How Good Is Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol?

The Da Vinci Code's master symbologist, Robert Langdon, returns to unlock the key to mystical wisdom in The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It's fun, but you feel a little bruised afterward

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People line up to buy Dan Brown's latest book, The Lost Symbol, in London on Sept. 15, 2009

Somebody has probably already pointed out that the publication date of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code — March 18, 2003 — came just two days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. That isn't a conspiracy, it's just a coincidence. But it does — as fans of The Da Vinci Code often say — make you think.

Consider: Brown's novel proposed an alternate history of Christianity, wherein a bitter schism took place shortly after Jesus' death, between the mean patriarchal faction who concealed Jesus' marriage and the nice faction consisting of startlingly liberal first-wave feminists....

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