The Capitol Building, Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon believes he is here to give a lecture. He is wrong. Within minutes of his arrival, a shocking object is discovered. It is a gruesome invitation into an ancient world of hidden wisdom.
When Langdon's mentor, Peter Solomon - prominent mason and philanthropist - is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend's life is to accept this mysterious summons.
It is to take him on a breathless chase through Washington's dark history. All that was familiar is changed into a shadowy, mythical world in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth...
I'm a big Dan Brown fan! I know he's a bit of a Marmite author (you either love him or hate him) because most of the books are similar in how Robert Langdon is the unknown hero who will save the day in the company of a strong female character, but I really enjoy his books.
My dad loved Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code and after I borrowed both books off him I could see why (and then of course being able to picture Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon helps haha!). Since this is my first review of his books, this will likely come across as a bit of love letter to Dan Brown but don't worry, I will talk specifically about The Lost Symbol as well!
What I love about his books and writing is the sense of magic and supernatural that the reader can sense right from the beginning. He manages to hook the writer and lead them down a path that seems rational and practical but has a touch of supernatural to it. In your head you know there likely is a rational explanation that Brown will present but your heart wants to hold onto the hope that maybe just once, Brown will give us a little magic. With this, he always leaves you wanting more and you can never put the book down at the end of a chapter, you need to keep going and find out what happens. It's an amazing skill to have as a writer and is one of the main reasons why I fell in love with his books.
The Lost Symbol is no exception in this regard. Brown presents us with an almighty epic and historical tale that is so well portrayed that I had to google how true it was. The way he tells the story of the Masons and the influence they have on the world today was so interesting and it made the whole thing sound so real and probable. I also loved that Langdon was brought back to his own turf and was tasked with uncovering some of the dark secrets of America's history as the other books are based in Europe.
The level of research Brown puts into all of his books is incomparable! It honestly blows me away how he goes into every detail and doesn't leave any page unturned - the guy does his homework and this is definitely commendable. As I said, at times I have to google how accurate and true everything is because it's so well thought out.
And then of course, I love Langdon as a character. He is this complex and enigmatic guy who has a lot of layers to him. With each story we learn more about who he is and how he can nearly be perceived as the modern day Indiana Jones (minus the whip and cowboy hat!). So yeah, big Dan Brown fan! I've read all of his books and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on the others.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.”
Langdon, come on, how could I choose anyone else!?