My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was really looking forward to this book. I mean, REALLY looking forward to it since I had really enjoyed ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and LOVED ‘Angels and Demons.’ But it took me over a month to read this one. I just couldn’t get into it like I had the first two.
About three-quarters into the book, I realized I wasn’t enjoying it because it didn’t involve some big Catholic conspiracy like the other two had. I love me some Catholic Church conspiracy. In the first two books, I loved how Brown had taken history and shaped it into something exciting. But in this one, all we get are Masonic legends. Maybe I just don’t know enough about the Masons. Maybe I just dislike American history. I was bored and I just wanted it to be over.
When I reread ‘Angels and Demons’ before the movie came out, I couldn’t help but realize that, despite the fact I enjoyed the story tremendously, the writing was really bad. I’ll give ‘The Lost Symbol’ credit in that I think Brown’s writing has improved since ‘Angels and Demons,’ but that couldn’t make up for the story line that was wholly predictable. The best thing about the book was decoding the hidden codes on the book jacket.
Again, it could have just been the subject matter of the book… the Masonic angle. It felt a little too much like “National Treasure,” but not nearly as fun.