Book Review: Robert Langdon #3: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

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.

*****

i felt out of breath like i just ran a mile (if i can even run that far without stopping). that’s the feeling after finishing this book.

what i love about the author’s writing style is that he never lets me catch my breath first before plunging me into another gripping scene.

the story was a kinda complicated here and there, but once i got the hang of it, the familiarity of it, it got simple enough to grasp. it asked me, “science and religion: are they really two completely different things? or did one hailed from the other and vice versa?” the author made a plausible concept, i tell you. i was nodding my head while reading. musing. yeah, it could be possible.

i was always curious about the masonry stuff, but reading about it on this setting was unbelievable. the interpretation of the symbols are fascinating! talk about literal definition and/or hiding the meaning in plain sight!

ultimate high experience – langdon’s encounter with the villain. yikes. it was an eerie experience, what he’s gone through. i thought I WASN”T GOING TO MAKE IT. then i remembered, oh yeah, it’s langdon’s predicament, not mine.

fave scene: katherine’s encounter with the villain at her lab. wow. i felt was on a police chase… in outer space!

the ending: it was the twist that shocked me, but the demise of the villain was lame. i was like, “that’s it? he killed mercilessly and that’s the ending you came up with?”. injustice, man.

the verdict: it was technically good, unputdownable (if that’s even a word). if i bought the book (i read an ebook), i wouldn’t mind that i paid for it. it was a great Dan Brown read, but it doesn’t surpassed Angels & Demons as my favorite.

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