Here is a 5-star review from D. Vasko in Pennsylvania:*
This novel was everything I expected: an exciting, fast-paced, page turner with numerous plot twists. It follows a writing pattern similar to Brown's other novels, and that's a good thing. I absolutely love the writing style of his other novels, and expected his new book to follow a similar format. What would anyone else expect? Before The Lost Symbol was released, it was known that Robert Langdon was going to be the central character, and the storyline would revolve around codes, symbols etc. These are obviously the types of topics that DB knows well, and is able to weave into a very captivating story....which he has done yet again. Keep up the good work Dan!How exciting!
But wait just a dagnab minute. Here is a 1-star review from Roy A. Teel, Jr. in California:*
This book should have been titled the lost plot, the lost creative writing style or where's my character? While I have enjoyed Brown's other works this is a cut and paste of his other two best sellers with little new to offer. His use of the Free Masons and the secret society is not only getting old but plain wrong. The Mason's are a wonderful and peaceful society of people dedicated to do good for mankind. Brown takes great pains to slander the order for the purpose of making money.Oh poo!
The book is slow and tediously detail oriented to the point of boredom, I fell asleep several times trying to read through this brick sized book. I found myself scanning over his boring detailed paragraph after paragraph writing to get to the point. In the end the POINT was a total disappointment. . . .
I thought after close to six years of writing we were going to get a gem, instead the reader gets a lump of coal.
"How exciting!" and "Oh poo!"
You all realize that this debate will be going on for the next five years while books of merit will languish by the wayside. It's a damn good thing there are plenty of excellent book bloggers and LibraryThingers who find and review books from, as Carlos Ruiz Zafon calls it, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
* Reviews are from the Amazon link.com above.