I enjoyed the first two simply because I sometimes like fast-paced adventure and trivia as an escapist sort of thing. Brown isn't a great writer, but he's not horrible.
I finished #3 a few days ago and honestly I was very disappointed. It was too simple and too easily figured out, no complexities. I too found that instead of wanting to read right through, I kept setting it down and leaving it.
I know that the the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown is a sequel to the DA Vince Code, but i just bought the lost symbol and i really want to read it. Will I not be able to understand without first reading the DA Vince Code?
I think you'll be okay. There are a couple references to The Da Vinci Code, but none of them had anything to do with the plot of The Lost Symbol.
I had to choke it down to finish it. It took longer to read the last chapter than the rest of the book. I gave it to my aunt and told her to donate it to Goodwill when she was done. This book sucked to no end.
Not Dan Browns best by ANY means. In fact, even his non-Langdon books were better.
I did however miss one of the twists (that I should have got)
That Mal'akh was the son
but totally had another one pegged when it seemed Langdon could have pulled it out in 2 seconds
that the pyramid/stairs was the Washington Monument.
Although, the book may make a good movie. Maybe that's what he was going for?
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