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The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol
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Vehicles move through the murky night, carrying highly secret material. And that clandestine material will only be available--after midnight--to those who have signed non-disclosure notices. The plot of the new Dan Brown novel? No, it’s actually how reviewers such as myself obtained our copies of... show more
Vehicles move through the murky night, carrying highly secret material. And that clandestine material will only be available--after midnight--to those who have signed non-disclosure notices. The plot of the new Dan Brown novel? No, it’s actually how reviewers such as myself obtained our copies of the much-anticipated The Lost Symbol, the follow-up to the Da Vinci Code. And as we read it in (literally) the cold light of dawn, we wonder: is it likely to match the earlier book’s all-conquering, phenomenal success? Firstly, it should be noted that The Lost Symbol has incorporated all the elements that so transfixed readers in The Da Vinci Code: a complex, mystifying plot (with the reader set quite as many challenges as the protagonist); breathless, helter-skelter pace (James Patterson's patented technique of keeping readers hooked by ending chapters with a tantalisingly unresolved situation is very much part of Dan Brown’s armoury). And, of course, the winning central character, resourceful symbologist Robert Langdon, is back, risking his life to crack a dangerous mystery involving the Freemasons (replacing the controversial trappings of the Catholic Church and homicidal monks of the last book). And while Dan Brown will never win any prizes for literary elegance, his prose is always succinctly at the service of delivering a thoroughly involving thriller narrative in vividly evoked locales (here, Washington DC, colourfully conjured). Robert Langdon flies to Washington after an urgent invitation to speak in the Capitol building. The invitation appears to have come from a friend with copper-bottomed Masonic connections, Peter Solomon. But Langdon has been tricked: Solomon has, in fact, been kidnapped, and (echoing the grisly opening of the last book) a macabre mutilation plunges Langdon into a tortuous quest. His friend’s severed hand lies in the Capitol building, positioned to point to a George Washington portrait that shows the father of his country as a pagan deity. The ruthless criminal nemesis here is another terrifying figure in Brown’s gallery of grotesques: Mal’akh, a powerfully built eunuch with a body festooned with tattoos. Mal’akh is seeking a Masonic pyramid that possesses a formidable supernatural power, and a pulse-pounding hunt is afoot, with Langdon stalled rather than aided by the CIA. Caveats are pointless here; Dan Brown, comfortably the world’s most successful author, is utterly review-proof. And there's no arguing with the fact that he has his finger on the pulse of the modern thriller reader, furnishing the mechanics of the blockbuster adventure with energy and invention. Like its predecessor, The Lost Symbol will unquestionably be--in fact, already is--a publishing phenomenon. --Barry Forshaw
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780552161237 (0552161233)
ASIN: 0552161233
Publisher: Corgi Books
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
Series: Robert Langdon (#3)
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Wśród marzeń
Wśród marzeń rated it
3.0
Chyba najgorsza powieść Dana Browna. Chociaż... to przy tej powieści byłam wręcz zła na autora przez niektóre poczynania głównego bohatera i wydarzenia, które autor mu wymyślił. Tym razem zamiast tajemnicami kościoła katolickiego, Brown przyjrzał się tajemniczej organizacji zwanej Masonami, o któr...
Aglayabooks
Aglayabooks rated it
3.0 Hörbuch-Rezension "Das verlorene Symbol" von Dan Brown
Der Symbolologe Robert Langdon ist für einmal nicht in Europa, sondern in den USA, genauer gesagt in Washington DC unterwegs. Hier soll er das Rätsel der Freimaurer lösen. Der dritte Band der Thriller-Reihe um Robert Langdon hebt sich von den anderen Bänden in dem Sinne ab, dass er nicht in Europa...
Kiran
Kiran rated it
Absolutely loved this book , think I read it in 3 days!!! It was a great delight and just as good as the previous books if not better
Turn The Page
Turn The Page rated it
Intriguing, exciting, and the plot flowed very well. I love how Brown is able to point out existing things in our society and point out the relevance of their design and purpose (ex: how the monuments are positioned in Washington, D.C.). Langdon is not as prominent in this one as other Brown novels,...
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3.0 The Lost Symbol
Traditional Dan Brown. I'm sure there are plenty of reviews out there that would be a lot better then mine, but let me say that if you enjoyed the him previous books you should like this one as well :)
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