Tuesday, November 10, 2009

'The lost symbol', Dan Brown

Dan Brown returns to the literature with his star character, Robert Langdon, a specialist in symbology. His mentor, Peter Solomon has called him from Washington to do the opening speech of an event organized on Capitol Hill. But when Langdon goes there, he discovers that there is no such event, that Peter is not who has contacted him and that the only thing that Langdon find is an amputated hand full of tattoos that invite him to join in a select ancient age group. If Langdon wants to see Peter, he has to decipher a series of codes and finds the secret door that asks the kidnapper of his friend.

The lost symbol is in line with The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Readers who didn't believe that Langdon could walk through the Louvre won't accept do it for the Capitol (in theory, one of the most secure buildings in the world). Those who were bored with his previous books will be too with it. But surely, the stalwarts of Brown, who does not question anything about this author tells them, continue to enjoy because the style of The lost symbol is similar than the previous novels. Here, Langdom is persecuted by police because they believe he's suspicious of something, he finds clues in a State building that he must decipher (Louvre, the Vatican and now the Capitol), is a creed involved (in this case, the Masons), Langdon has the support of a female figure and even turns to be a foray into the unknown aspects of science.

Here, the latter case deals Katherine, sister of Peter, who is conducting secret experiments based on no ethical science that humans are capable of modifying the matter with the mind, so that thoughts can change the world physical. The keys to making are in the past.

About what Robert Langdon and Dan Brown are capable, I will leave to readers. He has written more of the same (good for his fans, not so good for his detractors).

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