The Story Begins

House of the Temple
8:33 P.M.

The secret is how to die.

Since the beginning of time, the secret had always been how to die.

The thirty-four-year-old initiate gazed down at the human skull cradled in his palms. The skull was hollow, like a bowl, filled with bloodred wine.

Drink it, he told himself. You have nothing to fear.

And so begins The Lost Symbol, opening with a masonic ceremony in the House of the Temple, in Washington D.C.

The fact-packed prologue and first chapter of Dan Brown’s latest story can be found in the UK’s Mail on Sunday (print only) and Parade magazine.

The excerpts give nothing away that we did not know already. Freemasonry, DC and the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry were always going to play a central role.

But Brown’s allusion, in Chapter 1, to the furore the Da Vince Code caused did bring a smile to our face.

“My book group read your book about the sacred feminine and the church! What a delicious scandal that one caused! You do enjoy putting the fox in the henhouse!”

Langdon smiled. “Scandal wasn’t really my intention.”

‘The Lost Symbol’: Prologue and Chapter 1 (Parade)

Paul Berger, Contributing Editor, Secrets of the Lost Symbol.

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