Dan BrownThe Lost Symbol by
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation... one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon--a prominent Mason and philanthropist--is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations--all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.
Okay, so I figured I'd read enough YA for a while and I'd pick up an "adult" book. I really enjoyed Brown's other books, particularly Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol was still fun. The only problem I had was that it was kind of formulaic. As in, it followed the exact same course as the other two. I mean, the places and such might have changed (and lets be honest, settings in Europe are always going to be a bit more fun than those in the US, I can't help it) but what happened isn't. Plus, I found a few errors in his research and that kind of ticked me off. Still, I read it, and it was interesting. It's almost more like a lecture in story form than a book--something that I actually rather enjoy. So long as its interesting :)