11 Jul 2010

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3)

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 villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist--is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown’s novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.

This book has to be one of the most amazingly brilliant books I have read so far this year...  I had this book bought for me as a present so I have got the hardback version which is hefty at 509 pages (and the print smallish).  Having absolutely loved the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons I was excited to read this book.

One thing I loved about this book was the fact that the chapters were really small ranging from anywhere between 1 to 5ish pages long which helped me keep going through this really long book. 

The twists and turns that this story takes the main character, Robert Langdon is just brilliant and I have to admit that I also liked the fact that when picturing Robert Langdon in my head I was picturing Tom Hanks playing the character that is in the movies...  Loved it!

An absolute must read.... 

1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 out of 10