So, what do you think? Its been a whole month now since the arrival of the new Dan Brown opus, The Lost Symbol, and sales have been brisk to say the least. Some 3 million of you have purchased the tome and it looks like success is pretty much assured.
Lets backtrack a little. September 15th 2009 was a landmark day for me. I waited patiently outside of my local bookstore for the opening time, then entered to become to first person to purchase The Lost Symbol there. Then hotfooted it back to my house to set about a reading marathon. Lots of coffee and snacks later and some 12 hours had passed - I had finished the book. First impressions were of a slightly disappointing nature. The book didn't have the same initial impact upon me as The Da Vinci Code had, it wasn't as immediate as Angels & Demons either, nor was it seemingly as controversial. I compiled my list of some 60 factual entries and started to research. Interestingly, many of the Twitter and Facebook clues that had been released by Dan Brown and his publishers, in the run up to the publication of The Lost Symbol, were not included in the book. Many of them were undoubtedly red herrings, many were very subtle hints at actual inclusions - what it meant was that much of my early, pre-publication research was useless. I started to wade through my mountains of books that I had assembled for the research needed, and for the next two weeks started to read and write at a pretty prolific rate.
Decoding The Lost Symbol, is the fruits of those labors and its set to appear here at B&N on November 3rd.
Now, back to the question. What do you think? Having read and had time to digest The Lost Symbol, for several weeks now, I have to say that my initial thoughts about it have changed. The book is a very interesting exercise and even though it is less controversial on the surface than his previous Robert Langdon led romps, it does have a fascinating and deep core that once unlocked, leads you to interesting vistas and avenues. Brown has attempted something that not many thriller writers and populist authors have in many years. He has attempted to change the way we look at things and think about certain issues. The Lost Symbol is a book that calls for tolerance of faith, and understanding of different points of view on where we are in the universe. It is a message within a story. Subtle at first, but becoming more obvious within the last ten chapters or so. It's a good book. An interesting book and a potential gateway to another world, another way of thinking and a more peaceful and tolerant future.
I'm hosting a conference, called, Decoding The Lost Symbols, in Glendale, Los Angeles on November 8th (at the Hilton Hotel). Come along and join myself, plus authors, William Henry, Jon Rappoport, Michael Cremo, John Major Jenkins and debate some of the themes raised in The Lost Symbol. We will also have a musical interlude provided by John Payne of Asia, performing new pieces from his soon to be released CD, also to be called, Decoding The Lost Symbol. It promises to be a great day full of information and intelligent debate. Details about it can be found on my website.
Let me know what you think about The Lost Symbol. Was it worth the wait? Did it hold up to Brown's other books?