After the excellent "Angels & Demons" and "The Da Vinci Code", my hopes were high for the new Dan Brown book. Even though "The Lost Symbol" is well written, I feel that it falls slightly short of my expectations.
What Dan Brown once again does very well is share scientific, philosophical, and biblical insights. The thriller story built around these insights is good, but sometimes a bit flimsy. The books starts off very well, dips in excitement for a long time, then has some well written plot turns, and subsequently drags on with repetitions of concepts already discussed.
If you have been through Dan Brown novels before, you know what to expect in terms of story template: psycho killer, a painting with hidden symbols, clues in buildings and churches, and a strong and smart woman by Robert Langdon's side.
Not as exciting as the two previous books, but still worth your while.
Disappointing follow-up to his other books. Despite Dan Brown's efforts, the Masons in Washington DC can never be as frightening or intriguing as Catholics!
The big problems is that the formula is way too overt - the short chapters that always end in cliff-hangers, the main characters who are always a step behind the reader, the lone nut-job who's orchestrating all the mayhem.
An unfortunate change in the formula is that Robert Langdon's no longer seems to be the intelligent protagonist who figures out the next step and drives the plot. This time his skepticism goes to the point of stupidity and he's just dragged along for the ride.
On the plus side, I personally liked the theme of the "lost wisdom of the ages' - to find a universal God within ourselves. This is a message that I hope will gain further traction with the popularity of this book.
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I did not enjoy this book even though it was classic Brown. His vocabulary is so very limited that it sounded as though he were repeating the exact same thoughts 30 times before moving to the next one. Smart people do bizarrely stupid things at every turn and after awhile it just got so hokey and unbelievable I couldn't wait for it to end.
While some elements of the story were engaging overall I was disappointed with this novel. It lacked much of the guile that marked the Da Vinci code. The focus in this book on the mysteries around the religious-science interaction to me was simply not that appealing. Also, the ending really dragged.
This is an exciting trip through symbolism, and gathers art and architecture in our United States Capital, insight into our founding fathers, with connections to the Free Masons, and the illuminati, a tale of suspense and intrigue that produces a history and art lesson that we all should know about our own capital and heritage. I was spell bound and could not wait to find out what happened in the next chapter. Dan Brown is a teacher and a fiction writer, combining the two we always learn from his books, and the story is compelling and exciting.
With Ron Howard directing this will be a great follow up to "Angels and Demons" and 'The Davinci Code". I can even suggest some cast members to go with Tom Hanks! For Catherine Soloman; Nicole Kidman, and for CIA Agent Sato an actor whose name I can't remember but who is currently featured in "NCIS Los Angeles"
The audio book however drags! 19 hours is just to damn long, especially when a lot of it is Author padding! The researched detail is all very well and interesting, up to a point, but it slows down the pacing of the story.
I also found some of Paul Michael's characterisations very annoying, especially the villain, who did not sound scary to me. Just extremely irritating.
This is, of course, just my opinion, but it is based in part on the experience of listening to the other two books, neither of which had the same effect on me. I just don't think Dan Brown needed to try so bloody hard! This story is just crammed with too much extraneous stuff, that does nothing for the plot, just slows it down. There won't be any room for the extraneous stuff in the Screen Play which is why I say "It will make a great Movie!!"
Being a mason, at times I was somewhat horrified with what was being said. We really do all those things. The story is what threw things off, the truth was always there and will be there throughout time. A must read for my brothern.