The Lost Symbol once again features Dan Browns unforgettable protagonist, Robert Langdon. Brown's longtime editor, Jason Kaufman, Vice President and Executive Editor at Doubleday said, "Nothing ever is as it first appears in a Dan Brown novel. This books narrative takes place in a twelve-hour period, and from the first page, Dan's readers will feel the thrill of discovery as they follow Robert Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape. The Lost Symbol is full of surprises."
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"As Browniacs have long predicted, the chase involves the secrets of Freemasonry and is set in Washington, where some of those secrets are built into the architecture and are thus hidden in plain sight....The new book clicks even if at first it looks dangerously like a clone.... The Lost Symbol manages to take a twisting, turning route through many such aspects of the occult even as it heads for a final secret that is surprising for a strange reason: Its unsurprising. It also amounts to an affirmation of faith. In the end it is Mr. Browns sweet optimism, even more than Langdon's sleuthing and explicating, that may amaze his readers most." - The New York Times, Janet Maslin
"All of this is going to feel very familiar to readers of the previous Langdon books, even though Brown has shifted from foreign places to plant his thriller firmly on American soil.... Brown's narrative moves rapidly, except for those clunky moments when people sound like encyclopedias.... And yet, it's hard to imagine anyone, after reading The Lost Symbol, debating about Freemasonry in Washington, D.C., the way people did Brown's radical vision of Jesus and Mary Magdalene in Code. That book hit a deep cultural nerve for obvious reasons; The Lost Symbol is more like the experience on any roller coaster -- thrilling, entertaining and then it's over." - Los Angeles Times, Nick Owchar
"The plot of The Lost Symbol churns forward with a brutalist energy that makes character but a flesh appendage on its iron machine. It's fun, but you feel a little bruised afterward.... He's set himself a huge challenge. What he did for Christianity in Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, Brown is now trying to do for America: reclaim its richness, its darkness, its weirdness. It's probably a quixotic effort, but it is nevertheless touchingly valiant. We're not just overweight tourists in T-shirts and fanny packs, he says. Our history is as sick and weird as anybody's! There's signal in the noise, order in the chaos! It just takes a degree from a nonexistent Harvard department to see it." - Time
"The downside of this not being quite the literary train wreck expected is that there is less distraction from the familiar hokum which, precisely because it is so familiar, looks ever-less like ingenious puzzle-spinning and ever-more like a wearisome party trick. Like divorce and civil war, The Da Vinci Code famously divided families. The Lost Symbol might well reunite them. They could all find it simply bland." - The Daily Telegraph (UK)
"Even after the books climactic showdown, you must slog through another 50-plus pages of exposition that Brown couldnt cram into the main narrative. Sometimes it seems that authors, like their villains, dont know when to leave well enough alone. C+" - Entertainment Weekly
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Dan Brown is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including
the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. He is a graduate of Amherst
College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher
before turning his efforts fully to writing.
In 1996, Dans interest in code-breaking and covert government agencies led him to write his first novel, Digital Fortress, which quickly became a #1 national bestselling eBook. Set within the clandestine National Security Agency, the novel explores the fine line between civilian privacy and national security. Browns follow-up techno-thriller, Deception Point, centered on similar issues of morality in politics, national security, and classified technology.
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