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.
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This third book following Robert Langdon is written in the same style as The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, containing mysterious religious clues that he needs to solve whilst trailing through places of worship. He needs to resolve them to save people’s lives, whilst being chased himself. This time he receives an early morning call, and is summoned to Washington D.C. by his mentor, Peter Solomon, to speak at a prestigious Smithsonian fundraiser. He soon realises he is double crossed and now has to investigate the mystery from an ancient Freemasonry cult to save his kidnapped mentor Peter, before he is murdered. Body-parts from important individual keep appearing and Robert needs to speed up his search. I found this book to be interesting, as usual, with its religious facts and controversial theories, however I felt the objectivity on the Freemasonry movement wasn’t as ambitious as in Brown’s normal writing style. I could see places where I felt he could have condensed his story by taking away irrelevant information to leave more room for the thrilling action and mysterious suspense. A good read all and all.
Message & Moral
The moral in this book discusses the Freemason’s beliefs that the Bible contains veiled instructions for harnessing humanity’s natural God-like qualities, and that is not meant to be interpreted as the commands of an all-powerful deity. The Freemason’s interpretation is said to have been hidden for centuries and it is believed that when the time is right, its rediscovery will provide human enlightenment.
That people are threatened and killed for religious beliefs has always been the starter to the conflict of war. Whether or not humans can unlock higher senses of power in their brain, and whether or not a God exists, it doesn’t justify killing.
Creatures & Environment
The characters in this series are consistent and that is how I like it. Why change a winning concept. I myself, find symbolism fascinating, although my knowledge is literally what I have learned by visiting museums and what I have read in Dan Brown’s books. I like reading about the factual information, unless it clouds the plot too much. This time we follow the chase through Washington D.C. and in underground passageways. The environment isn’t creative, but I can’t really see how it could be as it is set in our ‘real’ world. I suppose there could have been more quirks to Robert Langdon except for his tweed Jacket, his Lazy attitude towards running and his passion for symbolism.
Captivation & Continuity
In the other books the events have been matters of life and death and in this book there is nothing less to be expected. Fingers and hands keep appearing in boxes and the threat to Robert Langdon’s situation feels very real. Mal’akh, who has been posing as Peter as he invited Robert to Washington D.C. then forces Langdon to find both the Mason’s Pyramid and the Lost Word, or he will murder Peter Solomon. The chase is on and it isn’t as captivating as the Da Vinci Code was, but it was okay.
Language & Flow
The information about the Freemasons was interesting, however a bit biased. The language is good, but not imaginative. Some parts of the book became a bit boring and I needed to skim through them, but a good performance over all.
T.M. Caruana’s The Spell Wand Award