As always, Dan Brown delights with another page-turner. The book is a quick 509 pages if you like thrillers – I was able to make it through in four days. Brown takes you through a series of twists and turns from the first page right through to the very end of the book.
You get the feeling that he has found a formula that works and he has chosen not to stray from it. But it works, so I can’t blame him. And what more than makes up for the formulaic nature of his novels is his rich narratives centered on his extensive knowledge of history, symbols, secret societies, and edge of your seat semi-factual information.
Robert Langdon makes his return to a backdrop of our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. The historical fiction focuses on the Free Masons, Noetic Science, and many of our capitol’s landmarks. And, as always, Brown can’t help but give you the feeling that Langdon is involved in a budding romance with the story’s main female character.
The story is enthralling, Langdon is such an easy-to-love protagonist, and the almost-facts make your imagination run-wild. I won’t say anymore, because no one likes a spoiler, but if you need a relaxing and entertaining read and haven’t yet picked this one up, please do.
One of my favorite passages:
Since the beginning of time, man had sensed there was something special about himself… something more. He had longed for powers he did not possess. He had dreamed of flying, of healing, and of transforming his world in every way imaginable… And he had done just that.
It truly is amazing what humans have accomplished over time.
Allow your mind to flutter when you read through this one… It creates a fun way to think about the possibilities of our world.