The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Book Review)

Title: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5

Morbidly written, boring and nauseating.

2/5 ; that was my first rating on this book however, I thought of how many times this book has made me breathless towards the end and by then, I thought, 3/5 would be much better.

I almost gave up reading this book because of its main topic: Freemasonry, in which I am the least person interested in.

The last 1/3 part was the most affecting part.

Malak’h was Silas’ counterpart. He was the villain in Brown’s other book, The Da Vinci Code. I always hate the parts about him (Silas), but sad to say, the book is mostly about his counterpart Malak’h

As I read the The Da Vinci code, I had been so grossed out with Silas and it was doubled and even tripled with this new character, Malak’h.


As I researched about this book, this was actually Brown’s first attempt to involve a character with dual roles; the “good” and the “evil” with a vast transformation in between. And that was the part of the novel that left my jaw drop in awe.

I don’t usually say some spoilers in my reviews but this one was really disturbing and has really distressed me.

I was in a bookstore when I turned the pages and found out that Robert Langdon was dead.

Distressing right? Being an avid fan of Dan Brown’s works, I almost had my tantrums. lol And at the back of my mind, since I really find this novel so boring, “R. Langdon, DOESN’T DESERVE to die on this novel!!”

I almost throw the book. lol But I just closed it and checked out some books in the bookstore and found Brown’s latest book, Inferno.

Only to find out, he is NOT DEAD! I was thinking of how will Brown create some tactics to make Langdon alive again and I must say, he did it well. It’s in line with the topic and is acceptable.

Quotes you will love in the novel.

“Human thought can literally transform the physical world.”
“We are the master of our own universe.”
“If  a thought has mass, then, a thought exerts gravity and can pull things toward it.”
“If enough people begin thinking the same thing, then the gravitational force of that thought becomes tangible  and it exerts actual force.”
“Misunderstanding a culture’s symbols is a common root of prejudice.”
“I’ve learned never to close my mind to an idea simply because it seems miraculous.”
“Wealth without wisdom can often lead to disaster.”

“Wealth is a common place but wisdom is rare.”

“Every period of enlightenment has been accompanied by darkness putting in position.”
“The most precious  treasures are the simplest.”
“Man’s apathy was the fertile ground in which the dark spirits tended its seeds.”


“Science and mysticism are very closely related, distinguishable only by their approaches. They have identical goals but different methods.

“Every philosophical shift in history began with a single bold idea.”
“The question was whether God has imbued man with great powers but rather how we liberate those powers.”

This was my second least liked book of Dan Brown. 🙁

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The Lost Symbol is very similar to his previous books, in that it has the same formulaic plot, structure, and theme, only this time it takes place in Washington, D.C. and involves the Freemasons instead of the Knights Templar. Just like in the Da Vinci Code, Langdon is called to Washington at a friend’s request, only to find him missing, and spends the rest of the book chasing clues throughout the city and trying to outwit a new villain who is seemingly as smart as he is.

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