Author: Dan Brown
First Published: 2009
Page Count: 509
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Note: Book 3 of Robert Langdon series
Robert Langdon’s expertise in history and symbolism is put to the test in our nation’s capitol in Dan Brown’s third book in the thrilling series.
*Fascinating Villain *Interesting Setting
“Sometimes all it takes is a tiny shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light.” The history and legend surrounding the fraternal organization known as freemasonry has intrigued outsiders for ages. However, when a prominent mason is kidnapped, his close friend, Robert Langdon, must use his knowledge of history and ancient symbols to try to save him. His efforts will plunge him into the heart of the biggest mystery connected to the masons and will make him question his belief in an area of history he had always believed to be a myth.
This book in the Robert Langdon series felt very different from the first two I’d read. Though it’s been awhile since I’ve read either of those books, I remember a heavy biblical tone as well as a strong focus on Italian history and art. While the book does touch on the bible, this story centers around the art and monuments of Washington D.C. I liked the change of scenery and centering the book in the U.S.A made it feel closer to home even if I live all the way in California. I also enjoyed the book’s focus on the freemasons and their legends. Everyone has heard some type of story about the masons and their possible place in American history. It’s like Bigfoot or Area 51; the mention of the name itself evokes an air of mystery and awe because of the legends that surround it. Aside from the fact that I enjoyed the author’s use of this interesting group as the focus of the book, I also loved the villain. He was difficult to figure out and had an interesting past. Brown slowly reveals more and more about his villain which kept me flipping through pages trying to understand this intriguing individual.
After the perfectly thrilling and interesting plot started to wind down to the conclusion, I started to feel a bit let down with the final act of the story. I didn’t feel as if the villain’s plan, which kept being cited as a threat to national security, was that serious. When I hear someone say “threat to national security,” I’m thinking mass casualties. But the villain’s plan seemed more like a bad PR moment for its victims. The secret of the masons was also a bit anticlimactic. Langdon doesn’t find some grand object or book of knowledge, we’re just told about the secret. After five hundred pages, I want a better payout then that.
Dan Brown is my go-to thriller writer and The Lost Symbol is just another example of his skill at weaving a fascinating story. I can never put his books down and this book was no different. He continues to bring new adventures for Langdon to the table and as long as they feel unique and worth reading, I will continue to follow his work.