Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol
3 out of 5
What started out as a great books turned into watching a balloon slowly deflate. The history and symbolism were fascinating, but the whole tattooed menace grew old quickly. I can't say that the book was overly long, or dwelled on the wrong thing, it just lost it spark midway through and never regained it.
Invited by his long time friend Peter Solomon, Robert Langdon has been invited to Washington DC to delivery a speech. Not only is Solomon an important man in his own right, as head of the Smithsonian Museum, but he also happens to be a high-ranking Mason. There was no speech planned, Langdon was lured there because it is thought that he could unlock an ancient portal hidden in Washington.
Peter Solomon has been kidnapped and with the help of Solomon's daughter, Langdon sets out to decipher clues that will keep Solomon alive and slowly discover the guarded secrets of the Freemasons. Through use of symbolism and Neotic Science Brown leads the reader down many twisted avenues to an ending that was neither shocking or awe inspiring.
Though there were many good sections and times that I went and did a bit more research on topics that were mentioned, overall the book was just so-so. Langdon seemed a bit more bumbling then I remember him being in previous books, the beautiful woman that assists him is over used and the tattooed antagonist was predictable. Maybe it was because of all the hype, but I was expecting more. Maybe next time.