Book Title: Decoding the Lost Symbol
Subtitle: The unauthorized expert guide to the facts behind the fiction
Author: Simon Cox
ISBN: 9780743287272
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 ABOUT THE BOOK:(from Simon & Schuster website)

Dan Brown’s new novel once again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, this time in the United States, racing to uncover clues and crack codes involving secrets that are perpetuated to this day. But how much of the novel is true and what is pure fiction? Simon Cox, bestselling author of Cracking the Da Vinci Code and Illuminating Angels & Demons, offers the first definitive guide to all the mysteries featured in The Lost Symbol.

Based on extensive research, this A-to-Z guide lists the real people, organizations, and themes featured in Dan Brown’s latest novel, explains their histories and their meanings, reproduces and analyzes the symbols themselves, and provides insider knowledge gleaned from years of exhaustive study. From the monuments of Washington, D.C., to the secrets of Salt Lake City and the hidden enclaves in Langley, Virginia, Cox knows where the facts are hidden about the Freemasons, Albert Pike, the Rosicrucians, the Founding Fathers, and more.

This is the only resource you’ll need to understand and enjoy the complex new world of The Lost Symbol.

MY REVIEW:

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol is the follow up book to The Davinci Code. It involves a lost symbol found on our nation’s capital that turns out to be a mysterious inviation. Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox decodes the references to people, places and things in Dan Brown’s book, The Lost Symbol. It is THE guide to all the mysterious references in The Lost Symbol.  Presented in an A to Z format, Cox explains the many clues that are mentioned in the story, including the mysterious symbols and rituals of the Freemason society that figure prominently in the complex thriller. From the monuments of Washington, D.C., to the secrets of Salt Lake City and the hidden governmental enclaves in Langley, Virginia, Cox has determined where the facts are hidden about the Freemasons, Albert Pike, the Rosicrucians, the Noetic Society, our country’s Founding Fathers, and much more.

 “Decoding The Lost Symbol” wasn’t released around the same time as Brown’s novel, as I think readers would have benefited greatly by having the “decoding” book to refer to as they read the story.  And I find that, after reading Cox’s clear and understandable entries about the many clues, I am inclined to go back and re-read “The Lost Symbol,” with “Decoding The Lost Symbol” close at hand.

If you have not read Dan Brown’s ” The Lost Symbol” good for you, get the “Decoding The lost Symbol” before starting Dan’s book. And if you have already done with “The Lost Symbol”, pls. read Simon’s book and re-read Dan’s book, it will make “The lost Symbol” more understandable and interesting.

But if you have not read or donot have any interest to read Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”, then  Iam not sure if reading “Decoding the Lost Symbol”  is worth it!!!

 About the Author:


Simon Cox, author of Decoding The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction, was the founding editor in chief of the successful newsstand magazine Phenomena. Having studied Egyptology at University College London, he went on to work as a research assistant for some of the biggest names in the alternative history game, including Graham Hancock, Robert Bauvel, and David Rohl. He splits his time between Britain and the United States.

He has a very in-depth website at http://www.decodingthelostsymbol.com/ that further explores “The Lost Symbol” and Cox’s adventure in breaking down all the trivia found in the story.

My thanks to FSB Associates for providing the review copy of this book.

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