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The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon)
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Symbol in one word - Nonsense, 23 Dec 2009
As someone who enjoyed reading 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons', not because they were works of literary genius, but because they were entertaining reads, I looked forward to 'The Lost Symbol'.

Instead of the (relatively) fast paced stories of the previous two Robert Langdon books, we get one that wallows in theology, self importance, and general tedium. The action is regularly paused to bring seemingly endless discussions between lead characters who, despite being close to capture and/or death, find the time to debate theology and ancient symbolism. The clunky writing, which was present in previous books, became much more evident here.

On the plus side, it has the bare bones of a clever, entertaining story, but it is masked by poor writing and too many facts, and far too much explanation, breaking the flow. The chapters are very brief (some only half a page), and it appears Dan Brown feels that each should end on a cliffhanger, leaving the story interrupted, disjointed, and ruins its flow. It also makes the book overly long, and it seems a chore to get to the end, ruining the page-turning qualities of the previous books.

By all means try it, but even if you are a fan of Dan Brown's other books, you may well be disappointed!


Angels And Demons
Angels And Demons
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for fans of the Da Vinci code, 9 Jun 2005
This review is from: Angels And Demons (Paperback)
Most people reading this will have already read the authors more famous publication: the Da Vinci Code. From the moment you pick up this book the similarities are obvious, the same lead character, the same phone-call-in-the-night start etc. However, once you have read the first few chapters it is apparent that this book is completely different.
Anyone who was captivated by the puzzles and clues in the Da Vinci Code will be equally satisfied with Angels and Demons. Like the Da Vinci Code this is a particularly intellectual book and you will be educated while reading it, although this time not about the works of Da Vinci, but instead particle physics and Roman churches. Once again the level of research carried-out by the author in order for the book to contain as many facts as possible is astounding. My main criticism is that where the Da Vinci Code was believable in most places, the plot of this book becomes rather far-fetched, especially towards the end.
If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code read this, if you have yet to encounter Dan Brown's books then this is also a good place to start.


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