The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
After “The Da Vinci Code’ came out I read all of Dan Brown’s work. I enjoyed “Angels and Demons” and “Deception Point” was okay. I thought “Digital Fortress” was pretty bad, though, and decided he must have peaked with “The Da Vinci Code.”
The release of “The Lost Symbol” really didn’t change my mind about Brown having peaked with “The Da Vinci Code.” If you want to know what “The Lost Symbol” is about, take the plots of “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code,” mix well, and replace Europe with DC and the Catholic Church with the Masons, let chill for 500 pages, and serve until guests are nauseated.
My real problem with “The Lost Symbol” is that it just didn’t seem half as interesting as “Angels and Demons” or “The Da Vinci” code. Perhaps Brown dwelt too much on how the Masons are really just regular guys, to the point where I wasn’t interested in what Langdon would find if only he could decode their secrets. This lack of interest made the things that annoy me about Dan Brown’s writing all the more glaring. Oh, the italics! They are everywhere! And so annoying! And then, when you’re least expecting it, the worst possible thing happens….
A cliffhanger. At least one in every chapter. And chapters are only 3-4 pages long. Since “The Lost Symbol” is over 500 pages, I would guess that there were at least 200 cliffhangers and, you know, having Brown attempt to manipulate me that often just got old really quickly. Let me also say that the mention of Twitter near the end of the book seemed very silly and very much like Brown was trying to prove that he ‘gets’ the internet and social media.
The middle of this book is okay, but the beginning and end are pretty bleh. I just couldn’t really care about what was happening. If you’re in the mood for this kind of book, I’d recommend “Angels and Demons” or “The Da Vinci Code” before “The Lost Symbol.” If you’ve already read those, branch out and try a new author of historical thrillers. And if you have any suggestions, for better thrillers, please leave them in the comments.