‘Great minds are always feared by lesser minds”
I’ve been a fan of Dan Brown’s work for a long time now. His one blockbusting novels of all time, The da Vinci Code blew me away, and so does Inferno, The Lost Symbol and Angels & Demons. It is no surprise that his books sparked debate among readers and scholars. This is because he placed is novel on a fine line between fact and fiction, a ‘hybrid reality’.
Just like his other novels, the heroic symbologist Robert Langdon tried to save the world from a revelation that could ruin the world. What amazes me is that this 500-page book is mostly a description of a 10-hour event. Every chapter takes us to different perspectives of the main characters of the same part of the story.
The book started with Langdon being unexpectedly being summoned to deliver a lecture in the U.S Capitol Building by his friend’s ‘assistant’- Peter Solomon, a mason and his mentor. Upon arrival, Langdon realised that there was no lecture and this is where the night takes a bizarre turn. After finding a severed hand, CIA officials arrived and announced that this is a matter of national security. Soon after, Robert received a phone call that revealed that Peter has been kidnapped. Slowly, Robert started to decipher the severed hand and ended up in the basement room of US Capitol building.
When you think that a lot is going on, Katherine- Peter’s sister met Dr Abaddon who claims to have been working with Peter to deal with his psychological distress. Dr Abaddon then invited himself to Katerine’s lab, using Peter’s phone. If you have not connected the dot- Dr Abaddon is indeed the kidnapper, and yes, it’s not his real name. Katherine and Robert eventually brought together to save Peter from this madman who determined to reveal information that could change the world. By extremely good fortune, Katherine and Robert managed to escape from various threats and death.
The Lost Symbol is an action-packed thriller and there are plenty of unforeseen twists along the way. What amuses me is that towards the ending, Dan Brown dropped epic ending twist yet again that made my jaw dropped- which I shall not reveal what it is. He never fails to challenge readers with an intelligent story that makes me do a double-take when faced with a twist.