Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Review: The Lost Symbol

Oh, come on! Everybody reads a thriller now and then, and who's going to pass up The Lost Symbol from the ever-controversial Dan Brown? Not me.This time, Brown marries science and religion in an unforeseen twist, with the part of reluctance played — inexplicably — by Robert Langdon.

The Lost Symbol is another fast-moving tale starring Brown's now-famed, both inside and outside of the book, symbologist Robert Langdon. This time, the action occurs here in the states as Robert is lured to Washington D.C. under false pretenses with a friend's carefully sealed, decades old package, one left in Langdon's care more than a decade ago, and quickly finds himself delving into the leends and symbols of the Masons. What's inside the package proves an intriguing twist. Flanked by a scientist, with helpful and explanatory cameos by several Masonic brothers, Langdon's soon racing through national monuments, interpreting the clues on an ancient artifact.

Within Langdon's interactions and dialog, Brown effectively apologizes and explains his alleged defamation of church history, while twining in an extensively spiritual (and inciting) plot, propelled by the requisite madman. History buffs will appreciate the lists of Mason information, including historial figures, dates and events that meld seamlessly into the story and add the heft of truth to Brown's fictitious tale. Yes, the story lags in places, with long descriptions of artifacts and settings, but thrillers are all about pacing. Quit complaining and turn the page.

Well researched and solidly assembled, The Lost Symbol is a page turner with plenty of twists. Dan Brown doesn't disappoint.

The Lost Symbol
Dan Brown
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
$29.99 (until the paperback edition comes out)

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