Review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost SymbolThe weight of our soul? Now that is an interesting question and the most mind flexing idea in Dan Brown’s, The Lost Symbol. I found myself holding my breath until the elaborate precise scale described, had locked in the final weight of a dead body after the soul had left it. An intriguing thought.

I am a great Dan Brown fan and I have and will read every word he writes. But The Lost Symbol was a bit of a let down. Too many words describing even the smallest movement of the characters left me unable to hate, love or empathize with their problems. And the wandering in one door, underground and then into the streets of Washington DC had me searching for a map to orient myself and I lived in the DC area for five years.

Professor Robert Langdon was the only character genuine to me. And that is probably because once you have a great actor like Tom Hanks (The Da Vinci Code) in your head, he stays.

TMF (too many facts) made me feel I would fail the final exam because I hadn’t taken notes during my reading. I love history and mingling fact with fiction certainly makes the fiction more believable but this was OTT (over the top).

In spite of all that I can’t wait to read what Dan Brown comes up with next! Perhaps he will postulate a method for transference of a soul. Wouldn’t it be great to salt everyone’s soul with a pinch of Mother Teresa, Gandhi or Martin Luther King. What an amazing world this would be?

Karl Rove, George W. Bush and WMDs

In a NY Times article about Karl Rove’s new book “Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight” reporter Peter Baker notes that, according to Rove, former President Bush would not have gone to war in Iraq had there not been weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) there. WOW!

Of course Baker then goes on to show Rove’s speculation that Congress would not have approved (NO KIDDING) and that the administration would have tried “other means” to limit Saddam’s tyranny. REALLY?

For most folks this probably means “case closed”, at best the Bush administration (and the Brits) simply goofed in their intelligence estimates of what was going on in Iraq at the time. BUT, from both sides of the politics there are a couple of chapters remaining to answer a few lingering questions:

“If that was the main reason, what was the rush to war?”

“Who really thought the US could go to war against a biological weapons program that could hide enough force to kill millions of people on the head of a pin or inside the barrel of a pen?”

“How far had Saddam gone with his illegal WMD programs when he threw out the inspectors in 1998 and what happened to those bombs, toxin and bacterial stocks between 1998 and 2003?” Remember that it is a fact that Iraq had admitted a program at the end of the first Gulf War & UN inspectors through at least 1995 had uncovered a rudimentary but significant weapons program.

To see Peter Baker’s NY Times article click here.


Looking for that next event. Any suggestions, let me know.