The Lost Symbol

18 09 2009

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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown hit the shelves in bookshops this week.

Despite bad reviews of the religious conspiracy plot of 2003 The DA Vinci Code, the book became a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 81 million copies printed. The film, by Colombia pictures, released in 2006 got even worse reviews and yet it still got stunning box- office results, taking $758 million to date.

So now that the next book in the series is out, there are high hopes that it will be even more popular than the last.

The lost Symbol is said to be one of the most anticipated book since the final in the Harry Potter series. Its first print run of 6.5 million copies is the largest in publisher Random House’s history.

 The story takes place in Washington, DC. The heart of the story revolves around the secretive worldwide fraternity, the Freemasons, and its narrative takes place within a twelve hour period.

Brown’s style keeps the pages turning as readers try to connect the dots; however, this 509 page book has a familiar formula and mediocre dialogue, which keeps Brown from accomplishing anything new.

There are some parts of the book that sounds a little bit too preachy at parts. It seems like the last 50 pages of the book are trying a little bit too hard to be enlightening- there are several points where it seems Brown is trying to make the book sound more intelligent or profound than it actually is.

Altogether this is a typical Dan Brown book, yet any fan of the series is bound to be pleased with another brain twisting set of puzzles and conspiracies to trawl through. However I would only rate this book as average and unless you’re a diehard Dan Brown fan, I would wait for the paperback release.

References-

http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/books/brown-is-back-with-the-code-for-a-runaway-bestseller/2009/09/12/1252519678923.html

http://bestsellers.about.com/od/suspensethrillers/gr/lost_symbol_brown.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_da_vinci_code

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