The Lost Symbol
I like a fast read, and Dan Brown dishes them like no other. He adds to the suspense a tour, taking you from foreign scenic spots to the religious underbellies.
While The Lost Symbol is not lacking in the suspense-drama department, it takes a hit in the choice of backdrop. The story is set in Washington, DC. Still a lot of secrets, conspiracies, and mysterious nooks and crannies to get lost or murdered in, but all covered in a blanket of blandness.
For some reason, this book fails to engage me; even the illustrated version (or maybe because of it?).
It may be because DC has become an overused set location for anything hinting at terrorism (be it a movie or the news), and my mind is too tired to suspend disbelief for another occasion. Or maybe I’m just ready for the next book.