===About this Book=== In the stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon ''The Da Vinci Code'', Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. ''The Lost Symbol'' is a masterstroke of storytelling--a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and hidden truths...all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, DC, ''The Lost Symbol'' accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is unexpectedly summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the United States Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the evening takes an unexpectedly bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation; one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom. When Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason, philanthropist, and Langdon's beloved mentor--is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is plunged instantly into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations. All of this appear to be dragging him toward one inconceivable truth. As the world discovered in ''The Da Vinci Code'' and ''Angels & Demons'', Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that once again offers surprises at every turn. ''The Lost Symbol'' is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for...his most thrilling novel yet.