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The Lost Symbol by Doubleday Books

The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol
Doubleday Books
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  • Duzshura
It's kind of hard to write a review about a book of fiction without giving away too much of the story itself, but let me give it a try. I read the Kindle version of this book, so I know that some other reviewers have pointed out how the print version was over 600 pages long. I read the book over several sittings, but I didn't feel the weight of 600 pages as the book is fairly well paced with very short chapters. What I liked about the book was that it kept me entertained for the most part. What I disliked about the book was the climax, which included the origin of Mal'akh (the antagonist). That and pretty much the rest of the book from there just didn't work for me. After having the origin Mal'akh explained, I found the motives of the character too weak for the extreme nature of his behavior. Additionally, the entire involvement of the CIA and the treatment of the events of the story as being a matter of national security to them: also too much for me to believe once it is all explained out. The biggest let down of the book is what happens after the climax. All of the main characters of the book, such as Robert Langdon, Peter Solomon, and Katherine Solomon, seem to just bounce back to their happy philosophical selves after just a couple of hours from the time of the climax of the book. If we're supposed to believe how the world was about to end and considering the loss of life and/or near death experiences, the revelation of who Mal'akh is, and the blowing of some of the greatest secrets of the Freemasons, it just seemed absurd that the main characters of the book so quickly return to life-before-end-of-world-climax selves.
  • Peras
Does Brown have an editor anymore or has his success allowed him to write anything? I suspect the latter. This book is tedious, overwrought and full of crap to be blunt. Noetic Science is junk science. Masonic conspiracies are overblown. National crisis, I think not. On by the way, the CIA by law is prohibited from operating domestically. The head of the CIA Office of Security has NO jurisdiction! Not to mention she was basically modeled on Edna from the Incredibles. The antagonists real identity is obvious half way through. The whole book could lose 100 pages easily. It repeats the same quasi-philosophical crap 3x times. Lastly, the updated 21 grams experiment made me laugh out loud. Thoughts dont have mass, random number generators didnt sync up, world consciousness isnt a thing etc.
  • Diredefender
The text and binding is great on this edition but it doesn't have the illustrations/photos like the other books do. That's the whole point of me purchasing the illustrated edition so I wouldn't be stopping every minute to look up a venue or artifact.
  • Rare
Too many people cannot distinguish Dan Brown books from real non-fiction. There is a reason it is call FICTION people! Does everyone know what fiction means? It means it's fantasy, untrue, a made up story that may have bits of reality and true bits of history, but overall isn't real or isn't reality.
I had to say that because I've read so many reviews from people who mistook The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and this book as if they were factual history books or written as gospel. Get over it people. It's all fiction.
That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Robert Langdon series. It's remarkable how an iconologist has bridged crime, murder and mystery. And I also love how Dan Brown has been able to take a kernel or two of truths to create a fast paced mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Just read them because I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I do!
  • Der Bat
Honestly, I find ‘Lost Symbol’ somewhat disappointing, to put it mildly. It lacks Brown’s signature pace and suspense. While Langdon’s disbelief works as valid plot point in the beginning, its stubborn persistence throughout the novel reduces our favorite imaginary Harvard professor to really thick buffoon. Main villain’s motives do not seem plausible enough to validate his actions and even twist in the end does not improve overall impression. Author waits way too long to introduce reader with actual stakes. As a result, reader is faced with hundreds of pages of vague and empty hints at – nothing. I found myself bored out of my mind through long stretches of useless content, wondering should I persevere or simply give up. At times it seems as if novel will recuperate and kick off in real Brown style only to fall flat again and bore reader for another block of pages. I think cutting out between 150 and 200 pages would dramatically improve quality without losing meaningful content. I know we all have bad day here and there but with 600 plus pages I’d say Brown had bad year(s). Hopefully, next novel in Langdon series is significantly better. That is, if I decide there will be next time…
  • Sironynyr
As always Dan Brown put together a nice story.every character had a nice piece of the story. He is a very thorough writer and details the characters splendidly.There is a nice twist in the beginning involving getting Langdon involved with the plot that was enjoyed. Overall it was a good read. Again there was a lot of thrust and parry with our founding fathers and the Free Mason mystery through out the entire book. I know that is a/the "hook" but it still remains a mystery.
  • Realistic
Brown doesn’t raise the bet this time around. He’s been holding a good hand and is playing it safe. Rather than flash his ace, Robert Langdon, he lets the other cards in the deck move the game along. For much of the action, Langdon resembles a joker rather than the ace. Still entertaining to follow the flow of the other players. Brown keeps some of his cards close to his vest and provides a twist or two towards the end of the game. The pot is still a battle between science and religion and some good research is the ante that keeps the game interesting. Readers should not fold their cards before the last hand is played.