The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780385504225 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 11/14/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, November 14, 2009
Received this as a birthday present.

From Chapters:
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.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Dan Brown is back for a third installment of the Robert Langdon series. This time Robert stays in the USA and is called by long time friend and Mason Peter Solomon to give a speech in Washington, DC. When Landon walks in to the area where he was supposed to give his speech to find his friend's severed hand, so starts his race to save Solomon's life. Langdon is told he must help uncover one of the Mason's oldest secrets and it starts with deciphering symbols found on Soloman's hand.

Langdon quickly becomes involved in the mysteries of the ancient brotherhood of Masons. This includes learning more about the architecture and history of the Washington, DC area. Langdon and Solomon's sister Katherine run from the CIA as they attempt to uncover the mystery.

Dan Brown sticks to the same formula that made The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons such a success. It doesn't get old in this book and makes for yet another page turning read. I didn't find the ending of this book as satisfying as the other two, as I was expecting for a more concrete resolution. Instead things got a but philosophical which I wasn't overly happy with. I also found there were a couple of instances where Brown dragged on explaining history or science for much longer than I cared to read. The negatives aside, this book was still a thrilling read!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, December 19, 2010
This book is with me now!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, January 08, 2011
Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver a lecture in the US Capitol but instead of orating he discovers Soloman's severed hand with five symbols on it. Soloman who is a Mason has been kidnapped and Landgon is expected to solve these ancient symbols and lead the kidnapper to the holy grail of the Masons.

The Lost Symbol is a page-turning thriller much like Brown's other reads. Masonic history is covered including how famous statesmen were heavily involved in Masonic rites to the point of embarrassment and potential security risks (?) The D.C. architecture described is indeed fascinating especially how convoluted the basements of the Capitol and other building are. They harbor a myriad of rooms and tunnels.

Langdon and Soloman's sister Katherine must solve the riddles and symbols to save Peter Soloman's life while running away from the CIA.

I enjoyed this thriller but found the ending a real let-down. It just didn't live up to the angst and anguish of solving all the mysteries. The twist was great but I also felt that Katherine's work could have been more fully explained instead of continually hinted at. So the end synopsis is this is a great thriller BUT

Journal Entry 5 by camis at Tharston, Norfolk United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Thanks again - I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code so looking forward to reading this when time allows!

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