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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
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Dec 13, 2009

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bookshelves: 2009-reads, mystery-thrillers
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I’m still trying to get my arms around this book. It is loaded with history, intellect, suspense, religion and mystery. It is a typical Brown book but this time it takes place in Washington DC. Langdon is called by his friend Peter to DC to give a speech. When he arrives and enters the speaking hall, he realizes something is terribly wrong. Such begins an adventure in our country’s capital that takes Langdon to places he never knew existed. This book is so full of historical information, weaved throughout the novel, it is sometimes hard to stay focused on it. Plus, it is very lengthy. There are some interesting quotes worth mentioning….”Corinthians overtly tells us that the parables have tow layers of meaning:’milk for babes and meat for men’—where the milk is a watered-down reading for infantile minds, and the meat is the true message, accessible only to mature minds.” “Temple is the code for ‘body’. Heaven is code for mind. Jacob’s Ladder is your spine. And manna is this rare brain secretion. They are often markers for a more profound meaning concealed beneath the surface.” Like some of Brown other books, he has an interesting way of twisting information that we think is sound and true and putting some spin on it to open our minds and wonder if we really know everything we think we do. I think that is an amazing gift. However, I sometimes feel like some of this stuff is over my head and I get overwhelmed by it. I enjoyed this book, but it isn’t going to be one of my favorites.

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Heidi Good review... I totally agree that there's so much crammed in there that it slows down his usual "race to the finish" plot line. It was the least favorite of the Langdon books. I've heard his stand-alone is pretty good... might give that a try later this year.

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