I was very keen to read this book as I loved The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. I did find it gripping, but not as interesting and memorable as the two books above; both of which altered my thinking and ideas about the Bible and religion and I thought were influential books.

The Lost Symbol features again the character of Robert Langdon, and this time he is thrown into the world of the Masons and their history and symbolism. It is a gripping story with many intriguing and clever codes and symbols, plus Langdon facing several perils and life-threatening situations including one particularly brave and shocking storyline that had me questioning the author’s sanity (I will go no further as I don’t want to spoil the read for others). As with Dan Brown’s other books, I am impressed at the amount of detail he gives on his subjects and the amount of research he must have done.

I did find the information about the Masons interesting but I wonder if the fact that this book didn’t grab me as much as the previous two mentioned is because religion is a more far-reaching topic than the Masons no matter what your religion or even if you have a religion, whereas I don’t feel the Masons have touched my life or that I have much knowledge about them so I am not so interested in them.

I also found myself a little confused about the main theme of the book as there seemed to be three subjects that the reader was learning about and that Ma’lak was seeking to destroy/gain knowledge about; the Masons and their symbolism; the lost word that has such an amazing power over every culture and religion; and the Nonetic Science that aims to investigate whether human thoughts can influence actions and events. Perhaps it was just me missing something, but I was confused as to why Ma’lak was concerning himself with all three – I can see that the Masons and the lost words are connected as the Masons seem to hold the secret of what/where the lost word is, but I don’t really see that much of a connection with Nonetic Science. It also seemed to me that Langdon/Dan Brown was lecturing the reader rather a lot and although I found aspects of it interesting sometimes it seemed a bit too much, as compared to the two previously mentioned books when each time Langdon/Brown informed us of something I found it revolutionary and thought-provoking and was eager for more.

I did enjoy the book and I did find sections of it extremely exciting, but it just didn’t interest me or hold my attention or seem so memorable as his other two great books.




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