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WHAT WAS LOST WILL BE FOUND…Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned at the last minute to deliver an evening lecture in the Capitol Building. Within moments of his arrival, however, a disturbing object – gruesomely encoded with five symbols – is discovered at the epicentre of the Rotunda. It is, he recognises, an ancient invitation, meant to beckon it ...more
Hardcover, 509 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Bantam Press
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I loved The Da Vinci Code, and think I preferred it a little more than Angels & Demons. Though I think this is due to thinking this plot was more dragged out, stopping me from reading as quickly as I'd like. But never mind, it was still overall a great book.

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Grumpus
I don’t get all the haters of the Dan Brown books. Are you really going in with the expectation that these books are going to be award-winning, works of art? If so, do you critique every book you read with that same expectation? It would be a pity if you did.

Like movies, I don’t expect every one I watch to be an Academy Award winner. If I did, that would certainly narrow the number of films I’d see. No, I go to be entertained (whatever that may mean on any particular day). That’s the way I look
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Meg
Sep 22, 2009 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to take comfort in the fact that Indiana Jones 4 could have been WORSE.
I have such issues rating Dan Brown books... I want 1.5 stars, I think. Snark ahead.

Here's the deal: the man can't write. He's a name-brand & url spewing, Wikipedia-like fountain of knowledge, who CAN'T HANDLE VERB TENSES. He also likes really short sentences. That aren't sentences at all. Really. Expect iPhone, Twitter, and Google shout-outs, too. I'm almost surprised he didn't mention the inevitable hash #thelostsymbol and tell us to use it when we tweet about what we just learned.

On the f
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Becky
Sep 19, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
This book is both poorly written and impossible to put down.

I think that about sums it up.
John
Oct 12, 2009 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
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Anna
Dec 06, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Dan Brown's stories. I have read Angels and Demon and The Da Vinci Code, I am currently reading Deception Point and plan on reading Digitial Fortress. I absolutely love his story telling. I have read mixed reviews and I think the negative reviews are just really people who are too serious in life. For goodness sake it is a book for entertainment, not a non-fiction story. Though I have read some non-fiction stories that are more fiction then Dan Brown's book. Brown's books are ente ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Jul 21, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"انا مش ماسون..بس بحترمهم"
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روبرت لانجدون

"للأسف..الناس فهماني غلط..يمكن عشان المؤلفين حصروني في ادوار الشر..لكن انا في الحقيقة طيب..زي كمال ابو ريا..ومحمود الجندي"
-غسان مطر
الماسون

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ده المختصر المفيد للرواية ،الجمل دي اتكرر معناها كتير بالأحداث ولكن قبل البدء وزي ماقلت في ريفيو
شفره دافنشي و ملائكه وشياطين
الروايه دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقراها بجد ليها حل من الاتنين
1- تقرأ النسخه الانجليزيه المصوره Illustrated Edition
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أو
2- وانت بتقرا النسخه تكون فاتح جوجل صور وتكتب اسم كل مكان بيزوره روبرت لانجدون
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Janet Wilcox
Mar 25, 2013 Janet Wilcox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this novel actually better than DV Code and A & D, which is ironic as it wasn't quite the page turner as those were, but the plot and ideas were more believeable. I was very interested in The Masons, as they were so much a part of the early patriotic/revolutionary era of the US. As usual there is a gruesome evil person, with superhuman like skills and power. The whole story covers just 24 hours...wow, what a day!
Interesting insight from Brown on the Masons or Noetic Science?: "a tem
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Malcolm
Sep 18, 2009 Malcolm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now boarding on track 33, the Symbolism Express departing for the Freemasons, the Invisible College, the Office of Security, the SMSC, the Institute of Noetic Sciences and multiple points around the cryptic compass.

Your temporal destination, not Paris and London, but Washington, D.C.

Your conductor, Harvard symbiologist Robert Langdon, the Indiana Jones of the new age.

Tied to the tracks in the gathering darkness ahead and facing certain death, if not embarrassment, another keeper of the ancient m
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Dianna
Feb 18, 2010 Dianna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
well, that's several hours of my life i'll never get back.

you know, it's not so much that the writing is bad -- i expect it to be bad. it's laughably bad. (to enjoy some truly great bad, relish the self-consciously lascivious descriptions of the bad guy's naked body, they are made of awesome.) it's not so much that the plot is shaky -- i expect it to be shaky, and if this plot could be drawn, it would have to be drawn by dr. seuss. it's that i would expect, at least, that the book actually END S
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Elena
Nov 03, 2009 Elena rated it it was ok
I think I finally figured out why I hate Dan Brown. He writes very average thriller/ mystery books, just like many others do, and the thing is that I don't have a problem with the other writers. Sometimes their books are entertaining, sometimes they are not, sometimes they are poorly written, sometimes they are not so bad, and I'm perfectly fine with it. The thing I can't stand about Dan Brown is his attitude. He truly believes he has been invested with the power of 'omniscience', and he looks d ...more
Will Byrnes
When one picks up a Dan Brown book there are certain expectations. First one can look forward to a fast-based adventure pitting the intellect of Robert Langdon against dark forces intent on creating mayhem of one sort or another. One expects that religion or religious institutions will play a central role in the story. One can expect that there will be puzzles to be solved and mysteries within mysteries. One can expect murderous sociopaths and police of questionable loyalty. One can expect that ...more
Ellen
Oct 19, 2009 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugghhhhhh. I've been trying to figure out where to start with this one for the past couple days and still haven't been able to decide. So I guess I'll start with my point.

This book F*CKING BLOWS. F*ck you, Dan Brown, you smug bastard, for insulting my intelligence like nobody's business. I really liked Angels and Demons, was entertained by The Da Vinci Code, and this book had half the content (not to mention a sixteenth of the climax) of the latter in almost twice the number of pages.

Do you get
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Heather
Sep 18, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Dan Brown. I've read all his books - not just The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, but also Deception Point and Digital Fortress. I like his writing style, how his books are layered with codes and mysteries, and how they're so fast-paced they make my heart beat faster because I feel pulled into the stories and into the lives of his characters.

The Lost Symbol is the third book in the Robert Langdon series, and I was glad to see that Brown brought this dynamic and entertaining c
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Nayra.Hassan
اهنيء نفسي على نهاية الرمز المفقود..بعد ان تم فقداني بداخلها لاكثر من شهرين
لماذا؟ لسببين
الرواية هرم متكامل براق لتمجيد الماسونيين الكيوت الاخيار الطيبين
ا"لو تم نشر هذه الطقوس ستتم الاطاحة بالحكومة ...سيمتلىءالشارع بالمناهضين للماسونية و الاصوليين..سيتم تشويه الحقيقة ..كما يحصل دائما مع الماسونيين "؟!!؟ا
هكذا هتف لانجدون مذعورا..و هو ليس ماسونيا"على الاطلاق"و
اعلم جيدا ان امريكا دولة ماسونية منذ نشاتها..و انا اقرأ رواية امريكية..و يجب ان اخضع لشروطها..و لكنك كلما تقدمت في السن..ازددت تمسكا بقناعا
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Tara Lynn
I am so disappointed. I found Brown's other books to be captivating, if a little formulaic. This is just a blatant rewrite of his own material in a different setting. Angels and Demons set a bar for Brown, and he just hasn't been able to match it since. It reads just like The DaVinci Code, with its plot changed to Washington, D.C. It's a completely improbable plot mixed with even more improbable character developments and plot twists.

So disappointed. If I'd known, I never would have bought the
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Rosa, really
Apr 13, 2016 Rosa, really rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People other than my damn self

Okay, I just found myself speechifying on this book to a friend, so clearly I have some thoughts I need to get out so I can move the fuck on. *nods decisively*

REASONS ROSA, REALLY NEITHER LIKES NOR APPRECIATES THE LITERARY STYLINGS OF MR. DAN BROWN

1. Robert Langdon is occasionally referred to as Robert or Langdon, but he's mostly referred to as "Robert Langdon." Like readers are so dim they can't remember his FUCKING NAME. Or like the guy is a super star, George Clooney or HOWARD ZINN, in the
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مصطفي سليمان
ابلغ رد علي سلسلة القادمون الخارقون الحارقون الجامدون
تقوله قريت شئ عن الماسونية ؟
يقوم رافع حاجبه ويقولك
يخربيت الجهل
انت مشفتش القادمون؟
طيب ان قريت شغل دان براون
انت عبيط؟؟ دا روايات للغر السذج امثالك
فتكتشف انه مقراش شئ لان القراية مش بتيجي معاه سكة
اينعم هي مش من احسن روايته
زي ملائكة وشياطين
لكن الرواية فيها كمية معلومات
تصيبك بصدمة
وتفضل تسئل نفسك
دا بيفضل يجمع معلومات امتي؟
وازاي؟
الا لو خاله كان شغال ف امن الدولة
كمية معلومات تاريخه ومعلوماتيه
تصيبك بعته
وف نفس الوقت تخليك بتكتم انفاسك
ومع كل فصل
قفا جديد
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Stacey
Dec 02, 2010 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, imo
Kept feeling like I was reading an amalgam of Angels and DaVinci's Code. When I started wandering off in search of snacks in the middle of paragraphs, I knew it was time to shelve this as a "can't finish," and move on.
Tom
Sep 20, 2009 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Though technically better written than Digital Fortress, this is Dan Brown's worst novel. Brown creates false suspense by hiding revelations from readers even after major characters learn them. In most cases this is unnecessary, as the twists would have more impact if made in a timely manner. Too often, however, the revelations are obvious or anticlimactic, weaknesses that are amplified by Brown's hide-the-ball technique.

Brown's penchant for dubious subject matter is well-known, but he previousl
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Elizabeth
Nov 05, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Morgan (though "recommend" is an awfully strong word)
Normally I wait until I’ve finished a book before passing judgment on it, but sixty pages into The Lost Symbol I decided that life was too short to read really terrible books.

One of the things I liked best about The Da Vinci Code was that its plot unfolded in real-time: it takes place during a few very busy hours of Robert Langdon’s improbable life, in about the amount of time it takes to read the novel. This technique keeps the pace of the book exciting (there are no natural breaks in which to
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Christian
Sep 16, 2009 Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people you hate
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
June 15 Buddy Read with Steven and Melissa!

2-2.5 stars

In comparison with Angels & Demons and the Da Vinci Code, this book was disappointing to say the least. The ending felt extremely anticlimactic, and overall the book dragged ass and there were whole sections where I'm pretty sure I either spaced out or could have spaced out and not noticed a thing. I figured out the BIG REVEAL before the halfway mark-- does that mean I'm getting better at guessing or is this just a shitty book? Likely bot
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Nora
Apr 09, 2010 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
الذي أحبه، وأقدره أيضًا، في (دان براون) هو جهده المبذول في خلق مثل هذه الروايات. وكم المعلومات الذي يجتهد في حشده بين صفحاتها.

ماذا أضافت لي، شخصيًا، هذه الرواية؟ القصة ممتعة، وانعطافاتها جميلة، ثم الكثير، الكثير حتى التململ، من الحديث عن الماسونية وتمجيدها وتبجيل منهجها وهديها.
الغريب هو كم الرموز المتأصلة والتي يكشفها المؤلف تباعاً في مباني المدينة. ما بين انكشاف تلو آخر، أفكر.. هل تحوي مدننا العربية مثل هذه الأسرار؟ في مصر ربما.. الحضارة الفرعونية؟ ماذا عن بلاد الشام؟ هل يوجد شيء كهذا في جزيرة
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Chris
Sep 28, 2009 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The use of a large amount of symbols and conspiracy buzzwords does not excuse one from having to actually write a compelling story. The "twist" in this books was easily visible hundreds of pages out and didn't surprise a single person I know who read the book.

Now, I had very high hopes for this book as I am from DC and love the area, however there was so little of actual DC in the book(unlike DaVinci Code & Angels and Demons) that it seemed like it could have been in any city in the world ex
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Heather
Sep 23, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was such a douchebag about this book before it was released.

Then I saw it there in the bookstore and I was like, "Did you or did you not like The Da Vinci Code?" (Answer: yes.) "Do you or do you not enjoy other books that are pop culture phenomenons?" (Answer: yes.) "Is the ratio of Fitzgerald to comic books on your bookshelf not 1:50?" (Answer: yes.) "Did you or did you not just finish a book called Captain Underpants?" (Answer: yes.) "Furthermore, asshole, do you or do you not read fan ficti
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Ali AlShewail
كانت خمسة أيام من المتعة و التعلم .
الرواية كقصة ممتعة و مشوقة جدا ، و كمادة علمية -بلا مبالغة- كنت أشعر أثناء القراءة أني في محاضرة ثقافية تاريخية ، كم مهول من المعلومات العلمية و التاريخية الصحيحة يطل عليك من الصفحات ، يجعلك تشعر بتُخمة معلوماتية ، و كانت مصدر مبدأيا بالنسبة لي للبحث أكثر فى الماسونية و المعرفة عنها .

تجربة ثانية جيدة لي مع أعمال دان براون .
Julie
Feb 28, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh this was literally one of the worst books I have ever read. Or, well, listened to, as Chris and I used it to get through 2 legs of a drive from NYC to St. Louis.

Just to be clear, though I'm a stickler for good writing, I recognize that previous Dan Brown books like the Davinci Code are what they are. That is, they are good stories, badly written. And that's fine - there is a place for that - like 19 hour car rides. Unfortunately, the Lost Symbol was a terrible story, terribly written. Brown'
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Brooke
Sep 27, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2009
Ah yes, the new Dan Brown book, the most anticipated title in the publishing world this year. The one that everyone is loving to hate, because there's no better way to prove your superiority to your peers by talking about how you're just too intelligent to enjoy this crap because you're so much better than the unwashed masses. For the record, I have dated two guys who have rattled off that bit of idiocy. Two! It's almost cruel (and for the record, they were really not all that).

But more importan
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Beth
Oct 12, 2009 Beth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Antonio
A mi parecer esta es la historia mas floja de la saga de Robert Langdon, si es cierto que el libro me pareció emocionante, y quería saber el resultado de las peripecias del Profesor Langdon como una vez mas utilizaría su astucia y conocimiento para resolver los misterios que insisten en perseguirlo, pero, un gran pero, a diferencia de los libros anteriores, esta historia no presenta los grandes conflictos entre ciencia y religión, que es lo que mas atrae en la saga, y el final no es tan sorpresi ...more
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