History Literature / TheLostSymbol

15th Jun '16 5:00:51 PM caffeinatedkate
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* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler:After being rescued from imprisonment and torture, including having his hand forcibly amputated, kidnap victim Peter Solomon]] does not go into shock or collapse from loss of blood, but instead indulges in a bit of light sightseeing and the delivery of several pages' worth of exposition.

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* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler:After being rescued from imprisonment and torture, including having his hand forcibly amputated, kidnap victim Peter Solomon]] does not go into shock or collapse from loss of blood, but instead indulges in a bit of light sightseeing and the delivery of several pages' worth of exposition. Robert has to outright ask him to go to a doctor as a favour.
6th Jun '16 5:59:14 PM StarSword
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* UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC

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* UsefulNotes/WashingtonDCWaterTorture: The villain tortures Langdon into solving the last puzzle for him by placing him in a coffin and slowly filling it with water. This is especially bad for Langdon, since he also has severe claustrophobia.
3rd Apr '16 7:21:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* KnightOfCerberus: Mal'akh stands out among villains in Dan Brown books, in that he is the first to be both the killer ''and'' the mastermind of events.

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* KnightOfCerberus: KnightOfCerebus: Mal'akh stands out among villains in Dan Brown books, in that he is the first to be both the killer ''and'' the mastermind of events.


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* PoliceAreUseless: Zigzagged. As was the case in ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' Landon can't count on them because they think he's behind it. [[spoiler:However, they are ''quite'' useful in disrupting Mal'akh's transmission.]]
3rd Apr '16 7:02:14 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* KnightOfCerberus: Mal'akh stands out among villains in Dan Brown books, in that he is the first to be both the killer ''and'' the mastermind of events.


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* TattooedCrook: "Crook" is a colossal understatement, but Mal'akh is ''completely'' covered with them. He is called "a demon" by a man who sees him naked.
4th Mar '16 5:22:04 PM Luigifan
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The BigBad's master plan is to [[spoiler: sacrifice his body so he can ascend and lead the Forces of Evil in destroying mankind]]. Since Dan Brown's previous novels have generally taken place in "the real world" (ancient conspiracies and shoddy historical accuracy aside), you'd normally wouldn't count on it, except this novel throws in all that stuff about mental energies and the Noosphere being real.

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The BigBad's master plan is to [[spoiler: sacrifice [[spoiler:sacrifice his body so he can ascend and lead the Forces of Evil in destroying mankind]]. Since Dan Brown's previous novels have generally taken place in "the real world" (ancient conspiracies and [[DanBrowned shoddy historical accuracy accuracy]] aside), you'd normally wouldn't count on it, except this novel throws in all that stuff about mental energies and the Noosphere being real.



* BadassBookworm: Langdon. Lampshaded when a security guard takes one look at Langdon and wonders how he managed elude the French police in ''loafers''.
* TheBeautifulElite: {{Deconstructed}}. While Katherine is good-looking and leads a highly privileged life, she has to face several tragedies, including the death of her father in her childhood, the [[spoiler: murder]] of her mother during Christmas time, and the ordeal involving her brother, Peter, that is the subject of this story.

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* BadassBookworm: Langdon. Lampshaded when a security guard takes one look at Langdon and wonders how he managed elude to the French police in ''loafers''.
* TheBeautifulElite: {{Deconstructed}}. While Katherine is good-looking and leads a highly privileged life, she has to face several tragedies, including the death of her father in her childhood, the [[spoiler: murder]] [[spoiler:murder]] of her mother during Christmas time, and the ordeal involving her brother, Peter, that is the subject of this story.



* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Zachary does this to Peter when he reveals his true identity.]]
* CIAEvilFBIGood: Except that FBI never shows up at all. [[spoiler:And CIA is revealed to be not ''that'' bad themselves.]]

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* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Zachary [[spoiler:Zachary does this to Peter when he reveals his true identity.]]
* CIAEvilFBIGood: Except that the FBI never shows up at all. [[spoiler:And the CIA is revealed to be not ''that'' bad themselves.]]



* DeadpanSnarker: Most characters but Inoue Sato, Robert Langdon himself, Katherine Solomon and Mal'akh particularly qualify.
* DepravedBisexual - While depraved asexual at the time of the story, a throwaway line mentions that Mal'akh used to occasionally enjoy the company of young men in addition to women. Pretty much a classic example of this trope as making Mal'akh bi doesn't serve any purpose other than to making him even "stranger".

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* DeadpanSnarker: Most characters characters, but Inoue Sato, Robert Langdon himself, Katherine Solomon Solomon, and Mal'akh particularly qualify.
* DepravedBisexual - DepravedBisexual: While depraved asexual at the time of the story, a throwaway line mentions that Mal'akh used to occasionally enjoy the company of young men in addition to women. Pretty much a classic example of this trope trope, as making Mal'akh bi doesn't serve any purpose other than to making make him even "stranger".



** [[spoiler: Zachary's first beef was his having to decide between A. a pot of money right there and then, and B. the wisdom of the ancients revealed several years down the road ''plus'' that pot of money complete with interest, which included his dad's Good Ole Boy Network Approval, in whatever he planned to do. Zach grudgingly admits he hadn't thought things through at the time.]]

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** [[spoiler: Zachary's [[spoiler:Zachary's first beef was his having to decide between A. a pot of money right there and then, and B. the wisdom of the ancients revealed several years down the road ''plus'' that pot of money complete with interest, which included his dad's Good Ole Boy Network Approval, in whatever he planned to do. Zach grudgingly admits he hadn't thought things through at the time.]]



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The BigBad has these. Namely, Mal'akh a corrupted form of the name Moloch. Also Dr. Abaddon [[spoiler: Who happens to be the bad guy's psychiatrist alter ego.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Mal'akh]]'s reaction once he crosses over.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: After being rescued from imprisonment and torture, including having his hand forcibly amputated, kidnap victim Peter Solomon]] does not go into shock or collapse from loss of blood but instead indulges in a bit of light sightseeing and the delivery of several pages' worth of exposition.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The BigBad has these. Namely, Mal'akh is a corrupted form of the name Moloch. Also Dr. Abaddon [[spoiler: Who Abaddon, [[spoiler:who happens to be the bad guy's psychiatrist alter ego.]]
* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Mal'akh]]'s [[spoiler:Mal'akh]]'s reaction once he crosses over.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After being rescued from imprisonment and torture, including having his hand forcibly amputated, kidnap victim Peter Solomon]] does not go into shock or collapse from loss of blood blood, but instead indulges in a bit of light sightseeing and the delivery of several pages' worth of exposition.



* RememberTheNewGuy: The previous books mentioned not a word about Solomon. All of a sudden he shows up and everyone has to suppose he is Langdon's father-mentor.

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* RememberTheNewGuy: The previous books mentioned not a word about Solomon. All of a sudden sudden, he shows up and everyone has to suppose he is Langdon's father-mentor.



* StrawFeminist: A light version in the form a student who complains about the lack of women in the Freemasons.

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* StrawFeminist: A light version in the form of a student who complains about the lack of women in the Freemasons.
5th Jun '15 10:02:03 AM Rjinswand
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* MadLibThrillerTitle

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* MadLibThrillerTitleMadLibThrillerTitle: ''The Solomon Key''.
9th Feb '15 5:52:43 PM trekwars42
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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Inverted agaim; Langdon doesn't realize Sato is a woman until they meet face to face, and she demands that he stop calling her "sir."

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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Inverted agaim; again; Langdon doesn't realize Sato is a woman until they meet face to face, and she demands that he stop calling her "sir."
30th Jan '15 9:59:13 AM Cieloazul
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* UnsettlingGenderReveal - Inverted; Langdon doesn't realize Sato is a woman until they meet face to face, and she demands that he stop calling her "sir."

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* UnsettlingGenderReveal - Inverted; TwoFirstNames: Inverted. Both "Inoue" and "Sato" are popular Japanese surnames which are very, ''very'', rarely used as first names, so yes, Inoue Sato has a name composed by two surnames. The concept would sound much less unusual in United States, however, due to the old American habit of using common last names as first names.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Inverted agaim;
Langdon doesn't realize Sato is a woman until they meet face to face, and she demands that he stop calling her "sir."
21st Aug '14 5:54:40 AM RA0808
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* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: Averted. In order to find what she's looking for on the net, Katherine has to link together hijacks other peoples' search engines and has them work together through ''parallel processing''. After that, she still has to sort out the junk from the useful stuff.

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* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: Averted. In order to find what she's looking for on the net, Katherine Katherine's assistant has to link together write a program that hijacks other peoples' search engines and has them work together through ''parallel processing''. After that, she still has to sort out the junk from the useful stuff.
1st Aug '13 4:03:23 PM caffeinatedkate
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* UnsettlingGenderReveal - Inverted; Langdon doesn't realize Sato is a woman until they meet face to face, and she demands that she stop calling him "sir."

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* UnsettlingGenderReveal - Inverted; Langdon doesn't realize Sato is a woman until they meet face to face, and she demands that she he stop calling him her "sir."
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