The Lost Symbol is Dan Brown's third installment in the Robert Langdon sagas of mysticism, fanaticism, and brutality. Though somewhat less brutal than the previous volumes, it still suffers from the author's unfortunate tendency towards exposition where the action stops for some lecture or another. Readers of the first two volumes will not be surprised by the mystery quest plot, shallow characters, or violence. The puzzles are fewer and less satisfying, but if you skim the lectures, as I did, the pace is quite nice, though the resolution is reminiscent of Narnia.
This book demonstrates why I am not a fan of series, as the author delivers more of the same: a sequel in the worst tradition of franchise movies.
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