Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

This is going to be very quick since I am trying to catch up. I have been desperate to read this book since it came out, but it was always out at the library. A few weeks ago, I thought to check the Large Print section and there it was, in fact they had two copies. So, now I know what to do in future.
Robert Langdon, a renowned symbologist is asked by his mentor to give a lecture on very short notice. He rushes off to Washington only to find that his mentor, Peter Solomon has been kidnapped by Mal'akh and his right hand left in the Capitol building for Robert to find. Robert then teams up with Peter's sister Katherine to find the lost Masonic Pyramid and discover the lost word which will obviously solve all mysteries. Of course, nothing is as easy as it sounds and they are continuously chased and hindered by the CIA as well as being sent around by Mal'akh.
I enjoyed the book,however, it really follows the same old Dan Brown formula (not necessarily a bad thing) and I really didnt feel it was his best. Having said that there is a lot of action, twists and turns and enough historical information to keep me hooked throughout. What really frustrated me about this book was the CIA agent, Sato. She was so arrogant and obnoxious, and refused to give anything out. As a result she appeared to be the bad person and infact I thought she was in cahoots with Mal'akh in the start. I realise that obviously this is part of the plot, mystery etc, but in this book I thought that it was taken to such an extreme that it didn't really help the story.
Anyway, all in all I did enjoy the book and will be looking out for the next one.

1 comment:

Canada said...

The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, is a suspenseful and exhilarating book that is a great read. Robert Langdon goes through an adventure filled with severed hands, a secret pyramid, and a ton of symbols. He is racing against time to decipher a map encrypted in an ancient pyramid before his friend reaches a horrible fate. Robert gets the help from a Noetic scientist, the architect of the Capital Building, and a blind and humble priest. All of whom believe that these symbols lead to the ancient mysteries of past times, that reveal the wisdoms of life. I couldn't put this book down, and it had me reading to figure out what the lost symbol really was. Even though the book was great, I thought that The Lost Symbol exaggerated the abilities of the villain. He managed to kill several people, sneak into the Capitol Building with a severed hand, and escape a laboratory explosion. These actions seemed a little un-realistic and that the villain was favored by Brown.