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Book review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown »

FERDY CHRISTANT - NOV 27, 2009 (11:09:52 AM)

Having read most of Dan Brown's books, I went for his latest book "The Lost Symbol" the day it was released. The thing I like most about his writing is his thorough research, and the way in which he balances on the edge of fiction and non-fiction. Brown has an inspiring style in making philosophy, history, culture and religion exciting for the masses. 

This book is no different. Still, I was somewhat dissapointed:

  • The book seems heavily inspired by the Da Vince Code. It is again about codes pointing to codes pointing to codes. The codes in the Lost Symbol are very smart, creative and unexpected, yet the concept is not. The story is smart and interesting, but not very original if you've read the Da Vinci Code as well.
  • The book is quite lenghty and predictable. The following pattern seems to be consistent:
    • Code is discovered
    • Robert Langdon, the main character, is skeptical. "This is just a myth!"
    • Other good guy convinces Robert it is not a myth
    • Good guys break code and discover it's a pointer to another code
    • Bad guys steal information
    • Good guys chase bad guys
    • Good guys get code back and crack the new code, only to find it's a pointer to yet another code.
    • Robert Langdon, the main character, is skeptical. "This is just a myth!"
    • Other good guy convinces Robert it is not a myth
    • Etc. Etc.
All in all, I think this book leans too much on the success of the Da Vinci Code. Nevertheless, the story is interesting, educational and exciting. I'd still buy it had I known about the above. A great book if you have not read The Da Vinci Code, an acceptable book if you have.
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