Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Lost Symbol was well worth the wait!
Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” is one of the most highly anticipated novel releases of the year. It’s been six years since readers have had their “Robert Langdon” fix, but the wait was worth it.
Robert Langdon has been summoned to Washington, D.C. by his mentor, Smithsonian director Peter Solomon, to give a lecture on symbolism in the Capital Rotunda. But Langdon arrives to find an empty room, save a severed, recently tattooed hand pointing skyward. A hand that formerly belonged to Solomon.
And so begins the countdown for Langdon to cipher through a slew of cryptic messages from a mysterious caller, search through the many clues that will lead him to his friend, and pretty much save the United States from impending disaster. All in a span of 12 hours.
Along the way to rescuing Solomon, Langdon must either work with or evade the head of CIA Security and the Architect of the Capital. The clues that have been received all deal with the legends and lore of the Freemasons and their influence on the beginning of the country, and it’s up to Langdon to decipher their meanings. He discovers that Peter’s sister, Katherine, has also been contacted by the mysterious kidnapper and faces a life-or-death situation of her own. The two combine their efforts and race to discover the meaning of the legendary “Pyramid” that holds the answers that everyone in Washington is desperate to know.
Dan Brown delivers a rollercoaster ride of a thriller with “The Lost Symbol.” It was fascinating learning about the Freemasons and their massive influence on the founding of our country. Brown also includes facts about Noetic Science (the study of mind and intuition) and history of Washington, D.C. that most Americans probably don’t know about, so even while the reader is being entertained by the story, they are also learning in the process.
There were quite a few similarities between Brown’s other two Langdon novels (“The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”) and “The Lost Symbol.” Instead of an albino monk, there is a crazed tattooed man. Instead of priests being tortured, government officials are. And instead of the Vatican and the Catholic Church being in danger, this time it’s the entire democracy of the United States at stake. “The Lost Symbol” may have something of an over-warmed plotline, but it is still entertaining in the details.
I imagine that Brown will have great success with “The Lost Symbol.” And then in a couple of years, Ron Howard and Tom Hanks will make the movie, and then it will be time for another novel. But in the meantime, I hope Brown enjoys his moment in the sun.