The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown) - Anchor Books/Random House - 2009 - 639 pages

Tom Hanks ... I mean, Robert Langdon is in the middle of another race to solve puzzles and save the country from something terrible in this sequel to The Da Vinci Code.  Symbologist Langdon is searching for his friend, Peter Solomon who is a 33rd-level Mason who has an old ring and a small pyramid that contain the secrets of the world.  This is a well-researched volume and an E-ticket ride that is sure to be a major motion picture soon.  I see Linda Hunt as the chain-smoking CIA director even though she is not Japanese.  But that's just me.  [JAM 2/18/2011]