I had recently returned from a visit to Washington, and one of my friends suggested that I might like the new Dan Brown – The Lost Symbol. It was to Washington DC what Da Vinci Code was to Paris. My friend did warn me that though interesting it was not going to anything like the Da Vinci Code…and she was so right.
Now, I am always a sucker for thrillers that are geographically centered as it satisfies both my love of mysteries and travelling. So I decided to give it a shot.
The Lost Symbol has the usual Dan Brown trademarks – Robert Langdon and random female companion, heavy use of symbolism, megalomaniacal villain, free mason philosophy and yes some deeply disturbing information that has to be deciphered, protected and understood as it can transfer human intelligence as we know it.
All the above has been tried not in one but 4 books earlier and now really has no charm left. And to add to this , this book has none of the pace of Brown’s earlier works. It’s excruciatingly long, over-informative and just clunky. Chapters break very frequently and that gets so annoying that at a point you don’t care about cliffhangers any more.
The great universal secret that everyone is trying to protect – which involves the top brass of US government – is really stupid. When I say stupid I don’t refer to the secret – it’s not really a secret- you as a reader, already know it. The big reveal moment is more like – “This is it!! This is what I have wasted a precious hours of my life getting to?!!”
The only thing that I liked about the book was the bits and pieces of history that I picked up about Washington and the people who built it. Everything else was “meh”. And yes, something called “Noetic Science” to look up on Google
I liked exactly one sentence in the book which I will now quote – “If our ancestors could see us today, surely they would think us gods”
Verdict: Only if you have time to spare