Release Date: 22/07/10
It was the Capitol Building, Washington DC. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon believes he is here to give a lecture. He is wrong. Within minutes of his arrival, a shocking object is discovered. It is a gruesome invitation into an ancient world of hidden wisdom. When Langdon's mentor, Peter Solomon - prominent mason and philanthropist - is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that his only hope of saving his friend's life is to accept this mysterious summons. It is to take him on a breathless chase through Washington's dark history. All that was familiar is changed into a shadowy, mythical world in which Masonic secrets and never-before-seen revelations seem to be leading him to a single impossible and inconceivable truth.
OK, I’m a little late to this title and whilst I absolutely loved the Da Vinci Code, I fell that this book wouldn’t have been worth shelling over hardback prices for. Don’t get me wrong, it has great mysteries along with some serious puzzles but it’s nothing I haven’t seen before.
Brown is good at what he does and amongst the upper echelon of mystery thriller writers but I feel that with such a long break between titles that I wanted something a bit more special than was present.
Overall, fan’s of Brown will more than likely have already brought this title and so what I say is incidental but for the price of a paperback it’s definitely worth serious thought and, in my opinion, worth saving for a stressful time when you want your chance to escape ie Christmas. With Brown you know there is a guaranteed level of storytelling backed with a competent writing style and at the end of the day, that’s what every reader deserves.