Review: The Lost Symbol

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By Maureen Fox
Daily Titan Staff Writer

Dan Brown doesn’t disappoint in his new thriller The Lost Symbol, but he does leave you scratching your head. In his third book featuring the adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, Brown whisks his readers away from the art of Europe and into the heart of Washington D.C. and the strange history of Masonic society.

In The Lost Symbol, Robert Langdon arrives at the U.S. Capitol expecting to present a lecture for his dear friend Peter Solomon, a high-order Mason. But to his horror, Langdon discovers his friend has been kidnapped by a violent mystic occultist intent on uncovering the greatest of the Mason legends and destroying the Masons forever. With the help of the CIA, Solomon’s sister and the Masons themselves, Langdon must rescue Peter and prevent the greatest of Masonic wisdom from falling into the wrong hands.

The book falls short of rivaling the shock and controversy of The Da Vinci Code, but it is still a thrilling page turner that gives you plenty to think about. The Lost Symbol contains more theories and philosophies than Langdon’s previous exploits, but continues Brown’s focus on illuminating the world around you. Once again, Brown fills the book with fun facts that will help you win Jeopardy! and throws in plenty of surprises – including one incredible jaw-dropping twist. And while a few explanations are a stretch, you accept them because it is Dan Brown, who makes even the most unbelievable possible. He also creates brilliant characters, including a few you love to hate, and throws in some humor to offset the serious tone.

The story’s scientific and religious theories could cause some heated discussion, but Brown moves into new territory, validating religion and faith instead of breaking it down like in his previous novels. The final chapter leaves you contemplating philosophy and pondering your own level of enlightenment.

While less gripping than The Da Vinci Code, Brown has still produced an entertaining and thoughtful read.

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