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Title: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Published September 15th 2009 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385504225
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WHAT IS LOST... WILL BE FOUND 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 WHAT IS LOST... WILL BE FOUND 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, DC., 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 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.

30 review for The Lost Symbol

  1. 5 out of 5

    Grumpus

    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 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 at the books I read, particularly fiction, and I think Dan Brown’s books are very entertaining. They are a fictional escape. We’ve all seen the stats that show how few books Americans are reading these days (present company excluded) and I think these types of books are an excellent way to get the masses to pick up, read, listen and get back involved in books. That’s what it is all about…like starting children with books from an early age, once they’re in, who knows where it can lead them. I want more of my friends to read books and if this is the hook, then I’m happy to bait it and reel them in. My personal opinion of the Lost Key Symbol was that I liked it, but after reading all his other books I found this one more predictable. Still it was entertaining and I recommend it. I think many others will enjoy it as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This book is both poorly written and impossible to put down. I think that about sums it up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    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 f 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 side, who doesn't love a good romp around a famous city solving mysteries with art and science and religion? You know the drill, and the formula hasn't changed here in the slightest. As a former DC resident of 7 years, I have to admit, I was expecting slightly more from the location, but Langdon and his companion du jour keep getting trapped in random places, so it's a bit disappointing on that front. He does get 10 points for a hilarious caper including the Blue Line out to the King Street station though and the Red Line to Tenleytown (yeah, Tenleytown shout-out, what up!) This book's wacky science theme is Noetics, and the quasi-religious thing at hand is the Masons. Since the first thing that comes to mind re: Noetics is Fringe, I sort of expected a Pacey Witter guest appearance, but alas, it was not meant to be. I know absolutely zip about the Masons, but who wants to bet their membership applications go through the roof this month? So my final verdict: did I hate it as much as Catcher in the Rye? No. (Will I ever hate any book as much as I hate Catcher in the Rye? Unlikely. BUT THERE'S TIME.) Is it the best Robert Langdon book? Not by a long shot. Angels & Demons still is the best of the trilogy. Is it still vaguely enjoyable in the way only a Dan Brown book can be? Yes. Does Dan Brown's copy editor need to be publicly humiliated? YES AND HIS NAME IS APPARENTLY JASON KAUFMAN (according to the Acknowledgements, so I'm not like, stalking anyone here) AND GOOD LORD MAN, ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES CAUSED BY PEOPLE BURNING THIS BOOK EDIT THIS INTO SOMETHING ENJOYABLE. EVERY TIME DAN BROWN DOESN'T KNOW HOW A VERB WORKS, KITTENS DIE. Also, if I ever have to read the words "neutered sex organ" again, I will be forced to remove my eyeballs and then pour bleach directly onto my brain. One more P.S., since I tweeted this and then forgot to include this here: Most unbelievable part of the plot? The Redskins are in the playoffs AND score on their opening possession. PLEASE TRY AGAIN, YOU FAIL AT HAVING SPORTS KNOWLEDGE.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked Angels and Demons and I really liked The DaVinci Code but this latest of Dan Browns thrillers was barely worth the time, and definitely not worth the money. The Lost Symbol follows the familiar Dan Brown formula - an ominous conspiracy, a threat to end the world as we know it, a relentless villain, and a search for hidden secrets which require the decoding of obscure clues. This formula has given us a couple of fine thrillers, and has taken advantage of the authors familiarity with arcan I liked Angels and Demons and I really liked The DaVinci Code but this latest of Dan Browns thrillers was barely worth the time, and definitely not worth the money. The Lost Symbol follows the familiar Dan Brown formula - an ominous conspiracy, a threat to end the world as we know it, a relentless villain, and a search for hidden secrets which require the decoding of obscure clues. This formula has given us a couple of fine thrillers, and has taken advantage of the authors familiarity with arcane history, philology, symbolism, art and architecture. But even this intriguing texture would not be terribly interesting without the intrepid symbologist Robert Langdon to lead us through the perilous labyrinth at high speed. This time, Langdon must find the Freemason’s grand secret hidden in Washington, D.C. and evade both the CIA and a brilliant but scary villain, while rescuing a kidnapped friend and his sister. The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons were both intriguing and thrilling enough to overcome Mr. Brown's weak writing. But because The Lost Symbol’s plot is so much weaker, Brown’s sophomoric writing becomes much more obvious and ever more bothersome as the work progresses. For example, the formulaic mini-cliffhangers at the end of nearly every chapter became trite and annoying manipulations. Brown also employed several set-pieces of lecture and discovery that annoyingly repeat themselves. This book is full of Brownian cliches. I think that the credibility of this work is further undermined by using characters who are simultaneously brilliant and clueless. For instance, the intrepid and brilliant professor Langdon, who by now should be rather wary of mysterious invitations, flies to Washington D.C. at a moment's notice supposedly at a friend's request but without actually speaking to his friend. And even less credible, is that without direct confirmation, he brings with him a top-secret package that he swore to keep hidden at all costs. Similarly, the brilliant scientist Katherine doesn’t think to back up her life’s work of scientific research, and she allows a man she's met only once into her "top secret" laboratory because she receives a TEXT message purportedly from her brother who she admits doesn’t even know how to text. And these are not the only naive, and clueless people who should know better. The police and security guards are all hapless,and even the CIA director fails to question whether a suspect is lying when he says "I'll be there in 20 minutes." More disappointing still is that the main character of Robert Langdon seems to have been dumbed down in this book. He repeatedly is adamant about thus and such only to be subsequently shocked when the true meaning is revealed. He always requires two attempts to decipher the true meaning of clues - the first one which is obvious and turns out to be wrong, followed by the shocking epiphany. One would think that a Harvard professor would eventually learn that things are not always what they seem. In this work Robert Langdon spends more time being lectured than he does solving mysteries or puzzles. My recollection is that he figured out absolutely nothing critical in the last third of the book. Even more troubling than Brown’s weak and cliched characterization is that as the thriller reaches its climax, it becomes clear that the pieces do not fit together well. For instance, for most of the story, both the villain, and the CIA insist the stakes couldn't be higher, but in the end we learn that the potential danger is merely some bad public relations for a few powerful Masons. Why then is the CIA involved in this extortion plot - especially since it is legally barred from domestic law enforcement? The author simply fails to provide justification for all the black opps of the CIA counter- conspiracy despite their central role in the story. There are lots of problems with this book, but perhaps the its greatest flaw is Dan Brown’s failure to ever explain the main premise for the book, something he calls the Ancient Mysteries. The primary force that propels the plot is the implicit promise that in the end, a tangible secret will be uncovered. While the protagonist keeps asking if this grand secret is merely metaphorical, he is assured by friends, enemies and even the CIA that the secret is literal and potentially dangerous. But, in the end we learn that the grand secret for which people are willing to sacrifice their lives and fortunes doesn’t really exist. What exactly is the point of the pyramid and the secret codes and symbols if the grand mystery is already found in every church, in nearly every home, and in even in all the hotel rooms in the country? Doesn't that make the entire plot pointless to begin with? OK, if it’s not clear yet, HERE IS THE BIG SPOILER: The great Masonic secret is the most widely published and read book in history - it is the Bible. Brown’s thesis is that the Bible is loaded with hidden wisdom, and once these biblical secrets are pointed out, people are going to be shocked that they didn't see them before. And then they are going to be transformed because they now know that they're one with God, or they're the same as God, or they are made of God, or some such new age mumbo-jumbo. So in the end the whole purpose of all the elaborate secrecy is that a few people think mankind may not be ready for a new age when human potential will be finally unleashed. So for centuries the inner circle of Masons have concocted elaborate means to hide this enlightenment from a world not ready for apotheosis. And so despite all the symbols and codes, the grand secret is really kept hidden in plain sight. So pay no attention to the coded mysteries behind the curtain. The ending of this story is an embarrassment. It may be the most anti-climactic, unsatisfying ending I have ever read. While the story kept claiming that earth shattering secrets were soon to be revealed, in the end all the paintings, pyramids, talismans, and other clues turned out to lead to nothing. They resolved nothing, they didn’t even leave us with a mystery yet unsolved. The mystery was solved, and it was an inconsequential whimper instead of a revelatory bang. It is my opinion that the author could not pull together the novel in the last chapters simply because there was nothing to pull together. There was no sweeping statement to be made and no grand secret to be revealed. This left me very unsatisfied at the story’s end. Theological addendum: Many Christians are offended by the idea of apotheosis which seems to be a core premise of Brown’s Masonic heroes. Though the idea of human deification has a long and ancient history in Christian thought, these critics have disowned the notion that Man can become like God, and consequently are offended when Brown places this mystery at the apex of his new-age amalgam of Masonry, religion and pseudo-science. As a Latter-day Saint (Mormon), I believe that having been literally created in God’s image, we each have the innate potential to become glorified and exalted through obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My belief that man can become like god, is akin to the belief of Christian writers through the ages from Irenaus to C.S. Lewis. So deification doesn’t offend me at all. Ironically, however, I find myself in strong agreement with Christian critics who accuse Brown of idolatry for claiming that this apotheosis can occur merely through our own mystical consciousness raising efforts. The central message of the Bible, and most especially the New Testament is that such a dramatic transformation can only occur on God’s terms and by means of his power and grace. In contrast, Brown attempts to “spiritualize” or metaphorize all particularity and literal meaning out of the biblical text. To Brown’s heroes, the real meaning of the text is whatever the true mystic wants to find hidden within. His new-age hodge podge of religion is very convenient,non-demanding, self-asserting and self-serving. It is the opposite of God’s revealed truth which requires self-less obedience and devotion to God and our fellow men. The Bible’s central message of obedience and faith is not found in Brown’s mystical amalgam, nor in any other brand of humanism. Brown ironically attempts to bolster his view of an impersonal God and a godless salvation by selectively quoting the Bible, a book which persistently and powerfully testifies of a personal God - a Father in Heaven who knows us individually, and cares about helping us overcome our sins more than developing our mental, or psycho-kinetic capacities. I agree with those critics who claim that the God described, or implied by Brown is an idolatrous invention of man as surely as that of Odin, Zeus, Baal, or the God of the Greek philosophers whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. In my view, Brown’s mishmash of new age nonsense intending to avoid dogma and doctrine, has very little point except to highlight that humans have enormous untapped potential. I don’t see anything revealing or revolutionary about this truism. I cannot conceive of such a benign observation creating any paradigm shift, nor can I imagine it unleashing pent-up human capacity. On the contrary, I think it is mankind’s persistent attempts to ignore the substantive teachings of the Bible that have bound us to telestial mediocrity. Even so, I suspect this theological critique is probably a bit over-the-top when you consider that this book is just a work of adventure fantasy. The Lost Symbol ought not to be taken too seriously. I don’t imagine that it will shape many people’s views of God, the Bible, or even religion in general. I don’t see The Lost symbol as much of a threat to my sacred beliefs, even though I thought I might as well throw in my two bits on the matter.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    "انا مش ماسون..بس بحترمهم" -روبرت لانجدون "للأسف الناس فهماني غلط..يمكن عشان المؤلفين حصروني في ادوار الشر..لكن انا في الحقيقة طيب..زي كمال ابو ريا..ومحمود الجندي" -غسان مطر الماسون ده المختصر المفيد للرواية، الجمل دي اتكرر معناها كتير بالأحداث ولكن قبل البدء وزي ماقلت في ريفيو شفرة دافنشي و ملائكة وشياطين الرواية دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقراها بجد ليها حل من الاتنين 1- تقرأ النسخة الإنجليزية المصورة Illustrated Edition أو 2- وقت القراءة تفتح جوجل صور وتكتب اسم كل مكان بيزوره روبرت لانجدون وكل قاعة بمبن "انا مش ماسون..بس بحترمهم" -روبرت لانجدون "للأسف الناس فهماني غلط..يمكن عشان المؤلفين حصروني في ادوار الشر..لكن انا في الحقيقة طيب..زي كمال ابو ريا..ومحمود الجندي" -غسان مطر الماسون ده المختصر المفيد للرواية، الجمل دي اتكرر معناها كتير بالأحداث ولكن قبل البدء وزي ماقلت في ريفيو شفرة دافنشي و ملائكة وشياطين الرواية دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقراها بجد ليها حل من الاتنين 1- تقرأ النسخة الإنجليزية المصورة Illustrated Edition أو 2- وقت القراءة تفتح جوجل صور وتكتب اسم كل مكان بيزوره روبرت لانجدون وكل قاعة بمبني العاصمة بواشنطن و القاعات المختلفة ولوحاتها او معالم واشنطون وتشوف صورها الحقيقيه علي الانترنت لأن الرحلة هنا رمزية..أثرية...فنية وتاريخية ولكن بعكس أثار روما العتيقة و أسرار الفاتيكان في ملائكة وشياطين او أثار فرنسا العريقة وفنونها في شفرة دافنشي هنا اثار العالم الجديد...أمريكا عالم مزج بين حضارات أوروبا علي مر العصور ومزجها كلها مع الحضارة المصرية الاعرق والاقدم والاغرب كل هذا في واشنطون "دي سي"...واسرارها الرهيبة..الماسونية بالنسبة للاحداث ********* كالعادة منذ اللحظة الاولي سيهوي قلبك رعبا مع مرشح "أخوية" الماسون في بيت المعبد اثناء تأديته مراسم تنصيبه لاعلي درجات الماسون..الدرجه 33 وهو يضمر في نفسه ان يكشف ويفضح اسرار الماسون بالطبع ستفرح...هذا البطل هو بطلك، هو من سيفضح أسرار الماسون ولكن مرة واحدة ستجد "تويست" او قلب للاحداث قد يسبب لك "فقدان توازن" .. فستكتشف ان ذلك المرشح هو الشرير و الماسون هم الاخيار وينفتح روبرت لانجدون في بوق دعايه للماسون بالرغم من انه "ليس منهم" ولم يحاول ان ينضم اليهم ولكنه "يحترمهم" فحسب بل ويبدأ في وصف أسرارهم كأسرار شركه كوكاكولا مثلا ، او خلطة كنتاكي السرية..هي اسرار سلمية لا ضرر منها ولاضرار ولا يوجد تحكم اعلامي كما نظن ولا حب سيطرة علي الحكم والعالم!؟ ***ايموشن كريم عبد العزيز "وانا اللي كنت فاكر ، ان بعض الظن اثم"-الباشا تلميذ *** بصراحه تمالكت اعصابي بالاخص في معاملة لانجدون لمديرة السي أي أيه بنفاذ صبر لتشككها في الماسون وكأنها طفلة غبية المهم ستشعر انها رواية مدفوعة الأجر لتلميع الماسون بشكل كبير ، ولكن اسلوب دان براون المثير مستمر في "اجبارك" علي استكمال متابعه الاحداث بكل تشويق فتستمر الاحداث بتورط لانجدون "كالعاده" في مهمه البحث عن خاطف صديقه "بيتر سولومان" ..وبالطبع ايضا مشاكل مع السلطات لتعقد مهمة لانجدون أكثر الاحداث تتسارع شيئا فشيئا بطريقه مشوقة وكالعادة تمتزج الرحله اللاهثه بمعلومات وان كانت المعلومات اكثر هذه المره بكثير مما ابطأ نوعا ما في الاحداث بعكس الروايتين السابقتين وكعاده ايام روبرت لانجدون...ستلهث وراء الاحداث التي تدور في خلال 12 ساعه فقط..وهي ابرع مايقوم به دان بروان في جعل الاحداث لها سياق زمني قصير ولكن يمكنه -في نفس الوقت- سرد كل المعلومات وخلفيه شخصيات الروايه بطريقه مميزه اماكن ستردادها -كالعاده العظيمه- لاول مره مع لانجدون..أماكن حقيقيه ربما لم تعلم باسرارها من قبل ستزور مبني الكابيتول وحتي مكتبه الكونجرس والاقبيه العتيقه المليئه بالاسرار حقائق ستعرفها عن الماسون -حذار كما قلت هي الاسرار المسالمه فقط لا غير- وحقائق ستعرفها عن اشياء اخري عن نشأه العاصمه الامريكيه واشنطون..ومؤسسيها بل والغريب ستجد بعض التعاويذ والطقوس تذكرك بتعاويذ تحضير الجان المطاردات والهروب من موت محقق سيحدث هنا بطرق لا تتخيلها وتفوق حتي طرق "رجل المستحيل" للدكتور نبيل فاروق ستجد وصف المؤلف للموت لثلاث من الشخصيات اكثر من رائع وتقريبا واقعي جدا حتي وان لم يكن موتا فانه مناسب جدا للتشويق في الاحداث (view spoiler)[فلحظه مقتل ام بيتر اكثر من رائعه و تصويرها به واقعيه..كذلك موت روبرت لانجدون الصادم ووصفه وبالطبع موت مالاخ في النهايه (hide spoiler)] ثم تأتي للنهايه في نفس مكان البدايه ومفاجأت وصدمات دان براون تتهاوي علينا بطرق مختلفه نوعا ما عن الروايتين السابقتين فلن تتصور ابدا ان تكون هذه هي قطعه البازل المفقوده لتكون الاحداث متماسكه ولكن بالرغم من التشويق لا اخفي ان اصابني في بعض الاحداث نوعا من "بـس كده؟ That's it?!!" هذا التعبير كنت اقوله لنفسي كثيرا بالاخص في الفيديو "والذي كنت اتمني نشره"-ساديه معاديه للساميه- وايضا في اخر الصفحات حيث ان اخر 40 او 50 صفحه تأتي كاكبر اطفاء لنقطه ذروه الروايه Anti-Climax ولكن ان فكرت في الامر ستجد انه لا مكان لها الا اخر الروايه -وان كنت اتمني تخفيف كم المعلومات بها ومزجها في الاحداث السابقه باي طريقه- وهنا ينبغي ان اذكر ان هذه الصفحات وكثير من معلوماتها حول "العلوم العقليه " اذا ربطتها بالمعلومات في بدايه الكتاب التي ظننت انها ابطأت الكثير في بدايه الاحداث اعادت لي الثقه لكي ابدأ في كتاب اخر وهو فجزء كبير من الكتاب يربط بين قوه العقل والعلوم العقليه وبين اسرار القدماء بشكل مذهل وقوه الافكار والقوه الهائله من توحيدها وحتي استخدام السي أي أيه لاساليب عقليه غريبه والسعي لتطويرها كاداه لهم وبصراحه وبالرغم من اعجابي بالفكره اول ماسمعت عنها في 2009 عن كتاب "السر" الا ان وبعد شراء الكتاب اصبت بخيبه امل من كثره التعليقات في مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي من نوعيه "واذا كان كل مايفكر فيه العقل ويريده بشده يجذبه..لماذا لا يجذب الجميع الاموال ؟" ولكني اعدك انك ستعرف الرد بابسط الطرق في نهايه هذا الكتاب من المعلومات الصادمه ايضا هو ان "للمفاجأه" تمجيد الماسون للاديان كلها..وكيف ان الماسونيه قد تضم مسلمين كما تضم باقي الاديان "وهنا اتشكك مره اخري في ماقاله الشيخ الغزالي ونقله ثروت الخرباوي مؤخرا حول جماعه الاخوان" خلاصه القول ان في الروايه جوانب كثيره عن الماسونيه بشكل مختلف تماما عن حلقات مسلسل Arrival والذي قد يصيب في بعض ويخطئ في بعض ولا اقل لك انه تافهه بل المسلسل لديه فكره..والكتاب لديه فكره واعتقد انه من الافضل الاطلاع علي كلا منهما ولكن لاكون صريحا لم يمنعني تصوري "بل ويقيني" بالمؤامرات التي ينسجها الماسون للسيطره علي العالم من رؤيه الجانب المنير في بعض افكارهم ولكن وحتي ان جاء ذكر "تمجيد" الماسون للقرأن الا انه لم يذكر منه اي امثال او احداث كما حدث بالنسبه لانجيل العهد القديم فلذلك بعض الاحداث مازلت اري انه من الافضل ان ابحث عنها اكثر **************************** الشخصيات ******* لانجدون..كاترين..المهندس..وبيتر شخصيات قويه تقريبا ستشعر بالقرب منهم منذ بدايه ظهورهم ساتو ...من شخصيات دان براون المعقده كالعاده مالاخ..ربما فعلا شعرت بحيره شديده جدا وكنت طوال الاحداث اشعر بان جزء من البازل مفقود...ولكن العبقري براون لن يسمح لك باكتشاف الغازه او ادعاء ان بها اي جزء مفقود عبقري كعادته في التنقل بين وجهات نظر الشخصيات في الفصل الواحد والمشهد الواحد...درس ادبي ممتاز لكل من يفكر في كتابه روايه متعدده الشخصيات ********************************* النهايه ****** كما قلت تأثر استمتاعي شيئا ما بعدم تصديق بعض الاجزاء او تشككي في درجه صدقها..التشكك عاما كان صفه غالبه في بطل الروايه ولكن الامر هنا كان اصعب شيئا ما الاحداث كما قلت متميزه ومليئه بالمعلومات وان كان توزيعها لم يكن بقوه الاجزاء السابقه وطبعا ان تحضر الي واشنطون في اول الاحداث قبل الغروب بقليل..لتقف في نهايه الكتاب لتشاهد شروق الشمس في اليوم التالي علي تلك المدينه الغامضه ذات الاسرار الدفينه..لهو امر "مرهق" في الكتابه ولكن هذا ما اعتدناه من العبقري دان براون ارشح وبقوه اذا اعجبتك تلك الروايه بالطبع غير كتاب السر تلك القصه الكوميكس الرائعه Guardians of the Lost Library لعبقري اخر يدعي دون روزا اعتقد انه ثاني اقوي رسام كوميكس عرفته ديزني -ستعرف لماذا ارشح تلك القصه اذا ما اطلعت علي فكرتها ولكن لهذا ريفيو اخر- ************************ مش قادر استني النسخه المصوره من Inferno ومش متخيل ان ممكن استني كذا سنه لغايه مايصدر روايه جديده لروبرت لانجدون رحلتي معاه بدأت بعد معرض الكتاب السنه دي بـ ملائكه وشياطين وللاسف انجزت باقي الكتب خلال سنه واحده Dan Brown عبقري..حتي لو مش ماسون...بس بيحترمهم محمد العربي من 16 سبتمبر 2013 الي 27 سبتمبر 2013 ========================================== الريفيو المبدئي ---------------- 18 June. لم اتخيل اني ساترك الكتاب ولن استكمله بعد 10 صفحات فقط..الطقوس..اقوي منظمه "اخوان"-تعتبر ترجمه صحيحه- في العالم..المرشح الخائن مستقبلا -كما عرفنا من افكاره-..اوشاكه علي الموت الذي جعلني اشهق -اتقتل من سنعلم منه كل شئ من اول فصل,بل في المقدمه يا مستر دان- الا انها احد الاعيبه الرائعه..في بيت المعبد بواشنطن المشكله اني فعلا حسيت لان رمضان قرب وفاضل 20 يوم بس, وغير الجرد السنوي في العمل ..والثوره..اعتقد ان هذه الروايه لا تحتمل قراءه متسرعه بكل المعلومات والاحداث المثيره التي -ولحسن الحظ- لم اري فيلما لها كسابقتيها Never thought I'd abandon the book after just 10 pages only ...The ritual..The most powerful brotherhood ever..the future traitor -as we know from his thoughts-.. and his -almost- death that made me gasp. This events that take place in the House of the Temple is what made me abandon the book. It's only 20 days till Ramadan, which is a dead line for me to finish all the novels and just read the holy book. I don't think with the work,upcoming Revolution and next weekend trip to the IMAX for Superman new movie will finish this HUGE book with what's seem -for me- more interesting plot- at least didn't saw its movie yet :)-So I don't want to get hasty finishing it..It must be read very well and perfectly.. The reason I start it late is a bit stupid..I waited to buy another illustrated edition ,The UK one as the ones I got for the other 2...Although I bought the US ones later even the Lost Symbol..But I guess it's my stupid Book Collecting Addiction :) and it's just arrived yesterday So till Aug.... :( **************************************** 21 April :The Lost Symbol Illustrated Edition finally here directly from Amazon..The US Edition

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    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 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 entertaining and make you look at thing in different ways which is good. Everytime I pick up Brown's book, I am totally immersed in the story and at the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. I can't wait until the next book. It took me a bit longer to finish this book then I expected, but I am so glad that I read it. Again, Dan Brown delivers a thought provoking story in his unique style. I know others really dislike Brown's style of writing saying that it follows a formula of the ultra dramatic and the never ending cliff hanger chapters, but I just don't tire of that at all. A great thrilling read. I can't wait to read the next Dan Brown book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nayra.Hassan

    اهنيء نفسي على نهاية الرمز المفقود..بعد ان تم فقداني بداخلها لاكثر من شهرين لماذا؟ حسنا الرواية هرم متكامل براق لتمجيد الماسونيين الكيوت الاخيار الطيبين ا"لو تم نشر هذه الطقوس ستتم الاطاحة بالحكومة ...سيمتلىءالشارع بالمناهضين للماسونية و الاصوليين...سيتم تشويه الحقيقة ..كما يحصل دائما مع الماسونيين "؟!!؟ا هكذا هتف لانجدون بتلك الكلمات مذعورا..و هو ليس ماسونيا"على الاطلاق"و اعلم جيدا ان امريكا دولة ماسونية منذ نشاتها..و انا اقرأ رواية امريكية..و يجب ان اخضع لشروطها..و لكنك كلما تقدمت في السن..ازددت اهنيء نفسي على نهاية الرمز المفقود..بعد ان تم فقداني بداخلها لاكثر من شهرين لماذا؟ حسنا الرواية هرم متكامل براق لتمجيد الماسونيين الكيوت الاخيار الطيبين ا"لو تم نشر هذه الطقوس ستتم الاطاحة بالحكومة ...سيمتلىءالشارع بالمناهضين للماسونية و الاصوليين...سيتم تشويه الحقيقة ..كما يحصل دائما مع الماسونيين "؟!!؟ا هكذا هتف لانجدون بتلك الكلمات مذعورا..و هو ليس ماسونيا"على الاطلاق"و اعلم جيدا ان امريكا دولة ماسونية منذ نشاتها..و انا اقرأ رواية امريكية..و يجب ان اخضع لشروطها..و لكنك كلما تقدمت في السن..ازددت تمسكا بقناعاتك و نحن كعرب و مسلمين تربينا بالطبع على المؤمراة الماسونية الكبرى لذا كان من الصعب التعاطف مع بيتر الثري المحسن المخطوف ..مبتور اليد. .و محاولات لانجدون المحمومة لاعادته سليما السبب الثاني انني كشفت"سر الخاطف " مبكرا جدا مما قتل التشويق نوعا و لكن هناك ايجابيات انا من كبار عشاق الالغاز و الرموز.. و كم كان ممتعا الوقت الذي قضيته مع المكعب الحجري و الهرم الذهبي.. كم هو مبهر ان يحتوي شيئا صغيرا على كل هذه الطبقات من الاسرار القديمة المعقدة الفصل الواحد لا يزيد عن 3صفحات والمعلومات خرافية متكدسة في 480 صفحة و 133فصلا..و كانت اكثر مما يجب احيانا مما يمنح الرواية طابع الموسوعة او القاموس..💫 اول مرة طبعا اسمع عن حوض التجريد الحسي..و عن الااااف المعلومات المدهشه عن واشنطون ..كاني زرتها وكان هذا يقتل التشويق احيانا ..و يفصلك عن المغامرة التي استغرقت يوم واحد كالعادة احببت جدا شخصية العالمة الذكية العقل والروح "كاثرين"و بعيدا عن فك الرموز احسست ان لانجدون كان مفعولا به في اغلب الاوقات..و موقف الغرق كان من افضل ما قرات في حياتي ما زال موقفي من الماسونية كما هو.. رغم هذه الجرعة المكثفة ولا اقدر فيهم الا الشق الهندسي..فهم في النهاية "البناؤن الاحرار,,و كان دور المهندس بيلامي مميزا حقا هناك شيء مفقود من روح دان براون في هذه الرواية💣 ..اسلوبه مهتز كانه غير مقتنع تماما بالموضوع..و لكن تظل المعلومات تجذبك لانهاءها

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet Wilcox

    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 hours...wow, what a day! Interesting insight from Brown on the Masons or Noetic Science?: "a tem 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 hours...wow, what a day! Interesting insight from Brown on the Masons or Noetic Science?: "a temple of God" refers to the "temple" of the brain; how "the created,...becomes the Creator"; when the eye is single, your body fills with light". For me the last part of the book added to my personal confirmation of what faith is, and that "our minds can generate energy capable of transforming physical matter." I believe as Katherine stated, "As soon as we humans begin to harness our true power, we will have enormous control over our world..and be able to design reality, rather than merely react to it." How about this idea: God created us in his image, but not just our physical bodies resemble him, but our minds! Now that's a a great idea, and correlates with my LDS belief that we were all intelligences first, even before our spirits were created. Because of this, we have God-like potential power, and indeed can become like him. We just haven't learned all that is necessary ...yet. Interestingly, he refers to the Hebrew meaning of God, Elohim, which is plural. Hmmm, gives lots to think about, especially if you don't believe in God, or if your belief in God is limited. Love this idea also on p. 563, There are those who create, and those who tear down. The dynamic has existed for all time. Another perspective of atonement...."gathering what is scattered...to bring order from chaos, to find "at-one-ment", from this vantage point, His characters discuss the inherent power of prayer groups, healing circles, singing in unison, worshipping en mass... unfortunately, no mention of Christ in that view, but there is still much truth there. "We have barely scratched the surface of our mental and spiritual capabilities." Can you believe a popular fiction novel promoting such eternal truths? I'd love to talk to others about this, but my husband disliked the book. I thought it was great.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    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 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 mysteries including the wisdom of Solomon, not a man of the Louvre, but a man of the Smithsonian. Traveling alone, an attractive female relative of the man lashed to the tracks, not agent and cryptologist Sophie Neveu, but Noetic scientist Dr Katherine Solomon. Sitting in the engineer's seat with a small stone pyramid rather than a chalice holding down the deadman's pedal, a rogue and tattooed Mason in search of apotheosis replaces Silas, "The Da Vinci Code's" rogue and scourged monk as our antagonist for the evening. Hold on. It's going to be another bumpy ride. Dreams of déjà vu remind you what the journey will be like: short chapters, multiple points of view, conflicting agendas with something very large (yet unknown) at stake, the thrill of the chase, the almost-sexual tension of near-satisfaction again and again as answers appear and disappear, multiple station stops for arcane wisdom instruction, and a desperate-save-humanity-hunt for secrets you've stared at your entire life without comprehending. By the end of the novel, you won't be a 33rd Degree Mason and you won't be like unto a god in any way you can quite wrap your mind around, but you will have experienced a high-adrenaline ride. This thrill is what the journey is all about. Perhaps reality lurks around the edge of the plot and theme and perhaps sacred messages lurk within the vast white spaces between the lines of black type, but that's not why we're turning the pages from 1 to 509. Dan Brown has done it again, and upon reflection at the dawn's first light, you'll see that he knows how to pull the right strings and push the right buttons and sprinkle the right esoteric seasonings across his smorgasbord of mysteries from around the world to keep readers addicted for the trip. On the last page, you may well hope, along with Robert Langdon and Katherine Solomon that men and women will follow the ancient maps toward their true potential; but seriously, the novel's destination really doesn't matter, does it, because the ride was the peak experience you were seeking when you picked up "The Lost Symbol." All aboard.

  11. 5 out of 5

    James

    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 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 lyrical prose" or the "emotional gut punch you feel from its reality." These books are meant to keep your heart racing, your mind guessing and your eyes unable to blink for a few minutes at a time. At the time I'm writing this review, it's been about five years since I read the book, and I still haven't seen the movie... but I am excited to watch it, though I haven't heard great things from those who have. Of the four Robert Langdon books in the series, this was my least favorite. Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code had such complex and shocking story lines, I couldn't help but be amazed. Inferno was so intense and ripe with "what if" scenarios, my mind was non-stop going. With this book, it's still a huge and complex puzzle, but it felt a little weaker than the other ones. There was a different type of emotional connection given Langdon's friendship with the kidnapped mentor. I liked the puzzle, but were pictures necessary? It was a little too easy to solve this time. It felt a bit repetitive at times. But you still flip the pages faster than a normal read. I'd push you to read his other books. I'd be OK if you skipped this one. But I am still super excited about Origin, the fifth in the series, which will debut later this year. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 invi 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 to give a lecture at the United States Capitol, at the invitation apparently from his mentor, a 33rd degree Mason named Peter Solomon, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. Solomon has also asked him to bring a small, sealed package which he had entrusted to Langdon years earlier. When Langdon arrives at the Capitol, however, he learns that the invitation he received was not from Solomon, but from Solomon's kidnapper, Mal'akh posing as Solomon's assistant, who has left Solomon's severed right hand in the middle of the Capitol Rotunda in a recreation of the Hand of Mysteries. Mal'akh then contacts Langdon, charging him with finding both the Mason's Pyramid, which Masons believe is hidden somewhere in Washington, D.C., and the Lost Word, lest Solomon be murdered. Langdon meets Trent Anderson, head of the Capitol police, and Inoue Sato, the head of the CIA's Office of Security. Sato claims that Mal'akh poses a threat to the national security of the U.S. and that his capture is more important than Peter's rescue, although she refuses to elaborate. Examining Solomon's hand, they discover a clue leading them to Solomon's Masonic altar in a room in the Capitol's sub-basement, where they find a small pyramid lacking a capstone, with an inscription carved into it. ... عنوانها: نماد گمشده؛ طلسم گمشده؛ نشان گم شده؛ نشانه ی گمشده؛ هزارتوی اسرار؛ رمز گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و پنجم ماه دسامبر سال 2009 میلادی عنوان: نماد گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: نوشین ریشهری؛تهران، نگارینه، 1388؛ در 672 ص؛ شابک: 9789642300068؛ عنوان: نماد گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: شبنم سعادت؛تهران، افراز، 1388؛ در 718 ص؛ شابک: 9789642431632؛ چاپ سوم 1389؛ عنوان: نماد گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: کیان رضوی نعمت اللهی؛ تهران؛ نوح نبی (ع)؛ 1388؛ در 800 ص؛ شابک: 9786009143702؛ عنوان: نماد گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: مهراوه فیروز؛تهران، البرز، 1388؛ در 585 ص؛ شابک: 9789644426810؛ عنوان: نشانه ی گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: لیلا فراهانی؛ تهران، مضمون، 1388، در 512 ص؛شابک: 9786009057399؛ عنوان: نشان گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: بهمن رحیمیان؛ تهران، بهنام، 1388، در 775 ص؛شابک: 9789645668592؛ عنوان: نشان گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: یاسمن بهمن آبادی؛ آرمین عمادی؛ تهران، بازتاب اندیشه، 1388، در 571 ص؛شابک: 9789649980324؛ عنوان: طلسم گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: مهرداد وثوقی؛ تهران، گل آذین، 1389، در 588 ص؛شابک: 9789647703673؛ عنوان: نماد گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: حسین شهرابی؛ تهران، افق، 1389؛ در 925 ص؛ شابک: 9789643696498؛ عنوان: رمز گمشده؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: اسماعیل قهرمانی پور؛ تهران، روزگار، 1389، در 726 ص؛ شابک: 9789643742270؛ عنوان: هزارتوی اسرار؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: امیرعباس حدادمنش؛ تهران، تمدن علمی، 1394؛ در 700 ص؛ شابک: 9786009517756؛ زیستن بدون درک حقیقت هستی، همان گام زدن در کتابخانه ای بزرگ، بدون لمس گنجینه ی کتابهای آن است. آموزه های مستور تمام اعصار؛ زمان همچون رود؛ و کتابها همانند قایق هستند. بسیاری از کتابهایی که در این مسیر روان میشوند. درهم میشکنند، در شنهای کف رود فرورفته، و به دست فراموشی سپرده میشوند. تنها اندکی، تعداد بسیار اندکی، در گذر زمان، ارزش خود را ثابت میکنند، و باقی میمانند؛ تا نسلهای روزگاران آینده را نیز از موهبت وجود خویش بهره مند سازند. این داستان یکی از ماندگاران خواهد بود. داستان در یک بازه ی زمانی دوازده ساعته در واشینگتن دی سی رخ می‌دهد. داستان حول موضوع فراماسونری ست. رابرت لانگدون، ظاهراً به دعوت یکی از دوستان فراماسون خود، به نام: پیتر سولومون، به قصد انجام یک سخنرانی در ساختمان کنگره ایالات متحده (که به آن ساختمان کاپیتول نیز گفته می‌شود) وارد واشینگتن دی سی می‌شود. سولومون همچنین از وی درخواست کرده که بسته ی کوچکی را، که سال‌ها پیش به او امانت داده بود، با خود به همراه بیاورد. پس از ورود به ساختمان کنگره، رابرت لانگدون با دست راست قطع شده ی پیتر سولومون مواجه می‌شود، که در وسط سالن به سمت مشخصی اشاره می‌کند. دست سالامون، با خالکوبی‌های ویژه‌ ای تزئین شده است، که نمادی موسوم به «دست رازها» ست. با توجه به شواهد، رابرت لانگدون درمی‌یابد، که پیتر سولومون ربوده شده، و رباینده بدینوسیله از وی می‌خواهد، که برای او، هرم مخفی فراماسونها را، که گفته می‌شود، در جایی در شهر واشینگتن دی سی، پنهان شده است و همچنین واژه ی گمشده که گفته می‌شود کلید دستیابی به قدرت و دانش مخفی گذشتگان است را پیدا کند. در ادامه ی داستان، مسئول حفاظت از ساختمان کاپیتول، و رئیس دفتر امنیت سازمان سیا «اینو ساتو» وارد داستان می‌شوند. با تعقیب مسیر اشاره شده، توسط دست پیتر سولومون، این سه نفر به محراب میسونی پیتر سولومون واقع در اتاقی کوچک، در زیر زمین ساختمان کاپیتول، هدایت می‌شوند. فراماسونها معمولاً چنین محرابی را به جهت یادآوری فلسفه ی زندگی در خانه ی خود می‌سازند. یک جمجمه انسان، و برخی اشیاء نمادین دیگ، تزئین کننده ی محراب بودند؛ اعضای گروه، متوجه لرزش یکی از دیواره‌ های اتاق در نور شمع شدند. دیواره‌ ای که در حقیقت یک پرده بود، کنار رفت، هرمی ناقص پدیدار شد، که بر روی آن کلمه‌ ای حک شده بود، که رابرت لانگدون را به سوی گام بعدی در نجات دوست ربوده شده‌ اش هدایت کرد. همزمان ساتو که از مأمورین حراست ساختمان کاپیتول خواسته بود، تصویر اشعه ی ایکس گرفته شده از رابرت لانگدون را، در هنگام ورود به ساختمان کاپیتول، بازنگری کنند، متوجه وجود یک هرم کوچک، در کیف همراه رابرت لنگدان می‌شود.. او از رابرت لانگدون در رابطه با هرم پرسش می‌کند، و رابرت لانگدون که از محتویات بسته امانی پیتر سولومون بی اطلاع بود، متوجه منظور ساتو نمی‌شود. ساتو تصمیم می‌گیرد که رابرت لانگدون و هرم‌ها را برای تحقیقات بیشتر، و بازجویی، به مقر سازمان سیا انتقال دهد. در همین زمان وارن بلامی، سرمعمار ساختمان کاپیتول، و یکی از دوستان فراماسون پیتر سولومون، وارد اتاق زیرزمینی می‌شود، و با مضروب کردن ساتو، و رئیس حراست ساختمان، رابرت لانگدون را آزاد کرده و به همراه خود به طبقه همکف ساختمان کاپیتول می‌برد. و ادامه ی داستان. ا. شربیانی

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

    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 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 SOMEWHERE. as i recall of the da vinci code, the details of which don't stick in my mind, there WAS a conclusion of sorts, the Big Secret did actually turn out to be something -- that whole Jesus Got Laid revelation that everyone got their panties in a wad about. in this one, i was so confused by the end that i lost track of what The Big Secret was supposed to be, and i don't think one was ever actually given. it started as a Place that contained a Thing ... then it was a Place that contained a Word ... then there was no Place but there was a Word ... then there WAS a Place and a Word which was perhaps a Thing after all ... after that, i fuzz out, i have no idea what the conclusion was. dan brown just sort of rambles about some ideas he must have found interesting after watching a lot of The Learning Channel and reading some Joseph Campbell. a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, dan. a very little. but you know what? that's ok. it's a supermarket book. it's an airplane read, and sometimes i like an airplane read, just like sometimes i eat a donut for dinner. but if you're going to drag me through a book that starts and stops and lurches and jerks like a teenager in driver's ed, for god's sake dan, GIVE IT AN ENDING. anything can be forgiven with a decent ending. you obviously didn't have anything in mind when you started and i'm sorry, kiddo, but your talents are not great enough to take you to unexpected places. leave that to the big boys. you go steal another interesting conclusion about a historical/religious/mythological item and work backwards. you are not good enough to ruminate randomly and have it come together as something meaningful. watch that petard, brother, after it hoists you high, it'll drop you hard.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    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 police of questionable loyalty. One can expect that 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 police of questionable loyalty. One can expect that there will be a considerable quantity of payload in the form of interesting, arcane information. One can expect that once begun it will be a difficult book to put down. And Brown delivers on all of the above. If you are looking for great literature, look elsewhere. That is not Brown’s beat. Be prepared for some eye-rolling, as hyper-intelligent people make glaringly stupid decisions, all in the service of moving the plot along. And there are some notions at the end of the book that may be a bit much to swallow. But it is all in fun. It is what it is. Enjoy. A few other DBs for your consideration -----Angels & Demons -----The Da Vinci Code -----Inferno

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    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 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 down at the reader as if he were talking to a bunch of retarded individuals (which we actually probably are just by virtue of the fact that we are reading his books). But this is still ok, it doesn't upset me all that much. What I think is unacceptable is the fact that in his 'all encompassing knowledge', all we find is an endless bunch of lies, lies about the most obvious evidence anybody can prove. Angels and Demons, which takes place in Rome, is filled with sentences in Italian, except that Mr. Brown didn't even bother looking up the spelling of the words and, as if that were not enough, he invented words to look cool in the eyes of his readers which, come on, wouldn't be able to pick all the bull I'm trying to sell them in a million years! In the Italian version of The Lost Symbol, I noticed that the translators skipped more than one passage because what DB had written not only wasn't accurate, it was blatantly WRONG! So, I don't know if they didn't want to look stupid themselves or did it to try and give Mr. Brown a better image abroad. Just one tiny detail out of many: Classical Greek 101 - Apo is a preposition, with different meanings but still and only a preposition, for sure not a verb. No!!! not in the Lost Key. Dan Brown has to show us he knows the ethimology of the word apotheosis, and so Apo, for him, turns into a verb, and he lectures us as if he were revealing this great truth. I read on a review that his books are an insult to human intelligence. I agree, and not because they are necessarily awful books, but because taking reality and twisting it so that it can fit the story line and, on top of that, selling it as if it were some kind or revelation we can only obtain through Dan Brown's grace, to me is unacceptable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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 c 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 character back to the United States from Europe and the UK in his previous books. The book starts with a bang, pulling me in within the first few paragraphs, though I didn't feel quite as captivated by this story as I had with his previous two. As with numbers 1 and 2 in the series, there's a format to the story: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor and expert on symbology and religious iconography find himself embroiled in the middle of a high-stakes religious mystery, where a long-debated and highly protected secret is on the verge of being exposed to the masses and ruined for those who have long stood to protect it. There is, of course, the supporting female character, a smart and capable woman who helps fill in the gaps where Langdon's knowledge leaves off. As was true to the past two books, there is physical and emotional danger, as well as a deranged villain who is at once brilliant, physically superior, and acting in what he believes to be the best interest of the world. Despite the true-to-form shape of this book, though, it stands well on its own as a book. Although I enjoyed the reading of this book from beginning to end, it wasn't until the final chapters that I felt a strong connection with it, and that is because the view of religion that Brown describes here - as in both of his previous books in the series - falls directly in line with my own personal beliefs of religion and the concept of God. Readers who criticized his previous explanations of such topics will likely find much to refute and criticize here as well, but for me it's like a breath of fresh air, to know that I'm not the only one who sees the universe in greater terms than just a church and its congregants. This was an entertaining read, as always, and I'm glad to add it to my collections with his other works. I'm sure I'll enjoy reading this particular book more in the future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    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 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 paid by the modifier? Or the number of hits of the term "secret wisdom"? BUY A GODDAMN THESAURUS. LEARN SOME NEW F*CKING VERBS. Do you ever get sick of writing the following dialogue? "But that can't possibly be true!" "Why not Robert?" "My sharp intellect and well-toned physique just won't let me believe it!" Seriously, every other f*cking chapter has that conversation, but with way more modifiers and whining, not to mention that it usually takes up a whole f*cking page. And the shit of it is, it's not even f*cking suspenseful. He literally just keeps you waiting. He doesn't even hide it anymore. The f*cker knows you're going to keep reading anyway, so why even bother to be creative with the cliffhangers? And the puzzles are even straightforward! Even though I don't hold a degree in Symbollogy (Yeah f*cking right. I still contend that he made that word up. Watch the f*cking Boondock Saints, Dan Brown.), a handful of them are completely obvious, and I swear he recycled at least one from Angels and Demons. And only one revelation in the whole book is remotely shocking. And I did see it coming. The rest of them are just inane letdowns. When I hear, "issue of national security," I think nukes-- not the pussy shit this guy is threatening. Deep breath. Moral of the story, please don't feed the author. And moral number two: if the back cover of a book contains solely "Critical Raves for Another Book," I should know better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Orabi

    " فكر في العلم ، في الإيمان ، وفي الإنسان .. فكر كيف أن كل ثقافة ، في كل مكان وفي كل زمان ، كان لديها دوما قاسم مشترك .. لدينا جميعا خالق ، استخدمنا أسماء مختلفة ، وصلوات مختلفة ، ولكن الله هو الثابت الكوني بالنسبة إلى الإنسان ، الله هو الرمز الذي تشاركناه كلنا .. رمز جميع أسرار الحياة التى لم نفهمها ..لقد مجد القدماء الله كرمز للقدرة اللامحدودة ، ولكن البشر أضاعوا ذلك الرمز مع الزمن .. حتى اليوم " دائما يتركنى ذلك الكاتب عقب الانتهاء من اى عمل له فى حالة من الذهول والانبهار ، يمتلك قدرة فريدة ع " فكر في العلم ، في الإيمان ، وفي الإنسان .. فكر كيف أن كل ثقافة ، في كل مكان وفي كل زمان ، كان لديها دوما قاسم مشترك .. لدينا جميعا خالق ، استخدمنا أسماء مختلفة ، وصلوات مختلفة ، ولكن الله هو الثابت الكوني بالنسبة إلى الإنسان ، الله هو الرمز الذي تشاركناه كلنا .. رمز جميع أسرار الحياة التى لم نفهمها ..لقد مجد القدماء الله كرمز للقدرة اللامحدودة ، ولكن البشر أضاعوا ذلك الرمز مع الزمن .. حتى اليوم " دائما يتركنى ذلك الكاتب عقب الانتهاء من اى عمل له فى حالة من الذهول والانبهار ، يمتلك قدرة فريدة على عرض المعلومات العلمية والتاريخية فى سياق ادبى مميز فيخرج لنا تحفة فنية رائعة وفريدة للغاية ، لو كنت من محبى رواياته فان تلك الرواية لم تختلف كثيرا عن مغامرات روبرت لانغدون السابقة .. بنفس الصراعات حول حقيقة ما والتغيرات المفاجئة فىةسلوك أبطاله ونفس الكم الهائل من المعلومات والاماكن والالغاز التى يحرص دائما الكاتب على اشراك القارى فيها .. لن تكتفى مع دان براون بدور المتلقى فقط بل سيفتح امامك الكثير من الابواب والمجالات والتى كانت بعيد عن ذهنك او حتى كانت معرفتك بها لا تتعدى القشور السطحية .. اما لو لم تقرا له قط فعليك أن تتدارك ذلك سريعا لانه ومن وجهة نظري قد فاتك الكثير ..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tara Lynn

    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 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 book in the first place, and certainly not in hardcover.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Imane

    “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 “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 suspense. His books are fairly quick easy reads, but they are full of excitement and surprises. It is hard to have a novel keep you guessing until the end like this one does.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Σήμερα λοιπόν ανακοινώθηκε ότι ο Mr. Brown βγάζει καινούριο βιβλίο του χρόνου το Σεπτέμβρη (έτσι, για να ετοιμάζεστε ψυχολογικά) http://publishersweekly.tumblr.com/po..., όπου φυσικά δεν αναφέρεται πουθενά το θέμα, ούτε καν η πόλη, έτσι για να μην.... βασικά γιατί; Τι θα επηρεάσουμε εμείς αν αποκαλυφθεί η τοποθεσία και το θέμα του βιβλίου; Τελοσπάντων, εδώ αναμένουμε με ανυπομονησία το Winds of Winter το 2017 (που ο Martin έχει βγάλει ολόκληρα κεφάλαια στο διαδίκτυο) και καινούριο Χάρι Χόλε, who Σήμερα λοιπόν ανακοινώθηκε ότι ο Mr. Brown βγάζει καινούριο βιβλίο του χρόνου το Σεπτέμβρη (έτσι, για να ετοιμάζεστε ψυχολογικά) http://publishersweekly.tumblr.com/po..., όπου φυσικά δεν αναφέρεται πουθενά το θέμα, ούτε καν η πόλη, έτσι για να μην.... βασικά γιατί; Τι θα επηρεάσουμε εμείς αν αποκαλυφθεί η τοποθεσία και το θέμα του βιβλίου; Τελοσπάντων, εδώ αναμένουμε με ανυπομονησία το Winds of Winter το 2017 (που ο Martin έχει βγάλει ολόκληρα κεφάλαια στο διαδίκτυο) και καινούριο Χάρι Χόλε, who gives a f**k για τον Νταν Μπράουν Για το λόγο ότι είμαι εκνευρισμένη με κάποια ψώνια του κερατά, (επίσης κοτζάμ Ρόουλιγκ έχει πει τη θεματολογία κάθε βιβλίου που γράφει) είπα κι εγώ να κάνω κριτική στο χειρότερο βιβλίο της σειράς, αυτό που δεν καταδέχτηκαν καν τα στούντιο να γυρίσουν σε ταινία και για το λόγο αυτό τον Οκτώβρη θα δούμε στη μεγάλη οθόνη κατευθείαν το Ινφέρνο, χωρίς την παράθεση του Χαμένου Συμβόλου. Στο οποίο χαμένο σύμβολο ο συγγραφέας έχασε τη μπάλα. Ο γνωστός και αξιαγάπητος Ρόμπερτ Λάγκτον μπλέκεται σε μια περιπέτεια στην προσπάθεια να βοηθήσει το μέντορά του που έχει μπλέξει στην Ουάσιγκτον, σε μια σειρά από κυβερνητικά κτίρια (ούτε καν θυμάμαι πού, τι, γιατί και βασικά βαριέμαι ακόμα και να ψάξω για μια απλή αναφορά...) Το μεγάλο ερώτημα που εγώ θα έθετα είναι το εξής: Τι σου έταξαν κ. Μπράουν οι Μασόνοι για να τους προμοτάρεις τόσο; Φυσικά δεν έχω κάτι προσωπικό με τους ανθρώπους, αλλά δεν χρειάζομαι να διαβάσω ένα διαφημιστικό φυλλάδιό τους (που τουλάχιστον δεν έχει καν τις πληροφορίες για το πού θα τους βρω!!!) Τα δυο αστεράκια στο βιβλίο μπήκαν για τους εξής δύο λογους: 1) Μια αδυναμία στα σύμβολα και τις μυστικιστικές περιπέτειες την έχω, ακόμα και αν πρόκειται για κάτι επιπέδου "Το κυνήγι του χαμένου θησαυρού" με το Νίκολας Κέιζτ (το 2ο είναι τραγικό, το 1ο τρωγόταν ελαφρώς) 2) Η online ξενάγηση στο Smisthonian (όχι, δεν περιγράφεται στο βιβλίο, εγώ το έψαξα) αξίζει πραγματικά τον κόπο (http://www.si.edu) άντε, γιατί στο τέλος θα αρχίσω τα περί δούλου των νεφελίμ που διοικούν από τα τάρταρα εκεί στην κούφια γη και περιμένουν τους Ελ(ληνες) (καλά κρασιά) να τους διαολοστείλουν.....

  22. 5 out of 5

    مصطفي سليمان

    ابلغ رد علي سلسلة القادمون الخارقون الحارقون الجامدون تقوله قريت شئ عن الماسونية ؟ يقوم رافع حاجبه ويقولك يخربيت الجهل انت مشفتش القادمون؟ طيب ان قريت شغل دان براون انت عبيط؟؟ دا روايات للغر السذج امثالك فتكتشف انه مقراش شئ لان القراية مش بتيجي معاه سكة اينعم هي مش من احسن روايته زي ملائكة وشياطين لكن الرواية فيها كمية معلومات تصيبك بصدمة وتفضل تسئل نفسك دا بيفضل يجمع معلومات امتي؟ وازاي؟ الا لو خاله كان شغال ف امن الدولة كمية معلومات تاريخه ومعلوماتيه تصيبك بعته وف نفس الوقت تخليك بتكتم انفاسك ومع كل فصل قفا جديد ابلغ رد علي سلسلة القادمون الخارقون الحارقون الجامدون تقوله قريت شئ عن الماسونية ؟ يقوم رافع حاجبه ويقولك يخربيت الجهل انت مشفتش القادمون؟ طيب ان قريت شغل دان براون انت عبيط؟؟ دا روايات للغر السذج امثالك فتكتشف انه مقراش شئ لان القراية مش بتيجي معاه سكة اينعم هي مش من احسن روايته زي ملائكة وشياطين لكن الرواية فيها كمية معلومات تصيبك بصدمة وتفضل تسئل نفسك دا بيفضل يجمع معلومات امتي؟ وازاي؟ الا لو خاله كان شغال ف امن الدولة كمية معلومات تاريخه ومعلوماتيه تصيبك بعته وف نفس الوقت تخليك بتكتم انفاسك ومع كل فصل قفا جديد لما تحس انك بتلعب صنم مش بتقراء كتاب

  23. 4 out of 5

    Issa Deerbany

    من اروع روايات دان براون . تشدك أحداثها من اول صفحة الى نهايتها . اسرار ورموز يجب تحليها واكتشافها للبحث عن رمز ماسوني مدفون في العاصمة واشنطن يتم تحليل الرموز ثم تظهر انها ليس كما حللت سابقا. السعي للسيطرة على هذه القوة العظيمة التي تجعلك إنسانا خارقا . ممتعة جدا لمن يحب الإثارة والتشويق والاكشن.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bettie☯

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 26/05/2010 INSERT Apparently/allegedly David Cumming has found the meaning of the Lost Symbol. He has written a book about it - now how about that! --------------- Unabridged and read by Michael Paul - There is a long lecture and knuckles will be rapped for active inattention to detail. Observed behaviours such as smirking at smugness and zelotry will get you detention. - After a double period of searching the pencilcase for a blunt stanley knife AND a noose (not the imitation masonic sort) there is 26/05/2010 INSERT Apparently/allegedly David Cumming has found the meaning of the Lost Symbol. He has written a book about it - now how about that! --------------- Unabridged and read by Michael Paul - There is a long lecture and knuckles will be rapped for active inattention to detail. Observed behaviours such as smirking at smugness and zelotry will get you detention. - After a double period of searching the pencilcase for a blunt stanley knife AND a noose (not the imitation masonic sort) there is a games period. Some action, a bit of a story, some more action, a twist that we all saw coming followed by a twist I did not. Then we play something akin to hunt-the-thimble. - That deep staircase has been located - it is the chasm into the dark depths of melancholy within the mind that has been peered into by sitting through the horror of .Dan.Brown's.Last.Lecture. It will have been his last if I catch hold of him AND i'd frisk the pockets of the corpse to reimburse all of us who have paid to suffer this crap.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    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 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 think it's really sad that a book's one memorable feature is how extremely annoying one of its catchphrases is. Cudgel my brain though I will, I can't recall anything I'd actually enjoyed in this reading process. It was a long popcorn book, cocktail-peanut book, an unchallenging unmemorable uninspiring this-is-my-version-of-TV book. ************************************************************** I read The DaVinci Code and, while I didn't find the writing to be high caliber stuff, I was mesmerized by the story and fascinated by the evident command Brown showed of the background material. Its factuality is of no interest to me either way. I wanted a rollicking good ride, and I got one, and I walked away a satisfied customer. Less so here. We have the elements of the DaVinci tome's megasellerdom deployed in a less intriguing plot. One of the Big Reveals is simply uninteresting to me, and the repetition of the catchphrase "the secret is how to die" (no spoiler this, it starts extremely early in the book) made me as irritated as any mosquito's buzzing ever has. I am fairly sure it's intended to convey malice and menace, and build suspense, but I found it jarred on me by somewhere in the 40s (chapters come and go at a dizzying rate, there being 133 of them, plus an epilogue that bid fair to make me urp in its treacly upbeatness, packed into 509pp of text). So why did I read this book? A chance to poke at a hugely successful and wealthy novelist who has never heard of me and will never read this review? Nuh-uh. I think Dan Brown has his storytelling antennae tuned to a fine pitch. I think every bit of his fame and wealth is richly deserved and earned by his honest, sincere, and successful desire to tell a good story to the best of his ability. I wanted to be gobsmacked the way I was by that DaVinci madness, that's why I read the darn book! And I wasn't. No one could be sorrier than I am to say this. Maybe it's a case of once is enough for this reader. Maybe it's just a mood. I tend to think that, had this book appeared just exactly as it is today in 2005, I'd be yodeling its masterful reprise of the preceding volume instead of emitting a small bleat of disappointment. And sales figures, while the subject of messy fantasies for other writers, aren't in the DaVinci league. Others agree with me, and the chorus of "oh, well" reviews is loud. When Brown comes to write his next thriller, even if it features Robert Langdon, I hope it treads new territory. Too many other footprints on this piece of land for Langdon to stand out. Such is the penalty of leadership: You get to blaze, but not possess, the trail. Recommended? Mildly. But only if you're a conspiracy-thriller fan. *damn* I hate like hell to write that.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tannaz

    هنوز هم بنظرم رمز داوینچی بهتر است.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    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 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 previously managed to pull out decent stories from hokum like the Illuminati and the holy blood/holy grail theory. Here he sidesteps the expected Masonic conspiracy theories, instead casting Robert Langdon as Mason apologist. No, Brown's meat here is Noetic Science, a field that in real life has the credibility of a cable TV huckster/mystic. Even after the plot wraps, Brown drones on for several more chapters about mysticism and religion, with no apparent purpose but to lecture you, dear reader, for having the gall to trust science and technology. As for Brown's style, phrases like "soggy marsh" make it clear he still hasn't picked up a copy of The Elements of Style. Much like Brown's villain, I need a cleansing ritual of my own after reading this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nora

    الذي أحبه، وأقدره أيضًا، في (دان براون) هو جهده المبذول في خلق مثل هذه الروايات. وكم المعلومات الذي يجتهد في حشده بين صفحاتها. ماذا أضافت لي، شخصيًا، هذه الرواية؟ القصة ممتعة، وانعطافاتها جميلة، ثم الكثير، الكثير حتى التململ، من الحديث عن الماسونية وتمجيدها وتبجيل منهجها وهديها. الغريب هو كم الرموز المتأصلة والتي يكشفها المؤلف تباعاً في مباني المدينة. ما بين انكشاف تلو آخر، أفكر.. هل تحوي مدننا العربية مثل هذه الأسرار؟ في مصر ربما.. الحضارة الفرعونية؟ ماذا عن بلاد الشام؟ هل يوجد شيء كهذا في جزيرة الذي أحبه، وأقدره أيضًا، في (دان براون) هو جهده المبذول في خلق مثل هذه الروايات. وكم المعلومات الذي يجتهد في حشده بين صفحاتها. ماذا أضافت لي، شخصيًا، هذه الرواية؟ القصة ممتعة، وانعطافاتها جميلة، ثم الكثير، الكثير حتى التململ، من الحديث عن الماسونية وتمجيدها وتبجيل منهجها وهديها. الغريب هو كم الرموز المتأصلة والتي يكشفها المؤلف تباعاً في مباني المدينة. ما بين انكشاف تلو آخر، أفكر.. هل تحوي مدننا العربية مثل هذه الأسرار؟ في مصر ربما.. الحضارة الفرعونية؟ ماذا عن بلاد الشام؟ هل يوجد شيء كهذا في جزيرة العرب؟ شيئان أحببتهما في الرواية.. العلوم العقلية التي تدرسها كاثرين سولومون والمقطع التالي: قالت كاثرين بلطف: "ربما سبق أن سمعت عن صور السكانر التي تؤخذ لدماغ ممارسي اليوغا في أثناء التأمل؟ فالدماغ البشري في حالات التركيز المتقدمة يفرز مادة فيزيائية شبيهة بالشمع من الغدة الصنوبرية. هذا الإفراز الدماغي لا يشبه أي شيء آخر في الجسد. إذ أنه يحتوي على مفعول شافٍ على نحو لا يصدق، من شأنه أن يجدد الخلايا، وقد يكون أحد الأسباب التي تجعل ممارسي اليوغا يعيشون طويلاً. هذا علم حقيقي، روبرت. هذه المادة تمتاز بخصائص لا يمكن تصورها ولا يمكن أن تنتج إلا عن عقل مدرَّب جيدا للوصول إلى حالة تركيز عميق." أعترف أنني دهشت قليلاً بعد إتمام هذا المقطع. هل هذا حقيقي؟ وإذا كان، فهذا يعني أنه يحدث مع ارتفاع نسبة الخشوع في صلاتنا كمسلمين! أحتاج إلى أن أبحث عن هذا قريباً. لم أندم على الوقت الذي قضيته في قراءتها بل كانت رفيقة طيبة، إنما لم تصل إلى مستوى توقعاتي ولهفة انتظاري لها. ـ

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ian D

    Εντελώς αξιολησμόνητο. Ούτε θα αλλάξει τη ζωή σου αν δεν το διαβάσεις, ούτε θα μαγαρίσει ανεπανόρθωτα την ψυχή σου αν το κάνεις. Dan, αγόρι μου, άκουσέ με. Ιστορικά μνημεία έχουμε (σηκώνεις πέτρα κι αυτή η πέτρα είναι απομεινάρι κάποιου αρχαίου ναού), μουσεία έχουμε, από εκκλησίες βρωμάει ο τόπος, μασονικές στοές έχουμε, θρησκευτικό φανατισμό έχουμε, Ελένη Λουκά, Άνθιμο, χρυσαυγίτες... Ακόμα να γράψεις ένα βιβλίο που να διαδραματίζεται στην Ελλάδα; Τι καλύτερο έχει η Ουόσινγκτον (Χατζηνικολάου FT Εντελώς αξιολησμόνητο. Ούτε θα αλλάξει τη ζωή σου αν δεν το διαβάσεις, ούτε θα μαγαρίσει ανεπανόρθωτα την ψυχή σου αν το κάνεις. Dan, αγόρι μου, άκουσέ με. Ιστορικά μνημεία έχουμε (σηκώνεις πέτρα κι αυτή η πέτρα είναι απομεινάρι κάποιου αρχαίου ναού), μουσεία έχουμε, από εκκλησίες βρωμάει ο τόπος, μασονικές στοές έχουμε, θρησκευτικό φανατισμό έχουμε, Ελένη Λουκά, Άνθιμο, χρυσαυγίτες... Ακόμα να γράψεις ένα βιβλίο που να διαδραματίζεται στην Ελλάδα; Τι καλύτερο έχει η Ουόσινγκτον (Χατζηνικολάου FTW) δηλαδή; Να σε δω.

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