Book Review : The Lost Symbol

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If you don’t know who Dan Brown is, you must be living under a rock! He’s the acclaimed author of the Robert Langdon series aka The Da Vinci Code author.

We all know how popular The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons have become, spawning big budget Hollywood produced movies. But as per the last 2 series, you just HAVE TO read the book to be able to get the full gist of the story and how it’s so controversial. His theories can be mind blowing at times, but does indeed make you think.

Not disappointing, The Lost Symbol is another great book about other secrets of the Freemasons. Symbols and hidden clues supposedly “intentionally” hidden in the most patriotic state of USA – Washington D.C.

Once again, this story surrounds our favourite symbology professor – Robert Langdon through a quick paced (think the TV series 24) search through clues hidden in architecture, basement storage offices, etc to uncover some truth to a hidden Ancient Portal protected by the Masons. The suspense is added that he needs to unlock all these clues as his mentor is being held captive and a suspicious CIA Chief involved.

Summary of the plot from DanBrown.com

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.

As the world discovered in   The Da Vinci Code and   Angels & Demons, Dan Brown’s novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn.   The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for… his most thrilling novel yet.

In classic Dan Brown style, he tackles more controversial topics and once again, delving deep into the secret society of the Freemasons. I have to say, after reading this book, I am more curious than ever to read more about the Masons, their rituals, the supposed secret that is kept within the brotherhood.
I love the Robert Langdon character. However, I am vocally disappointed with the casting of Tom Hanks as this character. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tom Hanks as an actor. But somehow, he doesn’t exactly fit into Dan Brown’s description of this professor.
Throughout this book, I have to force myself to picture – “Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks”. And man, it is tough.
The plot is crazy fast paced. Because of this, I have to say that it is indeed a page turner. I have difficulty picturing this being translated onto a silver screen as well. The book is written in the style that while the plot is being narrated, there are tonnes of flash backs and those “meanwhile, back at the house…” kinds narration.
This time, the background is not in usual Christian places like Rome, Paris and stuff, it’s all set in Washington D.C only. I have no doubt that in time, there will be a “Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol Tour Group” based on this book to look at the places, architecture, symbols, etc described in the book. You know, like the same “Da Vinci Tour” in Paris?
Without revealing too much of the plot, the book also introduces us to a new term of “Noetic Science“. It made me do a Google search (which is part of Dan Brown’s hidden agenda). Read the wikipedia page here. A little bit of a spiritual understanding mumbo jumbo at times, but it’s basically the science of understanding the extended human capabilities.
I truly believe in this form of science. Knowing that we, as humans only utilizes less than 10% of our brains, one must really wonder what can happen if we concentrate and harness the other 90%, right? Without bringing religion and faith into the picture, you need to read this with an open mind about Noetics.
His story-telling abilities might be a bit annoying at times in this book. Almost every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger. After a handful of chapters ending like this, you kinda just want to smack Dan Brown and yell at him, “Stop That!”.
Nevertheless, I rate this book a good 4.5 out of 5. In conclusion, I truly enjoyed this book very much. Dan Brown did not fail to impress me. You grow to feel the individual characters deeply and the story indeed brings you through a roller coaster fast paced plot.
If you like his previous work – you have to pick up this book, for sure!

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