Another mysterious murder of a person with no evidence left at the scene expect for an unusual symbol or set of meaningless words or letters? Looks l Another mysterious murder of a person with no evidence left at the scene expect for an unusual symbol or set of meaningless words or letters? Looks like a job for symbolist and historian Robert Langdon. Having solved many cases like this before, Langdon should have no trouble solving this one. However this one he discovers is a bit different. How will he handle solving the murder of his close friend Peter Solomon?
The Lost Symbol starts off when Langdon is summoned by author, masonic brother and close friend Peter Solomon to give a lecture at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Peter requests that Robert bring a small sealed package that Solomon had entrusted with him years ago and told him not to open. However, when Langdon arrives to the Capitol building, he learns that Solomons invitation was a trap, that it was not really Solomon that called him, but a cultist man by the name of Mal'akh, a highly ranked Masonic brother who captures Peter Solomon and only leaves Peters right hand at the scene. Knowing Langdons specialty in finding and deciphering ancient artifacts, Mal'akh demands that Langdon find the Masonic Pyramid that he believes is somewhere under the Capitol building. Mal'akh also believes that the little box that Langdon had been requested to bring is the key to the hidden Masonic Pyramid. If Langdon does not follow his requests, he threatens to kill Solomon. Having no other choice, Robert is forced into the underbelly of the U.S. Capitol building, in search of an ancient pyramid with untold secrets. Along the way he will gain help from Peters sister Kathrine Solomon, Architect of the Capitol Warren Bellamy, and even the head of the CIA Inoue Sato.
One of the reasons Browns books including this one are so engrossing and detailed is the amount of research that Brown puts into each and everyone of them. From digging up information and conspiracies on the works of Leonardo Da Vinci to the hidden practices and myths of the infamous Masonic cult, Brown has done his research. His research is a key element in his novels because they not only add background information to his books, but help Brown create his wacky and unheard of conspiracy theories in his stories.
The Lost Symbol may not have been as good as the Da Vinci Code, but it was still an intriguing book that I enjoyed all the way through. One of my big issues with this book was the characters logic towards there motives were a bit unclear at times. For example it was evident head of CIA Inoue Sato had joined Langdon solely for the reason for capturing Mal'akh. However in the book you can clearly see her more interested in finding the Masonic Pyramid with Langdon. So did she join him for the capture or for finding the pyramid? Maybe both? Despite my problem with this, I found that Brown was able to effectively develop the plot and characters as well as explain all the pieces of the conspiracy in the end. This book is all around great and is a must read for Dan Brown fans and conspiracy enthusiasts alike. ...more
After reading Dan Browns Da Vinci Code and being completely immersed and engrossed into every chapter, I was a bit dissapointed reading Dan Browns Dig After reading Dan Browns Da Vinci Code and being completely immersed and engrossed into every chapter, I was a bit dissapointed reading Dan Browns Digital Fortress. It starts out when the NSA code breaking machine (called TRANSLTER) finds a new and complex code, named Digital Fortress, that it cannot break. Commander Trevor Strathmore calls in Susan Fletcher, their head cryptographer to help crack it. She discovers that it was written by Ensei Tankado, a former NSA employee who was displeased with the NSA invading the privacy of peoples lives. Tankado intends to auction the code's algorithm on his website and have his partner, "NDAKOTA", release it to the general public if he was to die. Pretty much holding the NSA hostage, the agency is determined to stop Digital Fortress from becoming a threat to national security. But what they don't know is Digital Fortress is not what it seems.. Being a fan of Dan Browns works and having an interest in computers, I thought Digital Fortress would be the match for me. Although, I found that it did not live up the the expectations I thought it would uphold. Unlike 'Da Vinci Code', Digital Fortress' plot was very predictable and weak. I felt the characters were very underdeveloped, and that the story could have been so much better had Brown put more effort into character development. On the brightside, I found some parts to be very thrilling and on edge, and it was also very apparent that Brown put a lot of effort into researching computer code and algorithms. I cannot say that I recommend this book to many people, but it was not a horrible book. People who are fans of Browns work will be slightly dissapointed, but will find it tolerable. People who are also interested in Computers and computer code will find the various references to algorithms and special codes very intriguing, but anyone who isn't very tech savvy will find it very confusing. Though Digital Fortress did not live up to my expectations, I will continue to read his novels as I know his others are better, this book was just a minor virus in the computer system. ...more
Ever read one of those books where you promise that your just gonna read one more chapter but then you end up reading about another 10? This is prettyEver read one of those books where you promise that your just gonna read one more chapter but then you end up reading about another 10? This is pretty much Da Vinci Code. Dan Browns Da Vinci Code features historian Robert Langdon and Cryptologist Sophie Neevu on a wild treasure hunt throughout Europe to find a secret treasure that was left behind by Sophies grandpa, who was a member of a secret brotherhood known as the Priory of Sion. They encounter numerous threats along the was such as the French Judical police , an albino who wants to claim the treasure in the name of the lord, and a manservant who may not be who he seems... The book features many references to medieval works of art such as Da Vinci, which makes this a great book for art and history enthusiasts alike. The book appeals to pretty much teenagers and above, but may not be for people who do not know much about art history or are just not interested in it. All together, this book is probably on my top 5 books of all time, Dan Brown is a master storyteller and I cannot wait to read other works by him. ...more