Dan Brown is back for a third installment of the Robert Langdon series. This time Robert stays in the USA and is called by long time friend and Mason Peter Solomon to give a speech in Washington, DC. When Landon walks in to the area where he was supposed to give his speech to find his friend's severed hand, so starts his race to save Solomon's life. Langdon is told he must help uncover one of the Mason's oldest secrets and it starts with deciphering symbols found on Soloman's hand.
Langdon quickly becomes involved in the mysteries of the ancient brotherhood of Masons. This includes learning more about the architecture and history of the Washington, DC area. Langdon and Solomon's sister Katherine run from the CIA as they attempt to uncover the mystery.
Dan Brown sticks to the same formula that made The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons such a success. It doesn't get old in this book and makes for yet another page turning read. I didn't find the ending of this book as satisfying as the other two, as I was expecting for a more concrete resolution. Instead things got a but philosophical which I wasn't overly happy with. I also found there were a couple of instances where Brown dragged on explaining history or science for much longer than I cared to read. The negatives aside, this book was still a thrilling read!
First Line: "The secret is how to die."