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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown | Book Review

This book was just okay. I did enjoy large portions, but it wasn't as good as The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons. The story starts to really slog on. There were definitely moments where I was on the edge of my seat. That said, I felt like I was racing through the story in Angels and Demons the whole time, and less so in The Da Vinci Code where as here the cheap tricks to keep me reading stuck out like a sore thumb. Extremely short chapters with cliff hangers at the end of them. This is a good technique many writers use well, but in this book it often feels like it's the only reason you're reading on. I often felt like screaming "Just tell us already Danny Boy! Stop dragging us along!" Even though I enjoy the conspiracy theory and there was a lot of really cool interesting stuff in here about Freemasonry and the like, much of this book was a didactic lecture. I didn't mind that so much because the only reason I read this book was for the cool historical/conspiracy theory stuff but it did slow the story way down and I could see how this would be a huge turn off for many readers. I didn't hate this book, it just wasn't that good. I just finished Angels and Demons again before reading it and that stands out to me as a much better book. I still love the character of Robert Langdon and will probably read the next book if he's the protagonist. Otherwise I don't think I'll read Dan Brown again. 

Have you read this book? What about any of Dan Brown's other books? Thoughts? Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Deception Point - Meh. Kinda of a sci-fi thriller. I got this with the hopes there was a real alien ship, but that was the deception. Still an enjoyable read.

    Angels and Demons - As a writer there were many points in this book that felt out of place, almost like an after though, and when you get to a part in the book where it looks like our hero is painted into a corner...refer to the parts of the book that feel out of place. But overall the writing was better and this was actually a fun book

    Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown did a great job with the writing, the set up, the combination of short chapters, research, and action. Awesome balance.

    The Lost Symbol - If a little research is good, a lot of research is better, right? So Dan Brown included absolutely everything he could into this book and yes, there was a good story hidden in there, but it was weighed down by forced action, an improbable ending, and far too much exposition.

    That's my 2 cents :)

  2. Pure gold! Thanks for your comments Jay.

    "yes, there was a good story hidden in there, but it was weighed down by forced action, an improbable ending, and far too much exposition."

    Well said.