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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
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Dec 12, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 12, 2011 to January 14, 2012

Overall I thought this was an entertaining thriller with plenty of twists and turns and unexpected developments. Does it live up to the hype of its impossible to follow predecessor, The Da Vinci Code? Barely. But what could? It certainly continues the formula, although I found it to be darker than DVC. At its heart, though, it's the same: the character Langdon hooks up with is of course connected extremely closely to the conflict, the conflict involves secret societies guarding some treasured knowledge of the ages at the intersection of science and religion, the fanatics die in the end while Langdon and his friends are left to reflect on some newfound understanding, and it all takes place in 24 hrs.. Good stuff. I would definitely read another one, although I think it could be a tad shorter next time.

At the very end the clue references became overly circular and repetitive to the point of overkill, but overall this was one hell of a read. Maybe 50 pages or so could have been cut.
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