The Lost Symbol – Book Review


by Dan Brown

ISBN:  9780593054277

Published: 2009

Robert Langdon returns with another mystery to solve in The Lost Symbol.  His Sunday is disrupted by an urgent request from his dear friend, Peter Solomon, to fill in for an absent guest speaker at a Smithsonian Gala event that evening.  Peter, in his usual style, pulls out all stops, private jet and limousine, to get Robert to the Gala with no inconvenience.  Robert, however, is very inconvenienced when he arrives at the Capital Building to find no Gala event and no Peter Solomon waiting for him.  What he does find is a personal and gruesome ‘invitation’ to discover an ancient portal hidden in Washington DC .  If he does not accept the ‘invitation’ then his friend will die.

With the help of Peter Solomon’s sister Katherine and a few high ranking members of the Masonic Order, Robert has no choice but to do as the kidnapper demands and solve the riddles pointing to the location of the portal.

Dan Brown has created another nail-biting adventure for Robert Langdon and I was loathe to have to put it down for even the smallest domestic duty.  I can fully understand why his books cause such a sensation.  He mentions alchemy many times in this book and I believe, he, is an alchemist of sorts, with the way he seamlessly blends fact with fiction.  Choosing delicious, documented, legends and mysteries to solve, he weaves his magic and leaves you questioning what NOT to believe.  This is why his books are such a success.  It is hard to distinguish fact from fiction in a Dan Brown book.  He always leaves me desperate to research what parts of the story are fact.

Dan Brown, again, chooses to set his story within an exclusive organisation.  The Lost Symbol involves primarily, the Freemasons but also includes The Invisible College, the Office of Security, the Smithsonian Museum Support Centre and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.  You experience a sensation of descending or being immersed in these societies.  The science, theories, legends, artifacts, and rituals he offers up, are, like in his previous novels, great fonder for dinner party debates.

The fact, &/or fiction (you be the judge) he writes, is so facinating that I advise reading it in a quiet place where you can give it your full attention.  I don’t think The Lost Symbol has knocked off Angels and Demons or DaVinci Code as my favourites but I believe it is on a par with his other novels.  I found that I predicted results fairly early in the book but it didn’t take away from the ending because the explanations were fantastic and a surprise.

I loved The Lost Symbol and confidently recommend adding it to your bookshelf.

Posted on 23 September '09 by , under Crime/Mystery, Reviews, Thriller.

One Comment to “The Lost Symbol – Book Review”

#1 Posted by Heather (25.09.09 at 09:17 )

I just bought this and can’t wait to start reading it! so glad you thought it was great!