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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dan Brown's Lost Symbol


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.

*Spoilers Alert*
After months and months of surmise on what will our Robert Langdon will decode this time, we are finally here. So for the people who weigh that it will be about the Templar, Atlantis, Bermuda Triangle or something about a religious sect, -wrong. This time Brown decided - Freemasons. I've watched too many Discovery and History channel for this one yet reading about them and the "supposedly" initiation and practices did not surprise me but reading it on Dan brown's novel is diverse.

The usual tenor are still there. Langdon gets summoned to go somewhere that, well hello - he has to solve a mystery and since he is professor or symbology and all that he got into the middle of it. The profligate is someone who have grotesque looks. This time his name is Mal'akh, dude was covered in tattoos from acientt symbols/signs, pillars to a double headed phoenix on his chest, etc. he is probably the most bizarre and insane villain out of all Langdon books. And let's not forget something gruesome to start off. This time its a hand. Severed hand skewered on a wood to be exact with tattoos of the Ancient Mysteries with the index finger pointing upward. (I hope you are not eating while reading this) Lastly,  historical facts and fictions were amalgamated, and of course something that people can look up at the world wide web. I for one is a victim of this, took me awhile to finish the book because I have to find out what and where is 1733 16th St. NW and 4210 Silver Hill Rd. Grinning like an idiot,. I found out that the 1st one is The Scottish Masons - Supreme Council 33 degree and the 2nd one is the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I also admit to calling the phone number 202-329-5746 out of curiosity. Brown must have put that there for some reason right? and I interpret it as "you must find out what this is". (dork? yes?) You may also find yourself researching about Noetic Science, OS, the Invisible College, SMSC and more.

I admit, I got lost on some parts, so I have to pause and digest what I just read. The theme / plot ruminate around this Ancient Mysteries and Katherine's research and goal in life - the use of advance science to rediscover what the lost knowledge the ancient world had unveiled about our universe. I wouldn't even bash about the flaws, I'd let the professional book critic do that. As a fan of Brown's - I'd say this book is brilliant, suspenseful, informative, highly intriguing, it kind of gave me a new perspective on the eventful prediction that is supposed to happen on 2012 and it made me want to go back to D.C and examine the capitol a little to closely. In short it an enjoyable diversion from the real world. Highly recommended.

I bought mine here: Lost Symbol
ISBN-13: 9780385504225

1 comment:

~Mary said...

I was looking at this tonight at the grocery store and it was originally £18 and it was on offer for £9, I was trying to get my husband to get it...he is NOT a reader. But he said it would take him too long...there is NO time limit on reading. Maybe I should pick it up and set it on his desk for him!

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