The Lost Symbol

Author: Dan Brown

Published By:
Doubleday Books

Reviewed by Dorothy Doremus


            Robert Langdon is back in The Lost Symbol, the third novel of a series of books by Dan Brown.  This time heís in the nationís capital.  The plot unfolds as Peter Solomon summons Robert Langdon to Washington, D.C. to fill in for a speech to be given at the capital.  Solomon is a mentor to Langdon and a prominent Mason.  As such, Solomon is bearer of many of the ancient societyís secrets that have been passed down through his family.  Langdon is instructed to bring along a parcel that Peter entrusted with Langdon years ago.

            Upon arriving for the speech, Langdon is surprised to enter an empty room.  Langdon receives a phone call informing him that Peter is being held captive.  He observes something even more sinister as he comes upon Peterís hand lying on a plaque in the Capitol Room.

            Immediately, the police and the CIA become involved.  As with most Dan Brown novels, the real villains are hard pressed to expose themselves.  In this novel, itís sort of a cat and mouse game between the CIA and the actual kidnapper.

            Those who love suspense and action wonít be disappointed with The Lost Symbol.  I couldnít put the book down and finished it in less than a week.  It left me guessing until the end.  If you loved The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, you must not skip this next chapter in the series.

            The characters are likeable and you find yourself rooting for them.  I think this time Brown took more time to allow the reader to understand the villain in this novel.  He went into some depth as to how the villain became who he is today.  There is a very memorable twist at the end of the novel that still gives me chills.

            I love the Robert Langdon character so much that I hope Dan Brown writes another novel featuring him.  The Lost Symbol is definitely not a novel you want to miss.


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