Review: The Lost Symbol

The Dan Brown books are all getting hyped up after the success of the Da Vinci Code, then the release of the movies, they all got caught up in the hype. I was one person who preordered the booked months before its release on Amazon, my expectations were extremely high but they were not met. I took my time reading this book and enjoying it, it had its moments. You get a real view of the Freemasons, what they believe in, what they do, and what secrets they hold. Robert Langdon is dragged into another mystery, he is trying to figure out the mysteries as events are taking place and people are dying. Things were taken step by step, the funny part is that I was imagining Tom Hanks the whole time when reading this book, you get caught up in an interesting way, but you don’t get pulled into the story as you do the other books. There are books that engage you and you can’t put down, this didn’t achieve that like its predecessors, it was an entertaining book and a fun read but the story just had too much fluff, some parts were unnecessary and could’ve been done without. Overall I wasn’t bad, but I had high hopes, even the ending was a bit of a disappointment, but I’m crossing my fingers for the next one.

Link: Amazon

Review: Angels & Demons

Another one of Dan Browns’ amazing stories has been turned into a movie, the first one was a great movie but could have been better. This time around I think Ron Haword did an amazing job with the storyline and keeping it as close as possible to the book as possible when it comes to all the clues and people, the storyline doesn’t feel split up at all, its just one continuous adventure with one big surprise after another. This time around I didn’t feel that Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) was the only main character you also had Vittoria Vetra the scientist who is also piecing things together, and another character who has to deal with what is going on in the Vatican, Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor). The movie has its unexpected twist and turns, keeps you on your toes, and you get a glimpse of the history and life of Vatican City. Its not just about the clues, its action paced as well with so much going on in all parts of the city, I didn’t even know the Swiss Guard had so much jurisdiction in Italy. I really recommend this movie, but I’m assuming if watched in Kuwait it will be really chopped up because it has so many religious references.

Link: IMDB