Book Review - The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown


No spoilers here.

Having heard so much pre-publication publicity about Dan Brown's latest novel The Lost Symbol, I couldn't wait to get hold of a copy. I was intrigued with the idea of him explaining Masonic symbols, some of which are even found on LDS temples. Anxiously, I waited. Then it came out and I grabbed the first copy I could get.

I have to say, it was okay. That's about it. In about the first 1/3 of the novel, Brown drags his readers through tons of explanations of what various symbols mean, and tells us where they're located, even if they have to relevance to the story. Eventually, the book picks up as a life or death scenario develops. The chase to beat a ticking clock lends suspense, and the unraveling of hidden meanings of the various symbols' and how they lead to an ultimate solution is interesting, and there's a great twist near the end. But after the resolution, Brown goes back to explaining symbols that have little or no significance to the plot. The story actually ends about 4 or 5 chapters before the end of the book.

Overall, it's a fun read, but by far, Dan Brown's best novel so far was The Divinci Code.

Just my opinion.
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Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010

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