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The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, Bk 3)
The Lost Symbol - Robert Langdon, Bk 3
Author: Dan Brown
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385504225
ISBN-10: 0385504225
Publication Date: 9/15/2009
Pages: 528
Edition: 1st
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 1047 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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reviewed The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, Bk 3) on + 67 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 21
This must be one of the worst books I have ever read. If you've read Angels & Demons or Da Vinci Code, then you've read a better version of the same story. Really - the same plot, same themes, but the story itself gets sillier as Brown runs out of material. And in the end, all he's really doing is indulging himself. How do things like this even get published? I will say one thing, I have officially decided to never read Dan Brown again.
reviewed The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, Bk 3) on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I just finished this book. I must say I am terribly disappointed. It lacked the originality of Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. I found it very poorly written in general. It was fairly predictable, in my opinion. I only really liked the character of Ma'Lakh.
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Helpful Score: 11
The short review: The Lost Symbol is not as boring as my latest history textbook, but it's not for the lack of trying. The Lost Symbol is not even close to meeting the expectations set by Angels and Demons. Honestly, it seems like a half-hearted rewrite.

The longer review: I bought this audio book to occupy my time on the hour long commute to work. The story's mystery was the only thing that kept me from turning it off as The Lost Symbol is a bit redundant. (And by "a bit" I mean very.) I found myself losing interest in the repetitive history lectures wrapped in symbolism.

In what I assume is an attempt to draw out the story (was Dan Brown paid per page?) the mystery is blatantly interrupted by Masonic history and explanations of symbols that might have been cut and pasted from wikipedia (I'm not saying it was plagiarized. It is just that dry). For instance, "[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 the the meanings of the five symbols and the apparent invitation is explained, the story could have been shortened and the plot could have carried on. Instead, the symbolism was hashed, then rehashed and then reviewed again...just in case you slept through it the first time.
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Helpful Score: 8
I have to say I liked this book! Not as good as DaVinci Code or Angels & Demons but still a page turner. Very much reminded me of the movie National Treasure though. I figured out pretty much where it was leading but it was still fun seeing Langdon figuring everything out. I can already see this one being made into a movie-and I will definately see it!
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Helpful Score: 5
I just finished reading this novel, and it's a winner. Kept me engrossed thru the whole 500+ pages, and the finale was no where what I expected, which is great. If you enjoyed either (or both) of his previous R. Langdon novels, you'll enjoy this one just as much.
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reviewed The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, Bk 3) on + 3270 more book reviews
Too many people cannot distinguish Dan Brown books from real non-fiction. There is a reason it is call FICTION people! Does everyone know what fiction means? It means it's fantasy, untrue, a made up story that may have bits of reality and true bits of history, but overall isn't real or isn't reality.
I had to say that because I've read so many reviews from people who mistook The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and this book as if they were factual history books or written as gospel. Get over it people. It's all fiction.
That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Robert Langdon series. It's remarkable how an iconologist has bridged crime, murder and mystery. And I also love how Dan Brown has been able to take a kernel or two of truths to create a fast paced mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
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As someone who just loves American History and Masonic conspiracies this book was like a dream. I was riveted throughout and took copious notes on all the fun references. This was a really engaging story in Brown's predictable format. It keeps you reading, and takes you on a 24 hour adventure of a lifetime.
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Brown again piles on symbols, mythology, and legend as Robert Langdon races to find the truth and avert world-wide calamity. This time, it's the Masonic Order that looms as the powerful secretive menace.

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