The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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15 Critic Reviews

Dan Brown's long-awaited "The Lost Symbol" is actually two books. The first is a thriller replay of Mr. Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," except that it is set in Washington...The other book, within "The Lost Symbol," is a tedious sermon.
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Synopsis

The most explosive bestseller of 2009 . . .
Over 5 million copies sold . . .

Now available in a beautifully illustrated gift edition just in time for the holidays!
 
Dan Brown’s record-breaking novel The Lost Symbol weaves a breathtaking trail through the hidden artwork, chambers, tunnels, and temples of our nation’s capital. Now the fascinating visuals appear right before your eyes, making for a sumptuous reading experience that brings alive Robert Langdon’s heart-stopping race through a little-known Washington, D.C. Revealing a world of ancient mysteries, stunning history, and secret societies, this Special Illustrated Edition unveils a whole new level of intrigue and fascination within The Lost Symbol. Over one hundred full-color images are featured throughout this lavishly illustrated gift edition—an essential companion to the original.

From the Hardcover edition.

Note: This eBook edition of  The Lost Symbol, Special Illustrated Edition, includes photographs that will appear on black-and-white devices but are optimized for devices that support full-color images.
 

About Dan Brown

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Dan Brown es el autor de múltiples bestsellers internacionales y #1 de The New York Times, incluyendo El código Da Vinci, El símbolo perdido, Ángeles y demonios, La fortaleza digital y La conspiración. Sus libros han sido traducidos a más de cincuenta idiomas en todo el mundo. Brown se graduó de Amherst College y de Phillips Exeter Academy, donde fue profesor antes de dedicarse a tiempo completo a la escritura. Vive en Nueva Inglaterra con su esposa.
 
Published November 2, 2010 by Doubleday. 528 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 10

NY Times

Below average
on Sep 30 2009

In the end, as with “The Da Vinci Code,” there’s no payoff. Brown should stop worrying about unfinished pyramids and worry about unfinished novels.

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NY Times

Good
on Sep 13 2009

Within this book’s hermetically sealed universe, characters’ motivations don’t really have to make sense; they just have to generate the nonstop momentum that makes “The Lost Symbol” impossible to put down.

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Guardian

Above average
on Sep 20 2009

Langdon, having saved the Vatican from a nuclear blast in Angels & Demons, now comes home to give another dreary academic lecture, after which he sprints off to preserve the US government from a revelation that could destabilise the world.

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Guardian

Above average
on Sep 19 2009

Restrained by the best editing that money can buy, Dan Brown opens The Lost Symbol with italics instead: "House of the Temple. 8:33 PM. The secret is how to die."

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Guardian

Above average
on Sep 15 2009

Even so, a Brown sceptic has to be impressed by the skill with which the puzzle is constructed. Played out within a space of 12 hours in 134 chapters of roughly three pages each, The Lost Symbol is a rollicking piece of tosh...

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WSJ online

Above average
on Sep 16 2009

Dan Brown's long-awaited "The Lost Symbol" is actually two books. The first is a thriller replay of Mr. Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," except that it is set in Washington...The other book, within "The Lost Symbol," is a tedious sermon.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Jan 06 2011

Has it been worth the wait? Overall, yes...For one, THE LOST SYMBOL could easily have been a hundred pages shorter since it tends to drag occasionally, usually when Brown shows his research hand a bit too much.

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LA Times

Above average
on Sep 14 2009

And yet, it's hard to imagine anyone, after reading "The Lost Symbol," debating about Freemasonry in Washington, D.C..."The Lost Symbol" is more like the experience on any roller coaster -- thrilling, entertaining and then it's over.

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The Telegraph

Below average
on Sep 15 2009

The downside of this not being quite the literary train wreck expected is that there is less distraction from the familiar hokum which...looks ever-less like ingenious puzzle-spinning and ever-more like a wearisome party trick.

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Pajiba

Below average

If you’re looking for good prose, deep characterization, and a sense of realism, you’re going to have to look elsewhere. Thankfully, people don’t read Dan Brown because of his writing style; if they did, he’d never sell another page.

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Slate

Below average
on Sep 16 2009

But after my own Langdon-esque sprint to read the entire book in a day, I am sorry to report The Lost Symbol turns out to be perhaps the strangest novel ever written about Washington. It is awesomely wrong about what makes the city compelling.

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About.com

Good

Few thrillers have so cleverly "fused scientific inventions with mythical gods and human apotheosis." The Lost Symbol works within the world Brown has created. Read this novel and you will never look at Washington, D. C. in the same way again.

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The Daily Beast

Good
on Sep 15 2009

Reading The Lost Symbol may be more like working a great crossword puzzle than reading War and Peace, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fascinating pleasure. Don’t stay up too late.

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About.com Bestsellers

Above average
on Sep 15 2009

...The Lost Symbol merely an average read? First, Brown does not create anything new -- no new character development, no big surprises in plot trajectory. Furthermore, his signatures "twists" are not nearly as tantalizing as in his previous books.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Sep 15 2009

Even after the book’s climactic showdown, you must slog through another 50-plus pages of exposition that Brown couldn’t cram into the main narrative. Sometimes it seems that authors, like their villains, don’t know when to leave well enough alone.

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