The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: Paperback
Genre: Thriller


As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the US Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognises the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.


I spent a day reading this fast paced, fun read, that takes you on another Dan Brown whirlwind ride. This time around it’s the US Capital, Washington DC, as opposed to some European City. But whatever the city, you know to suspend your sense of disbelief on the the first page, and just jump in. 

The author packs in the right ingredients with just the right amount of action and intrigue to keep you flipping the pages in fast succession. Whether or not the characters look like they (and the rather outlandish situations they subsequently find themselves in) were written with a movie in mind can be forgiven because, well, let’s just say, they’re easily identifiable with and leave it at that. Regardless, you will find yourself there with them and, if not rooting for them, at least enjoying gallivanting all over Washington’s famous monuments, and seeing them in a new light. The dialogue is unabashed, the info dumps easy to digest, and the characters written in the mould we’ve come to expect. 

Whether you like Dan Brown, or not, is beside the point. We all know he doesn’t write great literature, what he does write is accessible, fun, though-provoking, fast-paced thrillers that are a thoroughly enjoyable read. You can’t go to wrong with this one. If a fan already, I recommend you buy the hardback edition, if not, then wait for the paperback, or check it out from the library. 

As far as I am concerned, this is worth skipping a couple of Starbuck’s lattes to buy. Always a fun read.

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