If every picture tells a story, what can we decode from The Lost Symbol's cover?


Well, we now certainly know where it takes place, and as most people assumed, it's Washington D.C, but as Dan Brown's editor, Jason Kaufman points out, "it's a Washington few will recognize." Along with the cover release, Random House has announced "a summer-long campaign of code-breaking and problem-solving hosted on Twitter and Facebook. Featuring an enigmatic array of codes, cryptic trivia, puzzles, secret history, maps, aphorisms, ciphers and arcane knowledge, daily posts will challenge, intrigue, educate and entertain." Links to both the Twitter and Facebook pages can be had at http://www.thelostsymbol.com/.


We were under strict guidance not to release the cover until 8:10 today. Could that be an allusion to August 10th, 1776, the day word of the Declaration of Independence reached England? Maybe, maybe not, but Kaufman says what we can expect is that Brown "pulls back the veil-- revealing an unseen world of mysticism, secret societies, and hidden locations, with a stunning twist that long predates America."


Any guess as to what that twist may be?

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by on ‎07-07-2009 06:25 PM
Truthfully, sounds more like hype than anything else.
by Sensitivemuse on ‎07-07-2009 09:00 PM
I hope the book is good. I wouldn't mind reading it...of course I'll be waiting much later than everyone else though. (Or until the book is cheaper)
by on ‎07-08-2009 04:50 AM

I'll definitely read it. I read the Da Vinci Code well before it exploded onto the world's stage and I really liked it. It was a fresh, inventive thriller that paid off in the end.


I'm also eager to find what the twist is that predates America. I'm hedging towards Freemasons (of course) and their link to George Washington prior to the Revolution...

by on ‎07-08-2009 11:12 AM

I think it's all fascinating.  Symbols and codes go back as far as history can take them.  Communications in this way, have, at times, been a necessity to pass and get messages on to people.  Storytelling, as well.  It's also a well known fact that symbolic codes were incorporated into paintings by the artist. 


After reading DVC, I got on the computer and started researching Freemasons.  I wanted to see what that symbol actually meant. Well, you know what happens when you type one word into Google?....a whole world of information pops up, and it is time consuming, so what you learn can be little, or a lot.  I learned a lot that night. 


Churches, of all denominations, have symbols to designate them from all others.  You read them by taking those symbols apart.  Each line, or character, says something significant to the meaning of that organization.  It is history, itself.  Who creates those symbols, and why, that's the intriguing part to these stories.  Fear comes into play.  Persecution, for many reasons.  Secrets upon secrets are intertwined in these stories.


I have no doubt that this new novel of Dan Brown's will have as many secrets and twists and intrigues, as his previous ones.  He really is a master at putting puzzles out there for us to solve.

by on ‎07-08-2009 11:25 AM

Well stated, Kathy. Who doesn't like cracking codes? Especially historical puzzling like the architectural layout of Washington D.C. which I'm sure the book will touch on.


I can't imagine it'll strike the religious chords that the Da Vinci Code did, but I do wonder how controversial this book will be?

by on ‎07-08-2009 01:18 PM

Paul, you asked, "who doesn't like cracking codes...."?  Well, not everyone likes a mystery, that's for sure.  And for those who do, the type/style of mystery is key to a reader, as well.


For me, it's always the fun part to reading a good mystery....solving "who dunit!"


Some authors write their mysteries, deliberatly leaving out clues, so you CAN'T solve them. They want to 'surprise' you in the end with their own 'smartness in writing' ; where others write the clues in with such subtlety that you can read right over them;  And some will write them so blatantly, you'd have to be blind not to see them, and feel as though you HAVE to solve the storyline before the story comes to an end.  All different mystery authors, for all different readers.  Dan Brown puts those clues out there, but it takes thought to put them together.  He's a writer who makes you look, and think, as you read.  I get my monies worth when I read one of his stories.


I haven't looked at the cover, other than on this page.  I haven't blown it up, to view it closely.  I will, eventually...but you mentioned architectural layout of Washington D.C.  I'm anxious to see this.


Brown takes his readers, always, into architecture of one sort or another.  When I read DVC, I loved it because it took me back to the Louvre, where I had actually been.  Although, the Pyamids were not in design, let alone built, while I was there.  But, during an art history class, we talked about this architectural plan of I.M. Pei's, and all of the controversy that surrounded these monolithic structures.  I could rationalize them, but I didn't like them being built in front of a structure of old history.  Brown's novel took me into them!  I had to appreciate something I once disliked! 


And, I think religion will, again, come up...but like you've said, it may not be the BIG issue it was with DVC.  Although, people may still have their heals already dug in, waiting to say something negative right off the bat....but, either way, there will always be people who will find something to criticize, as I myself had once done with the topic of those contemporary Pyramids.... or it can be simply a contrast to someone's belief system that irks them in this new novel...who knows. Critics abound!


Anyway, I can't wait for the book to come out!

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎07-14-2009 10:31 AM
I for one don't want to "crack the code" before I read the book, I thought all the hype with DVC was awful all the religious factions had to get involved and start giving classes on why not to believe what we read. Well my question for them is did you read the word work of FICTION. But alas I agree with what you said Paul I also enjoyed the book as well as his other works especially Angels and Demons and Digital Fortress and hope that among all the publicity and hype this time around I will still find an exceptionally gifted author who gives me pleasure by reading his book.
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