Wednesday, 22 September 2010
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
I'll admit it: Dan Brown is my brain candy. Especially lately, whenever I feel in need of something easy and page-turner-y to read, I turn to Dan Brown. I don't think it's high quality literature, but it's formulaic and therefore comforting to me!
Synopsis: Robert Langdon (he of Angels and Demons & The Da Vinci Code) is asked to Washington to deliver a lecture by his long-term mentor. However, when he arrives he makes a gruesome discovery and ends up investigating the secrets of the Masons.
Score: 3 out of 5
I found this book a bit disappointing. It was easy to read, and I was always expecting it to be formulaic and silly, but some of the later sections really seemed to be pushing the boundaries of credibility. Without giving too much away - am I really supposed to believe that such a thing as breathable liquid exists?
Part of the problem is that the Masons are just not as glamourous as the Holy Grail or the Illuminati trying to wipe out the Vatican. Their 'secrets' were not as exciting and there didn't seem to be as much action to keep the pace going smoothly. There were large sections where not much happened. The final revelations seemed to me to be an anti-climax after all of the build up through the book.
I also noticed that there was a lack of well developed secondary characters. The bad guy, although a good bad guy, was a simplistic, pure evil type character and there was no one with any moral ambiguities to balance it out, as in the previous books. There was also of course the appearance of a perfect female sidekick.
Looking back on this review so far, I have been quite harsh. Despite all of the above, I still enjoyed the whole reading experience and the book definitely held my attention well. I just think it wasn't as good as previous offerings from the author.