Lost Symbol Book
"The Lost Symbol" is one of the
many works of world-renowned author Dan Brown. Just like his novel, The
Da Vinci Code, any reader will experience a lot of thrills with this
other masterpiece from the writer. "The Lost Symbol" is filled with a
maze of codes, unseen truths and secrets that every reader would want
to know about. Here is a gist of the entire novel.
The title “The Lost Symbol”
does not really refer to a lost symbol but to a lost word. The
story happens in Washington D.C for 12 hours and mainly concentrates on
Freemasonry. Robert Langdon, the lead character, is scheduled to hold a
lecture, and to hand over a package to Peter Solomon, his mentor in the
United States Capitol. Instead of giving out a lecture, Langdon was
startled to see Solomon’s right hand mounted on a stick that is
situated in the middle of that particular room. He believes that it’s
the Hand of Mysteries.
It was evident that the kidnapper desires for Langdon's help in
searching for the Mason’s Pyramid and the Mason’s word which puzzles
the kidnapper. As Langdon analyzes the tattoos on each finger of
the hand, it led him to proceed to the capitol’s sub-basement where
Peter Solomon’s Masonic Altar was located. There he finds symbolic
items together with what looks like a small pyramid. These gave Langdon
clues to go further and complete his task.
The kidnapper, Zachary Solomon alias Mal’akh, Peter’s son, longs to
have the ancient source of power in his hand. He wants Langdon to
unlock the antediluvian mysteries that will lead him to save his friend
Peter. Langdon, locked up inside the tank by Mal’akh at that time was,
rescued by the CIA.
Zachary Solomon supposes that it is his fate to lead the forces of
evil. He asks his father to make him as the sacrifice. Zachary urges
the word or the lost symbol out of his father and placed it like
tattoos over his head. As the police breaks in through the glass panel,
Zachary was hit with shuttered glass which left him dead.
Peter escorts Langdon the way to the word. Blindfolded, they have
managed to go through barriers and into a chamber. When Langdon
takes off his blindfold, he suddenly sees a stairway that seems to have
no end. With his eyes wide open, he found the Capitol at the
bottom part of the stairs. He realized that he is inside a room located
on top of the Monument.
Peter tells Langdon that the symbol or the word is found on the pyramid
stone on the Washington Monument which is hidden in the building's
corner. Langdon recognizes the symbols used, it spells Laus Deo
that literally means to “Praise God”. Solomon narrated to Langdon that
the symbol that is found underground is indeed a Bible’s copy. This
fully explains that a man is always a part of God but the word has many
interpretations and majority searches for it but the enlightened people
know what it is.
"The Lost Symbol" is a story that reflects messages similar to the
other novels of Dan Brown. It is the usual lightning-paced story with a
bit of twists in every turn. It also used a variety of symbols
including the double-headed eagle that symbolizes unity of the east and
the west and the red seal on its cover that represents the Scottish
Rite Masonry. Furthermore, transneptunians, otherwise known as
hypothetical planets can also be found in the book. This is where we
can find the names of Greek gods Zeus, Hades and Vulcanus. But no
matter how many symbols we see in this book, we can't help but wonder
about the real message of "The Lost Symbol".
It is all about good triumphing over evil. It is not one way of
weakening the faith of those who strongly believe in God. As what the
Rev. Ed Bacon says in his review about the book "Our faith must be
durable or it cannot help us when storms arise". Therefore, "The Lost
Symbol" should be taken as an inspiration to a renewed faith with God.