The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Dan Brown’s 2009 book The Lost Symbol was a great addition to his Robert Langdon series, as well as it is very nice that Brown finally set a book in the United States.

The thing I found the most interesting about this novel was the Brown did set it in the heart of Washington DC and I have been there twice.  Even though I haven’t been to every single location in the novel, it was really fun to have read a book that was set in a location that I have been to.

Something else that I think that I really liked about the book is the plot of it.  I am really happy that we get to see more of Robert Langdon’s personal life than we did in the first two books.  That was really nice since we have seen Robert Langdon interact with different people in different countries and we get information on him and his family from Angels & Demons and The Da Vince Code.  Yet, we finally get stories about how and why he went into his career and his relationship with people he has known for several years.

Probably the most interesting, yet clear, twist of who Mal’akh really is.  During the sections where Mal’akh talks about how he killed Peter Solomon’s son while they where both in jail.  Brown was able to pull off a great yo-yo effect with the debate I had about whether or not Mal’akh was really Solomon’s son Zach.

I believe that the greatest thing about this book, like I said before, is how Brown finally set a book in the states for a change.  But I am hoping his next Langdon book, if there is one since according to Brown’s Website, he’s currently working on a new novel, will be set somewhere like in China.  The reason is because I think it would be great to see a Langdon adventure that is set somewhere other than in Europe in North America.  I also think that Brown could do set an interesting adventure somewhere in Africa.

But one can only hope.

One thing that I think is interesting is that Brown always seems to always have a slight religious motif in all three books.  In the first book, Langdon was helping the Vatican to catch the person who kidnapped the four Preferiti.  In the second book, Langdon is caught in the middle of the search for the Holy Grail.  In this book, all though barely touched on, is at the end where Solomon talks about how we are being to literal about using being made in God’s image: Solomon believes in the book that our brains are made in God’s image, not our bodies.

I think that Brown’s constant use of religion as a motif to be interesting.  Mainly since it seems Religion has some driving force in the plot line of the books with Langdon.  Looking at Brown’s background information, it looks like he was raised in the church.  According to his personal website, http://www.danbrown.com, the prep school where he attended was “where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion.”

This could explain why the then Brown’s motif of religion once again popped up in The Lost Symbol.

Compared to the first two novels that are in this series, I think that Brown having had as many different narrators for the chapters got a little to crazy midway through.  Mainly since with the people who showed up for two or three chapters, it took a little while to figure out who they where.  Even though that was a pain, their chapters where helpful to the ending of the story to help finish up the final effect that Brown wanted his readers to have.

Over all, I think that Brown did a pretty good job at putting together this book.  After all, for anyone who has been the DC before and didn’t get to see the parts of the city that Brown describes was a really nice thing to include.  Also, I think that anyone who reads this book will be encouraged to go to DC now to attempt to see what they can find from the book that is real.

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