THE LOST SYMBOL-A REVIEW.

Genre: Fiction, Thriller.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Hey there, fellow maniac!

Welcome to the third book in the “DAN BROWN MARATHON”. We have “The Lost Symbol” for today. Don’t worry, this is a spoiler-free review with just thoughts from the top of my head.

“The Da Vinci Code” took us deep into a tunnel of skeptism and introspection with a clearly visible light at the end. But “The Lost Symbol” tactlessly leaves us in the middle of the tunnel, with a light so dim, that it nearly feels like the journey to the light is not worth it.

What do we have this time? With the “I gang” and Catholic references in the previous books, Dan Brown familiarizes us with the disreputable Masonic Lodge in this one.

It’s time to say hi to Robert Langdon once again! Robert Langdon, the renowned Harvard symbologist, is called for by his friend and mentor, Peter Solomon, to Washington DC. Upon reaching there, Robert finds that it wasn’t Solomon who contacted him. Furthermore, he learns that Solomon has been kidnapped by some bad dude. Surprise much?  Now Langdon has to decipher a series of cryptic puzzles and find his way to his friend Peter Solomon. 

The story is now all set in Washington DC, with Langdon tracing his steps to Mal’akh (the bad dude). Just like Vittoria Vetra and Sophie Neveu, the female bosses of the previous books, Katherine Solomon, sister of Peter Solomon and a noetic science specialist, joins Langdon in this quest.

Thoughts:

All I want to ask is- why so many facts? Why so much of history? Amidst all the fact building and backgrounds of symbols and monuments, the story lost its core. I have learnt more history from Dan Brown’s novels than from my history classes at school!

Also, the villain is no different from what we’ve seen in the first two books.

With a little keen reading, the “lost symbol” for which I read the book was quite decodable way before the reveal. It left me in dismal. Reading a 528 pages book to find this? I was disappointed.

Quote I liked:

“Open your minds, my friends. We all fear what we don’t understand.”

DAN BROWN, THE LOST SYMBOL.

Well, we certainly can’t deny this, can we? I fear math because I can’t understand it.

Overall opinion: Go ahead and read it with no expectations about the storyline, or characters, or anything per say. I give it a 3.8.

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