I have read again Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code while I'm having my Christmas Break [the book was so impressive and delightful---literally, pure genius] and it was a "ritual" for me to do it...a preparation... a warm-up before I have to read Dan Brown's much awaited book which is entitled "The Lost Symbol". At first, I was some kind of hesitant to read the book...Masons? Yes, I have heard the name for many times but I was not really sure who they are and what they are. I had an expectation before turning the first page that I'm going to "Rack" my brains. But as I continue to flip and flip the pages, I noticed that I was now at the last 20 chapter of the book. And here's my conclusion about the book. Lost Symbol was so...........magnificent. I cannot compare Dan Brown book because all of them are wonderful and amazing-----------in a way that it will lead you to a deeper understanding and enlightenment. The novel was so impossible to put down. So I should say..this book was another best-seller.
For a bite here's the plot;
The story focuses on Freemasonry, and takes place over a period of 12 hours in Washington, D.C. Robert Langdon is summoned to give a lecture in National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol, with the invitation apparently from his mentor, a 33rd degree Mason named Peter Solomon, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. However, when Langdon arrives at the Capitol, instead of an audience for his lecture, he finds the severed right hand of Peter Solomon tattooed into a symbolic Hand of the Mysteries, and pointing straight upwards to the fresco The Apotheosis of Washington on the inside of the Capitol dome. Solomon has been kidnapped by the villain Mal'akh, who demands that Langdon unlock the Ancient Mysteries in return for Solomon's life. This leads to a game of cat and mouse throughout the museums and architecture of Washington. Langdon joins forces with Solomon's sister, Katherine, a researcher studying noetic science in a secret laboratory in the Smithsonian Museum Support Center. Langdon and Katherine are pursued by both Mal'akh, and Inoue Sato, the head of the CIA's Office of Security. Sato's demand is that Langdon solve the mystery as a matter of national security, since Mal'akh is planning to release a clandestine video of Washington powerbrokers engaged in secret Masonic rituals. The chase and the clues to the puzzles lead through the sub-basement of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Freedom Plaza, the United States Botanical Garden, and Washington National Cathedral. The clues center around a small stone unfinished pyramid, and a capstone that was entrusted several years ago by Solomon to Langdon. The pyramid and the box which holds it reveal several puzzles, involving a Masonic cipher, a circumpunct, an alchemical formula, and references to the 1514 engraving Melencolia I.
Mal'akh succeeds in capturing both Katherine and Langdon, torturing both of them, and then takes Peter Solomon to the top floor of the Masonic headquarters House of the Temple. Langdon and Katherine Solomon are rescued by the CIA, while in the meantime Mal'akh reveals to Peter Solomon that he is in fact Peter's own son, Zachary.
As a young man, he had been unhappy with the way he had been treated by his father, so he faked his own death in a Turkish prison. He then experienced a religious epiphany, finding the need to learn the The Lost Word (the verbum significatium or lost symbol of the title) .
Trying to recreate the Biblical story of Abraham on the verge of sacrificing his son, Zachary attempts to goad his father into killing him with Abraham' sacrificial Akedah knife on the altar of the Freemasons. But Langdon intrudes, and a CIA helicopter interrupts the data connection with a targeted EMP to prevent the distribution of the video. Zachary is fatally injured when the helicopter accidentally shatters a skylight above him, and the falling shards pierce his body.Peter Solomon then takes Langdon to the Washington Monument, viewed from above, a dot in a circular plaza, with a Bible in its cornerstone. Peter tells him that The Word that Mal'akh was seeking was in all holy books such as the Bible, Qur'an, and Bhagavad Gita. The Ancient Mystery is the realization that people are not God's subjects, but in fact possess the ability to be gods themselves. Langdon realizes that the lost symbol is God, standing for limitless human potential and was previously only found by studying holy scriptures such as the Bible, Qur'an, Torah, Vedas and such.
P.S Thanks to my friend Julien, for immediatly grabbing a copy of The Lost Symbol as soon it was released......and for letting me borrow it.
[plot source; wikipedia.com