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Dan Brown does it again with his new novel "The Lost Symbol."

Updated on October 2, 2009

Dan Brown once again sets his symbolist sleuth afoot, amongst murderous villains, secret societies, and spiritual intrigue in order to solve yet another “riddle of the century”.

I’ve just finished reading the latest chapter in the academic turned detective, Robert Langdon, saga “The Lost Symbol.” And let me tell you that it does not disappoint, the intrigue, the conspiracies, the revelations, all the elements that made his first two novels, turned blockbusters, a major success are now found in his latest endeavor. This time Dan Brown has turned his unique blend of fact and fantasy toward the Freemasons and the founding fathers of America.

The Lost symbol
The Lost symbol
George Washington being crowned a God? The mystery's afoot...
George Washington being crowned a God? The mystery's afoot...

Under the backdrop of the nations capital, professor Langdon, must once more decode the secret clues left by an ancient order, in paintings, architecture, and artifacts, in order to save the world, and all the while outwitting the CIA, running form the murderous Mal’akh, and aided only by the beautiful and brilliant scientist, Katherine Solomon.

It always amazes me how Dan Brown comes up with half the things he does, or how he knows the tiniest detail about an item, which acts as a linchpin that he develops into a mystery. His writing is engaging, as he coaxes the reader, ever further into the story. And even though, I don’t always agree with his conclusions and his epilogue’s often gets a little preachy, I absolutely have enjoyed the journey. The only problem with the novel is that it’s too similar to his other works, (Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code), a beautiful scientist’s discovery is posed to change the world, as a freakish assassin associated with a secret society, endangers the revelation, all the while taunting Professor Langdon with mysterious clues only he could decipher. The novel has Hollywood sequel written all over it. But hay, I’ll still go see the movie.

So if you enjoyed his first two novels, sit back and enjoy the ride, Langdon is back and better then ever.



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      Tricia Mason 8 years ago from The English Midlands

      This will have to go on my reading list!