No doubt I’m a big fan of Dan Brown and that’s why I decided to read The Lost Symbol:
This is again a thriller whose main character, a rather eccentric Harvard profesor is summoned to help and start his search – in all cases involving a mystery – of a lost or hidden object or secret he’s got to tackle with.
All of Brown’s stories I’ve read follow the same pattern: Robert Landon, a Symbolism professor has to start a journey to a diffferent country or city, where he encounters an evil character of sorts and, one reason or the other, he is being chased by the police or other security forces. On his way to sort out these mysteries, he has to follow some enigmatic clues, he comes across some other characters to rely on and some difficulties to face up to. All of a sudden, there is always a twist in the story so that things are not what the reader presumes.
All of Brown’s stories are gripping; the kind of books you can’t put down until you’ve
gone through the last page. Their evil characters are always harrowing while as
Langdon is an admirable character: a helpful, wise, handsome scholar who practises sports and has extraordinary common sense. An example to new generations.
In this particular book, the author analyses the relationship between religion and science and let his readers know about Masons, their customs and traditions and explains how most people have the wrong ideas about this organization and others. Brown’s analyses in detail what the philophy was when the US was born as a contry. There are many other topics as for example, the newborn science of Neoetics and its breakthroughs so far, the controversial discussion between science and religion and the existence of god, and so on.
I would strongly recommend anyone to read this book. The downside is that at some point, the situations were quite inconsistent or I thought some of the events were not following a logical pattern. For example, Peter Solomon ushers Robert to a guided tour to The Washington Capitol the same day he got his hand cut – or maybe I misunderstood the whole thing – Most importantly, you acquire a lot of knowledge by reading this stunning story.