The Lost Symbol by Kimi

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

When this book was announced I was ridiculously excited for a number of reasons. 1) I loved the Da Vinci Code, and read it in the space of 24 hours, 2) I had heard great things about Angels and Demons – still haven’t gotten round to reading it yet, and 3) The Lost Symbol was being sold for a fiver at Asda. I ended up driving to 3 different Asda’s in my home city because it sold out really quickly, and as soon as I bought the novel and although I didn’t read it as fast as I read The Da Vinci Code, I did manage to finish it in a week.

This book really divided me, which was unexpected. I expected to love it but I found it difficult in parts.

I thought the basis of the story was great, the thriller aspect of the novel was gripping and that definitely made it a page turner because I constantly wanted to know what the next clue was, and I was trying to work out the answers all the way through, and there were lots of twists and turns.

I did think there were some brilliant characters in this novel, especially Mal’akh, but what I didn’t really like about this book was that each chapter would follow a different character, and this sometimes made it difficult to follow the story as I was constantly having to read back and check where we’d left that particular character.

In The Da Vinci code the story was based around a religious conspiracy, this book included references to both the Freemasons and also the concept of Noetic Science. Don’t worry if you have no clue what that is, I only know because I Googled it while I was reading the book. It’s really hard to explain – a quick search on Google brings up the phrase “the research in to human potentials. – This research includes topics such as spontaneous remission, meditation, consciousness, alternative healing practices, spirituality, human potential, psychic abilities and survival of consciousness after bodily death.”

The references to Noetic Sciences in this book do make it really interesting, but they also make it quite hard to get through at times. I got a few DBH’s (Dan Brown headaches) while I was reading it, but it will still make my list of Fave Books of recent years.

I rate this book 3/5.

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Posted on May 28, 2011, in Book Reviews, Dan Brown and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. “The Lost Symbol” by Kimi

    Good and fair review Kimi. I’ve noticed that some Dan Brown fans have been a little disappointed in “The Lost Symbol” and I wonder if the following hidden connection will help you see the call to action embedded in the book…

    The SLDI Code and The Lost Symbol

    October 2009

    Just two weeks after launch, Dan Brown’s new book, “The Lost Symbol,” became the fastest selling adult novel of all time in both hardback and eBook versions, eclipsing the initial global success of Brown’s earlier book, The Da Vinci Code, which ultimately sold over 80 million copies. This sequel (and the movie, which is already scheduled for release in 2012) is guaranteed to cause a tremendous and lasting groundswell of public interest in the book’s subject matter – which intertwines the history of Washington D.C., the secrets and symbols of Freemasonry, and the hidden meaning of George Washington’s life – each of which have deeply rooted connections to land development.

    Even as the book’s clever and fast-paced plot concludes, what may not be apparent to many readers is the connection between the SLDI mission and the meaning of “The Lost Symbol” – The Apotheosis of George Washington – painting on the ceiling of the Capitol Rotunda.

    According to Brown’s story,

    “This ceiling’s spectacular collection of images was indeed a message… The founding fathers had envisioned America as a blank canvas, a fertile field on which the seeds of the mysteries could be sown. Today, Washington – a soaring icon – the father of our country, ascending to heaven – is hung silently above our lawmakers, leaders, and presidents…a bold reminder, a map to the future, a promise of a time when all people, like George Washington, would evolve to complete spiritual maturity.”

    “The Lost Symbol” connects the meaning of George Washington’s life to the achievement of our human potential as creators on earth. Now this is something to which we in land development can relate and aspire! Interestingly, SLDI made that very same connection. As first written in the December 2005 Land Development Today magazine article by SLDI entitled, “Breaking New Ground”:

    “When you look at the history of our industry in America, one is hard pressed not to conclude that George Washington, the Father of our Country, also grew to become what can only be described today as the Father of our own land development industry, as well as a visionary prophet of sustainability.”

    Further, the May 2007 SLDT magazine article People, Planet, & Profit, which originally unveiled the need and concept for SLDI, again documented George Washington’s unique leadership qualities, and addressed the multitude of problems facing our profession with this advice – “What Would George Washington Do?… Understanding the life and times of perhaps our country’s greatest hero, George Washington, can help to light our way down a path of true sustainability – one where people, planet, and profit all are considered equally in a decision model.”

    Now, once again following the visionary philosophy of George Washington, SLDI is pleased to be able to disclose the world’s first sustainable land development best practices system – The SLDI Code.™

    The SLDI Code™ Best Practices System is symbolized as a geometrical algorithm that balances and integrates the triple-bottom-line needs of people, planet and profit into a holistic, fractal model that becomes increasingly detailed, guiding effective decisions throughout the community planning, financing, design, regulating, construction and maintenance processes while always enabling project context to drive specific decisions. Land development is the infrastructure of civilization. If it is not sustainable, our civilization can not survive.

    In the Pass-It-Forward spirit, SLDI is gifting the information in the document, along with the SLDI Code™ sustainable development matrix, on behalf of the sustainable land development industry, to anyone interested in collaborating to achieve sustainable results. It is also important to note that the information contained in the document is universal in its application and need not be confined to land development projects.

    The Lost Symbol is a call to action for all of us. Your participation and comments are welcome.

    Sustainable Land Development Initiative (SLDI)
    How Do We Develop a Sustainable Civilization?


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