The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol 

Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Books (September 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385504225
ISBN-13: 978-0385504225 
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Primary Characters

Robert Langdon, Harvard symbologist
Mal’akh, tattoo-covered villain
Peter Solomon, Smithsonian secretary, billionaire, and Freemason
Katherine Solomon, Noetic scientist, sister of Peter Solomon
Inoue Sato, diminutive woman who is Director of CIA’s Office of Security

Plot Summary

First there was the Illuminati in Angels and Demons. Then there was The Priory of Sion and Opus Dei in The DaVinci Code. This time around we look at the Freemason’s. The book begins with Robert Langdon being asked to step in for a special lecture on symbology. When he arrives for the lecture, things begin to appear not as he’d expected. His friend Peter Solomon has been kidnapped and will be killed within 24 hours. The Villain, Mal’akh is out to find a source of power. He needs Langdon to help find this.

Langdon is aided in his adventure by Kathryn Solomon. He may also have either an ally or an enemy in CIA Director Inoue Sato. What Langdon must find is hidden somewhere within the mysteries of Washington D.C.

In the course of doing this the reader is taken for a ride around Washington D.C. We also get to read a lot of history behind things. As is Dan Brown’s style, some is true and some not so true.


I really enjoyed this book, as I did the others prior to it. While the author does stretch the truth at times and makes things fit into his story, for me it doesn’t detract from the story. I don’t read it to learn about history, just to enjoy a good adventure. If I happen to learn about history, or at least gather some questions that lead me to other places to learn about history, then so much the better. I will say though that these books are seeming a bit formulaic. In that you have a villian, belonging to a secret group, bent on destroying a not so secret group. However, that can be said of a lot of fiction, and it seems to work for Mr. Brown.

If your a fan of Dan Brown’s books, I’d defnitely read it. If not, you might want to try it. You might enjoy it. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a good light adventure. One caution though, there is a lot of violence so Parental Discretion is advised.

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