This has been gathering dust on my shelf for some time now, but I finally got around to reading this thing and I must say, its not a bad read. Of course, Brown is not the first to use the secret brotherhood of the Freemasons as a focal point for an adventure story. Its hard not to compare The Lost Symbol to National Treasure. So the idea is a little tired but still, there is plenty of Mason folklore to go around, and The Lost Symbol does a fine job of creating another mystery in the U.S. capital.
So what did I not like about this book? First, Brown does not create anything new -- no new character development, no big surprises in plot trajectory. Furthermore, his signature twists are not nearly as tantalizing as in his previous books. There are several points when it seems as if Brown is trying to make his book more intelligent or profound than it actually is. Langdon's rants about religion and truth, when not directly tied to the mystery, are tedious and even a little preachy. In fact, the last 50 pages of the book try a little too hard to be enlightening. But whatever...the guy already has two block buster hits...give him a break.
I do have to say that reading Langdon with Tom Hanks in mind does change the over all feeling of the whole thing. I read the other two before the movie came out. Tom Hanks makes everything better. Also there are a few interesting facts presented throughout the book and Brown is still great at description. You do feel like you are right there.
Over all, I think its still worth checking out as long as you're not hoping for another hit like the Da Vinci Code. Besides If you're planning a trip to Washington D.C. in the next year, this would be a fun read to accompany your tour. Thumbs up on this one too. Enjoy.
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