Dan Brown hit on a great formula with "Angels and Demons," then improved the pacing and intrigue with "The Davinci Code." I found them both to be very entertaining and fun. The Lost Symbol follows the same formula for the most part, but without the excitement or supporting character pizazz of the other two books. I found it boring and predictable. The same old details are dropped ad nauseum, (Langdon's Harris tweed, Mickey watch, claustrophobia, et al.) and the character doesn't develop in any way. The plot is also a little clunky compared to the other two books. I wish I had reread Davinci Code.
My wife and I are both connoisseurs of kid's lit, she having years of experience working at a children's book store, and me having a generally puerile mentality. We both found this tale lacking in good characterization, interesting plot twists, and most importantly, the wonder and fantasy alluded to by the audible review. This is a droll story with generally unlikable characters, and a not-so-surprising ending. It was just no fun for either of us. Skip it, Caldecott or not.
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