Monday, September 14, 2009

NYT breaks Lost Symbol embargo
14.09.09 Katie Allen in The Bookseller

The New York Times has broken the embargo on the new Dan Brown book, The Lost Symbol, with a review of Brown's "third rip-snorting adventure". According to the newspaper, "The Lost Symbol manages to take a twisting, turning route through many such aspects of the occult even as it heads for a final secret . . . In the end it is Brown's sweet optimism, even more than Langdon's sleuthing and explicating, that may amaze his readers most."
The same newspaper broke the embargo on Ted Kennedy's memoir two week's ago prompting its publisher Hachette to bring in a private investigator to find out how the leak occurred. In the UK Transworld is only delivering the printed book to newspapers this evening (14th September), while bookseller Borders and Waterstone's are competing to get their reviews up first.
According to the NYT the plot follows Robert Langdon again, "the rare symbologist who warrants the word dashing as both adjective and verb", accompanied by Dr Katherine Solomon, a specialist in noetic science, with its focus on mind-body connections. The NYT reported:"The new book clicks even if at first it looks dangerously like a clone [with] another bizarre scene in a famous setting . . . another string of conspiratorial secrets and another freakish-looking, masochistic baddie."
New York Times

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