The Lost Symbol - Prediction Competition

** Update: The competition has now closed. Thanks for all your entries via comments and email. I'll announce the winner during the week.

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Here's your chance to take a shot at predicting the plot of The Lost Symbol, a book that has been in the works for 6 years. Five years ago, I published my Guide to The Lost Symbol (originally as Da Vinci in America), predicting the major topics and locations that I thought would be in the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, based on clues and hints from Dan Brown. The plot, though, is a far more difficult proposition to predict - and four days out from the release of The Lost Symbol I dare you to offer your own in the comments (you can post anonymously, without needing to log in). After The Lost Symbol is released, I'll pick who I thought got closest to the mark, and post the winner's name next Friday (so leave some sort of name or alias!). First prize is a personally signed copy of my post-edition Guide to The Lost Symbol (to be published later this year) and a signed limited edition hardcover of the upcoming release of the Daily Grail's Fortean anthology Darklore (out next month).

You can either post in the comments (you don't need to be registered on The Cryptex), or send me an email via 'userhelp @ dailygrail.com' if you don't want to take a long shot in public. As a guide to winning the bounty, I'd suggest thinking long and hard about the locations, the hidden history that Dan Brown will discuss, and ultimately what the 'treasure' or plot driver of the novel will be. No doubting it's a tough ask, and everyone will be wrong to a large extent - but don't be shy!

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Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

Secret Order of the Knights Golden Circle

During/after the civil war the Confederacy including Albert Pike and Jesse James hid gold, silver and guns to refight the war--just in case they lost? Myabe some of that was hidden in Wash DC? [rg3]

Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

secret order of the knights golden circle

during or after the civil war members of the confederate army including Gen Albert Pike and Jessie James and Caleb Cushing hid caches of gold, guns and silver coins just in case the South lost they could start up another war afterwards. It is possible that one of these lost treasure troves was placed in Wash DC?
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Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

I think that Vittoria and

I think that Vittoria and Sophie will meet in this one. Maybe. There will be 2 females instead of one. I'm thinking that locations would mainly be in America (the thirteen colonies, maybe?) and England. As for plot...I'm not really sure. Maybe something involving the US government and conspiracy. Not a very good guess, haha, but I'm not nearly as creative as Dan.

--Nikolas
Nikc93@gmail.com

Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

The Lost Symbol - Prediction Competition

This is adapted from a post I placed at Barnes & Noble on July 22nd.

I believe Mr. Brown will delve into the physical layout of Washington DC, including various theories on the role of Freemasonry, and of masonic symbols being imposed on the grounds and incorporated in the buildings and monuments by L'Enfant and the Founders. On September 15, 1787, The US Constitution was adopted with a rarely discussed article that led to the foundation of Washington DC as the national capitol. Perhaps this is another key to the release date?

And there is the teasing possibility that the ultimate goal of the characters (past and present) will concern the rebuilding of Solomons' Temple. It might be either a race to obtain the needed artifacts, or finding the already-rebuilt temple—in Washington DC. Along the way, we will (maybe) find out:

--What is the Solomon Key? ( It could be a book of arcane knowledge, a ring, the key of a piece of music, or a conglomerate of many symbols.)

--And what is the Lost Symbol? It is likely something needed to make the new Temple "official". My hunch: the "True Cross". I suspect this based on an early tweet to a video of a possible Michelangelo sculpture of Christ crucified, but MISSING the cross.

Perhaps we will discover that the "True Cross" came to the New World with the first Europeans, or perhaps it was entrusted to our Founding Fathers, who concealed and protected it. If so, Brown will likely have it hidden in plain sight. Maybe it is incorporated in the guts of the Capitol Building or sealed in the now missing original cornerstone. This will pit the various entities he has depicted so vividly in previous books: Freemasons, Illuminati, Opus Dei, etc., against each other with Langdon (and at least one friend--a woman) caught in the mix. And we will likely see Jesuits, Rosicrucians, Kabbalists, numerologists, etc. All have their own legends of Solomon's Temple, and rumors of their own recovered treasures from the original. Perhaps Dan Brown has finally sussed out who had which relics. Some entities will want it rebuilt at any expense, some will wish to prevent it—at all costs.

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Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

The Lost Symbol

I think the plot will be about the founding fathers. I think the Freemasons a long with several of the symbols used in Symbol Quest will be used (I dont know exactly how, but I think they will be used). I think the threat will probably be the accuracy of the Decelaration of Independence ( I know its a stretch but I cant think of anything else off the top of my head). I cant wait to see what kind of an adventure Robert Langdon will experience in this third installment.

-Thewildcode

Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

from May Grethe Lerum and

from May Grethe Lerum and Lapu Marie:

Nytt gåtemestverk New riddle most plants

Dan Brown har på mesterlig vis sydd sammen en intrikat og kreativt heseblesende thriller, som på samme tid er både ren resirkulering av eget stoff - og likevel nyskapende. Dan Brown has masterfully sewn together in an intricate and creative hoarse blew the thriller, which at the same time are both pure recycling of their own material - and yet innovative.

Dette er formellitteratur på høyeste nivå, og oppskriften er slik: Man tager religiøse myter og legender som i mega-suksessboken «Da Vinci-koden». This is the formula literature at the highest level, and the recipe is as follows: Man tager religious myths and legends as the mega-successful book The Da Vinci Code. Dette pares med boken «Engler og demoner»s hovedtema: ultramoderne forskning på kvantefysikk, grenselandet hjerne/kropp, eller tanke/materie. This pares with the book "Angels and Demons" s main theme: ultra-modern research in quantum physics, cross-country mind / body, or mind / matter.

Resultatet er altså «The Lost Symbol», en selvlysende bastard av en spenningsfortelling, en 12-timers action så spekket med vold, drama og lag-på-lag-gåter at det kjennes litt feil å påpeke at språket, metaforene og persontegningene er flatere enn noen gang. The result is thus "The Lost symbols," a luminous bastard of a suspense story, a 12-hour action so packed with violence, drama and team-on-layer puzzles that it feels a little wrong to point out that the language, metaphors and personal drawings are flatter than ever.

Uten å ødelegge spenningen for leseren, handler denne romanen om at vår helt Robert Langdon får testet sin kunnskap om frimureriets symboler og legender. Without spoiling the excitement for the reader, this novel is that our hero Robert Langdon gets tested on their knowledge of Masonic symbols and legends. En hittil ukjent farsfigur (Peter Solomon) og elsket mentor er i livsfare, og sammen med dennes søster må han utfordre alle tenkelige hindre og fiender. A hitherto unknown father figure (Peter Solomon) and beloved mentor is in danger, and together with his sister, he must challenge all possible obstacles and enemies. Målet er som i «Da Vinci-koden» at menneskeheten må få vite en viktig Sannhet - med store politiske, åndelige og religiøse konsekvenser. The goal is that in "The Da Vinci Code" that mankind must learn an important truth - with major political, spiritual and religious implications. Som i «Da Vinci-koden» må Langdon beskytte en viktig gjenstand, og som i «Da Vinci-koden» er den brutale fienden en bisarr, smerteelskende asket med skjult fortid og mange ansikter. As in "The Da Vinci Code" Langdon must protect an important subject, and that in "The Da Vinci Code" is the brutal enemy, a bizarre, pain-loving ascetic with a hidden past and the many faces.

Dette er en moderne thriller, skrevet med en så bevisst visuell storslagenhet at film-manusfolkene i Hollywood får lite å gjøre. This is a modern thriller, written with such a conscious visual grandeur that the film-script people in Hollywood have little to do. De kan heller konsentrere seg om å få lov til å filme på location i de mest kjente monumenter og landemerker i verdens nye Jerusalem: Washington DC. They can either concentrate on getting permission to film on location in the most famous monuments and landmarks in the world's new Jerusalem: Washington DC. For denne byen er selve symbolet på Amerikas fødsel, grunnlagt av frimurermesteren George Washington, og hans frimurermester-kompis-arkitekt (som ikke nevnes ved navn i romanen). For this city is the symbol of America's birth, founded by Freemason champion George Washington and his Masonic master-buddy-architect (that are not mentioned by name in the novel). Her finnes faktisk frimurerens skjulte helligdom, det som gjenskapes i enhver frimurerlosje: Salomos vestlige tempel. There are actually Freemasons hidden sanctuary, as recreated in any Masonic lodge: Western Solomon's temple.

Brown er slett ikke den første som utnytter byens mange tydelige arkitektoniske symboler, og det spekulerer i at USA er en nasjon skapt og styrt av frimurere. Brown is not the first to exploit the city's many distinct architectural symbols, and speculate that the U.S. is a nation created and controlled by the freemasons. Men ingen seriøs forsker våger å tegne opp et drama der Det hvite hus, obelisken Washington-monumentet og Capitol Hill er designet ved guddommelig inspirasjon. But no serious scientist dares to draw up a drama in which the White House, Washington Monument obelisk and the Capitol Hill designed by divine inspiration. Brown gir sin leser mange fine google-tips, i et vell av symbolisme. Brown gives his reader a lot fine google-tips, a wealth of symbolism. Den som vil, kan ta davidstjernen (tradisjonelt Salomos segl) og legge den over USAs rikssegl slik at den øvre trekanten omfavner det guddommelige øyesymbolet. Whoever will, may take the Star of David (traditionally Solomon's seal) and place it over the U.S. national seal so that the upper triangle embracing the divine øyesymbolet. Da vil hver av stjernens spisser peke mot følgende bokstaver: MASON. Then each of the star-tipped point to the following letters: MASON. Altså frimureri. Thus Freemasonry. Kjente frimurere som Albert Einstein og Albrecht Dürer skrives inn, sammen med Isaac Newton, Schrødinger, Bohr og andre som har operert i grenselandet filosofi/fysikk. Famous Freemasons as Albert Einstein and Albrecht Dürer is entered, along with Isaac Newton, Schrödinger, Bohr, and others who have operated in the border country of philosophy / physics.

Slik bygges gode konspirasjonsteorier av Dan Browns merke. To build good conspiracy theories of Dan Brown's brand. I denne boken synes også den underliggende moralen, konklusjonen vår helt Langdon gjør seg til slutt, som en ren, skjær hyllest til frimureriets åndelige essens: Det finnes en mektig Konstruktør, en hellig arkitekt, som hverken Jesus, Buddha, profeten Muhammed eller noen annen religionsstifter har enerett på. In this book also seems the underlying morality, the conclusion our hero Langdon does eventually, as a clean, cutting tribute to the Masonic spiritual essence: There is a mighty constructor, a sacred architect, that neither Jesus, Buddha, Prophet Mohammed or any other religion has a monopoly on staples. Og til alle som fnøs av millionselgerboken «The Secret»: Dan Brown vil bevise at den har rett. And to all those who scoffed million selling book "The Secret": Dan Brown will prove it right. Tanke styrer materie. Thought governs matter.

Selv bør han kanskje tenke på mulige nye rettssaker: Forfattere som David A. Shugart, Hank Hanegraaff og Paul L. Maier har skrevet om dette før. Although he should perhaps think of possible new trials: authors such as David A. Shugart, Hank Hanegraaff and Paul L. Maier has written about this before. Men en mulig meta-meta-konspirasjon ligger nå i dagen her: De har samarbeidet med Brown, under dekke av å være hans kritikere. But a possible meta-meta-conspiracy is now in the day here: They have collaborated with Brown, under the guise of being his critics.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

Second thoughts?

In Angels and Demons--there was a bomb(?) and a puzzle to flnd the bomb using Berninis statues to make a cross? In the Davinci Code...there was a murder mystery starring Opis Dei and Galileo's Codex...starring Apple and Solomons Seal? So why the Smithsonian, the Botanical Gardens and Gen Albert Pike in Wash DC? Well, there should be no shortage of Masonic Symbols of the Zodiac in Wash DC to follow after....and...the notion of Washingtons Monument acting like a guiding Morning Light into the Shekinah? But the driving force for all this....maybe a Masonic driven conspiracy to have Lehman Bros and Goldman Sachs go bankrupt?

Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

Second thoughts?

In Angels and Demons--there was a bomb(?) and a puzzle to flnd the bomb using Berninis statues to make a cross? In the Davinci Code...there was a murder mystery starring Opis Dei and Galileo's Codex...starring Apple and Solomons Seal? So why the Smithsonian, the Botanical Gardens and Gen Albert Pike in Wash DC? Well, there should be no shortage of Masonic Clues of the Zodiac in Wash DC to follow after....and...the notion of Washingtons Monument acting like a guiding Morning Light into the Capital? But the driving force for all this....maybe a Masonic driven conspiracy to have Lehman Bros and Goldman Sachs go bankrupt? [53715]

Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

The lost symbol is...

The anagram Alfred Pike pointed to a conclusion, that the lost symbol is indeed THE PHOENIX.
An ancient symbol so powerful, that it bridges masonic coat of arms, first symbol of USA (instead of double eagle), British royalty, Washington, Sculls&Bones, Vatican, World Power, Lucifer, Death line (#33), New World Order and the most secret of all societies "The Bilderberg Group" together. The number 33 is essential in all clues, particularly in geometry.

I am looking forward to the book and hope it shines some light on the old question...
"Did the founding fathers betray the American people?"

Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

Re: The lost symbol is...

The anagram Alfred Pike pointed to a conclusion, that the lost symbol is

indeed THE PHOENIX.
An ancient symbol so powerful, that it bridges masonic coat of arms, first symbol of USA (instead of double eagle), British royalty, Washington, Sculls&Bones, Vatican, World Power, Lucifer, Death line (#33), New World Order and the most secret of all societies "The Bilderberg Group" together. The number 33 is essential in all clues, particularly in geometry.

I am looking forward to the book and hope it shines some light on the old question...
"Did the founding fathers betray the American people?"

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Anonymous wrote 7 years 32 weeks ago

lost symbols by siobhan hogan1994

well i think that the plot will manly be about robert and Sophie. and it will be around the time of jesus and set in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
and as sophie is the last desendent of jesus then she will resive her powers and be able to turn water into wine, bring a person back from the dead, feed 5000 people with just fish and bread and be able to restor a persons sight.
i think this one will be about the treasure from the Holies in the temple,
by siobhan hogan1994

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