Dan Brown's best-selling novel, "The Da Vinci Code," has sold over 85 million copies. The work catapulted the author into a truly stratospheric level in the book publishing world. He has become so popular an author that his book, "The Lost Symbol", sold over one million copies in the first 24 hours it hit the streets.
"The Lost Symbol" follows a Harvard scholar named Robert Langdon. He receives a cryptic invitation to the nation's Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Awaiting him in the middle of the rotunda is a severed hand bearing strange tattoos, and a finger pointing toward the inner dome of the building.
The novel follows Langdon as he becomes increasingly more entrenched in trying to solve Masonic codes, symbols and various clues in order to avert some kind of terrorist trigger or what the novel calls "a national security crisis of unimaginable proportions."
Even though the novel's narrative covers one 24-hour period, escalating action, adventure and suspense hold listeners captive throughout what seems like a much longer span of time. The novel is set among and within buildings such as the Capitol Building, a Masonic temple, National Archives, The Library of Congress and the Washington Monument.
Brown does not disappoint his millions of fans. He gives them the ancient portals, the cryptic symbols, and codes set in art masterpieces as well as in architectural landmarks of a great and beautiful city. Instead of Rome or Paris, this time he makes them on a grotesque tour of a more familiar city, Washington, D.C., from an entirely new perspective. Those who know the city may never see it again in the same way.
Dan Brown grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire, the son of a mathematics professor and a church organist. He developed a strong interest in science and religion and brings all these elements together in his novels. He is best known for writing thriller fiction and among his works are "Digital Fortress," "Angels and Demons," "Deception Point," and "The Da Vinci Code."
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, D.C., The Lost Symbolaccelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale. Download and start listening now!
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 plunged 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.