For those that haven't read The DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons, The Lost Symbol is the third book by Dan Brown that features a character named Robert Langdon. Langdon is a Harvard Symbologist that manages time and time again to get himself wrapped up in adventures having to do with symbolic conspiracies involving science and religion.
In this book, Robert is called the the U.S. Capitol Building to deliver an evening lecture. However, when he arrives he finds that he has been set up and is given a bizarre invitation that is riddled with symbols that are supposed to lead him on a journey to discover one single, inconceivable truth.
I have to say that I was majorly excited for this book. I read The DaVinci Code first and LOVED the book. I seriously could not get to the end fast enough. Then I read Angels and Demons. I didn't like it so much the first time around but the second time I found that I loved it nearly as much as The DaVinci Code.
As for The Lost Symbol, I have to wonder if maybe I need to read it again. Yes, it had all the amazing things that the other books had. However, I felt almost as though I was rereading the entire scenario only this time is was set in Washington D.C. instead of Rome or Paris. While I love all the crazy conspiracy concerning religion and science I also felt like Robert Langdon was going through the same ol' motions as usual.
However, again, I have to wonder if maybe I'm comparing the book a little too much to the previous two Robert Langdon novels. I will say that it was a good, fun read and I would recommend it. Just don't be like me and measure it up to the previous novels!