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An Illustrated Guide to The Lost Symbol by John Weber
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Pocket Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416523666
Date: 08 December 2009 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Take a trip through Washington DC following the path of Dan Brown's character Thomas Langdon in The Lost Symbol. There is plenty of information for both Dan Brown fans and just general tourists. Read about the places and the stories behind the places. It's fun.

I requested An Illustrated Guide to the Lost Symbol, by John Weber, from Gumshoe prior to a trip to Washington DC because I wanted some background on the places that I was going to visit. The intent of the book is to follow the locations and concepts talked about in Dan Brown's novel, The Lost Symbol. If you just want to travel DC and visit the places, this book will work for you. If you are a die-hard Dan Brown fan and want to know every detail behind every moment of The Lost Symbol, you will love this book too.

An Illustrated Guide to the Lost Symbol provides background on the locations that Professor Robert Langdon and researcher Catherine Solomon visit during the novel including the National Cathedral, the United States Capitol, and the Library of Congress. Also included is information on the history of Freemasonry, a section on Noetic Science, and many other things. Catherine is doing research in the field of Noetic science which is most easily described as the science of thought and its interaction with the universe.

The nice part about the guide is that you can pick and choose. My favorite part is the architecture and art of the various national buildings. If the history of freemasonry is your thing, read that. The book is non-fiction and tends to be quite academic at times. Some parts are way beyond the level of detail that I was interested in, but the beauty is that I can choose the parts that I want to read.

One of the interesting things I learned is that astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon in Apollo 14, is one of the leading researchers in Noetic Science. He actually ran experiments from space where he attempted to use his mind to send ESP signals back to earth. Another interesting thing I learned about is the symbology of the dollar bill. I am kind of a currency collector, so that was fun.

No Dan Brown book would be complete with codes and puzzles. Weber includes a section on that too. I enjoyed learning about all the various symbols that are hidden in the cover art of Dan Brown's novels.

Yes, I am the kind of person that travels to Paris with an illustrated copy of the Da Vinci Code. I really did, last December. Yes I went to the Louvre, and yes I went inside the pyramid. An Illustrated Guide to the Lost Symbol is great to accompany a trip to our nation's capital regardless of whether you are a fan of Dan Brown or just a casual tourist.

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