By Dan Brown
Having enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, I approached The Lost Symbol with certain expectations. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Robert Langdon, professor of religious iconology and symbology at Harvard University, is invited to hold a speech during an important event at the Capitol. When he arrives in Washington, however, there is no gala dinner. Instead, he is welcomed by the gruesome finding of Peter Solomon’s severed hand. A dear friend and significant member of the Freemasons, Peter has been kidnapped by a man who calls himself Mal’akh and who’s determined to gain access to the legendary Mason's Pyramid and the power that it contains. Professor Langdon has only a few hours’ time to try and save his mentor.
True to his style, Brown has created a thriller capable of keeping your interest at all times. The narrative is fast-paced, packed with sudden twists and revelations. Some of these might become predictable as events unfold but not so much in advance that they spoil the suspense.
During the eventful night, Robert Langdon is flanked by a series of characters whose purpose is not always clear. Are they trying to help him or hinder him? And what are these powerful secrets that are threatened to alter life as we know it? Like its predecessors, The Lost Symbol is chock-full of notions of symbology, Freemasonry, science and religion. Perhaps there is too much information to retain but, after all, this is not a textbook. Every detail included feels just right, making you want to know more.