The Lost Symbol

…by Dan Brown.


Let me begin by saying that I’ve read all of Mr.Brown’s novels and I respect his work a lot.

Brown’s dedication to putting so much effort into all that research he does for a novel marvels me. And I’ve always enjoyed the mystery and the suspense behind the story, be it DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons. The thrill ride that his books take me on amazes me – it captivates my attention and definitely keeps me engrossed until I finish reading the book.

But his latest creation, The Lost Symbol, did not do the magic. The book is about Robert Langdon, the Harvard Symbolist, trying to solve a mystery to rescue his good friend and to save the country from a “national security crisis.”

To start with, it was too predictable, at least for me. Once I got into the flow of things, I could easily identify the mystery behind the characters, guess how the villain fit into the whole story, foresee the next move, etc. So, obviously, there was nothing gripping about the book.

Moreover, I felt that the book was dragged. There was way too much unnecessary information every now and then. If I were to read it ever again, I will be sure to skip certain sections because they held no importance to where the story was headed. So, yeah, there was a considerable amount of unrelated info in the book, which in turn bored me.

Last but not the least – the thrill behind finding the “lost word / symbol” itself. I kept reading the book with hopes that maybe it will end well and leave me satisfied after 300 odd pages. But it did not. Somehow, I couldn’t appreciate the way the book ended. All was fine, mystery was solved, and everyone was safe – sure. But what was revealed at the end after building up so much suspense behind that “lost word / symbol” left me saying “Tell me it’s not over and there is something more. This is utterly disappointing.

On a positive note, I liked the concept of Noetic Science he had described in the book. It’s fascinating to know that our minds might have the power to bring about change in the physical world. I haven’t read much on the topic yet, but it is an interesting one and I’m sure I will look more into it.

So, overall, this latest novel of Dan Brown, I feel, is not up to the par he has set for himself. He can do better…much better.

My rating: 1*.

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