The Lost Symbol by Kimi
When this book was announced I was ridiculously excited for a number of reasons. 1) I loved the Da Vinci Code, and read it in the space of 24 hours, 2) I had heard great things about Angels and Demons – still haven’t gotten round to reading it yet, and 3) The Lost Symbol was being sold for a fiver at Asda. I ended up driving to 3 different Asda’s in my home city because it sold out really quickly, and as soon as I bought the novel and although I didn’t read it as fast as I read The Da Vinci Code, I did manage to finish it in a week.
This book really divided me, which was unexpected. I expected to love it but I found it difficult in parts.
I thought the basis of the story was great, the thriller aspect of the novel was gripping and that definitely made it a page turner because I constantly wanted to know what the next clue was, and I was trying to work out the answers all the way through, and there were lots of twists and turns.
I did think there were some brilliant characters in this novel, especially Mal’akh, but what I didn’t really like about this book was that each chapter would follow a different character, and this sometimes made it difficult to follow the story as I was constantly having to read back and check where we’d left that particular character.
In The Da Vinci code the story was based around a religious conspiracy, this book included references to both the Freemasons and also the concept of Noetic Science. Don’t worry if you have no clue what that is, I only know because I Googled it while I was reading the book. It’s really hard to explain – a quick search on Google brings up the phrase “the research in to human potentials. – This research includes topics such as spontaneous remission, meditation, consciousness, alternative healing practices, spirituality, human potential, psychic abilities and survival of consciousness after bodily death.”
The references to Noetic Sciences in this book do make it really interesting, but they also make it quite hard to get through at times. I got a few DBH’s (Dan Brown headaches) while I was reading it, but it will still make my list of Fave Books of recent years.
I rate this book 3/5.
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