I was surprised Bellamy didn't turn out to be a bad guy since he is the older expert helping them along for a time. These character similarities urked me from the beginning, but I will admit I did get into the story eventually. However, once I was into it, I did find myself a good few times being taken out of the story due to the unbelievability of things, especially towards the end.
And I'm not talking about problems with the science or the action of the plot, but believability of emotion. After all the madness of the big climax of the story which I do admit I did not see coming - the big reveal , which is obviously a crazily emotional and draining experience for the Solomons, I could not believe that they immediately snapped back into their previous selves. Suddenly Katharine is skipping off to go check out something interesting Peter wants her to see.
And Peter is beckoning Robert to his office to have an intellectual, winking, story-telling moment and trip around DC. Didn't you just spend about 2 days getting tortured? Didn't you just almost have to murder a very important person?
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Didn't you, about an hour ago, believe you were about to be murdered?? Oh, but now you want to talk about how interesting history is again? I mean, I thought it was ludicrous. And that Katharine is willing to hop off and indulge Peter's suggestion instead of saying, "ummm For now we should possibly both take a trip to the hospital. And the amount of background characters give when they're supposed to be in a stressful, 'let's get a move on! Like when they're with the priest and he's sitting there all amused with their ponderings, like absolutely every single intellectual character is written by Brown.
Every one of them is given a moment where they smile as they wait and see if their companion, who they are having a teaching moment with, can figure out what they're thinking. The priest does it, Peter Solomon does it, and lord knows Langdon does it.
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They are intellectuals and love this stuff. But they're not sitting in a classroom. They are on the run from the CIA and have less than a few hours to save the life of a friend. View all 4 comments. It's so cute that you persist with this writing thing, even though you are so clearly not cut out for it. This one doesn't even have that going for it.
Formulaic would be a compliment. And Brown needs to step away from the Wikipedia. I actually created a file on my computer called "Stupid book" to document all of the stupidity I found. Here's my favorite part: Langdon Oh, Dan Brown. Langdon stood up and watched in disbelief. Langdon stared in disbelief Sato and Anderson stood in stunned silence Robert Langdon stared at it with surprise.
Langdon watched as if in a dream. Langdon could only stare. Langdon listened in utter shock. Shocked but apparently he still believes. Katherine stared in bewilderment. All three of them immediately stopped and stared. Katherine stared dumbfounded at the reverend. He stared in horror, unable to look away. Langdon and Katherine were dead silent, no doubt staring in mute astonishment.
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Robert Langdon is lured to Washington to hold a lecture. Once he arrives he realizes he has been duped and is taken on a roller coaster ride through Washington and its masonic symbols. It takes about a hundred pages before the book picks up speed and it never becomes gripping. It's an average thriller, a "snack", utterly immemorable. I only gave it one star because zero wasn't an option. I am quite seriously ashamed of myself for reading this poorly written, horribly plotted, pointless attempt by Brown to squeeze still more blood from that horrid mess "The Da Vinci Code.
Robert Langd I only gave it one star because zero wasn't an option. Robert Langdon continues his work as the "symbologist" who can't actually decode or explain any symbols without help from smarter people, usually the one's who've hired him, some woman is in danger, time is running out, and Brown continues writing 2 page chapters with lots of adverbs, people running down dark halls, predictable "twists", one dimensional supporting players and a mish mash of historical "facts" that he's smooshed together into some sort of hidden conspiracy that managed to bore me and insult my intelligence at the same time.
Sitting on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific, I found this book on a communal shelf in the resort and thought, "Books like this are made for beach reading. In spite of the fact that Dan Brown is a no-talent, amateur hack, whose previous novels were seemingly typed out by a crew of rabid monkeys working in shifts, I've been to D. I could go on at length about the dreadfulness that was this novel, but let me try to keep this somewhat succinct through the careful use of bullet points: Dan Brown continues to be a no-talent, amateur hack.
Only somehow, he's managed to become more of one. Seriously, making your chapters three pages in length max--I was literally up to Chapter by the end of the book and ending each chapter with a "stunning" cliffhanger does not an enjoyable thriller make. And let's take a second to remind ourselves that sentence structure and design is key. It's OK to use big words or write a sentence that's longer than 10 words. If you ran this through the Word Count function in MS Word, it would give you a reading level of somewhere close to the 3rd Grade.
I think I'm being generous with that estimation Also, adverbs ceased being a useful literary device when I was reading things like Superfudge. While we're talking about Dan Brown villains, let's go to Why are Dan Brown villains always naked all the time? Every single villain from his last three novels the only ones I've read love to get naked. And they all have supremely sculpted bodies they stare at in the mirror and think things like, "I am perfection.
Never before has something as awesome as me been created. If I could, I'd sleep with myself. The only thing I can think of is that Dan Brown thinks that making his villains superficially creepy somehow makes them more evil. What it actually makes them, though, is hackneyed.
See number 1 3. Robert Langdon is the lamest hero of all time. I mean, he's a Harvard professor who wears tweed and a turtleneck. He whines his way through the novel. Brown tries to make him the reluctant hero, but mostly he's just a figure in place who occasionally offers information to the plot.
In fact, in this novel, he literally does nothing. He just happens to be along for the ride. No heroics, no great revelations. He simply pieces together trivia piece after trivia piece and others do all the work. And Brown conveniently adds little things to Langdon's profile. He is always conveniently intimately connected to whomever is involved in the plot. This man has more best friends in high places than I have acquaintances on Facebook. He also is conveniently blessed with an incredible knowledge of things he admits are not his field of study.
For example, The Lost Symbol is about Freemasonry. Langdon is a symbologist. So I'll willingly believe that he has a knowledge of the symbols involved with Masonic rites, but Langdon knows enough to give a clinic on this topic. Hell, you could probably show him a star chart or the schematics for the Large Hadron Collider and he'd know what to do with it. And then there are some things that are downright silly. At one point, a de facto sidekick for Langdon also a close personal friend turns to him and asks, "You have an eidetic memory, right?
He remembers every number he's ever seen. So what does he use it for? He recalls a phone number. Dan Brown thinks you're an idiot. No, he really does. The thriller part's debatable, too. Every tiny little detail is spelled out for you as though you're new to planet earth and have only the equivalent of a First Grade education.
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Well sit down for a second and let me tell you all about it. Racing against the clock in an effort to save the life of your mentor? Who hasn't been there? Let's take a breather, so we can talk about common misconceptions attributed to Freemasonry and how they loosely apply to the plot. Had a cliffhanger at the end of the last chapter that showed the villain doing something vaguely sinister? Don't worry, the very next chapter will start with an exhaustive explanation of what, exactly, that sinister action was, leaving no doubt as to how it will impact other actions in the storyline.
In short, if you don't know what's going on in the book, and you can't anticipate how everything's going to wrap up, you're a moron. The big reveal is there's no big reveal. I guess I'll take a moment to point out that I'm technically going to discuss spoilers. So the whole novel is this roundabout search for the great Masonic secret. The great truth that will grant ultimate knowledge.
No one can be trusted with the awesome and mighty power of this knowledge because it is simply too dangerous. The world's going to end. Cats and dogs will live together. You know what the big secret is? That God is love. Let that sink in for a bit. I'm a little surprised that Brown even felt comfortable enough to put that in to novel because it's so dangerous. We'll probably have riots in the streets!
So, the whole novel is spent trying to keep the bad guy away from obtaining this secret people literally die and lose limbs in protecting this , when it's something we've all heard in any respectable Sunday School class. This isn't a secret. This is an axiom. So what was the point? There is no point. The point is, Dan Brown gots to get paid, son! Blah, blah, blah Masonry. Yadda yadda creepy ritual. And badda bing badda boom, lame ending designed to make us say, "Ooooooh, I get it! Re-read point 4 and apply it to the real world, not just the novel's plot line.
Dan Brown was counting on billions of dollars to come streaming in from his readers no matter what he wrote, and he got it. In the end, when I was done with this book It only took a day to race through it. Ultimately, I did what was only right and placed it back on the communal shelf, hiding it behind some dog-eared paperbacks and hoping against hope that no one would ever notice it. Dan Brown must be one of the laziest published writers of all time. The man has the audacity to keep writing the EXACT same story over and over, changing only the historical details.
Gruesome murder and ominous threat that has something to do with a historical cult; check! Hot and clever girl who has a will-they-won't-they storyline with the boring shit of a protagonist; check! Killer that has a specific characteristic that would make him an awfu Dan Brown must be one of the laziest published writers of all time. Killer that has a specific characteristic that would make him an awful killer in real life , since everyone would recognise him very easily plus a tragic backstory for no reason whatsoever; check and check!
Disgusting and detailed description of an enormous penis; check! This time RL runs around in DC, trying to save the world and just throwing google-facts about the city left and right, acting cool and smart without really being either. Spoiler alert, he saves the day in his tweed jacket and stupid mickey mouse watch. After the very good illuminati and passable da vinci code, the lost symbol is a book of a man that has ran out of ideas and desperately tries to stay relevant and have a last money grab.
It was purely written to be published and make money. And unfortunately it shows. View all 9 comments. His newest book proves me wrong. Sure, there are some wonderfully captivating moments of suspense and some incredibly interesting tidbits about freemasonry, symbology, art, and architecture. However, those moments are few and far between, virtually lost in long-winded diatribes, predictable plot reversals, and ridiculous cliffhangers at the end of EVERY two-page chapter.
I have to be honest in my reviews, though. I like Dan Brown and his books. Now that's out of the way, I can go on and explain why this book is terrible! Robert Langdon is called away to Washington and once he reaches there, realises his friend, Peter Solomon, is in trouble. Peter's sister, Katherine, is in danger as well. There is a super villain too. And it all ends in lots of rambling and blathering.
The plot is incoherent. Well, actually, there is no plot. I f I like Dan Brown and his books.
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I finished reading the book and if you ask me what it was about, I can only give a vague answer. It's about some vague Masonic secret knowledge that must be protected but apparently everyone already knows it though they don't know they know it. This secret knowledge is something that must not be shared with the common masses, because we don't know how to handle it.
This is what every religion has done, limiting knowledge and power to a few men. What's so special about the Masonic bullshit? It's the same as every other bullshit out there. I am all for all knowledge being accessible to everyone, so this did not resonate with me. Pseudoscience is given full reign in here, and treated as pushing all frontiers of knowledge.
Stuff like how human soul can be weighed and that humans can do things with their mere thoughts, and so on. Katherine Solomon has actually wasted several years of her life in researching this nonsense and now she has 'scientifically' proved this. This aspect was enraging me on every page. The 'national security threat' was one of the most stupid things I have ever encountered. Sato acts like the entire US of A is going to be blown up by some madman, but in the end it is just much ado about nothing.
The only threat is the madman sending off a video of a few powerful men in the government practising scary Masonic rituals. What if the leaders of Russia and the Islamic world were to see the video? Who the fuck cares? So these men might have to resign because of PUBLIC pressure, you know, the people they are there to represent in the first place? It's hardly a 'national security threat'. There is so much repetition of the same things over and over again that my eyes glazed over and I began to just skim. Langdon just goes on and on and on about symbols and symbolisms and codes and ciphers.
He just doesn't solve the puzzle; he gives an entire lecture each time he solves something. It got old fast. I am still not sure what the Ancient Mysteries are. He keeps blathering that ancient Egyptians, ancient Indians, original Christians, Muslims, and so on, all were on to the same 'Ancient Mysteries'. First, because you have not defined what this thing actually is, and second, all these cultures had their own traditions and knowledge they have gathered over years.
Some knowledge was shared, some were kept secret. Some knowledge helped in progress, while some stagnated the culture. It was not the 'same'. And then, there is the villain. He wants to gather the knowledge for himself and attain nirvana, or whatever he calls it. What's so wrong with that, you ask?
Maybe the small fact that he is trying to kill several people for this. But of course, no one seems to give a shit about this.
Including the CIA Director, who seems more worried about preventing a scandal than people actually being murdered! The ultimate lesson seems to be that the Bible can teach us more than we thought. I have no problem with a plot that claims that religion can help you with certain things, if these things have been specified and discussed. But I am not buying some vague bullshit about how knowledgeable religion is and new age nonsense, all covered with ritualistic crap of Masonry.
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If you want me to believe some aspects of religion are beneficial, then please specify what these benefits are. Don't give me some vague crap like The Bible, like many ancient texts, is a detailed exposition of the most sophisticated machine ever created. So in summary, what does the book say?
The Bible already has all the knowledge we would ever need. Science is bullshit because it is only proving what the priests have already determined. This knowledge must also be kept away from the masses because they cannot be trusted with it. Prepare for another Dark Age - a Masonic one!
The secret is how to die. Robert Langdon receives, what he believes to be, a request from an old friend to come to Washington. I could go on and on about how bad I thought this book was. The bad guy was way over the top, Langdon seemed flat, and the women were too stupid to live. The geog First Sentence: The geography of Washington had errors. Yes, some of the information on the Freemasons is interesting, as is some of the arcane historical information, but nothing really gels together.
The book is an example of bad dialogue, bloated writing, and repetitive scenes. However, the greatest sin was that I never felt engaged or cared what happened. I beg you to remember that wealth without wisdom can often end in disaster. When his friend and mentor Peter Solomon is kidnapped, Langdon has to accept a mystical invitation and uncover a world of Masonic secrets, hidden stories and never-before-seen locations. I only read t "Wealth is commonplace, but wisdom is rare.
I only read the blurb of this book now and it literally made me raise my eyebrows. It speaks of Dan Brown as world's most popular thriller writer and this novel as including his most terrifying villain to date , accelerating through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale. I would have loved to read this novel, but it definitely wasn't this one! I'm still annoyed the series is more a succession of stand-alones. It's smart from a business side of things, as it means new readers don't have to catch up but can simply purchase the most recent novel. From a reader's perspective, this means we get no character development at all.
Robert Langdon is still exactly the same person he was on Page One and I still feel like he's a rather flat character. I don't feel like I know him very well, which makes it so much more difficult to actually care about what happens. Maybe my expectations were too high, but the plot is a lot less compelling than its predecessors', too. The storyline itself is less complex, there is a lot of going over the same clues and ideas, a lot of keeping information from the reader to force him to keep reading and some absurd developments that made it hard for me to take this seriously.
And to think of Zachary as the classic druggy teenage partier who then suddenly becomes this monster crazy for wisdom, ready to slaughter both family and strangers? Not sure at all. Dan Brown has previously played with ideas of history before and developed them into something fictional not always accurately , but I found it more tolerable when he didn't mess with science. In this novel, one of the major characters is a scientist active in the field of Noetic science and does research on the weight of thoughts and the human soul.
I felt like in previous novels you knew certain things were simply not true, but I was willing to imagine them true for the duration of the novel, whereas I felt the ideas here were too far-fetched. The Institute of Noetic Sciences does indeed exist and there even has been an experiment that seemed to prove that thoughts could transform water crystals, yet it has never been replicated in over a hundred years, which makes the results rather questionable. I will keep on reading this series, having already come so far, but this is a novel I personally wouldn't even recommend to fans of the genre.
Normally, I'm able to enjoy Dan Brown's works, to a reasonable degree. I was initially disappointed after reading his earlier works to find out to what extent he outright made stuff up, but, once I put that aside, I managed to enjoy them as adventure stories with pretensions to academic thought wedged in; I learned to not take them seriously and to just have fun with it.
With that firmly in mind, I sat down to The Lost Symbol, expecting more of the same. It's not quite what I got. Have you ever ha Normally, I'm able to enjoy Dan Brown's works, to a reasonable degree. Have you ever had someone with a really horrific stutter tell you a knock knock joke? And then the joke is stupid and doesn't make any sense?
Probably not, but I'm making a point here, so roll with me. Yeah, I know, knock knock, right? But you're going so damn slow! Alright, fine, who's there? Some evil guy who? This book was kind of like that; every time the author started to introduce something, I was well aware of his formula, and had figured out where he was going.
Instead of getting on with it, he sat there sputtering for pages and pages, thinking he was keeping me on the edge of my seat when I just wanted him to stop dancing around and spit it out so we could get on to the next thing. This book really needed to be half the length, it felt like a large chunk of it was paragraphs of people saying "Oh, it was so simple, why didn't I figure it out before?
This was meant to leave you in suspense, I suppose, but it just got really tiresome and obvious. The other problem was that I not only figured out the major twist somewhere in the first third of the book, but I was bracing for a second twist when the first twist popped, because he had made it too obvious, and I was expecting another major shakeup before the end. There were some "supporting" twists, but no game changers, and I'd barely call them twists.
This book was far, far too tame compared to his other stuff. Also, some of the things that got introduced and seemed really promising had really lame resolutions. It was actually nothing, so just forget about it. Aside from all that, though, the thing that really killed it for me, was the entire denouement. The climax happens, the baddie is taken care of, and then the book keeps going on, for a painfully long time Something like pages in my e-book copy, but it was probably shorter than that in hard print.
Doesn't matter, it felt like an eternity. As I said I was waiting for a second big twist, and sat through this boring, poorly researched new age hooey waiting for something else to happen, one more big fight, a betrayal, a revelation, Freaking something, anything. Instead, I got a long winded, rambling exposition of a bunch of dubious assertions about the reality of Noetic science, until the book just kind of sputtered out.
With all the wild ideas being thrown around about mind influencing matter, at the very least we could have gotten Langdon doing some telekinesis at the end, or using mind over matter to defeat the villain, or something cool like that. But no, the book tries to have it both ways; it wants to be set in a realistic world, but it wants to pretend things like the weight of the soul experiment was done under perfect lab conditions and totally panned out.
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