high standards to be favorably compared with its predecessor. Pressure and great art sometimes do not go together. While purely fictional books like Digital Fortress and Deception Point and Angels & Demons were excellent, his success with The Da Vinci Code, a book that blends credible and controversial historical events and "what ifs" together with fiction, meant that his editors and his public would be looking for more of the same. This was apparently not a realistic expectation. The Da Vinci Code was a one-time breakout novel with popularity matching or exceeding the masterpiece Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, the only novel she ever published. Ms. Mitchell knew publishing anything after that novel would just dim her historical achievement. Dan Brown probably felt the same pressure but financially found it an irresistible feat he would have to attempt. The Lost Code was over five hundred pages. The excellent writing style of Dan Brown compelled me to read the first four hundred pages with great excitement. These pages flew by in a two evening session. But even at this point I felt there was no credible end game for his plot to polish off the previous, intense action. Unfortunately I was right. The last hundred pages were a chore to read. The last fifty pages were truly painful. The ending was disappointing. No revelations, no glorious wonderment, no historical impact was forthcoming. It lingered and died. Just so many pages trying but failing to take the reader to the same level as its predecessor. The book fell way short. It was not without some interesting moments. It did have its share of historical factoids. There will be some readers walking around Washington DC to trace the monuments where the action took place. Kudos to Dan Brown for the moments which made me want to hop aboard the Washington Metro and visit these places less than 5 miles from my current home which I have ignored too long. But I was ready to reach for my Metro Pass I just a quickly slipped the idea into the "maybe one day department" of my to do list. The excitement vanished with the end of the novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel lost its balance between knowledge, philosophy and mystery, suspense. The messages and knowledge it tries to deliver outweighed its entertainment value. The plot was loose and sometimes fell off the track. I had always felt the unpredicted, brilliant style of Dan Brown made up for his writing, which isn't always quite as intriguing and beautiful. But these good qualities seem to have lost their ways in this novel. However, I do believe it's hard to keep up or surpass the brilliance level of the previous novels. But overall, I did learn a lot and the novel elicited my interest in reading up on some concepts that I did not know existed. So I feel my reading time was well spent. Thank you, Dan Brown!
rljones9 More than 1 year ago
Same story, different characters. Half way through the book you'll pretty much have guessed the ending.
InternationalGrandma More than 1 year ago
Pretty much the same plot as his other books set in Europe. Some interesting facts about WA DC and the Masonic Order, but terribly preachy and hughly repititious at the end.
RicoNC More than 1 year ago
I think Mr. Brown was paid by the word for this one. The story rambles all over the place like a hyper housefly on amphetamines. He continually jumps back and forth in time and between different points of view while the main character stands around with a puzzled expression on his face. The secondary characters are bizarre and completely unbelievable. The plot moves at a snail's pace. It is very repetitive and boring. I liked The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons much better and would highly recommend those. For this one, just skip the pain of wading through it and wait for someone to pluck out the better parts and make a movie of it.
DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed a good Dan Brown book when I need light reading. I was pretty excited for this one. I read it in a couple days and was seriously disappointed. The first three fourths of the book is really fun... basically the same as every other Dan Brown, but that can be fun. The last fourth was horrible. The ending is bad and the 'secret' is sooo lame. It wrecked almost the whole novel for me. Hopefully next time he will do better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree, why are we reading reviews by people that haven't read the book? I also agree, HELLO...IT IS FICTION! B&N should consider only allowing those that have actually purchased the book to review it. (not to say that they would have read it...but it is a start). I really do get annoyed with these foolish reivews by people with their opinions on a book that they have not read. ...I typically wait to read and review...but this time I had to agree with the other reviewer and make it known that B&N needs to address this problem with affects the star rating.
David55 More than 1 year ago
I don't understand the need for ratings at this time. As soon as the book is published and available to read...let the ratings begin. Having read and enjoyed all the other Dan Brown books, I can make the assumption that there will be mostly 5-star ratings for The Lost Symbol after is read. I agree with the comment by Anita88, a trailer or jacket narrative is generally the deciding factor for me as to whether the book makes it to the checkout or not.
ZhaZha More than 1 year ago
It took me entirely too long to read this book. 500 pages was tough, I lost my patience half way through. But the last 200 pages, were SO worth it. The book intimidated me, as it supposedly had a large effect on my marriage. However, the theories it presents, the science it discusses only reinforces Christianity, supports the truth within the Bible, and so much more. There is no way I can pay enough credit to the passages I have underlined in the book. But I'm super excited to discuss with the book club!
Voraciousreader56 More than 1 year ago
The best parts of The Lost Symbol were the interesting factoids about Washington D.C. and the Masons. The plot had some page-turning twists. But the ending got bogged down in too much theory and I couldn't wait for it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book taking place in Washington DC. Because I travel there a lot it was fun knowing where everything takes place. His books are becoming formula now so that is a bit of a draw back but having said that i did enjoy it. Would recommnd it to anyone that enjoys his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Contrived. Predictable at times. An utter dissapointment. Nowhere near to his previous works such as Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress or his claim to fame The DaVinci Code. Excellent beginning but falls apart midway. Is not a seamless narrative(like his previous books)and at times you can sense Mr. Brown's struggle to tie up all lose ends. He stutters along the way with some of the clues and the predictable outcome. The conclusion of the book seemed like an afterthought, unplanned, produced almost to justify the book's existence and seems forced and out of touch with reality.