Robert Langdon is back, along with his never-ending knowledge of secret societies, architecture, art history, symbology and dead languages.Â (Okay, he was actually back last year in Dan Brownâ€™s â€œThe Lost Symbol,â€ but as of last month heâ€™s been available in paperback.)
As with Brownâ€™s other books involving Langdon, â€œAngels and Demonsâ€ and â€œThe Da Vinci Code,â€ Langdon is once again sent on adventures that have him chasing after lost artifacts and world-changing secrets through a dizzying array of history-rich locations.
The Freemasons play the role of the secret-keepers this time, hiding something referred to throughout history as â€œThe Ancient Mysteries.â€Â Langdon once again finds himself working alongside a smart, pretty female counterpart, this time in the form of Katherine Solomon, a specialist in Noetic Science, the study of the human mind to physically affect our physical surroundings.
Langdonâ€™s story is centered in Washington D.C., and is rich in the history of our nationâ€™s capitalâ€™s most famous buildings, including the Smithsonian Institution complex and The Capitol Building.
Langdonâ€™s efforts to find â€œThe Ancient Mysteriesâ€ are propelled by his desire to save the life of his friend Peter Solomon, Katherineâ€™s brother, who is being held captive by a fully tattooed madman, Malâ€™akh.
Brownâ€™s storytelling is captivating, with well-placed history lessons to break up the fast-paced action.Â His knowledge of history is, as usual, astounding, and the book is entertaining as well as informative.Â â€œThe Lost Symbolâ€ offers many twists and turns, with many unexpected surprises along the way.
If thereâ€™s one disappointing thing about this book itâ€™s that the large mystery that promises to be solved is, as with his other books, anti-climactic and more obvious than expected.
But, I suppose one canâ€™t expect lifeâ€™s mysteries to be solved at the end of a novel.