Book: The Lost Symbol
Author" Dan Brown
Now, I wouldn't call me a huge fan of Dan Brown. I do enjoy his work, and find it very interesting. But I don't go out of my way to read his books. But straight from the bat of this review, I will say this is my favourite book by Dan Brown (Out of The Lost Symbol, Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons). It's the only book out of the 3 that made me want to read more. Although that may have been me wanting to test out my new gadget (Kindle) more and more.
Anyway, onto the review!
The story is by far the best out of the Dan Brown books, and there are parts where it makes you think, is that real, or just part of the book and leaves me off to read on the internet about the book. I do already enjoy reading about the main character Robert Langdon (See Tom Hanks in the films) as he seems like a normal person like you and I, who gets thrown in the deep end (Although with it being the 3rd time, it starts to get less credible). There are enough twists within the book to make you want to read on and on, but it does start to drift.
It does hold a similar problem that the new Star Wars films (Add a little of my geekiness here!) had though within the book. You're following at time up to 3 seperate stories, of 3 seperate characters within the books, and it starts to feel very messy, and at other times very confusing leading you to going back pages to re-read passages.
The book is the best of the 3 Robert Langdon books, although I do hope it is the last of the Robert Langdon books, as then using that same character will be disappointing, and a bit lazy on the author. The book holds enough twists throughout it, and it makes you think a fair amount about what the history before us held. The ending starts to drag a bit and makes you just want to reach the end to move onto the next book.
So in conclusion I would say for a few quid it's well worth the money for the book. It took me a few days to complete the book, and afterwards it left me thinking for a bit. But I must say I was sort of happy to move on.
Writing Style - 5/5 - A book is always good when you want to read on!
Story - 3.5/5 - I use the second lowest font size, and with there being usually 2 or 3 pages a chapter, and then moving onto a different story with different characters it at times leaves you a little lost at times. Also at the end you wish to know what happened to other characters a bit more (Such as Trish, or the computer hacker which is just thrown in and then nothing is explained about at all.)
Use of characters - 4/5 - Although most of the characters are new, and all hold different secrets, there are enough of them to make the book interesting, but the main character is a bit overused and stale now which notches it down a point.