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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather Predictible, 24 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon) (Hardcover)
I can understand why this book has received varied reviews - anything from "it's an unputdownable classic" to "what a load of tosh."

I fall somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed it but towards the end it dragged and the unravelling of the lost symbol was hugely disappointing as all Dan Brown books seem to be. It's almost is if the author is pulling back from producing something ground shattering because 1/he runs out of ideas and 2/ is afraid to take the book out of its believable past. Brown wants us to believe in his symbolism, but he stretches the point.

Firstly let's take the positive points:

1/ It is a good read. The early chapters rattle past
2/ Much of what occurs is intriguing. On more than one occasion I stopped reading to look up information and claims on the internet
3/ There is plenty of action

Now to the negatives which sadly outweigh the positives.

1/ The characters have become wooden. I no longer care what happens to Robert Langdon and when it looked as if he had been drowned I was quietly pleased.
2/ Much of the action is contrived and ridiculous
3/ The "baddie" is a typical Brown character that we have seen so many times in his previous books
4/ Brown seems to have run out of ideas - just forcing into us numeorus codes
5/ He has an annoying ability to end every chapter as a cliffhanger with pompous phrases leading us to believe that a stunning revelation is about to be uncovered.
6/ The stunning revelations never come leading to a feeling of so what.
7/ The action is, as with all of his books, very difficult to visualise.
8/ The plot twists and turns and the whole thing becomes very dull towards the end where one of the main characters acts as if nothing has happened despite the fact his son has been killed and he has had a hand chopped off (a fact he seemingly ignores as being pretty irrelevant).

Brown seems scared to geniuinely give is a catyclismic novel, preferring to lead us on, promising much but delivering relatively little. For the first half of this novel I was intrigued but it then got rather dull and predictible.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2010 15:24:36 BDT
Agree with your review 100% but could have done with a spoiler warning.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2011 10:55:13 GMT
Yep - I also agree with the review - but please do not give away the ending

Posted on 11 Jan 2011 13:05:22 GMT
1/ The characters have become wooden. I no longer care what happens to Robert Langdon and when it looked as if he had been drowned I was quietly pleased

Not just me then! ; ) For a few minutes I actually thought perhaps even Brown had realised the character was losing his magic and had decided to bump him off in order to start afresh on new ideas in his next book. But alas. And then of course, there was the fact that he was careful never to state it was *water* rising in the coffin, which struck me as slightly odd even as I was reading it and then made perfect sense later. Not very subtle - rather like the fairly obvious Mal'akh = Zachary, having metaphorically "killed off" his old identity, which I'm afraid I saw through almost straightaway.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 19:27:39 GMT
I agree with whats been said. I was looking forward to the book coming out but was greatly disappointed when I read it. My only resavation is you gave the ending away

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 00:14:28 GMT
mettest says:
Excellent review, clear and to the point. I will probably agree though haven't read the book yet. I already felt like this about DaVInci.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2012 23:06:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jun 2012 23:07:10 BDT
negativtoo says:
Very good review. Unfortunately, I read it too late^^

AND................it's only a spoiler warning if you know how the book actually ends.

Actually, if you do not care for "spoilers", do not try to read _reviews_ which, if of any _value_, have to debate points of the book.
Everybody else is by now get sick by the "don't tell" minority who asks to know everything, en detail, while avoiding how a book/movie/piece of theatre turns out and thereby dictate criticism. Thanks.

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 13:52:42 GMT
DP Laing says:
Very good, concise analysis; keep up the good work.
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