Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, originally published in 2003, has over 80 million copies in print and has been translated into nearly 50 languages.


Fans and fortune tellers have been predicting the date of the next Robert Langdon book for the past 6 years.


That date is now here.


All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this post are accurate.

It's finally here. Well, the date is here at least. Random House has announced that on September 15th Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol will finally be released. Aside from a few well publicized copyright infringement cases, Brown has been as elusive as the location of the Holy Grail. Speculation as to when, and really if, we'd ever read another Robert Langdon book has run rampant over the years. Could Brown, the author of one of the most popular books of all-time, be suffering a catastrophic case of writer's block? Thankfully, for his fans, and for book sales in general, that is not the case.


Hot on the heels of the May 15th big screen release of Brown's Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol takes place in a 12 hour span and centers its story on the secret society of the Freemasons.


Random House has announced a 5 million copy print run and expects the September 15th release to be "one of the most anticipated publications in recent history".


What are your thoughts? Will you rush out to read it? Can the Lost Symbol live up to its expectations?

Message Edited by PaulH on 04-20-2009 08:42 PM
by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎04-20-2009 01:51 PM

For real?  Random House isn't going to change their minds?


Since I thought The da Vinci Code was OK (I bought it as a bargain copy before the whole Pope-hates-it broke in the news and then lent it to my dad, who lost it) and Angels and Demons was a bit on the boring side, I probably won't read it.  Hopefully speaking, though, a new Dan Brown will be a boost for the bookselling industry since we won't have a new Harry Potter or new Stephenie Meyer in the works.

by on ‎04-20-2009 06:40 PM

Mini review:

I'll buy Dan Brown's, The Lost Symbol.  I've read all of his books, thus far, and thought Angels and Demons the best one.  I thought it was fast paced, and the story less convoluted...a little far fetched, but that's what makes his stories interesting.. Give me a mystery, a code to break, artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals, and a cliff to hang from...I like his writing, what can I say?  It's simply entertainment! :smileyhappy:

by on ‎04-20-2009 07:42 PM
I'll be reading it.  I enjoyed both Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.  So I am fully expecting to like this one as well.  Now the movie versions are a different matter.  Da Vinci Code was horrible both in acting and story progression.  I'm not planning on seeing Angels & Demons either.
by on ‎04-20-2009 08:42 PM

I just reread Angels and demons. I have this thing about reading the book before a movie. Since I intend to see the movie when it comes out. It wasn't as good as the Da Vinci code, which was good but not remarkable. And my opinion has changed with time.


I don't know if it because I encounter the theories before I encounter his books. Perhaps it sucks the wow out of me. But his books are enjoyable. It fun for me when I already know the art work he's using and their history. The mystery is pretty good. His protagonist is likable. But they are merely slightly above average books. I will  probably read this next one. I just won't be in any hurry.


The only thing I find objectionable in the movie is Tom Hanks haircut.


by on ‎04-21-2009 02:48 AM

For me it was his acting

by Kaet on ‎04-21-2009 04:26 AM

I am so confused.  A few years ago there was a listing that appeared in both Baker & Taylor and Ingram databases to be released called The Solomon's Key by Dan Brown.  Obviously that book was never released.  Around the same time another book was released by a different author with the same title.  Now Dan Brown is releasing The Lost Symbol. Did he have to change the name as a precaution.  I know its not unusual for same titled books to exist.  Are we finally getting to see his Solomon's Key or is this a totally different book?

      Next up Dean Koontz is finally going to release the third part of his frankenstien series and Legal Drug V4 will be released by Clamp...Then the world can finally end.

by greader on ‎04-21-2009 08:46 AM

it's a long way until September, why start the hoopla now?

by on ‎04-21-2009 08:54 AM

September will be here before you know it, and compared to the 6 year wait for this book, 4 months is a mere tick on the clock.

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-21-2009 09:13 AM

Well I'm in the camp I like his books and will be buying this one. He probably single handedly brought the book buying frenzy of the early 2000s and all the publicity both positive and negative didn't hurt. Some of my acquaintances who chose to go all psycho at the religious connotations of the book I just kept reminding every one

I't only a book of fiction.

So I'm excited to be on the pre-order wait list. 

by LisaR56 on ‎04-21-2009 12:26 PM

Well, my husband and i will probably be fighting over who gets to read it first, but since it is being released the day after his birthday, I suppose i'll let him have first read. (deep dramatic sigh) 


Although we both enjoyed daVinci Code, we agreed that Angels & Demons was unquestionably superior. Of course, as usual, we found the book to be way above and beyond the film, and we expect that of the second film. We will see the flm anyway, and expect to enjoy it. But no doubt we'll reread Angels before seeing the film

by Paula717 on ‎04-21-2009 09:46 PM
I've read The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons and look forward to reading The Lost Symbol as well. Not that I expect it to be such an incredible read but more out of curiosity. I'd like to see where Robert Langdon's imagination took him this time. You have to admit, even if you're not a fan, the man has come up with some incredible scenarios that will certainly make you think.
by krenea1 on ‎04-22-2009 02:17 PM

I just went to the book on B&N and found that people have been reviewing it.


SusanWI wrote a review titled Negative and said they do not understand. Reviewing on the basis of previous books bu the author is ridiculous. It invalidates the statistics.


What I think is funny is how she complains about reviewing but reviewed herself by giving it 1 star. How silly is that? It's hipicritical.


I cannot wait for the book to come out. I will devour it. I came across a special edition Angels and Demons book that I loved, loved, loved. I wish this book could be like that. It had a picture of all these places, art work and other things that he described in the book. It was awesome and made the book last so much longer because I was so entraptured by these photos. Such a treat!

by B&N Bookseller Brad_W on ‎04-26-2009 02:02 PM

I am really excited to hear this book is being released.  The first 2 were a lot of fun to read.  I kept running back and forth from the books to the internet to pull up photos and background information on the various points of interest brought up.  They were both so fast paced and filled with twists and turns that I oculdn't put them down. 


Spetember can't come too fast this year for me.

by MissShopaholic on ‎04-30-2009 03:20 PM

I have enjoyed reading his books.  I did not find his work with Da Vinci Code to be defensive nor did i take the issue to heart... Just like watching a movie or listening to music on the radio it was what it was- a story.


Will I be buying the next book? Of course! I am very interested in hearing this tale he has concocted.




 Has anyone read The Templar Legacy by steve berry?  That is a book I'd recommend.

by Paula717 on ‎04-30-2009 07:14 PM
Yes.  I've read The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry and loved it. I've read pretty much read all of his books and they're great.
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