The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (#3 Robert Langdon)

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Published: 2009



The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown is the 3rd book involving Robert Langdon, the Harvard University symbologist.

In this one, Langdon is in the U.S. Capitol building, having been asked to lecture by an old friend, Peter Solomon, a 33rd degree Freemason.  He soon finds out that this request had come from Peter’s kidnapper, Mal’akh, who demands that Langdon find the Mason’s Pyramid, and the Lost Word, or his friend would die.  CIA agent Sato is also looking for Mal’akh for reasons of national security, but is not elaborating.  As usual, Langdon is suddenly fleeing from both the police and the CIA, and trying to find Peter before it is too late.  When Mal’akh destroys the lab where Peter’s sister is conducting experiments, she teams up with Langdon to find her brother. They all end up in serious trouble.

I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first two, but am not sure why. It is still a fast-paced mystery, and quite good, but it seemed to lack something.  I think it may just be the fact that there was a very long time between books, so this was hyped up quite a bit.  The characters are good, the plot different, and the ending satisfactory.  What more do you want?


Favorite Quotes from The Lost Symbol:

“Sometimes all it takes is a tiny shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light.”

“Imagine how different a world might be if more leaders took time to ponder the finality of death before racing off to war.”



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