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The Lost Symbol | Hardback

Released on 15 September 2009

Author: Dan Brown | Format: Hardback

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Six years in the writing, The Lost Symbol is Dan Brown's extraordinary sequel to his internationally best-selling Robert Langdon thrillers, Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. Nothing is ever what it first appears in a Dan Brown novel.

Set over a breathtaking 12 hour time span, the book's narrative takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through a masterful and unexpected landscape as Professor of Symbology, Robert Langdon, is once again called into action. Expertly researched and written with breakneck pace, The Lost Symbol once again demonstrates why Dan Brown is the world's best-selling thriller writer.

Dan Brown's (Digital Fortress, Deception Point) eagerly anticipated new novel, The Lost Symbol, is the third to feature Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon, following 2000's Angels & Demons and 2003's The Da Vinci Code. The best-selling author is an international phenomenon with over 81 million copies currently in print and is published in 51 languages around the globe. If Hollywood sources are to be believed, The Lost Symbol is all set to be turned into a blockbuster movie, just like Ron Howard's (A Beautiful Mind) adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons starring Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) as the intrepid hero Robert Langdon. Keep your eye out for a possible 2012 release date!

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 A Pageturner but....

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I have to disagree with all the positivity. Yes, its certainly a page turner, but then again, that is Dan Brown's job. he writes in a very polished way, literally pulling us along with short chapters and cliffhanger sentences. I read this book in two days, simply because I was on that roller coaster.
But I have to say, the ending is far from satisfying, and in fact, some of the books big "reveals" end up being tepid, to the point where Dan literally tries to ram their importance down your throat, over and over. The book is fifty pages too long, with a deeply unsatisfying finale that drags on and on and promises great revelations but offers really nothing at all in the end. Yes, its all nonsense to begin with, but if Dan is going to take us on this journey, surely he could come up with a better ending? I really wish i could point to the tedious specifics, but do I want to ruin it for anyone?

Still. there is no one better at making you turn a page

 Film material, uninspiring book material!

| | See all 3911258's reviews (43)

I read the Da Vinci Code after the film and enjoyed both for their own reasons. Angels & Demons made a better film than book and then I fell into the trap of rushing to buy Lost Symbol on release day and I was completely disappointed.

It was obviously written to be the next film and a lot of the story seems familiar and somehow uninspiring. The most annoying aspect is the amateurish manner each chapter finishes with a slight cliffhanger as if the author is trying desperately to convince the reader to carry on with the promise of a revelation.

However when the revelations come they aren't totally unexpected, mostly you know what's coming and just think "Yeah I expected that".

I can honestly say I found this book hard to pick up after two thirds through and kept putting it down and forgetting I was reading it with no real urgency to get it finished. In the end it was better than some that I have read but nothing to really get excited about.

I'll wait for the film which I hope will be a better representation.


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The Lost Symbol sees the return of Robert Langdon to tried and trusted formula of symbols and encription that explores some of the worlds most secret society. The beauty of Browns work is that you can pick up this book and from page one be hooked to the fast flowing pace of the plot and sit attached to the novel for days on end.

Full of twists and turns, some you can see coming others hit out of nowhere combines to show Browns popularity as an author. The conclusion to his lasted is a long drawn out ending and then leaves us with a slighty unsatisfying thought-provking ending- perhaps this was written with the knowledge it would be on the big screen- if is its a shame. Just the 4* for this latest offering as having been gripped to the book I was a little dissapointed with the ending- but still an excellent novel and one that you should read.

 Amazing !

| | See all Eti023's reviews (31)

Just finished reading it and its amazing...I just could not stop myself reading..I'm a really slow reader and with a book like this and the hours i work it normally takes me a month and a half..but this i finished in a week and a half...
Just gonna say this don't want to spoil anything to others, but the details the author gives about places, paintings, sculptures and everything is fantastic...so if you read The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons then you must read this...Will be waiting for another Robert Langdon novel for sure

 Long awaited - very disappointing

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Like thousands of others was really looking forward to the release of this latest Dan Brown book. His previous books I have always given 5 stars - was I expecting too much? I was getting bored with it after about 100 pages but I kept going, in the end I couldn't wait to finish just to find out how it ended. Perhaps it was me so I would say make up your own mind! The true price of £18.99 is a rip off but obviously not many people pay that.

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AuthorDan Brown
FormatHardback - 528 Pages