Review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown



"Open your minds, my friends. We all fear what we do not understand.” – Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol

          The Lost Symbol is the fastest selling adult novel in the history with one million copies (hardcover and e-books) sold on its first day. The book was released in 2009 and it was written by Dan Brown, an author that has an affinity for powerful, secretive ancient sects like Masons. 

          If you read The Da Vinci Code or Angels & Demons, you will probably enjoy The Lost Symbol. The book is like a masterstroke – deadly races through real-world labyrinth of codes, unseen truths and secrets that unveiled will change the world. 

          The story begins with the well-known Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon. The unexpected call that receives to hold an evening lecture in the U.S Capitol Building shakes his life again. Soon from his arrival, he discovers an encoded object with five symbols – an ancient invitation to a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

          The person that left the invitation has also kidnapped his mentor, Peter Solomon – an illustrious Mason and philanthropist. Langdon realizes that the only way to save Peter is to plunge into the world of Masonic secrets, never-before-seen locations and hidden history.

Pros:
          I loved the book because it was very well researched, with real locations and experiments. I’m a very big fan of secret societies, hidden secrets and the combination between science and the Freemasonry was a very big plus for me.
The book is like a maze, it takes you to hidden places that connect like a puzzle unveiling an unexpected end. The attention to details and the historical content is overwhelming; making the reader feel like is part of the action.

Cons:
          Well, I never thought that will be something not to like on Dan Brown’s books. I was wrong. I found some unrealistic dialogue and many profound points. Also the end of the book let me with lots of unanswered questions.

Characters:

          Robert Langdon: Professor of religious iconology and symbology at Harvard University and the main character. No need for additional description if you read The Da Vinci Code. It’s the same man suffering from claustrophobia and wearing the same tweed jacket. Langdon is presented like a very intelligent person, with an eidetic memory and phenomenal problem-solving talents. 

          Fun Fact: Robert Langdon was named after a professor of typography at Drexel University – John Langdon. He is very famous for its creation of ambigrams, typographical designs that can be read in both right side up and upside down.

          Mal’akh: The antagonist whose body is covered in tattoos. He is the mastermind of events and also the killer, with multiple identities. He is a cold blooded killer that wanted to destroy Peter’s reputation and Freemasonry’s. His name derives from Hebrew and it means angel.

          Dan Brown spent 5 years to research this book and the final work is stunning; the action and the mystery blend perfectly together. Such a great book deserves a movie too. The movie was announced for release in 2014 but was put on hold, mainly because has some similarities with National Treasure.

          As Dan Brown said in The Lost Symbol: “Sometimes all it takes is a tiny shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light.” Read the book and you will realize that we live in a world where people are like marionettes, played by those with more financial resources.

Where to buy: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

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