View Full Version : Latest Dan Brown novel "The Lost Symbol" available Tuesday 9-15-09

11-09-09, 06:35
Six days until 'The Lost Symbol' hits stores
September 10, 2009 -- Updated 1704 GMT (0104 HKT)http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/img/2.0/mosaic/base_skins/baseplate/corner_dg_BL.gif
By Breeanna Hare

(CNN) -- Dan Brown could not have written a more suspenseful plot if he'd tried.
The anticipation for "The Lost Symbol," his follow-up to 2003's "The Da Vinci Code," runs so high that copies of the book have been locked behind a chain-link fence and placed under 24-hour guard at Amazon.com.
Brown's publisher, Doubleday, has refused to ship advance copies. The appetites of readers have been whetted with tweeted clues and "Today" show scavenger hunts. Not a single plot twist has been leaked during Brown's five years of research, a feat that even "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling couldn't pull off.
All the public knows at this point, six days before the tome hits stores, is that fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon will scour the streets of Washington to uncover the capital city's secrets in just 12 hours. How Brown will make 12 hours stretch to fill 528 pages is yet another mystery. Before you can even crack the sequel's cover, you're already embroiled in a cliffhanger.
"With the clues and puzzles that have been provided by the publisher, there's been a lot of activity on the blogosphere about what this could be. It gives the opportunity to create that kind of community discussion. Everyone likes to out-puzzle everyone else," said Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing at Barnes and Noble.
The bookstore chain has already sold tens of thousands of "Lost Symbol" copies in pre-orders, both online and in stores. The secrecy surrounding the book plays no small part: "It can build the customer's anticipation of the book very effectively," she said.
So when Brown's novel actually arrives on shelves, booksellers are expecting a frenzy normally reserved for tales of teenage wizards and the romantic musings of the undead. It's become so frenetic that some are calling September 15 "D-day," for Dan Brown, of course.
But will the book be any good? There hasn't been a single review, and anyone who has followed Brown's work has witnessed the criticism his literary colleagues have heaped upon his books.
It doesn't matter, said Jim McCarthy, a senior literary agent at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.
"This book is completely review-proof. There isn't much of a precedent for a book being as successful as 'The Da Vinci Code,' " he said, "so ['The Lost Symbol'] is going to sell itself. The level of excitement and suspense will drive people to the bookstore."
full story here (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/books/09/10/brown.the.lost.symbol.release/).

I haven't pre-ordered the book but I do plan on buying it this tuesday. I loved Angels & Demons, Deception Point and Digital Fortress and I'm especially looking forward to The Lost Symbol since the story centers around the Capital and Freemasonry :cln:
Anyone else plan on reading The Lost Symbol?

Lara's Nemesis
11-09-09, 06:40
I've only read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, it wasn't my kind of book.

11-09-09, 07:36
Oh am definitely looking forward to get it. I've read both "Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons" and have loved them both. :tmb:

11-09-09, 07:53
I hope I don't offend any americans, but I'd have preferred it if he stayed in europe. I'm pretty certain this book will revolve around finding freemasonic connections for every single founding father or something, things we've seen quite often before. European cities, but even New York, all have more real history than Washington. London might have been an interesting choice.

Anyway, am I going to buy it? Not sure, honestly, as I'll be in Switzerland then. If I can find it in a book store there, why not, though?

Another Lara
11-09-09, 08:03
I don't think Dan Brown can write another book as good as Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code, so I'm staying away from all the hype... I don't want to rush out and buy the book expecting it to be like the other two in quality, only to be disappointed!

Luckily though, the newspaper that I work for are doing a special on the book and are publishing the first 2 chapters and then giving a half price voucher for it, so at least I can try before I buy! :D

11-09-09, 08:10
Haven't read the books, but watched both movies. Meh.

11-09-09, 08:18
^^ The movies aren't a quarter as good as the books. Sure, they'er ok as movies, but if anyone gets the chance to read the books, I recommend he/she does.

11-09-09, 08:26
^^ The movies aren't a quarter as good as the books. Sure, they'er ok as movies, but if anyone gets the chance to read the books, I recommend he/she does.

I have many novels to read now so I won't get the chance for a very long time, but thanks pal! ;)

11-09-09, 08:39
I tend to jump on the bandwagon that literary snobs do, saying that Dan Brown's books are drivel. Still, just many people buy, read and enjoy those books, so something must be working.

I've only read 'The Da Vinci Code', and that was more than enough for me.

11-09-09, 08:41
I can't wait! :jmp:

TR love
11-09-09, 09:09
Now i now what to waste my money on!!!

cant wait!

11-09-09, 10:41
Yay!Can't wait! :D

I've read all the books and I loved every bit of them.