BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
For anyone who's read "The Da Vinci Code" or "Angels and Demons," you'll remember fit, handsome, scholarly, 40-ish year old Robert Langdon. In "The Lost Symbol" he is tricked into flying to Washington D.C. last minute to give a seminar for his dear friend, Peter Solomon. He finds when he gets there, however, that Peter is actually in trouble and Robert must use his decoding skills to save him and the reputation of Peter's secretive group, the Masons. The villain is truly twisted--having tattooed his entire body except the crown of his head with the ultimate goal of becoming a god in hell--he brutally murders any in his path.
The book revolves around the theory that men are gods, or have the potential to be gods, and touches on questions many face like if we have spirits that live on after death. Even if you don't agree with the ideas presented, they are interesting nonetheless. It is a typical Dan Brown page-turning thriller with unexpected twists that left me shocked--and I'm pretty good at predicting where a story's going so I'm pleased to be shocked--and interesting things to learn about science and the world around us. This book gets 4.8 stars. Rated PG-13 for violence and adult themes. Keep the educational pager-turners coming, Dan Brown!