Symbol Quest Phone is Live

As noted in the comments to the Symbol Quest Cover Codes just a few minutes ago...

The phone number is now live if you are going to try for one of the 33 copies that are signed. Evidently the recording was turned on earlier in the day. I have not heard back yet, if i am one of the 33, I can only hope. Good luck everyone.

In case you are stuck, browsing through the comments should help you work out the phone number...

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Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

This is real????

I just called the number and "Peter Solomon" called me back with instructions (that I obviously should not post) on how to have Dan Brown give me my "free, signed copy." It would involve a five hour drive and my wife says I am crazy. But is this rewal do you think???

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Is This Real?

I called the phone number and then I got a call back from "Peter Solomon." He told me about a lecture by Dan Brown and gave me a passphrase to say to Dan to get my "free, signed copy of the book." Is this real? My wife thinks I am nuts as it would be about a five hour drive.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Re: Is This Real?

You have obviously called a different number than I did. How did you arrive at the number you used?

When I called, I got a recorded message from Jason Kaufman, Dan Brown's editor. You are told to email them with Robert Langdon's favorite symbol in the subject line and your name, address and telephone number in the message.

I did this on September 14th at 8:22 pm. Since I haven't heard anything yet, I have no way of knowing if I was in the first 33 or not. I do wish that they would let us know. The suspense is like reading the book!

Steve G

Thothamon wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Still Wondering

Sorry for having left two comments the same. Just signed up. Anyway, the number that I called was NOT the phone number in the other comment area arrived at by decoding the cover. Rather it was the phone number of character Peter Solomon published "in the clear" in the opening chapters. Here's a more complete explanation:

I ordered the Kindle edition of THE LOST SYMBOL by Dan Brown and started to read it the day of release. In one of the opening chapters he gives the phone number for Peter Solomon who is a character in the book. Now, in all the years I have been reading novels I have often seen 555 numbers and other numbers that would lead to phone company messages and the like. This number was odd in that it looked, well, real. It was a number in the 202 (Washington, DC) area code. What the heck, I decided to call it.

I got Peter Solomon's answering machine. The message said it was full and could not take messages. It was a nice touch I thought.

Then early tonight I am reading on Dan Brown's site (this site) that if you decoded some complex symbology on the cover that 33 signed copied would be given away. And, another announcement said that the Quest Line was now open.

Well, I called again. Even though it was a phone number published "in the clear" and not requiring any decoding effort. This time the answering machine was not full. Instead I was invited to leave my call-back phone number. Which I did. About ten minutes later the phone rang. My wife picked it up and said, "It's for you. He says he is Peter Solomon."

I picked up the phone and was asked if this was the phone that called the number and where did I get the phone number? I was a little non-plussed, the voice sounded angry, annoyed. I said, well, it was published in Dan Brown's new book. Meanwhile I am thinking, "What's going on? I can't have been the only one to call?"

"Peter Solomon" explains he is a friend of Dan Brown's and is out of the country. The phone audio is going in and out, in and out, wavering like a satellite phone call. He says he can't believe it: "That ***** actually used my name and published my phone number???" So I say that's about the size of it while thinking that nooooo way is a major publisher going to let an author prank a friend. Are they??? And also, I mean the book sold a million copies the first day I simply can't be the only person who calls phone numbers in books. So I think of what it says on this web site.

I apologize but explain that I've always wanted to meet Dan Brown and it must be great to be his friend and I have just started the book but would love to get a signed copy. Well, the audio is fading in and out and I'm thinking either this is really a satellite call I could lose any minute or it's a pretty neat audio trick.

So "Peter Solomon" tells me that Dan Brown is going to give a lecture in a few days and gives me the name of the place and the time. Now, I don't think I should reveal that here. He also tells me to tell Dan Brown something for him which is a trifle insulting but which could well be a secret passphrase to identify myself. He says that "I'm sure Dan will have a free, signed copy for you."

I call again from two different phones. I ask three friends to call. No one else ever gets a callback.

So now I have to decide whether to board the dog, drive about five hours and go an unlisted lecture. My wife thinks that I am completely nuts.

I think I'm going to go though.....

Steve G wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Re: Still Wondering

If you call the number (202.329.5746) now, you get a message that says roughly, "This is not Peter Solomon. My name is Chris Works. I cracked the little code. I got into the voice mail and am listening to everyone's messages and they are hilarious. Please keep calling I am having some much fun."

The mailbox is full and is not accepting anymore messages at this time.

Saturday, September 19 1:45 pm EDT

Thothamon wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Phone Number Hacked

I just called and you're right, the hacker took down the phone system. Wow, what a S.O.B. that guy must be to ruin everyone's fun!! I hope the publishers get the phone number restored. Meanwhile, I guess the callback I got is still valid (if it ever was). Well, I'm still goin' to go....

Steve G wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

New Phone Messages Curioser and Curiouser

As of 4:20 pm EDT, the phone message now says, "This is Peter Solomon. If this is Fred Kraft (sp?) trying to reach me, please call me Fred at 912.238.4570." The mailbox is full,so you can not leave a message.

This number (912. . . .) is for Solomon's Lodge Number 1 in Savannah, GA. This is the oldest continuously operating lodge of Freemason's in North America. At this number you get an answering machine.

Before I posted this comment, I tried the 202 number again. This time I got a different message, which says approximately, "This is Peter Solomon. You can reach me through my assistant , Brandon Skains (sp?) at 740.550.2866." This new number rolls into a voice mail with no message. To quote Lewis Carroll, "Curiouser and curiouser!"

Thothamon wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Any Other Callbacks?

Has anyone else received a return phone call from any of these??

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

re: Any other callbacks

About an hour and a half ago, "Peter Solomon" called my house. I had called the (202) number from my house earlier today (got the hacker message, did not leave a voice mail), and had also called the (212) number from my cell earlier (followed the directions, and emailed my cell phone with other contact info as instructed). Since the call back came to my home number, seems it was generated by a call log/caller ID to the (202) number. I asked the gentleman if I'd emailed him; he said no. Wasn't sure what to do (to be honest, I was a little flummoxed), so I just said goodbye and hung up.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Peter solomons phone number

Now if you call Peter solomons phone number. You get the voice mail that says he is busy but please call his assistant Brandon Skeen(sp?_ at 740-550-2866,,,, If you call there it says that sprint voice mail is full, please try again later.

I wonder why they are doing all this?

Don't they realize that long distant calls cost money. It's one thing to have a change to win something, you play, you pay....but to have a phone number that goes to a voice mail and doesn't even ask for a Leave A Message...is ridiculous...my opinion of the publisher is rapidly going to..........(can't say that word in print.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

New (740) number

The new (740) number is a cell phone in Ironton, Ohio. Sprint network, for those who care. Also, the (202) number is a Verizon cell in D.C.

edgetech wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

plethora of phone numbers

I think someone has hacked into the original phone number is now just screwing with us. The officials should really look into this and take care of it. It is taking the fun out of it!!

Thothamon wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Not the hacker

The voice on the recording now is that of the original "Peter Solomon" not the Chris Works voice. Also, I noticed that although the first message sends you to a second phone number the first message still is accepting voice mail. I didn't leave anything as I already had the call back. As far as long distance, guess it depends on your plan. I use a cable system here and it doesn't affect the monthly charge.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

number

I bought the book and while i was walking out to my car, i figured out the code for the phone number. I called the number and got a message from Dan Brown telling my to send an email with Robert Langdon's favorite symbol to get my free signed copy of the lost symbol. I could'nt believe it only took me 5 minutes to figure out the code!

ain_soph_aur wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

intrigued..

I purchased the book at midnight on Monday. Started reading and came across the 202 number. Decided not to call D.C. that early in the morning so I called later Tuesday and Wednesday both times receiving the Peter Solomon mailbox full message. Thursday I got the same message so I didn't call on Friday. Saturday I was able to leave a message and stumbled on to this site learning about the contest. I just was curious if anyone has had any confirmation or anything.I have a few different 212 numbers as well and have sent 2 different emails including one to the "DoubleKnight" J. Faukman email just for kicks to see if anything comes from it. Anyone know if the magic box solution from the back cover has anything to do with this?

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

lol

Well, sending the email to the old da vinci code game was dumb..hehe. Just figured id do that as well. so pay no attention to that part of my previous post.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Deception

I believe the hacker is still messing with the Peter Solomon line. I have heard that people have recieved a call from the 740 number. Maybe more then one person is in on it but it's pretty messed up. I do feel sorry for people getting tons of calls from people aroung the globe. The message has changed over 3 times now. Tuesday it just said something about a mailbox no longer excepting messages and gave the name peter solomon. Yesterday it gave the message saying "you have reached Peter Solomon if you can not get a hold of me try my assistant..."and gave the ability to leave a message. Now it just says his name and tells you he is no longer taking messages. Interesting... Curious to what shall come of this..

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

Deception

I believe the hacker is still messing with the Peter Solomon line. I have heard that people have recieved a call from the 740 number. Maybe more then one person is in on it but it's pretty messed up. I do feel sorry for people getting tons of calls from people aroung the globe. The message has changed over 3 times now. Tuesday it just said something about a mailbox no longer excepting messages and gave the name peter solomon. Yesterday it gave the message saying "you have reached Peter Solomon if you can not get a hold of me try my assistant..."and gave the ability to leave a message. Now it just says his name and tells you he is no longer taking messages. Interesting... Curious to what shall come of this..

Thothamon wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

IT'S A HOAX!

Well, it's over. It was a hoax. I first spoke to the hotel and they seemed not to know about it. I then called the publicity team at Random House/Doubleday. I just got the following email from them:

Neil,

Please do not go to this location. This is an absolute hoax and we are looking into this as is the Random House legal team. Somehow someone with very bad intentions hacked into the phone number message system of the number published in the book.

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. I will be in touch as I learn more.

The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

I'm pretty disappointed but not as much as if I had gone. If anyone else received a callback this is the assessment.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 48 weeks ago

robert langdons favorite symjbol?

Maybe this was just another hoax as well? Someone must have won the 33 booksw?.....Maybe noone follpowed the right instructions?

Anonymous wrote 7 years 46 weeks ago

CONTEST IS OVER!

I just called the hidden phone number (the one encrypted on the dust jacket) and instead of Jason Kaufmon's voice mail detailing about the contest, I got a weird chanting (possibly from Mal' kah?) and it goes on for about twenty seconds before turning off. So I take it that the 33 were or are about to be notified seeing how it is impossible for participents to learn how to submit their entry.

Anonymous wrote 7 years 38 weeks ago

Brandon Skeen?

So I just called the Brandon Skeen number (740-550-2866) and expected it to go straight to voicemail...

....But it rang...and rang...then someone picked up. A male voice, not too old sounding. With all of this voice-mail recording fun-and-games, I was startled when an actual person responded. Startled but embarrassed.

When the man said "hello?" I instantly said, "sorry, wrong number." And expected him to be a bit annoyed and hang up (because it was a bit late in the evening, past polite calling hours). Instead, he asked who i was looking for. I paused, but then said "uhm...Brandon Skeen?" I expected the man to quickly brush off the name then bid me a good night but instead he said something...crazy. "Oh, yes. Brandon is not here at the moment. This is Peter Solomon. Maybe I can help you instead?" As you can imagine, I was sort of dumbfounded. I called this number having nothing to say (since i was expecting a machine recording, at most), much less, some guy claiming to be Peter Solomon. I paused for moment, then when I gathered myself asked, "this is Peter Solomon?" The man answered me back, "Yes. You could leave a message with me for Brandon if youd like."

This man was acting as if this was completely legitimate. There was no snickering in the background, or any foolishness of any kind. In fact, he kind of sounded....professional? I didnt know whether to call "Peter's" bluff and accuse him of being an impostor, ask if this was a game, or play along. I went with the default option and played along. "Oh no, I wont leave a message. Ill just call back later. Thank you." And with that, he bid me a good night and we hung up.

Weird.

Anyone find any information about this number or hear the latest releases about all these voice mail shenanigans? I tried looking up on google if anyone had called the number, but the only website that popped up when i searched the number and name was this one. Any one help me? Was this a game recognized by Dan Brown? A hacker having some fun? Peter Solomon incarnate?

Anonymous wrote 7 years 38 weeks ago

Brandon Skeen?

So I just called the Brandon Skeen number (740-550-2866) and expected it to go straight to voicemail...

....But it rang...and rang...then someone picked up. A male voice, not too old sounding. With all of this voice-mail recording fun-and-games, I was startled when an actual person responded. Startled but embarrassed.

When the man said "hello?" I instantly said, "sorry, wrong number." And expected him to be a bit annoyed and hang up (because it was a bit late in the evening, past polite calling hours). Instead, he asked who i was looking for. I paused, but then said "uhm...Brandon Skeen?" I expected the man to quickly brush off the name then bid me a good night but instead he said something...crazy. "Oh, yes. Brandon is not here at the moment. This is Peter Solomon. Maybe I can help you instead?" As you can imagine, I was sort of dumbfounded. I called this number having nothing to say (since i was expecting a machine recording, at most), much less, some guy claiming to be Peter Solomon. I paused for moment, then when I gathered myself asked, "this is Peter Solomon?" The man answered me back, "Yes. You could leave a message with me for Brandon if youd like."

This man was acting as if this was completely legitimate. There was no snickering in the background, or any foolishness of any kind. In fact, he kind of sounded....professional? I didnt know whether to call "Peter's" bluff and accuse him of being an impostor, ask if this was a game, or play along. I went with the default option and played along. "Oh no, I wont leave a message. Ill just call back later. Thank you." And with that, he bid me a good night and we hung up.

Weird.

Anyone find any information about this number or hear the latest releases about all these voice mail shenanigans? I tried looking up on google if anyone had called the number, but the only website that popped up when i searched the number and name was this one. Any one help me? Was this a game recognized by Dan Brown? A hacker having some fun? Peter Solomon incarnate?

jennifercrbl wrote 7 years 37 weeks ago

Where?

Where did you find that number? The only on Ive seen was the 212 number?
thanks

Anonymous wrote 7 years 36 weeks ago

RE: Where?

I found it on the tenth post on this thread. I recommend reading this entire thread (if you haven't already) to get the full story of how the messages kept on changing and how one number lead to the next...and that number lead to another...and so on. Have you called it/heard anything about this number?

Anonymous wrote 7 years 28 weeks ago

Peter Solomon isn't home...

I just got the book, and had no clue about any of this. I called the Peter Solomon number and got a message saying "Hello, this is Peter Solomon. I'm not home right now so leave a message." Then of course the mailbox is full. But after reading all of the comments, I called the Brandon Skeens number and got a generic voicemail. I'm curious to see just how far this goes, so if anyone has any other connecting phone numbers, or the original number from the cover of the book, please reply to this. (I'm not smart enough to decipher the code, and too tired right now to find the number.)

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