*warning, contains spoilers about earlier books in series*
For those of you who don’t know, Dan Brown is the author Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code. Both books have been turned into movies with Tom Hanks playing the main character Robert Langdon. The Lost Symbol is book number three in that series.
Character synopsis, Robert Langdon: Langdon is a Professor of Religious Iconology and Symbology at Harvard. In Angels and Demons he is whisked off, first to CERN and later to Vatican City, after a plot is discovered to destroy the Vatican and wipe out the Christian Faith. From there he has to follow the Path of Illumination laid out by the Illuminati in order to find the deadly bomb placed in Vatican City. Not long after, in The DaVinci Code, Langdon is under suspicion of murder in Paris when the curator of the Louvre is found dead. In his day book, his last appointment was with Professor Langdon. On the run from the police with the aid of a cryptologist from the DCPJ, who also happens to be the curators granddaughter. Together they are off to discover the secrets of the Priory of Sion before Opus Dei can destroy it forever. The secret they are searching for is none other than the Holy Grail.
Brief Summary: Professor Langdon receives a phone call from his friend and mentor, Peter Solomon, to speak at aSmithsonian event in Washington DC. Peter Solomon is a Mason of the 33rd degree, the highest degree in Masonry. When Langdon arrives in DC he is taken to the Capitol Building and finds, to his surprise, that there is no event. Instead he finds the Hand of Mysteries, an invitation to look for the Ancient Mysteries believed to be hidden in the famous Mason Pyramid.
My thoughts: I will admit I found it slightly irritating that it took almost half the book for Langdon to get onboard with the idea that the Masonic Pyramid might be real. He just discovered the Path of Illumination and the Holy Grail but he can’t believe this is real. However, I did thoroughly enjoy the book. I love iconography and symbolism and think this series is incredibly cool. I would highly recommend reading this book, especially if you’ve enjoyed the series thus far.