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Book Review: Lost Symbol by Dan Brown - Reviewed by CloggieA (05 Jun 2011)
The Lost Symbol is the 3rd in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. The story goes over 24 hours and starts with Langdon being flown by private jet to Washington to give a lecture as a favour to his long-time friend (and Mason), Peter Solomon. Soon enough, this turns out to be a ruse, and Langdon finds himself at the Capitol’s Rotunda where Solomon’s severed and tattooed hand is left by a mysterious man. Langdon’s expertise as a symbologist is demanded to find and solve legendary Masonic Pyramid. The CIA are involved, and soon the action hots up. This book is (of course, as a Robert Langdon novel) filled with symbols, codes and puzzles, religious icons, lots of technology, chases and escapes, a seemingly invincible villain who is not what he seems, plot twists, apparently impossible resurrections and a virtual travelogue of Washington DC. There are some obvious flaws, and we are asked to believe that some characters will bizarrely put up with lengthy and unnecessary inconvenience. It is fiction, after all. But it is, nonetheless, exciting and fast moving. There are many facts about Washington and Masons and Ancient Mysteries. I couldn’t get the image of Tom Hanks out of my head for Robert Langdon, although he really doesn’t fit this description. I thought the climax was a bit anti-. Entertaining, all the same.
Book Review: Lost Symbol by Dan Brown - Reviewed by Rebecca MM (07 Nov 2009)
I was anticipating big things from this book as there had been a long wait for the new Dan Brown novel. Unfortunately this one didn't live up to the hype.
It is a retelling of the same tale - somewhat freaky villain who has taken a different name and is working to his own agenda, a real "secret society" that people are somewhat wary of and a riddle that the protagonist needs to solve. I approached the book with an open mind, however the similarities were too great to ignore.
Brown's decision to follow the same story with different characters may have worked if there had been some departure from "The DaVinci Code" storyline, but there wasn't. By about the 200th page, I was starting to lose interest and in some parts the story got to a point where it was highly unbelievable. Overall, not a great book.
Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and creative writing. He lives in New England. Visit his UK website at www.danbrownofficial.co.uk.
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