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Book review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Science and religion face off again in this third book in Dan Brown’s trilogy. This time, Robert Langdon finds himself in Washington, D.C. racing to unravel the truth behind the Freemasons, their involvement in America’s founding, the Ancient Mysteries, and noetic science.

I liked the historical content about the nation’s capital and prominent Freemasons, but I didn’t find the story as compelling as Angels & Demons. I found Langdon’s ability to solve all the riddles just in time and escape so many close calls unrealistic. I saw the “surprise” revelation of Mal'akh’s origin coming several chapters beforehand, which took the wind out of the sails. The book’s end drags.

I’m a devout Christian, so I disagreed with the story’s basic premise: that humans have for thousands of years misunderstood the Bible and other religious texts. According to the story, they don’t teach about a spiritual God, but about unleashing the human potential: god within us.

This book is fun for learning some historical trivia and it’s a relatively exciting story, but look elsewhere for spiritually and philosophically enlightening content.

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