Name: Juan Karlo de Guzman
Book: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
“THE EXPOSURE OF CONFUSING MYTHS”
I’ve read some of Dan Brown’s books and I must say that I do enjoy his stories and the awesome idea that there could be some huge conspiracy out there that only a few people know about. Dan Brown’s writing could use a bit of revising and he’s not crafting a great literature here but the content of his stories usually makes up for that specifically The Lost Symbol makes no exception. This is the third book to follow the adventures of Robert Langdon, a Harvard Symbologist who previously showed up in Angels and Demons. The Lost Symbol is very similar to his previous books, in that it has the same plot, structure, and theme, only this time it takes place in Washington, D.C. and involves the Freemasons instead of the Knights Templar. Just like in the Da Vinci Code, Langdon is called to Washington at a friend's request, only to find him missing, and spends the rest of the book chasing clues throughout the city and trying to beat a new villain who is seemingly as smart as he is. The formula in The Lost Symbol is almost exactly the same. After only a few chapters into the book, I am comparing it to the movie, National Treasure, and I could see some readers making that claim if it weren't for a few exceptions: Langdon is more likable than Ben Gates, the mysteries are much more involved and well-researched, and there is more action and suspense. This time, rather than trying to ignore some rather large plot holes, as contained in the Da Vinci Code, you will have to suspend your disbelief that a Harvard professor is physically capable of so many close calls. It almost reads more like an Ian Fleming novel than a book about a mid-50s professor trying to solve a centuries-old scavenger hunt. That works out well because a lot of books of this genre can get weighed down by the scientific or historical aspects and bore you to death. That's not to...
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