Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling—a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon—a prominent Mason and philanthropist —is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations—all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

As the world discovered in
The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readerswith an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.


From the library.

This one gets four stars. While this was rather slow to start and it did drag on in parts it was quite nice to revisit Robert Langdon. I did not enjoy it quite as much as The DaVinci Code, but it was still entertaining and quite fascinating at points. I didn't love it, but it was a good, solid read. The reader, Paul Michael, was excellent as always, lending his wonderful voice to the text.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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3 comments:

Sun Singer said...

I also enjoyed the book. Like you, I didn't find it as entertaining as the Da Vinci Code, but that could be partly because the subject matter wasn't such a controversial issue.

Malcolm

Margaret Pangert said...

Great cliff-hanger intro to The Lost Symbol! I loved delving again into the Masons/Templars as we did in The Da Vinci Code. I just wrote a review about this book on my blog www.whattheowltoldme.blogspot.com If you get a chance to visit, I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Thanks! Margaret

Ryan G said...

I enjoyed this one though I didn't see it as a great work of literature as I've heard from some.

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