Review of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol

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This is a review of Dan Brown's latest novel, The Lost Symbol.

Submitted: October 13, 2009

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Submitted: October 13, 2009




Oliver Zimbelman


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown


The Lost Symbol is the latest in a series of thrilling novels by author Dan Brown which deal with the adventures of Harvard professor Robert Langdon .This book was highly anticipated due to the fact that it is the follow-up to one of the best-selling novels of all time: The Da Vinci Code. Before folks rush to the local bookstore and drop thirty dollars on the beautiful hardcover edition of the book, they’re probably wondering: Is it as good as its predecessor? The answer is yes. And no. To put it simply, The Lost Symbol is just different.

Like any Robert Langdon adventure, it has its share of intrigue, suspense, secret organizations, and conspiracy theories. When the novel begins, the protagonist Robert Langdon is summoned to Washington, DC to give a lecture on Mason symbolism. When he arrives, he finds himself the pawn in a deadly game played by a tattooed murderer. Langdon, with the help of scientist Katherine Solomon, travels throughout the nation’s capital in search of an amazing, age-old treasure and with it a secret that has been lost for centuries.

What makes this novel different from The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons is the fact that it deals far less with topics of religion. We all know that half the fun of reading TDVC as I will now refer to it, was simply because it stirred up so much controversy. So will the latest novel do the same? Probably. This novel, although not specifically stating, like TDVC, that there is a secret which could uproot the very foundations of Christianity, there is plenty of information here which will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. For instance, the combined thoughts of a large group of people can actually have a physical effect on the environment in which we live. Or how about this one: you can actually measure the weight of a human soul as it leaves the body after death. As you can see, this book definitely has its fair shame of over-the-top claims.

The question still stands: is it worth reading? All-in-all, this book is certainly worth picking up. Fans of Brown’s fiction will absolutely adore this novel, and be glad to place in on the shelf next to The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. It certainly is just as much fun to read.


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