Taking place over a period of 12 hours, Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" is a book that is full of twists and surprises. One of the surprises is that the book is not nearly as exciting and compelling as "The Da Vinci Code," and if you've already read that book, you can skip this one. One of the twists is that it does not contain a single enema murder.
I could bore you with the details of the novel's story, but instead I would like to recommend to anyone who is on the fence about buying Dan Brown's latest Robert Langdon opus that they instead purchase the first novel in the compelling "Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist" series. It is fast-paced, with surprising twists and turns, religious cults, conspiracies, zombies, locked room mystery, social commentary, police procedural, French history, coming of age drama, spirits, music, psychiatry, a poodle, and of course, enema murder.
In every category, it is the superior to Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol." This is in no way meant to be a criticism of Dan Brown, or of his novel. Brown is a fine author. But why buy "The Lost Symbol," when you could buy "Arsole Fantüme, Gentleman Immoralist"?
Lost Symbol pic source.
Arsole Fantüme pic source.