Book review: The lost symbol

Posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010

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The lost symbol

Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ was without any doubt the most hyped book of 2009. It broke all records for first-day sales of adult fiction, selling more than one million copies in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Fans of Dan Brown’s previous novels, such as The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, had to wait six years for this third Robert Langdon thriller. While The Lost Symbol is generally not as well reviewed as Brown’s other books, it is still a must-read for fans of the genre!

After uncovering conspiracies within the Catholic church, the Lost Symbol has it’s setting in Washington D.C. and explores the secrets of Freemasonry. Once again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon, the main character of the book, finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day.

Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell more would spoil the fun of connecting the dots yourself while reading this thriller. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love).


Similar to Dan Brown’s previous bestsellers, ‘The Lost Symbol’ is another fast paced thriller, uncovering secrets in art, architecture and history. Brown does not break any new ground with this book, but nevertheless it is a good read for fans of the genre. However, if you have never read anything by Dan Brown yet, consider reading ‘Angels & Demons’ or ‘The Da Vinci Code’ first.

Our rating: ★★★½☆

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The lost symbol: A Novel

Book details

  • Author: Dan Brown
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books; 1st Edition September 15, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385504225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385504225

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Tagged as Dan Brown, Fiction, Review+ Categorized as By year, 2009, By rating, 3 Stars, By genre, Mystery

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