I have to admit, I didn’t care much for “The Lost Symbol,” Brown’s third book in the adventures of fictional Harvard professor and symbology expert Robert Langdon.
But this latest book is more in the tradition “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” set in Europe amid centuries old buildings, masterpieces of art, myths, legends and history.
In this one, Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Florence, Italy, with no memory of the previous 48 hours, including what’s he’s doing there or how he got there.
Quickly, however, he’s on the run from a mysterious Amazon and black clad soldiers he believes are trying to kill him, for reasons that escape him.
While seeming living in Dante’s “Inferno” he’s also plumbing the epic poem for clues to what he eventually concludes is an attempt to unleash a world-wide pandemic to cull the plant of its excess population and restore the balance of nature.
What I think makes Brown’s book such page turners is that from start to finish, everything happens in about 48 hours.
Chronologically, the last 100 pages of the 460-page book cover only a few hours, and it took me less than two hours to read them. I couldn’t put it down.