Finally finished Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, which Ahgong lent me in August last year (!!!). Brown’s usual blend of fact with fiction was reasonably interesting, but it was a little draggy at some places. The parts about the chopped off hand made me a bit queasy. The various twists in the story, on both the sides of the good guys and bad guy (yes, only one villain this time) certainly took me by surprise, so I guess they were effective.
The only unbelievable thing was that the main characters, who had respectively lost a hand, bled profusely, and nearly drowned, still had the energy to go gallivanting around national monuments before the day was done!