19 September, 2017

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown - [Book Review]

Book Details:
Title : The lost symbol
Author: Dan Brown 
Genre: thriller
Length of the book : 500 pages
Publisher: Doubleday books
Source: A copy picked from local library

Blurb:
WHAT IS LOST...
WILL BE FOUND
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, DC., 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 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.

My Review:
I loved the earlier novels of Dan Brown especially 'The Davinci code'and 'Angels and Demons'. What I like about the author is that he includes many facts from research in his books and also put some mystery element till the climax. 

Now, coming to this book -
This book is more about masons, their rituals, their pupose and the significance of architectural monuments in Washington DC. This is a fast paced thriller like his other books but defenitely not his best work. Eventhough 3/4th of the book is interesting, i felt, there is a lot of unnecessary information in the remaining pages and needs good editing. The last few pages are more like a lecture material embedded just to increase the length without any story attached to it.

The characterization is great and the suspense is maintained till some point. The pace is good and the plot is interesting. The book cover and title are apt.

My Rating: 4/5

Purchase link: Amazon

About the Author:
Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels and Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. He lives in New England with his wife.

Until next time,


2 comments:

Ramya Abhinand said...

This indeed is a brilliant book. And it was the book that made me a hardcore Dan brown fan. Glad you liked it too.

Alice Gerard said...

It sounds like there was too much information about masons, some of which may have been unnecessary. The plot of the story seems interesting, however.

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