9 Hours with "The Lost Symbol"

I was lucky enough to spend my entire workday locked in an office with The Lost Symbol. Great fun, but I'm beat--500 pages in almost nine hours will do that to you. Let's get the first question everyone asks out of the way: Is it as good as The Da Vinci Code? Yes. Unequivocally. Really? Yes. Dan Brown is in the enviable (or unenviable, depending on who you are and how you look at it) position of proving that he can write yet another breakneck thriller, and his doubters are legion. Sure, there is a bit of a Dan Brown formula at work here: Robert Langdon is unsuspectingly placed in a predicament in which his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills are required to save the day. You could argue that most series featuring a recurring character rely on some kind of formula (Bond chases villain. Bond gets Girl. Girl dies by hat, or paint, or some bizarre scenario. Villain dies by poison dart or boiling water or some fittingly gruesome scenario. Bond gets another girl.). Yes, Brown's characters tend to spout random, arcane (but interesting) facts as if they were teaching a class. But that's part of the unique experience of reading his books. You're utterly engrossed in this fast-paced thriller, but find yourself pausing every so often to ask the nearest person, "Did you know that… the Smithsonian has a collection so huge that only 2 percent of it can be on display at any one time?... or that the Library of Congress is the largest library on earth?... or that thermal imaging equipment has become sensitive enough to see not just where a person is, but where they were?" The short answer is that The Lost Symbol is very entertaining--a page-turner at its very core. Even if you don't read the book in one sitting, I guarantee you'll find yourself putting the book down 5-6 chapters later than your original stopping point. If you liked The Da Vinci Code, or love thrillers where the chapters are short and the revelations heavy, you will enjoy The Lost Symbol. Just make sure you clear your schedule before you get started. –-Daphne Durham

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Yep, Mr. Brown's newest book, THE LOST SYMBOL, is a very worthy addition to his bibliography. In "The Lost Symbol," symbolist Robert Langdon is on a mission to find a Masonic pyramid containing a code that unlocks an ancient secret to "unfathomable power." It's a story of hidden history in the nation's capitol, with Masons the greatest puzzle of all.

The Freemasons date back to the Middle Ages, to associations of workmen who built cathedrals in Britain, though some also believe in a connection to ancient times with the mines where King Solomon took material for his Temple. Freemasonry has endured, and transformed. The British began to accept members who were not stonemasons and by the 1700s, lodges were being called "speculative," philosophical societies rather than worker guilds.

The book features small, easily readable chapters and is a classic Brown-style page-turner. Six years of research and an amazing passion for writing is apprent from the first page to the last.

If you're a big Brown fan like me, you'll appreciate that I'm not going to divulge any spoilers to would-be readers. Check it out for yourself...you will not be disappointed.

Highly recommened!

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We are now entering an age where digital copy sales will surpass the physicals, by far. Welcome to 2010.

Posted by: Constant Gina | Wednesday September 16, 2009 at 11:09 PM

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