I love to read, and Dan Brown has become one of my favorite authors of all time. While some of his books, such as The DaVinci Code, have been extremely controversial, I have found them to be absolutely fascinating. His attention to historical detail, correct etymology, and creative use of mythology, religion and symbolism have made his books a real treat to read.
The Lost Symbol was no exception. From beginning to end, this book held me in rapt attention. Like Angels & Demons and The DaVinci Code, Professor Robert Langdon is the main character in the book. Unlike the european setting of Langdon’s previous adventures, this one is set in the heart of our nation, Washington D.C., and deals with a mysterious secret society that has stood for thousands of years, The Masons.
The Lost Symbol explores the world of the Masons in depth, going into great detail about their history, beliefs, rituals and teachings. Langdon is brought on board to help unravel the mystery of the famed Hidden Pyramid of Masonic lore, which legend says holds a great treasure trove of powerful knowledge.
This book deals heavily with something called Apotheosis, which means becoming a God, or becoming like God. I find it fascinating that the Mormon church has been given such a hard time for holding this belief, when in reality almost every major religion on earth contains the teaching of Apotheosis within the pages of their sacred writ. From the Bible and the Talmud to the Koran, it is taught in them all. Dan Brown leans heavily on this concept throughout the book.
Another major factor in the book is something called Noetic Science, or the science of the mind’s potential. While Brown makes liberal use of a writers creativity in his descriptions of Noetic research, the field is a real one, and has made some very interesting discoveries in the area of exploring the full potential of the human mind. In this book, Noetic Science plays a supporting role, showing many of the world’s more esoteric beliefs to be true.
Brown also touches on a wide variety of ancient disciplines, from Alchemy to Magic, and draws some interesting connections to modern science in the process.
In The Lost Symbol, the Masons are said to be the last keepers of the sacred and powerful secrets of Apotheosis, or how to become a God. An evil individual is trying to steal the secrets, and only Professor Langdon can stop him.
Like all Dan Brown books, it makes for an incredible read, full of codes, symbols, history and mythology. I highly recommend The Lost Symbol to any reader.