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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown--Book Review

Updated on September 12, 2013

A Well-Done and Engrossing Story

The author Dan Brown has done it again! Read this review without fear--I promise--no spoilers!

The Lost Symbol is yet another in his masterfully woven stories combining real history and places with fictional characters. There is plenty of suspense, mystery and intrigue for lovers of mystery novels, and an equal amount of adventure, chases, double-crosses and evil players for those who prefer the action-adventure genre.

Welcome back his recurring character, Robert Langdon, a university professor of cryptology and history, and amateur sleuth.

All of Dan Brown's books fascinate me because of the precise research he does. Not only is there the underlying story, but you also manage to always learn something new as historical or etymological facts are slipped in here and there. You may learn the origins of a word or something previously unknown to you about some aspect of our accepted history.

A Blend of Good vs. Evil

As with any good work of fiction, whether it be a romance or a crime drama, there must be a blend of good and evil characters for the requisite tension and resolution in the storyline.

Dan Brown is a past-master at creating this interwoven tension and release in cycles throughout the book. Just when I thought it was winding down with a resolution to the crisis presented, I discovered there were yet another two chapters to read!

There is everything here from teen angst to psychotic breaks, murder, kidnapping and theft. Something for everyone!

Freemasons and Secrets

Just as his equally well-researched and written works, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons wove a story around various aspects surrounding the Catholic Church, The Lost Symbol traces its way through the symbology and mystery surrounding the Masons.

He characterizes this group well when he has one of his characters make a statement that the Freemasons are not a "secret society"--because everyone knows they exist--but that there are secrets within Freemasonry.

It is these secrets or supposed secrets around which the main plot hinges. The story is set in Washington, D.C., and as per Mr. Brown's usual talents, he weaves fictional places in between real ones as easily as a mother cat moving her kittens.

The fast-moving plot escalates to a point at which you simply cannot put the book down until you finish it.

Surprise Ending

 The concluding scenes are as surprising in their twist as the rest of the story was in its captivating storytelling.

I highly recommend this book along with the other works of author Dan Brown.


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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, midget38,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I do enjoy the works of Dan Brown; I know you'll like this one, as well. Thanks for the comment and the votes.

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    Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

    I haven't gotten round to reading this one yet, but I'll say that I'm hooked and will get around to it. The other two books were great reads! Thanks for sharing! Up and interesting!

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you, Bbudoyono, for your kind comment.

    I am sure you will enjoy The Lost Symbol just as much as the others you've read.

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    Bbudoyono 6 years ago

    You make me want to read it. I have read all his novels except tis one.

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    Melanie Fourie 6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    You are most welcome ;-) Take care

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, Melanie--

    Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments! I am pleased that you enjoyed the review,(and presumably the book as well). ;-) Cheers!

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    Melanie Fourie 6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    Thanks so much for this wonderful review. You have a very distinct and engaging writing style. I love the works of Dan Brown and you have vividly and expertly encapsulated the essence of his book here. Have a super week (",)

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    Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you very much, minahiljhonkim. I believe you will enjoy the book. It's a real page-turner.

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    minahiljhonkim 6 years ago from New York

    your article motivate me to get this book soon. Amazing writing style.

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    Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Wayne Brown!

    (any relation? LOL)

    You make valid points, and I appreciate your input. And thanks for the compliment. ;-)

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    Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

    I think Dan Brown has a genius that all of us writers need to look at more closely. He takes an established backround/framework and weaves a suspense into it that does not exist in truth. It saves him a lot of time in terms of creating it...if he can create something as good. His roadblocks become the realties of the history itself. That leaves lots of time for the fiction aspect and the character development. Readers do like this approach as Brown has proven and I think it is because he takes a relatively familiar subject and interjects suspense and adventure into it. He truly possess the traits of a good and successful writer. You do him proud to point that out with this tribute to his skills. WB