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Angels & Demons

187 Ratings: 2.7
A book by Dan Brown

It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the SwissConseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles … see full wiki

Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Pocket
37 reviews about Angels & Demons
review by . April 22, 2006
I was given this book a few years ago by my friend's mother and I remember being told how terrific the story was. I had no idea that last week when I opened it and grazed Brown's words with my eyes what a fascinating journey it would be.    Angels and Demons introduces us to Robert Langdon, a symbologist from Harvard who is called in by people from CERN, a scientific research center ran by the Swiss, which had its hands in many ground breaking discoveries. Langdon is summoned …
review by . January 27, 2006
I especially enjoy Brown's ability to write in real time. Brown's romp through Italian art and sculpture appeals to my backgroud in art history. The story line is compelling, and characters interesting.
review by . April 18, 2005
This is Dan Brown's first Robert Landon novel. Langdon is whisked out of bed and transported around the world to Switzerland to CERN, which is the top scientific research facility in the world. A scientist has been murdered and a sample of one of his creations has been stolen. This sample is as powerful as a nuclear powered device and apparently it is in the hands of an ancient cult of which Langdon is an expert. This is why he was selected to help CERN.  With the help of the murdered …
review by . January 12, 2005
ANGELS AND DEMONS is the precursor to Brown's no infamous THE DA VINCI CODE. ANGELS AND DEMONS introduces readers to the character of Robert Langdon, a Harvord professor and famed symbologist (are there actually people in the world who earn a living as a symbologist?). Langdon receives a mysterious phone call from a leader in the international scientific community asking him to investigate and analyze a mysterious cultic symbol that hasn't been seen in hundreds of years. The symbol turns out to …
review by . September 15, 2004
Like many readers of Angels and Demons, I'm curious as to why this novel had to sit in the backwaters of the book sales lists until after it's sequel The Da Vinci Code was discovered. In many ways this is a superior read; a breakneck pace, more fully developed characters, though perhaps a lesser degree of plausibility.     If you forget that A & D came first, you might suspect (as I did) in the early going that Dan Brown was following his Da Vinci formula - Harvard educator and …
review by . June 30, 2004
....critique "Angels & Demons" too much and you will not enjoy it. I think it would be real easy to get bogged down in the simple implausability and coincedental solutions to the mysteries. Of course, it just seems to easy to "invent" a Mach 15 jet that gets the characters where they need to go in the short amount of time that is alloted to them. But then again, the plane is property of the most advanced scientific research facility on the planet. It's possible, just not plausible.I thought that …
review by . June 15, 2004
This is the predecessor to "The DaVinci Code" and introduces symbologist and art historian Robert Langdon. Frankly, in terms of action, plotting and character development, I think it's the better of the two, if only by a small margin. Langdon is awakened by a phone call from someone claiming to be director of CERN, the European research facility. Within minutes, Langdon is dragooned into a mysterious murder at the CERN complex in Switzerland. He gets there via a futuristic jet, the introduction …
review by . April 22, 2004
I finished Angels And Demons by Dan Brown the other night. This book rocks as a recreational read! This is by the same author as The DaVinci Code, and it looks like it was a previous work that was re-released after the success of Code.Symbologist Robert Langdon gets an early morning call from a person in Switzerland claiming to have a dead body with an Illuminati brand on his chest. The caller turns out to be the head of CERN, and he's concerned about the Illuminati cult that everyone thought was …
review by . October 31, 2003
Ok- first off... I really did enjoy this book. However, now that I have read 3 of Brown's novels, I have noticed a certain formula that Dan Brown uses.1- Use the word "Indredulous" as often as possible.  2- The bad guy MUST be known by a term/phrase instead of a name.  3- The bad guy is double crossing the good guys... and you are NOT supposed to suspect this.  4- The novel must take place in the course of one day.  5- Your hero must wake-up and not have a …
review by . July 18, 2003
This story pulls you in, especially if you love exotic settings and occult intrigue, as I do. The story's hero thinks that he, as a Harvard professor, knows all about the mysterious Illuminati, and he believes they are extinct. But he learns he may be mistaken when a distinguished scientist and priest at CERN turns up dead with the word "Illuminati" branded on his chest. But this is no ordinary brand; it is an "ambigram" -- a word scripted to look the same upside down as right side up. This is the …
review by . July 07, 2003
At 569 paperback pages, "Demons and Angels," tells a clever story that would have been twice as clever at half the length.Religious potboilers come with particular devices attached. Primary, of course, is the battle between good and evil, with both usually embedded within the Catholic Church. The good are generally comprised of conservative clerics tinged with liberal/humanist streaks; and the bad are either ultra-conservatives working through an obscure cult to bring the church back to some medieval …
review by . October 09, 2001
Take one Harvard professor, awakened by a mysterious pre-dawn telephone call from a laboratory in Switzerland regarding the murder of an imminent particle physicist; add a beautiful, albeit revenge-seeking daughter; mix with a Vatican conclave and the resurfacing of the mysterious brotherhood of the Illuminati and what you get is a thoroughly satisfying romp through Rome, hitting on all the Eternal City's most famous and fabulous sites along with some puzzling brain-teasers which will keep you on …
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