Review : The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

by Lakshmi Palaniappan on June 24, 2013

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Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2009
ISBN: 9780593054277
Rating: ★★½☆☆
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Just as I was finishing the lost symbol, a friend of mine asked me – “Is that the book where something is written on the obelisk?” My tongue in cheek reply was, “It’s Dan Brown, isn’t there always something written on the obelisk?”

True to expectations, Dan Brown has given us a melange of symbols, codes, monuments, historic references and the infamous Masonic Lodge. One can easily infer from the title itself that the storyline is a quest for the lost symbol.

The novel starts out at a good pace, with our beloved professor Robert Langdon (yes, it's the same Langdon with the tweed jacket and the Mickey Mouse watch) being called for by his mentor Peter Solomon. On his arrival at Washington D.C, Langdon senses something amiss and the plot slowly unfurls. With Solomon having been kidnapped Langdon has to follow a trail laid by the kidnapper Mal'akh in in order to protect the life of his mentor. Alongside runs the track of Katherine, Peter's sister and her research in Noetic science, which is employed to prove the existence of God ( It is a science of the mind and intellect. Please look it up. It's an interesting read! ) Brown succeeds in connecting all the above links, albeit in a disconcerting manner.

The reader is taken through the hidden chambers and tunnels of Washington D.C, with Langdon set against Mal'akh in a deadly race to uncover the Lost Symbol. (Hint : Watch out for a golden capstone – it plays a more important role than Langdon. )

Despite Brown's efforts to make this another "Da Vinci Code", the Lost Symbol leaves one quite lost. A whopping 528 pages crammed with facts (or are they? ), backgrounds of monuments, symbols and unseen truths left me quite muddled in the end as to what the lost symbol actually was. The pace slackens towards the end, and the overwhelming amount of unsolicited information, quite frankly, irritates one. Simply put, The Lost Symbol is an extensive build up, in true Dan Brown style leading to a disappointing climax. Dan Brown certainly knows how to pack a punch. But this one did not leave my mind reeling like his previous works did.

My father, a member of the Masonic lodge, guards the ongoings at his meetings like an issue of national security. The only thing I got out of this book was, the pleasure of telling my father that his treasured secrets were out, for one and all to read.

For more about Noetic Sciences : http://noetic.org/about/what-are-noetic-sciences/

Written by Lakshmi Palaniappan

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Divya Gattani May 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Woah ! Nyc.. Like Dan Brown Books 😀

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NAVNEET GATTANI May 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

A friend refer me to read it . . . He said it’s Dan Brown’s excellence work . . . Wanna read it asap.

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Rohan Maheshwari May 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Read it and the excitement never went down!!!

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Geeta Nair May 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

The review leaves one wondering whether one should read the book. But then I believe that to appreciate true writing one must read all kinds of books. So maybe I should try read this too.

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Surbhi Verma May 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

A wonderful read.. You will not want to leave the book as it is always with the fiction. Though as rightly said it did not made my mind go on a ride like the earlier books did. It became monotonous after a while. But if you are a Dan Brown fan you got to read this one also..

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Prasad May 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

One more book from Dan Brown, thanks Indiabookstore for bringing in many such reviews.

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AlexGuiaRebello May 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM

As Usual a melange of symbols, codes, monuments, historic references and the infamous Masonic Lodge Look Forward to be on the Trail of the lost symbol

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Sneha May 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Would like to read it

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Tanisha Mehta May 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The review makes me think,whether i should be reading d book or no.But since its a dan brown book,i think ill read it

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Ashutosh bhandari May 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Like every other Dan Brown books, even this will be awesome!!

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AnKita KasAle May 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Love Dan Brown Books..Would be pleased to read one more!

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Amruta May 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

An entertaining read A page turner

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Rohit Dhamija May 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM

An entertaining read A page turner

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Chander Shekhar May 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

The reviews for Dan Brown tempting me more and more to get my hands on the books from the author. Thanks IndiaBookStore for coming with such a books and valuable reviews.

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Kavya Seetala May 12, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I read the book and I quite like it.Yes, it does test your patience because it’s so long but it’s Dan Brown’s book and I love him! He is a handsome story teller of all the mysteries.:P His writing style is unique and is also loaded with cool etymologies, quotes, symbols and sometimes technology.One can always learn something from his books.

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arvindpassey May 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

So, would I read a book after reading a review that says: ‘528 pages crammed with facts — pace slackens towards the end — a disappointing climax’? Well, yes, because even my father was a FreeMason and so I’m curious to know the sort of Masonic secrets that this book holds.

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Apoorva May 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Can’t wait to read this book.

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saptarshi das May 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

it is a good book

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Pratikhya Alexis May 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

well Lost Symbol turns out to be a lost interest for me!!

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varun shringarpure May 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Dan Brown has written a series of nice books and his books The Da Vinci Code & The Lost Symbol stand out to be my personal favorite!

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Ashwini May 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Yet to read this 🙁

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Akashdeep May 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Dan Brown has an uncanny ability to confound the reader… If you’ve read his previous works, beware! You cannot guess the villain until the climax

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akashtaker001 May 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I have read this book, Great Read

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Sundeep Supertramp May 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

2.5? Seriously?

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Aadya Dua May 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

One day…

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RAJAT May 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Gotta read this!

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Jahnavi Golla May 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Would love to read this book!Eagerly waiting for it!!

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kalyans May 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

one of the best books…nice review.

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ﱞﱞﱞ ﱞﱞﱞ May 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

top on my list !

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Kapil Siwariya May 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Dan Brown is my alltime favorite .

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Gaurav Pant May 12, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Dan Brown my all time favorite…another gem from the master author !

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Kashif Akhtar May 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

It’s provocatively enticing, delicious in suspense, I must appreciate Dan’s intricate prowess in coming up with this masterpiece!!!

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Pranav May 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

amazing book… big fan!!

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Smriti Gupta May 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Am sure dan brown has done it again with this novel!! It will be hard to put it down once i start reading!!

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Aadya Dua May 13, 2014 at 1:18 AM

Dan Brown all the way…

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Shiuli Dasgupta May 13, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Lost symbol was my least favourite of all the Langdon books but that is only due to the disappointing ending. I did find some of the facts quite interesting though and would read it again to refresh my memory of such surprising pieces of knowledge.

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Pratikshya Mishra May 13, 2014 at 7:11 AM

this one is one of my favorites…after da vinci code and the angels and demons.. I like the way he presents facts,…so many facts…

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Vidhipssa Mohan May 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I love this book!

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Somen Sen May 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

interesting… looking forward to read this book..

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Sumit Nangia May 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

So much insight, so much knowledge . Waiting eagerly to read this one.

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RITUPARN SHUKLA May 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM

another nice book from dan brown keep it up

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Vishavnath Bansal May 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Good book, but pace is languid and plot is a bit stretched

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Taniya Dutta May 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Awesome is the word to describe it !!

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Sam Sharma May 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

This should be exciting – along the lines of Da Vinci Code

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Bibliomaniac May 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Gotta read this after reading this review ! 🙂

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Divya Sawant May 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Looking forward to read this book!!!!

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Priyadarshi Das May 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Fantastic Book & Thrilling Experience, Simply Awesome

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Divyanshu Verma May 13, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Great book for a cyptographic geek like me 😀

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Sayantini Bhattacharya May 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

It’s sad that the climax did not make it to the success, but still want to read this book. Nicely reviewed 🙂

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Vaisakhi May 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Disappointing end!

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Divija Rao May 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Nice review. I like the symbol interpretations in Dan Brown’s books. Am looking forward to read this book.

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Prashant Kumar May 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

It’s sad that the climax did not make it to the success, but still want to read this book. Nicely reviewed 🙂

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Vishnu Prasad May 14, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Great novel, full of suspense and twists…

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