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The Lost Symbol

(Robert Langdon #3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  549,311 ratings  ·  27,721 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 th…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 rambl…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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Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
(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.
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 flip
Oct 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
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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
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 invited
Will Byrnes
Dan Brown - image from AARP - photo by Drew Gurion

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 po
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: brown-dan
I enjoyed reading Angels & Demons and The Da Vince Code, but Brown wasted a plot, wrote poorly and with less suspense, inner logic, and momentum. A reason might be that it´s hard to write series in the genre of epic, eyeopening, world shattering blockbuster epiphany hybrid thrillers, but at least the editors could truly have tried to make this better, it was disappointing to be left with such a facepalmy ending and a general meh feeling.

The worst thing about such literary fails is that one is wa
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 temple
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
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
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
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 chara
Elena Traduzioni Oceano Mare
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
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
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
This book is basically The Da Vinci Code with an awfully, appallingly and dismally pathetic ending. ...more
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
It’s bloated and lame. After all the buildup and intricate clues, the final resolution is underwhelming, and that’s what I have the hardest time forgiving.
Neil Walker
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lost Symbol is the third in Dan Brown’s excellent series of books featuring the character Robert Langdon.

While The Lost Symbol may not be quite as good as the now iconic previous novel The Da Vinci Code or the fantastic Angels and Demons, Dan Brown still manages to grab his readers from the start and never lets them go. This third novel in the Robert Langdon series also contains many great and insightful lines, perhaps none more so than, “Wide acceptance of an idea is not proof of its validi
Sep 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: published-2009
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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. ...more
Shafay Ishtiaq
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Open your minds, my friends. We all fear what we do not understand."

'The Lost Symbol' is the 3rd book in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown. The writing style is kind of similar to that of the two preceding books. This one definitely was not up to that level of Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code because of many reasons like weaker writing, repetitiveness of dialogues, poor ending etc.

However The Lost Symbol is still full of interesting historic facts linked to secrets and mysteries.
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
Sep 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people you hate
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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
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Zitong Ren
My issue with Dan Brown’s books is that, while they create suspense and mystery and blah, blah, they don’t leave you feel satisfied with anything, other than the fact that the books features a lot of random information to show how smart the author is despite that it is a complete waste of time.

This is not exactly a proper review, but more a collection of short points.

The villain was the most ridiculous thing ever, and his backstory that we get makes it even more outrageous, I mean, basically it’
Nov 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
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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