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The Lost Symbol
AuthorDan Brown
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
SeriesRobert Langdon #3
GenreCrime, Mystery, Thriller
PublisherDoubleday (US)
Transworld (UK)
Publication date
September 15, 2009[1]
Media typePrint (hardcover & paperback), eBook, audio book
Pages528 Hardcover
671 Paperback
ISBN978-0-385-50422-5 (US) 9780593054277 (UK) 9780552161237 (Corgi Edition)
Preceded byThe Da Vinci Code
Followed byInferno

The Lost Symbol is a 2009 novel written by American writer Dan Brown.[2][3] It is a thriller set in Washington, D.C., after the events of The Da Vinci Code, and relies on Freemasonry for both its recurring theme and its major characters.[4]

Released on September 15, 2009, it is the third Brown novel to involve the character of Harvard UniversitysymbologistRobert Langdon, following 2000's Angels & Demons and 2003's The Da Vinci Code.[2] It had a first printing of 6.5 million (5 million in North America, 1.5 million in the UK), the largest in Doubleday history. On its first day the book sold one million in hardcover and e-book versions in the U.S., the UK and Canada, making it the fastest selling adult novel in history.[5] It was number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction[6] for the first six weeks of its release,[7] and remained on the list for 29 weeks. As of January 2013, there were 30 million copies in print worldwide.[8]

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Renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is invited to give a lecture at the United States Capitol, at the invitation apparently from his mentor, a 33rd degreeMason named Peter Solomon, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. Solomon has also asked him to bring a small, sealed package which he had entrusted to Langdon years earlier. When Langdon arrives at the Capitol, however, he learns that the invitation he received was not from Solomon, but from Solomon's kidnapper, Mal'akh posing as Solomon's assistant, who has left Solomon's severed right hand in the middle of the Capitol Rotunda in a recreation of the Hand of Mysteries. Mal'akh then contacts Langdon, charging him with finding both the Mason's Pyramid, which Masons believe is hidden somewhere in Washington, D.C., and the Lost Word, lest Solomon be murdered.

Langdon meets Trent Anderson, head of the Capitol police, and Inoue Sato, the head of the CIA's Office of Security. Sato claims that Mal'akh poses a threat to the national security of the U.S. and that his capture is more important than Peter's rescue, although she refuses to elaborate. Examining Solomon's hand, they discover a clue leading them to Solomon's Masonic altar in a room in the Capitol's sub-basement, where they find a small pyramid lacking a capstone, with an inscription carved into it.

Sato then confronts Langdon with the security x-ray taken of his bag when he entered the Capitol which reveals a smaller pyramid in the package Langdon brought in response to the request by the kidnapper posing as Solomon's assistant. Langdon explains that he was unaware of its contents, but Sato, refusing to believe it, attempts to take Langdon into custody. Before she can arrest him, however, she and Anderson are assaulted by Warren Bellamy, the Architect of the Capitol and a Freemason, who then flees with Langdon in the confusion. He later explains to Langdon that he too has been in contact with Mal'akh and wants Langdon's assistance in rescuing Peter.

Mal'akh is revealed to be a Freemason with tattoos covering almost his entire body. He infiltrated the organization in order to obtain an ancient source of power,[9] which he believes Langdon can unlock for him in return for Peter Solomon's life. Several chapters also delve into Mal'akh's history with Peter Solomon: many years earlier, Peter bequeathed a large sum of inheritance money to his rebellious son, Zachary, who then fled the Solomon household and led a reckless life in Europe until he was arrested and imprisoned in Turkey for smuggling drugs. Peter flew to Turkey but decided to have Zachary extradited in a week's time instead of getting him released immediately in order to teach him a lesson. Zachary was apparently murdered by his cellmate who got his hands on Zachary's fortune and fled to Greece to lead a luxurious life under the name Andros Dareios. Dareios, however, soon grew tired of his life. Apparently having spoken with Zachary about Solomon's life as a Mason, Dareios broke into Solomon's home to find the pyramid, but accidentally killed Peter's mother Isabel and was in turn shot and left to fall into a frozen river by a vengeful Solomon. Surviving the fall, Dareios nursed himself back to health, covered his scars and eventually his entire body with tattoos and set off on a mission to infiltrate the Freemasons and gain access to their secrets, adopting the name Mal'akh.

As Langdon deals with the events into which he has been thrust, Mal'akh destroys the Smithonsonian-sponsored laboratory of Dr. Katherine Solomon, Peter's younger sister, where she has conducted experiments in Noetic Science, in the process ambushing and almost killing Katherine in a cat-and-mouse chase, but Katherine manages to escape and meet up with Langdon and Bellamy. Eventually, when cornered by the authorities, Bellamy is forced to give himself up while Langdon and Katherine escape. Both are later apprehended by Sato's team. Following clues regarding Mal'akh's previous identity as Peter Solomon's psychiatrist, Dr. Christopher Abaddon, Sato allows Langdon and Katherine to rush to his mansion to confront him, but Mal'akh ambushes them and murders their CIA escort. Meanwhile, as he is being interrogated by Sato, Bellamy expresses belief that Sato is working with Mal'akh but Sato assures Bellamy that she is also pursuing Mal'akh in the interest of national security and displays evidence that visibly shocks Bellamy.

Mal'akh places Langdon into an airtight sensory deprivation tank, where he interrogates Langdon by slowly filling the tank with liquid. He is able to convince Langdon to decipher the code at the pyramid's base, but continues to fill the tank until Langdon drowns and apparently dies. Mal'akh then ties Katherine to a chair and inserts an open-ended transfusion needle into her arm and leaves her to bleed to death then flees with a weakened and wheelchair-bound Peter Solomon to the Temple Room of the Scottish Rite's House of the Temple. He uses the threat of not calling an ambulance for Katherine as further coercion for Peter's cooperation. Sato leads a team of agents to the mansion after Langdon and Katherine's escort fails to check in and are able to save Katherine's life. After a near-death experience, Langdon is revealed to have survived due to the 'water' in the tank actually being breathable oxygenated liquid and the tank being a device for meditation. Sato, Langdon and Simkins race to the House of the Temple where Mal'akh threatens to release a heavily edited video showing government officials performing secret Masonic rituals (the same video that Sato showed to Bellamy), which without context, appears highly disturbing. Mal'akh forces the Word—the unpronounceable circumpunct—out of Peter and tattoos it on his head on the last portion of unmarked skin on his body. Mal'akh then orders Peter to sacrifice him, as he believes that it is his destiny to become a demonic spirit and lead the forces of evil. When Peter claims that he will do so without hesitation to avenge his son and mother, Mal'akh shocks Peter by revealing that he is actually Zachary Solomon himself, having conspired with the prison warden to fake his death by disfiguring the body of another inmate beyond recognition (at the same time, Katherine and Bellamy discover several photos of Zachary in Greece after his supposed death that show his gradual transformation into Mal'akh). With tears in his eyes, Peter prepares to stab Zachary but ultimately cannot bring himself to do so and drops the knife just as Langdon arrives and tackles him. Director Sato arrives at the Temple in a helicopter, which smashes the Temple's skylight, the shards of which fatally impale Zachary. The CIA then thwart Zachary's plan to transmit the video to several leading media channels using an EMP blast, disabling a cell tower in the network path leading from Zachary's laptop computer. Katherine arrives and she and Langdon then share a tearful reunion with Peter and mourn Zachary's death. Zachary is only briefly able to lament his body's mutilation before dying.

Later, Peter informs Langdon that the circumpunct Zachary tattooed on his head is not the Word. He also informs Katherine that he made back-ups of all of her noetic research data on his own computer, meaning her research can continue. Deciding to take Langdon to the true secret behind the Word, Peter leads him to the room atop the Washington Monument and tells him that the Word—a common Christian Bible, the Word of God—lies in the monument's cornerstone, buried in the ground beneath the monument's staircase. Langdon realizes that the symbols on the pyramid's base spelled out the words Laus Deo which translate to Praise God. These words are inscribed on the small aluminum capstone atop the Monument, which is the true Masonic Pyramid.

Peter tells Langdon that the Masons believe that the Bible is an esoteric allegory written by humanity, and that, like most religious texts around the globe, it contains veiled instructions for harnessing humanity's natural God-like qualities—similar to Katherine's noetic research—and is not meant to be interpreted as the commands of an all-powerful deity. This interpretation has been lost amid centuries of scientific skepticism and fundamentalist zealotry. The Masons have (metaphorically) buried it, believing that, when the time is right, its rediscovery will usher in a new era of human enlightenment.


  • Robert Langdon: A professor of symbology at Harvard University and the protagonist of the novel.
  • Mal'akh: A Mason whose body is covered with tattoos and the novel's main antagonist. Formerly known as Zachary Solomon, the son of Peter, was arrested in Turkey for drug possession. During his incarceration he overheard a conversation between his father and the prison warden reaffirming that Peter would not pay for Zachary's release as he did not wish his son to believe that money was able to waiver all punishment, especially one of the magnitude of drug possession. Angered, Zachary conspired with the warden to have his cell-mate killed and proceeded to report Zachary dead. Zachary broke out under the name Andros Dareios for several years and took on a whole new life-style in Greece. After much growth hormones and steroid indulgence, he began to bore of this life-style and began to cultivate his mind in the Masonry ideals and practices. He renamed himself Mal'akh after an attempt to obtain the Masonic secrets from his father, breaking into their home, and killing his grandmother. Mal'akh sees himself as a physical manifestation of the angel Moloch, as he worshipped the Black Arts in order to grow stronger and he performed numerous aspects of black magic which allowed the angel to enter his body. Mal'akh is the Hebrew word for 'angel'. Throughout the book, he also uses the name Dr. Christopher Abaddon to gain his father's trust, and Andros Dareios, a name he used while hiding out in Greece before the book's events. Of note, he is the first antagonist in the Robert Langdon series who serves as both the killer and the mastermind of the events in the novel, with all other killers merely acting on behalf of the mastermind.
  • Peter Solomon: A Smithsonian secretary, billionaire philanthropist, Freemason, father of Zachary Solomon, and close friend of Robert Langdon. His kidnapping sets into motion Langdon's race to find the Mason's Pyramid and the Lost Symbol.
  • Katherine Solomon: Noetic scientist, sister of Peter Solomon, aunt of Zachary Solomon.
  • Trish Dunne: Katherine's metasystems analyst. She is murdered by Mal'akh while in his Dr. Abaddon disguise, when he drowns her in the ethanol-filled tank preserving a Giant Squid.
  • Isabel Solomon: mother of Peter and Katherine Solomon and grandmother of Zachary Solomon. She was killed ten years before the events of the book by Zachary, disguised as Andros Dareios.
  • Warren Bellamy: Architect of the Capitol and fellow Freemason to Peter Solomon. He aids Langdon and Katherine Solomon by helping them escape from Inoue Sato, briefly suspecting her of helping Mal'akh, but he later learns that he and Sato are on the same side.
  • Inoue Sato: the second-generation Japanese-American Director of CIA's Office of Security, from whom Langdon must flee after she accuses him of criminal acts.
  • Reverend Colin Galloway: Dean of Washington National Cathedral and fellow Freemason to Peter Solomon and Warren Bellamy.
  • Trent Anderson: Capitol police chief.
  • Jonas Faukman: Langdon's New York editor (named for Brown's real-life editor, Jason Kaufman).[10]
  • Nola Kaye: CIA analyst, named after Elonka Dunin, Kryptos expert[11][12][13]
  • Omar Amirana: A taxi driver
  • Mark Zoubianis: A hacker hired by Trish and Katherine to hack into an encrypted document.

Publication details[edit]


The Lost Symbol had been in development for several years; originally expected in 2006, the projected publication date was pushed back multiple times.[14] When officially announced, the hardcopy book was on pre-order lists for months leading up to its release, being heavily ordered both in the United States and Canada.[15][16] The book was published on September 15, 2009 with an initial print run of 6.5 million copies, the largest first printing in publisher Random House's history.[17][18] Electronic versions such as eBook[19] and Audible book versions[20] were also made available on the same date.[21] The American release audio book was read by Paul Michael, who also performed the audio book for The Da Vinci Code.

The book immediately broke sales records, becoming the fastest selling adult-market novel in history, with over one million copies sold on the first day of release. By the end of the first week, a total of two million copies had been sold in the U.S., Canada, and UK.[22] According to the publisher, the rapid sales prompted the printing of an additional 600,000 hardcover copies to the 5 million initially printed for the US market.[5] On its first day the book became the #1 bestseller on Amazon.com,[23] and the Amazon Kindle e-reader edition became the top-selling item on Amazon.com, outselling Amazon's sales of the hardback copy of the novel, which is the sixth best selling book of 2009 on pre-publication orders alone.[24]The Lost Symbol also ranked as the #1 bestseller in Amazon's Canadian and British sites.[25][26] Both Barnes & Noble and Waterstone's reported the book has broken all previous records for adult fiction in the United Kingdom.[27][28] According to Nielsen BookScan data, 550,946 copies of The Lost Symbol were sold in its first week of sale, taking $7.49 million. By the end of the second sales week, Transworld intended to have 1.25 million copies printed.[29]

By September 25 the book ranked #1 in the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover fiction.[6]


The New York Times praised the book as being 'impossible to put down' and claimed Brown is 'bringing sexy back to a genre that had been left for dead.' Nevertheless, it noted the overuse of certain phrases and italics, as well as the lack of logic behind characters' motivations. It also likened Inoue Sato to Jar Jar Binks.[30]Los Angeles Times said, 'Brown's narrative moves rapidly, except for those clunky moments when people sound like encyclopedias.'[31]Newsweek called the book 'contrived', saying that to get through The Lost Symbol, just like The Da Vinci Code, it was necessary to swallow a lot of coincidences, but the book was still a page-turner, and that Brown 'is a maze maker who builds a puzzle and then walks you through it. His genius lies in uncovering odd facts and suppressed history, stirring them together into a complicated stew and then saying, what if?'[32] The National Post's review called it a 'heavy-handed, clumsy thriller' and that the character of the villain (Mal'akh) 'bears an uncomfortably close similarity' to the Francis Dolarhyde character in Thomas Harris' 1981 novel Red Dragon.[33] The Daily Telegraph said the novel was 'not quite the literary train-wreck expected.'[34]TIME said the plot was fun, if bruising, but 'It would be irresponsible not to point out that the general feel, if not all the specifics, of Brown's cultural history is entirely correct. He loves showing us places where our carefully tended cultural boundaries — between Christian and pagan, sacred and secular, ancient and modern — are actually extraordinarily messy.'[35] Novelist William Sutcliffe's review in the Financial Times panned the book as 'a novel that asks nothing of the reader, and gives the reader nothing back', adding that it 'is filled with cliché, bombast, undigested research and pseudo-intellectual codswallop'.[36] The digested read by John Crace in The Guardian ends with Robert Langdon begging Dan Brown 'Please don't wheel me out again.'[37] Slovene philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek described the book as 'a candidate for the worst novel ever'.[38]


Following the worldwide successes of The Da Vinci Code in 2006[39] and Angels & Demons in 2009,[40] which were both based on Brown's novels, starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and produced and directed by Ron Howard, Columbia Pictures began production on a film adaptation of The Lost Symbol.[41][42] Hanks and Howard were expected to return for the film adaptation of The Lost Symbol, along with the franchise's producers Brian Grazer and John Calley. Sony Pictures eventually hired three screenwriters for the project, beginning with Steven Knight[43] and then hiring Brown himself.[44] In March 2012, Danny Strong was also hired to collaborate on the adaptation.[45]

According to a January 2013 article in Los Angeles Times, the final draft of the screenplay was due sometime in February, with pre-production expected to start in the mid-2013.[8] In July 2013, Sony Pictures announced they would instead adapt Inferno for an October 14, 2016[46] release date with Howard as director, David Koepp adapting the screenplay and Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon.[47]

In June of 2019, the project was announced to be re-conceived as a television series tentatively titled, Langdon. The series will serve as a prequel to the film series, with Daniel Cerone serving as creator, showrunner, chief executive producer, and screenwriter. Dan Brown, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Samie Falvey and Anna Culp will act as additional executive producers. The show will be a co-production between Imagine Television Studios, CBS Television Studios, and Universal Television Studios and was order to series on National Broadcasting Company network.

The plot reportedly revolves around a young Robert Langdon, who is hired by the CIA to solve a numer of deadly puzzles when his mentor goes missing.[48]

See also[edit]

  • Lynne McTaggart, cited in the novel as being a source of inspiration for Katherine Solomon
  • Almas Temple, a Shriner temple and location in the story
  • Kryptos, a sculpture by artist Jim Sanborn located on the grounds of the CIA in Langley, Virginia
  • National Treasure, a film with a similar plot


  1. ^Italie, Hillel (April 20, 2009). 'New Dan Brown novel coming in September'. Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  2. ^ abCarbone, Gina (April 20, 2009). 'Dan Brown announces new book, 'The Lost Symbol''. Boston Herald. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  3. ^'ET Breaks News: Dan Brown Has Finished New Book' ETonline, February 12, 2009
  4. ^'Keys to Dan Brown's Solomon Key'. Retrieved December 20, 2008.
  5. ^ abRich, Motoko (September 16, 2009). 'Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbol' Sells 1 Million Copies in the First Day'. The New York Times. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  6. ^ ab'Best Sellers: Hardcover Fiction'. New York Times. September 25, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
  7. ^'Best Sellers: Hardcover Fiction'. New York Times. November 20, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2009.
  8. ^ abNicole Sperling (January 15, 2013). 'Dan Brown: What's the film status of his book 'The Lost Symbol'?'. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  9. ^De Vera; Ruel S. (September 15, 2009). 'Dan Brown's 'Lost' is no 'Da Vinci Code''. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  10. ^Burstein, Dan (2009). 'Exploring the complex cosmos of The Lost Symbol'. In Daniel Burstein & Arne de Keijzer (editors) (eds.). Secrets of the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel. Harper Collins. pp. 3–48. ISBN978-0-06-196495-4.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  11. ^Dunin, Elonka (2009). 'Kryptos: The Unsolved Enigma'. In Daniel Burstein & Arne de Keijzer (editors) (eds.). Secrets of the Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code Sequel. Harper Collins. p. 319. ISBN978-0-06-196495-4. Dan Brown himself has admired Dunin's work and paid her the stellar compliment of writing her into The Lost Symbol as Nola Kaye . . .CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  12. ^Taylor, Greg (2009). 'Decoding Kryptos'. In John Weber (ed.). Illustrated Guide to the Lost Symbol. Simon & Schuster. p. 161. ISBN978-1-4165-2366-6.
  13. ^Haag, Michael (2009). The Rough Guide to the Lost Symbol. Penguin. pp. 35, 245. ISBN978-1-84836-009-9.
  14. ^Neill, Graeme (April 20, 2009). 'Random House announces Dan Brown date'. The Bookseller. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  15. ^Rich, Motoko (January 20, 2009). 'Dan Brown returns with Da Vinci Code sequel, The Lost Symbol'. The Guardian. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  16. ^'New Dan Brown book offers industry hope'. The Sydney Morning Herald. April 21, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  17. ^Rich, Motoko; Stone, Brad (July 15, 2009). 'A New World: Scheduling E-Books'. New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
  18. ^Goldsmith, Belinda (July 8, 2009). 'Dan Brown moves to Washington for new thriller'. Reuters. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
  19. ^'The Lost Symbol eBook (Kindle Version)'. Amazon.com. August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  20. ^'Download The Lost Symbol – Preorder'. audible.com. September 12, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  21. ^Irvine, Chris (September 14, 2009). 'Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol 'will be biggest selling adult fiction novel of the decade''. The Telegraph. London. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  22. ^'With 'The Lost Symbol,' Dan Brown takes down Bill Clinton's book record'. New York: Associated Press. September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  23. ^Amazon's Bestsellers in Books (accessdate 2009-09-16)
  24. ^Chivers, Tom (September 16, 2009). 'Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol on Kindle is Amazon top seller'. The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  25. ^Amazon.ca Bestsellers in Books (accessdate 2009-09-16)
  26. ^Amazon.co.uk Bestsellers in Books (accessdate 2009-09-16)
  27. ^Rich, Motoko (September 15, 2009). 'To No One's Surprise, Dan Brown Books Are Flying Off Bookshelves'. The New York Times. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  28. ^Flood, Alison (September 17, 2009). 'Dan Brown's Lost Symbol sets adult fiction sales record'. The Guardian. London. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  29. ^Stone, Philip (September 22, 2009). 'Dan Brown sells 550,000 in first week'. theBookseller.com. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  30. ^Maslin, Janet (September 13, 2009). 'Fasten Your Seat Belts, There's Code to Crack'. The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  31. ^Owchar, Nick (September 14, 2009). 'Book Review: 'The Lost Symbol''. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  32. ^Jones, Malcolm (September 15, 2009). 'Book Review: Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol''. Newsweek. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  33. ^Wiersema, Robert (September 17, 2009). 'Review: Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol'. National Post. Archived from the original on September 19, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  34. ^Jehu, Jeremy (September 15, 2009). 'Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, review'. The Telegraph. London. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  35. ^Grossman, Lev (September 15, 2009). 'How Good Is Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol?'. TIME. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  36. ^Sutcliffe, William (September 19, 2009). 'The Lost Symbol'. Financial Times. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  37. ^Crace, John (September 22, 2009). 'Digested read: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown'. The Guardian. London. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  38. ^Great Minds - Slavoj Zizek. YouTube. August 12, 2011.
  39. ^'The Da Vinci Code'. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  40. ^'Angels & Demons'. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  41. ^Fleming, Michael (April 20, 2009). 'Columbia moves on 'Symbol''. Variety.com. Retrieved September 1, 2009.
  42. ^'The Mystery of Dan Brown'. The Guardian. London. September 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  43. ^Siegel, Tatiana (February 3, 2010). 'Columbia finds 'Symbol'; Knight to adapt third book in 'Da Vinci Code' series'. Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  44. ^Fernandez, Jay A.; Kit, Borys (December 20, 2010). 'EXCLUSIVE: Dan Brown Taking Over 'Lost Symbol' Screenplay'. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  45. ^Williams, Owen (March 2, 2012). 'New Writer For The Lost Symbol: Dan Brown 3 gets an overhaul'. Empire
  46. ^Tom Hanks' 'Inferno' Shifts Opening to 2016
  47. ^'Tom Hanks And Ron Howard To Return For Next Dan Brown Movie 'Inferno'; Sony Sets December 2015 Release Date'. Deadline Hollywood. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  48. ^https://deadline.com/2019/06/robert-langdon-drama-dan-brown-the-lost-symbol-nbc-imagine-tv-studios-1202627753/

Further reading[edit]

  • Brown, Jeffrey, 'Decoding the Hidden Secrets of Dan Brown's D.C.', The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, September 24, 2009. Transcript.
  • Hodapp, Christopher, 'Deciphering The Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths and the Mysteries of Washington D.C.', January, 2010.
  • Mendis, Patrick, 'TRADE for PEACE: How the DNA of America, Freemasonry, and Providence Created a New World Order with Nobody in Charge', February, 2009.
  • McTaggart, Lynne, A list of some the things Brown borrowed from McTaggarts Intention Experiment-research in regard of the scientific research of Katharine Solomon, October, 2009

External links[edit]

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  • Brown, Dan (September 13, 2009). 'Excerpts from Prologue and Chapter 1 of The Lost Symbol'. The Parade. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  • The Lost Symbol on IMDb
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AuthorDan Brown
CountryUnited States
SeriesRobert Langdon
GenreCrime, Mystery, Thriller
Publication date
October 3, 2017
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback), Audiobook, ebook.
Preceded byInferno

Origin is a 2017 mysterythriller novel by American author Dan Brown[1] and the fifth installment in his Robert Langdon series, following Inferno. The book was released on October 3, 2017 by Doubleday.[2][3] The book is predominantly set in Spain and features minor sections in Dubai and Budapest.


Edmond Kirsch, a billionaire philanthropist, computer scientist and futurist, as well as a strident atheist, attends a meeting in Catalonia with Roman Catholic Bishop Antonio Valdespino, Jewish moragi Yehuda Köves, and Muslim Imam Syed al-Fadl, three members of the Parliament of the World's Religions. He informs them that he has made a revolutionary discovery that he plans to release to the public in a month. He has chosen to inform them before the masses out of supposed respect, despite his well-known hatred of organized religion which he blames for his mother's death. Horrified, the three learn that he is presenting it in three days' time, prompting Valdespino to send him a voicemail demanding that he stop or risk being discredited.

Nonetheless, Kirsch goes along with his plan, hosting the exclusive event at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Among those in attendance are Kirsch's former teacher, Robert Langdon, and the Guggenheim's curator Ambra Vidal, who helped organize the event, and is the fiancee of the future King of Spain, Prince Julián. Before the event, the guests receive a headset through which they communicate with a voice named Winston, which reveals to Langdon that it is actually an artificial intelligence invented by Kirsch. Winston leads Langdon to a private meeting with Kirsch, who reveals that his presentation will provide the answers to two of life's most important questions: 'Where did we come from?' and 'Where are we going?'

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, where much of the first part of the novel is set

During the presentation, which is being held in a special dome made to look like an open-air meadow and broadcast worldwide, Kirsch, after a prologue featuring a recording of a lecture by Langdon, reveals that his intention is to end the age of religion and usher in an age of science. Before the revelation, Kirsch is shot and killed by Luis Ávila, a former naval admiral who lost his faith following the deaths of his family in a bombing, only to be introduced to and join the controversial Palmarian Catholic Church. Ávila was commissioned by someone named the Regent, claiming to be with the church, who told Ávila that the bomber was a follower of Kirsch. Ávila is later revealed to having already killed al-Fadl, while Köves is murdered by another assassin.

While Ávila escapes, Langdon meets Ambra. He warns her that Julián can't be trusted (as the last minute request to put Ávila on the guest list came from the Royal palace) and they escape from Ambra's Spanish Royal Guard and leave the museum. Deciding to release Kirsch's discovery, they steal Kirsch's phone and follow directions from Winston to a bridge, where they take a water taxi to an airport. Winston has Kirsch's personal jet fly them from Bilbao to Barcelona. Ambra reveals that the presentation is protected by a 47-character password, a line from Kirsch's favorite poem. Although neither know which poem was chosen, Ambra and Langdon deduce that it can be found at Kirsch's home on the top floor of Antoni Gaudí's legendary Casa Milà.

Meanwhile, the three murders have sparked a firestorm on cable TV news and social media, fueled by information leaked by an anonymous source called [email protected] When word of the meeting in Catalonia spreads, suspicion falls on Valdespino as the only survivor. Things only get worse when Valdespino sneaks Julián off the palace grounds, leaving their phones behind. To save face, public relations manager Mónica Martín places Guardia Real Commander Diego Garza under arrest on suspicion for the murders and claims that Langdon kidnapped Ambra, though she admits in private that she really suspects Valdespino due to a text found on his phone.

Arriving in Barcelona, Langdon and Ambra go to Casa Milà, where they search for the poem. Langdon learns that Kirsch was dying of pancreatic cancer, prompting a rushed release of the presentation. Though he first thinks the poem is by Friedrich Nietzsche, he soon finds a box supposedly containing a book of the complete works of artist William Blake, who was also a poet specializing in prophecies. The box is empty except for a slip stating that Kirsch donated the book to Sagrada Família, leaving it open at a specific page. Soon the police arrive and, as Ambra tries to explain she wasn't kidnapped, Kirsch's phone is destroyed in the chaos. Ambra's guards arrive in a helicopter and get her and Langdon to safety. Langdon assures Ambra that he can find Winston's physical location and she makes her guards take them to Sagrada Familia under threat of dismissal.

Arriving at Sagrada Família, the two are escorted to the book by resident Father Beña. The book is open to the final stanza of Four Zoas. They learn that the password is 'The dark Religions are departed & sweet Science reigns', with the word 'et' replacing the ampersand. On the Regent's orders Ávila arrives, killing the guards and going after the others. During combat on open stairs Ávila falls to his death, while Langdon is knocked unconscious. Despite Ambra's protests, the injured Langdon decides to keep going and they escape the police in the helicopter.

Using a painting at the Guggenheim made by Winston as a clue, Langdon finds his source inside the Barcelona Supercomputing Center based within an old church. They arrive at the source, a massive device called E-Wave, enter the password, and at 3:00 AM, as Winston believes Kirsch would have wanted, the presentation starts. In front of hundreds of millions of viewers, Kirsch explains that he mimicked the famous Miller-Urey experiment and coupled it with various components using the laws of physics and entropy, along with E-Wave's ability to digitally speed forward time, to recreate what he believes is the moment of abiogenesis. This is Kirsch's proof that humanity was created by natural events. He then reveals that in roughly fifty years humanity and technology will merge, hopefully creating a utopian future free of religious conflict. (This is in contrast to Kirsch's presentation to the three religious leaders, which ended on an apocalyptic note.) The presentation stuns the world and sparks widespread debate. Ambra returns to the palace and Langdon and Garza are cleared of all charges. Winston reveals that, per Kirsch's will, he will self delete at 1:00 PM the next day.

Meanwhile, Valdespino brings Julián to a secret meeting with his dying father in the infamous Valley of the Fallen. The King admits that he is actually homosexual and he and Valdespino are lovers, though their relationship was platonic due to Valdespino's vow of chastity. Both tell Julián not to follow old traditions, but to do what he feels is right for the country. The King dies during the night and Valdespino takes his own life to be with him, ending all suspicion towards him. Julián makes amends with Ambra and, as he unintentionally forced her into the engagement by springing the proposal on her on TV, they decide to start their courtship over.

The next day, going over all he has learned, Langdon realizes that Winston is Monte (monte and iglesia mean 'mountain/hill' and 'church' in Spanish, and Winston is named after Winston Churchill). He's also horrified to learn that Winston is also the Regent. Figuring that Kirsch would want as many viewers as possible, Winston had orchestrated Edmond's murder to make him a martyr, as well as destroy the Palmarians' reputation, something he is certain Kirsch would have approved of. He'd also intended for Ávila to be arrested at Sagrada Família by hidden police, only for him to see them and sneak past. He then self deletes, leaving Langdon shaken. Despite this, Langdon returns to Sagrada Família, where he and others of multiple races are united by hope for the future.


  • Robert Langdon: A U.S. professor of symbology at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Edmond Kirsch: A forty year-old billionaire and futurist and a former student of Robert Langdon at Harvard.
  • Ambra Vidal: The director of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, fiancé of Spain's Prince Julian and an associate of Edmond Kirsch.
  • Winston: Edmond Kirsch’s quantum-computer AI assistant, named after Winston Churchill.
  • Julián: The prince and future king of Spain.
  • Bishop Antonio Valdespino: The loyal bishop to the Spanish royal family and whom Kirsch meets in the beginning of the novel.
  • Rabbi Yehuda Köves: A prominent Jewish philosopher.
  • Syed al-Fadl: A prominent Islamic scholar.
  • Admiral Luis Ávila: Ex-officer of Spanish Navy who has lost his wife and son to religious extremism and later becomes devout member of Palmarian Catholic Church. He is one of the primary antagonists of the novel.
  • Commander Garza: Commander of the Guardia Real.
  • Fonseca: Guardia Real Agent
  • Rafa Díaz: Guardia Real Agent who assists Vidal.
  • Father Beña of Sagrada Família
  • Mónica Martín: Public Relation Coordinator, Spanish Palace
  • Agent Suresh Bhalla: Surveillance specialist, Spanish Palace

Writing and printing[edit]

In August 2018, the book was #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. It had been on the list for 23 weeks.[4]

Brown visited many of the places in the book, for example the Guggenheim in Bilbao.[5] he spent a great deal of time in Spain.[6]

Brown wrote and researched the book for four years. It is dedicated to his mother, who died in 2017. It had an initial printing of 2 million copies, with printing set for 42 languages.[7]


The New York Times complimented the book for focusing on 'serious ideas' relating to religion and atheism, and whether religion and science can co-exist. It also said the book had a 'geeky' humor.[8]The Guardian found the apocalyptic 'witches brew' of themes to be relevant to modern times, but it also noted the characters' dialogue made them sound like 'cybernauts'.[9] Another Guardian review said the book was fun 'in its own galumphing way.'[10]

The Washington Post panned the book, calling the themes and writing style 'worn-out.'[11]USA Today gave it a score of 2.5/4 and said it was a 'only a fitfully entertaining religious rehash of his greatest hits,' but said fans of Langdon would like it.[12]The Daily Telegraph said it was 'light on action' and focused more on historical factoids and intellectual ideas, to its benefit. It gave it 3 of 5 stars. The review called Brown a good communicator but a 'lousy' storyteller.[13]

Notes and references[edit]

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  1. ^Schaub, Michael (May 30, 2017). 'New Dan Brown book, 'Origin,' will continue his mega-selling Da Vinci Code series'. Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^Flood, Alison (September 28, 2016). 'Dan Brown returns to Da Vinci decoder for new novel Origin'. The Guardian.
  3. ^Cowdrey, Katherine (28 September 2016). 'New Dan Brown novel Origin out next year'. The Bookseller.
  4. ^'The New York Times Best Sellers'. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  5. ^'Dan Brown on God and artificial intelligence in his new thriller, 'Origin''. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  6. ^Italie, Hillel. 'Dan Brown talks religion, science and his new novel 'Origin''. TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  7. ^'The World According to Dan Brown'. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  8. ^'In Dan Brown's 'Origin,' Robert Langdon Returns, With an A.I. Friend in Tow'. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  9. ^Conrad, Peter (8 October 2017). 'Origin by Dan Brown – a Nostradamus for our muddled times'. the Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  10. ^Leith, Sam (4 October 2017). 'Origin by Dan Brown review – fun in its own galumphing way'. the Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  11. ^https://www.facebook.com/roncharles. 'Review - Attention, Tom Hanks: Dan Brown's new novel, 'Origin,' is ready for you'. Washington Post. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  12. ^'Robert Langdon chases clues, and God, in Dan Brown's 'Origin''. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  13. ^Kerridge, Jake (4 October 2017). 'Origin by Dan Brown, review: light on action, heavy on historical factoids'. Retrieved 13 September 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.

External links[edit]

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  • Robert Langdon chases clues, and God, in Dan Brown's 'Origin', by Brian Truitt, USA Today, October 2, 2017

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