It's been a long wait for the new installment of the Robert Langdon series, and while "The Lost Symbol", the third book in the cycle, isn't as jam-packed as its two predecessors (and we know all about them, don't we?), it is still an exciting read that will have you on edge from beginning to end. Well, that's not entirely true. The mid-section drags with a lot of running around in helicopters and what not, advancing the plot in small chunks (there are well over a hundred chapters in this thing), but despite a minor hiccup at end, the final twist is doubtlessly the most believable and inspiring move Brown has taken. I thought about it for a while after closing the book, and found it hard to pick up something else. Also, Brown manages to create his best villain here, with a dark history that is without a doubt the highlight. Ignore the jealous castigation and pick it up for yourself. You (probably) won't regret it.