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The Lost Symbol

(Robert Langdon #3)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  452,420 ratings  ·  25,496 reviews

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling - a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths...all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying
Hardcover, First Edition, 509 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Doubleday
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Mikayla I'm usually the same with books, I don't tend to over analyse to much. I just like to enjoy the book for what it is.

I loved The Da Vinci Code, and…more
I'm usually the same with books, I don't tend to over analyse to much. I just like to enjoy the book for what it is.

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.

What I like about the books the most is that rather than make you criticise religion as some people do, it just allows you to think about it a little more than usual. It just make you wonder in a light hearted way rather than punching you in the gut.(less)
Anchit Even I'm finding it cumbersome but for a different reason. I would rather focus on the action and get on with the plot. And this book is full or…moreEven I'm finding it cumbersome but for a different reason. I would rather focus on the action and get on with the plot. And this book is full or ramblings, doodlings and random musings.(less)

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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
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-for-fun
This book is both poorly written and impossible to put down.

I think that about sums it up.
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
(C-) 56% | Very Unsatisfactory
Notes: Its secret society has no intriguing back-story, the villain is inappropriate and asinine, and the end revelation is lame.
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
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Mohammed Arabey
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"انا مش ماسون..بس بحترمهم"
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

ده المختصر المفيد للرواية، الجمل دي اتكرر معناها كتير بالأحداث ولكن قبل البدء وزي ماقلت في ريفيو
شفرة دافنشي و ملائكة وشياطين
الرواية دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقراها بجد ليها حل من الاتنين
1- تقرأ النسخة الإنجليزية المصورة Illustrated Edition

2- وقت القراءة تفتح جوجل صور وتكتب اسم كل مكان بيزوره روبرت لانجدون وكل قاعة بمبن
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
اهنيء نفسي على نهاية الرمز المفقود..بعد ان تم فقداني بداخلها لاكثر من شهرين
لماذا؟ حسنا
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 بتلك الكلمات 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
Janet Wilcox
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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, what a day!
Interesting insight from Brown on the Masons or Noetic Science?: "a tem
Sep 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors. I know there are several of my online and in-person (sounds so weird!) friends who disagree, but ultimately... you have to acknowledge the amount of time and dedication he puts into his story, the vast eccentric cast of characters, the intrigue and suspense, the unexpected connections and the fast-paced thrill of turning the pages more quickly than you can actually read each one. People love books for different reasons. It's not always the "beautiful and ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3), Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol is a 2009 novel written by American writer Dan Brown. It is a thriller set in Washington, D.C., after the events of The Da Vinci Code, and relies on Freemasonry for both its recurring theme and its major characters. It is the third Brown novel to involve the character of Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon, following 2000's Angels & Demons and 2003's The Da Vinci Code. Renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is invi
Oct 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 18, 2009 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
Oct 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Tara Lynn
Aug 25, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Mohammed Orabi
" فكر في العلم ، في الإيمان ، وفي الإنسان .. فكر كيف أن كل ثقافة ، في كل مكان وفي كل زمان ، كان لديها دوما قاسم مشترك .. لدينا جميعا خالق ، استخدمنا أسماء مختلفة ، وصلوات مختلفة ، ولكن الله هو الثابت الكوني بالنسبة إلى الإنسان ، الله هو الرمز الذي تشاركناه كلنا .. رمز جميع أسرار الحياة التى لم نفهمها ..لقد مجد القدماء الله كرمز للقدرة اللامحدودة ، ولكن البشر أضاعوا ذلك الرمز مع الزمن .. حتى اليوم "

دائما يتركنى ذلك الكاتب عقب الانتهاء من اى عمل له فى حالة من الذهول والانبهار ، يمتلك قدرة فريدة ع
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Open your minds, my friends. We all fear what we do not understand.”
― Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

I know that a lot of readers do not find Dan Brown's writing style appealing, but in my opinion, l think he writes very captivating novels. I won't go into details of the plot line or the action that takes place, but I will say that if you are a fan of action, drama, conspiracy theories, and history then you probably should give this one a shot. Brown uses point of view brilliantly to increase suspe
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-mystery
Σήμερα λοιπόν ανακοινώθηκε ότι ο Mr. Brown βγάζει καινούριο βιβλίο του χρόνου το Σεπτέμβρη (έτσι, για να ετοιμάζεστε ψυχολογικά), όπου φυσικά δεν αναφέρεται πουθενά το θέμα, ούτε καν η πόλη, έτσι για να μην.... βασικά γιατί; Τι θα επηρεάσουμε εμείς αν αποκαλυφθεί η τοποθεσία και το θέμα του βιβλίου; Τελοσπάντων, εδώ αναμένουμε με ανυπομονησία το Winds of Winter το 2017 (που ο Martin έχει βγάλει ολόκληρα κεφάλαια στο διαδίκτυο) και καινούριο Χάρι Χόλε, who ...more
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؟
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
Issa Deerbany
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dan-brown
من اروع روايات دان براون .
تشدك أحداثها من اول صفحة الى نهايتها .
اسرار ورموز يجب تحليها واكتشافها للبحث عن رمز ماسوني مدفون في العاصمة واشنطن يتم تحليل الرموز ثم تظهر انها ليس كما حللت سابقا.
السعي للسيطرة على هذه القوة العظيمة التي تجعلك إنسانا خارقا .
ممتعة جدا لمن يحب الإثارة والتشويق والاكشن.
Dec 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: published-2009
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Richard Derus
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
2017 Update...Meenakshi, a Goodreads friend for a while now, found this review and it reminded me that I'd actually read this book 5-plus years ago. I had completely forgotten it existed, both the book and the review actually...and then I got to the "how to die" thing and was instantly transported into annoyed, irked, ticked-off memoryland.

I think it's unsurprising I didn't hold onto the memory of reading the book since I review over 120 a year and read almost three times that many. But I also t
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هنوز هم بنظرم رمز داوینچی بهتر است.
Sep 20, 2009 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
Feb 08, 2010 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
Ian D
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
Εντελώς αξιολησμόνητο. Ούτε θα αλλάξει τη ζωή σου αν δεν το διαβάσεις, ούτε θα μαγαρίσει ανεπανόρθωτα την ψυχή σου αν το κάνεις.

Dan, αγόρι μου, άκουσέ με. Ιστορικά μνημεία έχουμε (σηκώνεις πέτρα κι αυτή η πέτρα είναι απομεινάρι κάποιου αρχαίου ναού), μουσεία έχουμε, από εκκλησίες βρωμάει ο τόπος, μασονικές στοές έχουμε, θρησκευτικό φανατισμό έχουμε, Ελένη Λουκά, Άνθιμο, χρυσαυγίτες... Ακόμα να γράψεις ένα βιβλίο που να διαδραματίζεται στην Ελλάδα; Τι καλύτερο έχει η Ουόσινγκτον (Χατζηνικολάου FT
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