The Lost Symbol

I return to Dan Brown’s writing and his character Robert Langdon. Part National Treasure and part Indiana Jones, Brown’s Langdon stories are fast-paced and full of adventure.

Robert Langdon is woken early one morning by a close friend’s personal assistant requesting a huge favor– for Langdon to give a lecture that very night in Washington D.C. Langdon agrees, but finds himself suddenly caught up in a mystery he wasn’t expecting. Instead of presenting a lecture, Langdon is racing against the clock, trying to rescue his good friend and protect the hidden secrets of the Masonic brotherhood.

Brown writes his books with short chapters that draw you in and encourage you to keep telling yourself, “just one more chapter.” His character, Robert Langdon, is reminiscent of Indiana Jones, but in a more National Treasure type setting, always following clues and riddles to uncover the truth, usually dealing with secret societies. And each story is completed with a female partner turned love interest.

While you definitely get the feeling that Brown isn’t a fan of religion, particularly Catholicism and Christianity, the views taken by Langdon, a symbology professor, feel in keeping with the skeptical nature of the character.

With this character and series, Brown proves himself a master at conspiracy theory thrillers.

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