“The Lost Symbol” is the latest novel by Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code.” I pre-ordered this novel because I was a Dan Brown fan but as I found out, there wasn’t any need to pre-order it since there were plenty of copies of the novel to go around. This novel is a typical Dan Brown novel with the usual twist and turns. I’m not very good when it comes to reviewing novels because I’m afraid that I might spoil it, so I’ll keep it to a minimum.
The novel has it’s usual plot where Robert Langdon has to solve some sort mystery by deciphering cryptic code but this time around, it about symbols and ancient mysteries. Then again, it’s always been about symbols since that’s what Langdon is, a symbolist. In this novel, Langdon has to find an ancient secret that lies buried underground somewhere in Washington, D.C. The secret is in plain sight of everyone but nobody knows that it’s there because they have not reached that level of enlightenment.
Although it took me a few days to read much of the events in the novel took place within one day. There were a lot of things that I skipped since I didn’t feel like it was relevant to the story line. I mainly skipped the background on the villain of the novel. The villain, Mil’akh had a big part to play in the overall novel but I didn’t that he spent a summer in Greece. I was more focused on finding the secrets.
Throughout the novel, it seemed that Dan Brown alluded a lot to “Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” as if he was trying to advertise within the novel. In “Da Vinci Code” he alluded back to “Angels and Demons” which made me buy the book because I was curious about it. But in this novel, I noticed that he was alluding to his previous novels often at the beginning.
Nonetheless, most of the chapters were page turners and some of them ended with a very suspenseful cliffhanger that made me want to continue reading. Towards the middle of the book, there were times where I tried to connect the dots to see where the story was goings. There were times when the plot was pretty obvious but there was one part that took me for a surprise.
I find it a bit hard to write a review on this book because there wasn’t anything new in the book. Langdon is still Langdon, doing what he does best. The plot was a typical Dan Brown plot. Heck, the beginning of the novel was almost identical to Da Vince Code.
Brown’s previous novel gathered its followings but I’m not sure if “Lost Symbol” will do the same. Don’t get me wrong, Dan Brown can sure tell a story but this time around, it took too long to get to the point. I’m sure that he can do better because his other novels were captivating. Towards the end of this novel, he tried to tie it all together but by then I had already given up.