Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Guess What Came Out Today

So Dan Brown's latest book came out today and I you may have guessed my mother bit the bullet and bought a copy. This was surprising to me because Moms hasn't been much of a reader lately. She's been into audiobooks and I figured she would go that route.

In any event, the book is now in my family's possession and I imagine I will get around to reading it at some point. The exciting thing about a new book is that sometimes you really don't know where it will take you.

Lets see what The Lost Symbol is about from the product description:

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling--a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.

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.

As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown’s novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.

Wow! Sounds exciting doesn't it? I guess if I were to hazard a guess I would say that Robert "Tom Hanks" Langdon will decipher some crazy symbol which leads him on a wild goose chase. Along the way he will meet a smart, sexy young woman who will become his love interest and help a former mentor. But wait! The mentor is in on the plot and is setting up the protagonist! Oh the horror! But don't worry. Langdon will come through in the end and he and his new lady will live happily ever after until the next book.

Now I could be wrong about this little plot synopsis, but I doubt it. I'm confident in my prediction because that is exactly what has happened in every one of his other books.

I don't get this whole literary sensation. The books are formulaic at best. There are finer works of literature than this. But that doesn't mean they aren't entertaining. Reading a Dan Brown book is the literary equivalent of a Michael Bay film.

Like I said, I will get around to reading this at some point. If I'm write -- or wrong! -- I will let you know. Also, if I inadvertently ruined this book for you, I apologize. What can I say? I'm passionate.

Now back to my It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 4 DVDs.

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