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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
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Oct 04, 09

Read in October, 2009

I have read just two of Dan Brown's books before this, both featured the Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon's adventures.DVC set a scorching pace and exploited the conspiracy theories already in place surrounding the Vatican, Da Vinci and Last supper. Enjoyable as it was, Angels and Demons was like a swift athlete who tripped towards the end and pulled off an extremely dramatic climax like a rabbit from a hat. This time around, Dan Brown delivers a thriller that is a letdown in more ways than one.

The book in its Indian avatar is more than 500 pages long. The real meat of the tale is however exhausted somewhere within 200 pages. What follows is a long drawn out climax, close to 100 pages in all. Sounds exhaustive does it not ?? The latter parts of the book made me wonder whether the author is making amends to the images he built up around DVC.I was reading in the Hindu's literary review that the book feels like a screenpaly trapped between the covers, it does ring true. There is everything for a decent hollywood thriller...

All in all, yet another exercise in mediocrity built around symbols, masons and the CIA. Am waiting for what Mr.Brown will churn out next...
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