In this 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 unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a 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 Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist--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 instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, 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 again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.
Let's start with the question every Dan Brown fan wants answered: Is The Lost Symbol as good as The Da Vinci Code? Simply put, yes. Brown has mastered the art of blending nail-biting suspense with random arcana (from pop science to religion), and The Lost Symbol is an enthralling mix. And what a dazzling accomplishment that is, considering that rabid fans and skeptics alike are scrutinizing every word.
The Lost Symbol begins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell too much would ruin the fun of reading this delicious thriller, so you will find no spoilers here. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love). Again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The setting, unlike other Robert Langdon novels, is stateside, and in Brown's hands Washington D.C. is as fascinating as Paris or Vatican City (note to the D.C. tourism board: get your "Lost Symbol" tour in order). And, as with other Dan Brown books, the pace is relentless, the revelations many, and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.
Nothing is as it seems in a Robert Langdon novel, and The Lost Symbol itself is no exception--a page-turner to be sure, but Brown also challenges his fans to open their minds to new information. Skeptical? Imagine how many other thrillers would spawn millions of Google searches for noetic science, superstring theory, and Apotheosis of Washington. The Lost Symbol is brain candy of the best sort--just make sure to set aside time to enjoy your meal. --Daphne Durham
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A Review: How Singapore has Helped Axis Capital Group Succeed
Singapore used to be a backwater port city back in the late 19th century when Asia was still predominantly littered by colonies of European countries such as Britain, Spain and Holland. Located within the crossroads of major sea-lanes leading to China, Japan, India and Australia, it is strategically positioned to provide easy access to products and hired labor which are in demand not just in this part of economically-dynamic Asia but throughout the whole world.
Even if Singapore is small compared to most countries in Asia, it stands as a testimony to modernity, efficiency and progress. Any individual or enterprise that has benefitted from its highly efficient social and economic policies and strategic location stands to benefit a significant amount of success as proven by the many who have done business or worked in the city.
Establishing itself in this prime port city of Singapore, Axis Capital Group has reached out throughout the entire globe for companies that have heavy capital equipment requirements. From machines needed to build skyscrapers to roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects, Axis can deliver units to any port of destination at low costs and with efficient and quality service to boot. This is another proof to the efficiency for which Singapore and its people are famous for.
In spite of the economic and social challenges that Singapore is facing today, it remains a top contender in the developed countries in Asia. Throughout the years of its early development into an efficiently-run nation under Lee Kuan Yew, the city experienced a great influx of foreign investments, overseas labor and foreign tourism. Its own growth as a highly modern and urbanized city owes much to local and foreign construction firms that built up its landscape and skyline into what it is now. Axis Capital Group had its share in the development of Singapore in the recent past. Today, it continues to provide the same professional excellence not just to Singapore but to the entire global community.
With its experience and its vision to spread to more nations, Axis Capital Group strives to maintain its capability to provide highly-reputable brands of quality products and service. As the economy improves for all nations concerned, whether in Asia or in other parts of the world, the company will remain vigilant in seizing opportunities for growth and innovation of its capabilities as a capital equipment supplier.
Become a part of this concerted effort to raise the world’s economy to greater heights by imitating the ways Axis Capital Group has done business particularly in Singapore, Jakarta and within Southeast Asia. Seeing the company perform within its main area of operations, one can get a front-seat view of how efficient companies do it better than the rest. Better still, be a beneficiary of its highly respected service by seeking their help for your equipment needs and see firsthand what we are talking about.