Libro 30/52 :: Lexicon by Max Barry



It’s been said all you need for a good story is a girl, a gun and some conflict.

Lexicon, a fiction thriller by Max Barry, has those in spades and then some.

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It’s got a global conspiracy theory.

Hopscotch storyline to keep you alert.

International secret society.

Mass annihilation.


And a bit of linguistic neuroscience, thrown in for good luck.



Lexicon is one elaborate chase.

It’s exciting and tense and very well-told.


It’s easy to picture this as a movie starring Natalie Portman, the guy from The Hunger Games who was engaged to Miley Cyrus and George Clooney. Cristoph Waltz is further typecast as the bad guy.


Him. Not the little guy.

Him. Not the little guy.


Lexicon is a race against time to contain a linguistic tool that has the capability to “compromise” or control – the entire human race.


A secret society has decoded the way our brains process words. When certain words are spoken to individuals that match their “segment” or personality profile, the listener becomes a slave to the speaker. If you can train enough people to do this with evil intentions, bad things happen.


Being fascinated with language, words and stories – I found Lexicon tough to put down.

Bottom Line: As a Libro 52 fiction pick, Lexicon is not as strong as Gone Girl, but it’s an excellent read. If you’ve got room for one more summer thriller, pick this up. You’ll enjoy it. Hopefully Lexicon will arrive as a feature length film in 2016.



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Bradley Hartmann is El Presidente at Red Angle ( He’s trying to read 52 books this year. He’s behind at the moment, but catching up.


LIBRO 52 Challenge YTD

1. Kennedy/Nixon by Chris Matthews

2. Poke the Box by Seth Godin

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

NA. Buy-In by John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead

4. Education of an Accidental CEO by David Novak

5. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

6. Blood, Brains and Beer by David Ogilvy

7. Lyndon Johnson :: Master of the Senate by Robert Caro

8. 1776 by David McCullough

9. To Sell Is Human by Dan Pink

NA. Profiles In Courage by JFK*

10. Write It When I’m Gone by Tom DeFrank

11. FDR by Jean Edward Smith

12. The Cluetrain Manifesto by Locke, Searls, Weinberger + Levine

13. One Click by Richard Brandt

14. Persuasive Presentations by Nancy Duarte

NA. James K. Polk by Walter Borneman

15. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

16. The Illustrious Dead by Stephan Talty

17. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

18. Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Dan Pink

19. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

20. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

21. Ctrl Alt Delete by Mitch Joel

22. Down & Dirty Pictures by Peter Biskind

23. Makers by Chris Anderson

24. Tales from Q School by John Feinstein

25. The Business of Belief by Tom Asacker

26. 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman

27. Drive by Dan Pink

28. Enough by John Bogle

29. Contagious by Jonah Berger

30. Lexicon by Max Barry

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9 replies


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