The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Bantam Press
Price: 699/-

The Lost Symbol: Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol: Dan Brown

Dan Brown is the king of mysticism, architecture, religion, cults and symbols. He proved his mettle once again with his new book “The Lost Symbol”. This time he has based his book with Washington DC in the backdrop so as to appeal to the American audience vis-à-vis “The Da Vinci Code” or “Angels & Demons” which were based in a European backdrop. He actually creates his magic again with a very accurate and detailed description of the Capitol Building and Washington DC with an outline of American history, architecture and its relevance with the mystic traditions of Free Masons.
The plot of the book is captivating, and engaging for the reader. The description of the architecture and its relevance with the Masonic traditions is fairly detailed but still manages to be in appropriate relevance with the plot of the story. The characterization in the book is in depth and reader never leaves the feel of the plot and the character placements.
The story is as all Dan Brown’s other books is based on the chief character Robert Langdon who is a symbologist at Harvard. The life changes for him when he gets an invitation from his mentor and a very good friend to deliver a lecture at The Capitol Building. The otherwise a usual lecture twists for an exhilarating time of his life as it goes into a frenzy. A maniac is after Robert Langdon to find and unlock the pyramid of Ancient Mysteries. The plot thickens with CIA getting involved on the account of National Security.
Robert Langdon sets on a journey to unlock the Ancient Masonic secrets to ultimate power. A journey involving saga of unparalleled wealth, family secrets, murders, and ancient mystic rituals. A journey with every step so unpredictable to keep you guessing on what happens next. A tale revealing the deepest secrets hidden in the heart of the architecture of the U.S. Capital.
The book just gets you glued to the storyline and the secrets and mysteries deepen with the progressing storyline. The detailed Masonic rituals and traditions and their presence in the American history and its impact with religion is not only entertaining but also enlightening. Though the novel’s ending doesn’t meets the hype or the built-up of the storyline and leaves the reader finding it a bit short on expectations when compared with “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons” but still the book makes for a good read. All in all Dan Brown hasn’t disappointed his fans and has created a very engaging read.

22 comments on “The Lost Symbol”

  1. gagrin Reply

    thanks for the fast review – it inspires many ppl like me to cross the fence – who buys books only after reading reviews…:))

  2. Poonam Reply

    You are a generous reviewer. Most people I know asked me to stay away from the book. Some of them bashed the language and weak plot.
    But then Dan Brown criticism wave is already in. I would say this was different and honest.:)

    • Prats Reply

      @Poonam: I agree to what people say, that the book is weak in Plot and specially the climax and as I have claimed it doesn’t matches the standards of Da Vinci or A&D. But still the description of US Capitol Building and the Architecture was very refined and till you reach the lousy climax it was a good read 🙂

  3. Monika Reply

    hmmmm i have been wanting a good review of the book

    thanks but i am still not sure whether i shld or not

    • Prats Reply

      @Reema: I would suggest wait for the paperback. Or better still borrow from some one and then read. Buy only if you want it for collection and really like the way Dan Brown writes

  4. Sri Reply

    That was fast! I just wrote a post about Louvre musuem and was searching for the last scene clips of Da vinci code movie! what a plot he does, I love all his books, Would read this too 🙂

    Thanks for the review

    • Prats Reply

      @Sri: Oh man I saw your pics with the museum in the back drop… man u r too lucky to have been there.
      I must say if u like the way he relates, history, architecture, mysticism and fiction you would really like the book and all the more if u have been in Washington DC.

  5. Meira Reply

    Hmm. I read the blurb at Landmark but thought it sounded too much like the previous books. Was waiting for a positive review before I got the book 😀 .
    Will go and get it now 🙂

    • Prats Reply

      @Meira: It is like the previous books as a matter of fact not even as good as them but then this one has a different backdrop 🙂

  6. Smita Reply

    Nice review but somehow Dan Brown has never been my kind of author. The only book of his that I have read is “Digital Fortress” had attempted Da Vinci Code 5 times but never moved beyond 12 pages 😀

    • Prats Reply

      @Smita: Wow that is really surprising, cause I generally have finished Dan Brown is single stretch. If you really want to try Dan Brown, you should try with Angels & Demons its got the best plot if you would consider as total fiction.

      But I still can’t believe you couldn’t read Da Vinci a reader like you should have finished it.

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