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Publisher's Note:  

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 that finds famed symbologist Robert Langdon in 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 Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn.  This is Dan Brown’s most exciting novel yet.



The Lost Symbol

by Dan Brown

Review Date:
01/14/2014

Recommended Age:
18+

Overall Rating:
***1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:
******

Violence / Gore Rating:
********

Sex / Nudity Rating:
****

Overall Review:  

Imagine an ancient mystical power that has been guarded by a secret society.  Now think of an evil villain that wants this power for their own nefarious reasons.  Add intricate puzzles, a Harvard symbologist, and a plot-twist and you have just written a Dan Brown novel.  

 

The Lost Symbol is no different.  Although a formula book and in no way a departure from Brown's other work it is a good adventure story.  Action-packed and easy to read, the story is a page turner.  Filled with the interesting puzzles and bits of history that Brown is famous for, The Lost Symbol is entertaining and worth reading.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  19 religious exclamations; 30 mild obscenities; 11 religious profanities; 3 derogatory names; 10 scatological words.

 

Violence/Gore:   A character's hand is severed; scary scene in a basement involving hidden room with skulls and other spooky items; extended scene where character is chased in a completely dark room at the end of chase the building is destroyed in an explosion killing a character; character is held in vat of chemicals until drowned, descriptive violent death; characters are shot at killing one, wounding another; characters are killed with a knife--one is graphic in nature, another is implied; scary scene where a character is locked in a coffin and then the coffin is filled with water thus drowning the character; character is constrained and then wrists are cut, slowly bleeding to death; character is killed by falling glass.

 

Sex/Nudity:  Male character's nude body is described in detail, the character is castrated; implied sexual activity; implied homosexual activity.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Murder, death of family member, drug use, torture, occult, human sacrifice.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Adults drink wine and smoke; a character tells of his illegal drug use and addiction.



Reviewed By Matthew
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