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No Spoilers, honestly
For those who thought The Da Vinci Code was the book of the century, get yourself a copy of The Lost Symbol. Just when I thought I was getting used to Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol awed me with its twists and turns. Dan Brown just emulated himself with this work. Sure he has a particular theme to which he always sticks to; the story occurs in a time span of few hours- twenty four at most, the story has a psychotic killer, a nymph, lots of facts, conspiracy theories, and there is always a father figure. The Lost Symbol is no different, but it's far from monotonous. Those who loved The Da Vinci Code will go crazy after this one.
Through Robert Langdon, Dan Brown gives us a sneak peek into the world of Freemasons. He gives a detailed picture of their ideologies and rituals, some of them esoteric as they may seem, nonetheless a picturesque representation of their diversity in terms of subscription from the members of a number of different religions. He claims, in his book, that all the religions of the world (and also science) more or less teaches the same philosophy and although through diverse metaphors and allegories, converges to offer the same wisdom. Dan Brown has integrated the preaching of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Freemasonry, Science, Hinduism, Alchemy, Egypt, Rosicrucian, and-as it seems -every other discipline that ever existed on this earth. According to what Robert Langdon discovers, all of the above mentioned disciplines are trying to guide mankind to a path where the man can realize his true potential. 'Apotheosis' as has been called in the book.
Among this sacred wisdom is the enigmatic figure of Mal'akh, who although is after the same knowledge- seeks it for ignoble purpose. There's a lot of mystery throughout the text regarding this idiosyncratic entity. But what awed me most was the shocking revelation that Dan Brown has placed adroitly as the book nears the end. I was awestruck when I came to know the reality about Mal'akh.
I can only say that Dan Brown has done justice to this work. After The Da Vinci Code one can be inclined to assume 'can something as good as this could occur in a matter of few years?' With Dan Brown, the answer is yes. Do get yourself a copy of this one. You won't regret, that I can assure.