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The Lost Symbol

Robert Langdon, professor of symbology and star of ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ risks fresh peril exploring Masonic mysteries in the US capital.

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Legend has it that Dan Brown – product of a gold-plate education at both Phillips Exeter Academy and Amherst College – never read a popular novel until he was an adult. Then, while vacationing with his wife in Tahiti in 1993, he is said to have breezed through Sidney Sheldon’s “The Doomsday Conspiracy” and decided that he could do better.

No kidding. Today, with the publication of “The Da Vinci Code” in 2003 (to date, 81 million copies sold in 44 different languages), Brown has become one of the most widely read authors in the world. His latest novel, The Lost Symbol – with its expertly paced blend of real locales, off-beat facts, and fast-moving fiction – will do nothing to damage his reputation.

In “The Lost Symbol,” Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon (protagonist of both “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”) is back. He’s still wearing his Mickey Mouse wristwatch, still suffering from claustrophobia, and as breathtakingly learned about all things occult as ever.

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