The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery-Thriller/Suspense

When my 7th grade summer vacations started, I had no idea which book to start reading first. Then I recalled something else. I remembered a book my mother had read a long time ago and I had wanted to read it then, but she told I wouldn’t understand anything and should wait till I get older. That book was the Lost Symbol by the author Dan Brown. I borrowed it from the library and started reading it immediately. It was so amazing and filled with suspense, this was the book which pulled me deep into the mystery-thriller genre. I was so engrossed and deep in thought while reading this book, that I was so disappointed when I had finished it in just two days. The Lost Symbol is a book on Harvard Symbologist, Robert Langdon who is summoned to Washington D.C., by his mentor, Peter Solomon, to speak at a prestigious Smithsonian fundraiser. However, when Langdon arrives, Solomon is nowhere to be found. After calling Solomon’s assistant, Langdon learns that his scheduled speech was only a trick to bring him to the Capitol.

Moments later, screams are heard and a severed hand is found in an adjacent room in the Capitol Building. One of the fingers wears a ring that bears the mark of the Freemasons’ highest honor. Each of the fingers is tattooed, as is the palm of the hand, with symbols that only Langdon comprehends. Langdon realizes that the tattoos are an invitation to unlock mysteries of the ancients. Soon, a number of high-ranking national security officials demand that Langdon help them as he is the only one able to decipher the mysterious invitation. Langdon, the chief of Capitol security Trent Anderson, and CIA official Sato find themselves in a sub-basement room of the United States Capitol Building; the room is set up in a scene familiar only to Langdon and Masons around the world.

Meanwhile, Solomon’s sister, Katherine, goes to work in a secret lab constructed by her brother in an empty pod deep within the Smithsonian’s storage facility. Katherine, trying to advance the science of noetics, finds it strange that Peter is not answering his phone. Summoned by a mysterious Dr. Abbadon, who claims to have been working with Peter to deal with psychological distress, Katherine learns that her brother has shared some of her secret research with the doctor, which shocks her.

Katherine and Robert are eventually brought together in a desperate attempt to save Peter Solomon—and the nation—from a single madman determined to reveal information that could change life as we know it.

This is an amazing page-turning thriller book. This is Dan Brown’s third book. His first book is the Da Vinci Code, although this was his first book I read. Though his book contains a little religious matter, his story plot is really spectacular! Read the book to find out what happens to Peter Solomon, and what is the reason for the single madman to reveal information that could change life as we know it. Though this book is fictious, they are grounded in facts. This book opens with a bold word: FACT. “All rituals, science, artwork, and monuments in this novel are real”, it says.

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