“The Lost Symbol is a brilliant and compelling thriller. Dan Brown’s prodigious talent for storytelling, infused with history, codes and intrigue, is on full display in this new book. This is one of the most anticipated publications in recent history, and it was well worth the wait.” *
Boy, is that praise or what? But wait just a darn tootin’ minute. The author of that exalted blurb was the Great Exalted Sonny Mehta, the Chairman and Editor in Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. As the Great Exalted, Sonny could hardly say, “The Lost Symbol is a piece of crap,” now could he.
Lettuce see what Dan himself has to say about his new book:
"This novel has been a strange and wonderful journey," said Brown. "Weaving five years of research into the story's twelve-hour timeframe was an exhilarating challenge. Robert Langdon’s life clearly moves a lot faster than mine." *
Very nice. Langdon, the boring protagonist of The da Vinci Code (note the correct spelling of the title), solves whatever needs solving in a twelve-hour timeframe.
Then why is the book 528 pages long, Dan?
It is probably quite rude to dis a book before I've read it, but I don't give a damn. I read The da Vinci Code (note the correct spelling of the title) when it first came out and I was totally underwhelmed. I think I gave it two out of five stars: one star for Brown writing it (I'm basically kind), and one star to me for reading it.
I have been a fan of the mystery-thriller genre since I was knee-high to a CIA guy. There is no way Brown comes even close to early Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, or Robert Ludlum, just to name three. Brown is a mediocre writer, his research is questionable, and there’s nothing likeable or endearing about his characters.
So I won’t be reading The Lost Symbol because I don’t like Brownie. That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it.
* Quotes are from Amazon.com