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3.0 out of 5 starsToo much to swallow to accept the climax and everything after
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2018
It's kind of hard to write a review about a book of fiction without giving away too much of the story itself, but let me give it a try. I read the Kindle version of this book, so I know that some other reviewers have pointed out how the print version was over 600 pages long. I read the book over several sittings, but I didn't feel the weight of 600 pages as the book is fairly well paced with very short chapters. What I liked about the book was that it kept me entertained for the most part. What I disliked about the book was the climax, which included the origin of Mal'akh (the antagonist). That and pretty much the rest of the book from there just didn't work for me. After having the origin Mal'akh explained, I found the motives of the character too weak for the extreme nature of his behavior. Additionally, the entire involvement of the CIA and the treatment of the events of the story as being a matter of national security to them: also too much for me to believe once it is all explained out. The biggest let down of the book is what happens after the climax. All of the main characters of the book, such as Robert Langdon, Peter Solomon, and Katherine Solomon, seem to just bounce back to their happy philosophical selves after just a couple of hours from the time of the climax of the book. If we're supposed to believe how the world was about to end and considering the loss of life and/or near death experiences, the revelation of who Mal'akh is, and the blowing of some of the greatest secrets of the Freemasons, it just seemed absurd that the main characters of the book so quickly return to life-before-end-of-world-climax selves.
2.0 out of 5 starsPseudo-science and Masonic conspiracy
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
Does Brown have an editor anymore or has his success allowed him to write anything? I suspect the latter. This book is tedious, overwrought and full of crap to be blunt. Noetic Science is junk science. Masonic conspiracies are overblown. National crisis, I think not. On by the way, the CIA by law is prohibited from operating domestically. The head of the CIA Office of Security has NO jurisdiction! Not to mention she was basically modeled on Edna from the Incredibles. The antagonists real identity is obvious half way through. The whole book could lose 100 pages easily. It repeats the same quasi-philosophical crap 3x times. Lastly, the updated 21 grams experiment made me laugh out loud. Thoughts dont have mass, random number generators didnt sync up, world consciousness isnt a thing etc.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother fantastic book by Dan Brown!
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
Dan Brown makes you realize that the mind of man has not begun to reach its fullest potential. He takes historical places, people, and written words and has us looking at them in a different light. He has the ability to to form a storyline that makes us think. Though this is a fictional story much of what he writes about could possibly become a reality in the future. This is another book that will make a great movie. You won’t be able to put the book down once you start to read it!
If you like a fast moving story that will keep you on the edge of your chair I recommend The Lost Symbol. I is a continuation of the exploits of Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist set in our nations capitol. His long time friend Peter Solomon, a 33 degree Mason has presumably called him to Washington for a speech, When Langdon arrives he finds the hand of his friend in the capitol rotunda. The Capitol police and the Chief of Security for the CIA, are trying to unravel the mystery of Peters disappearance and how this all ties together, It is a great read for action genre fans.
4.0 out of 5 starsFamiliar Formula Still Entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018
Brown doesn’t raise the bet this time around. He’s been holding a good hand and is playing it safe. Rather than flash his ace, Robert Langdon, he lets the other cards in the deck move the game along. For much of the action, Langdon resembles a joker rather than the ace. Still entertaining to follow the flow of the other players. Brown keeps some of his cards close to his vest and provides a twist or two towards the end of the game. The pot is still a battle between science and religion and some good research is the ante that keeps the game interesting. Readers should not fold their cards before the last hand is played.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Lost Symbol is very Enlightening
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
Dan Brown has created another sensational and informative book about a subject few people know about. The connection of our nations forefathers and important public figures to the Masonic Society is interesting and thoughtful. How much is factual is only known by the members of the order but they are gentlemen and scholars and the foundation of a moral America. An excellent read...couldn't put my Kindle down. Thank You !!!
Too many people cannot distinguish Dan Brown books from real non-fiction. There is a reason it is call FICTION people! Does everyone know what fiction means? It means it's fantasy, untrue, a made up story that may have bits of reality and true bits of history, but overall isn't real or isn't reality. I had to say that because I've read so many reviews from people who mistook The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and this book as if they were factual history books or written as gospel. Get over it people. It's all fiction. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Robert Langdon series. It's remarkable how an iconologist has bridged crime, murder and mystery. And I also love how Dan Brown has been able to take a kernel or two of truths to create a fast paced mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Just read them because I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I do!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2018
I tried really hard to get into this book, but finally gave up half way through. I think that I should have given up after three chapters and was annoyed at myself for sticking with it and wasting so much time. There was far too much technical information, most of it unnecessary and boring. I tried skipping but there was so much of it: page after page on many occasions. This all distracted from the story line, plot and characters. And rendered the book one of the most tedious of reads. My wife was reading Origin, Book 5, at the same time and tells me that it is altogether a better book. For now, though, Dan Brown is way down my list of favourite authors and it will be some time before I work up the energy to read another Robert Langdon book. I am disappointed because I believe that successful authors should always strive for high quality writing. This book was far from high quality.
It was one of the worst.....even in some places more so than the Da Vinci Code and that is saying something. Not any where near as good as Angels and Demons or Inferno. The end was so so long and boring that I started to skip paragraphs just to get this finished. Wished I'd just watched National Treasure instead, but don't like to not finish a book, so it was a hard slog to get this finished!!
2.0 out of 5 starsIt promises so much but delivers so little.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2017
While I absolutely love Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code years ago, I struggled to finish The Lost Symbol.
The pace is too fast, it shifts extremely quickly between scenes, feeling more like a blockbuster movie then a novel. While the antogonist is set up brilliantly, many of the other characters have stories that feel like they should have more impact on the story than they do, disappointingly failing to deliver and instead leaving an ending that feels no more than skin deep.
Robert Langdon is stripped off his agency throughout the story and the story failed to interest me in him as a protagonist.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2016
This is the first Dan Brown book, I've read. I saw the films for the first two books in the Langdon series and fancied a read. I've also read Holy Blood Holy Grail and Foucault's Pendulum, which seem to be on about the same sort of thing. The book was a nice read and given that it is a mixture of fact and fiction, I found it stimulating. I couldn't quite get into Brown's writing style and sometimes it detracted from the story. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I thought a best selling author with successful Hollywood films based on his books would be a better writer, but then this is just my opinion and others may find his writing better than I did. Some books you pick and love the way their written. The Author manages to effortlessly carry you along the narrative and you are drawn into the story. This did so in parts but not throughout. Also the end seemed to drag on a bit for me. Perhaps what has made Dan Brown's work so successful is the subject matter which he has clearly researched very thoroughly and this certainly makes the book worth reading. It was a good read and the sort of thing I would expect people would like to read on holiday.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 1, 2019
I've read a number of Dan Brown novels years ago and, other than Deception Point which I felt was far-fetched tripe, enjoyed his books even though they're all a bit formulaic in terms of characters. The Lost Symbol just isn't that good. It doesn't have you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting to know what will happen next or offer the interesting geographical or historical supported mystery that came with the Da Vinci Code say.