Angels & Demons

A book by Dan Brown

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Outdoes "The Da Vinci Code" hands down!

  • Sep 29, 2010
Harvard symbologist and religious historian, Robert Langdon, is intrigued and somewhat puzzled to find himself peremptorily summoned to CERN, the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, world's foremost research establishment in ultra high energy particle physics, to assist with a secret internal investigation of the murder of one of their staff. Leonardo Vetra - a brilliant senior physicist, a still-practicing Roman Catholic priest, and the discoverer of a method of creating and safely containing anti-matter - has been found brutally murdered with the word "Illuminati" branded on his chest.

The near light-speed, explosive pace at which Brown would have us believe the plot of "Angels and Demons" could unroll requires what, for some, will be an insurmountable suspension of credibility. But, if you can find your way over that niggling barrier, you're in for some non-stop, rollicking entertainment.

Langdon and Vittoria Vetra, the victim's beautiful daughter and similarly gifted physicist, follow the clues into the heart of the Vatican, host of an enclave of the world's cardinals convened to elect the replacement of the recently deceased pope where they must confront the current incarnation of The Illuminati, a centuries old secret brotherhood of scientists dating from the time of Galileo and the Italian Renaissance. The Illuminati carries out a high profile symbolic execution of the preferiti, the four cardinals most expected to win the papal election, and plans to use a small sample of Vetra's anti-matter to reduce Vatican City to a pile of rubble as a final close to the interminable battle between cutting edge science and Roman Catholic dogma.

Reading "Angels and Demons", I find it impossible to criticize Brown's character building skills as an author because, frankly, he didn't even try. "Angels and Demons" is plot, plot and yet more plot! But my money says it succeeds wildly and is a novel that is not only spectacularly entertaining but should avoid the visceral polarization of its readership that "The Da Vinci Code" managed to produce. I might go even further. Despite reading from the point of view of a non-practicing and disenchanted Roman Catholic, educated and believing profoundly in the value of scientific research and technology, I would nevertheless suggest that "Angels and Demons" presents a credible, balanced FICTIONAL story of a climactic confrontation between these two long-time arch-enemies. Ah, heck ... if anything, the scientists come out on the cruddy end of the stick and look more the bad guy than the church! That's OK - that provides a rather nice foil to the outlook one gets from a reading of "The Da Vinci Code"!

Enjoy! Five stars and unconditionally recommended as a first-rate enjoyable thriller!

Paul Weiss

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November 22, 2010
Couldn't agree with you more, Paul! I haven't been a big fan of Dan Brown, but I do prefer "Angels and Demons" over "The Da Vinci Code."
November 21, 2010
I love this book. It's certainly one of the best I've ever read. I read the book before the movie too. As far as the film is concerned, it's a total waste of time!
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Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
an excellent book written by a creative author that was turned into a horriable movie that hardly follows the origional story.
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2010
Similar to THE DA VINCI CODE to be sure, but for my money, this is a far superior thriller.
Quick Tip by . September 04, 2010
Well done mystery that kept the reader's attention. The characters were well described and Brown created tension that continued as the protagonist attempted to find keys to the puzzle and stop the Immorata from their goal and from killing the Cardinals who were the popular choices to be the next pope. The plot twist in the later part of the book had me totally surprised and added to the enjoyment.
review by . July 07, 2010
It seems that I can only review books that everyone should love.  Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is no exception.  From the opening passage about CERN to the sexual innuendo at the end, everything was wonderful.  It is a thought-provoking, entertaining, and thrilling ride.      A classic case of who done it, to how did they do it, to I hope that everything is ok, to I can't believe that just happened.  When you get to the end, you want it to keep going …
review by . June 12, 2010
I think most people credit Dan Brown with The DaVinci Code, but I definitely liked Angels and Demons more. This was the first Dan Brown book that I read, and it was a lot better than I had expected. Brown sets up each scene spectacularly with a surprising amount of detail and suspense. If you know Dan Brown, the plot may be relatively predictable, but I think it's great nonetheless.      This is a great summer read- definitely captivating and thrilling. I wasn't able …
Quick Tip by . August 15, 2010
As a student ofthe humanites, I loved the book. I have to say that I love learning about symbology in works of art and its importance to people and groups throughout history. Dan Brown has really revived the study of iconography in all his books. Anyone wanting to explore the subject more should read: Irwin Panofsky's "Studies in Iconagraphy."
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
Warning: The book is not like the movie... read the book first, at least. :) Fast-paced novel, with many symbolic references, but easy to understand. Absolutely loved it, but don't take all the "facts" as facts.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Don`t waste your time watching the movie, enjoy the incredible path of imagination. This book is very cool. Just for your help, there is no angel or demon in this fiction, no supernatural creatures. But I bet you will stay in awe with this intelligent story.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Dan Brown is actually a good writer. He spins a tale so well he make fiction seem like the truth..
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
I love a good story!
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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 of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible.Angels & Demonsis a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville'sThe Eight(but cleverer) or Umberto Eco'sFoucault's Pendulum(but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati--dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and condemning the blind faith of Catholicism--is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out, and the society's ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, antimatter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared--only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra's daughter and colleague, embark on a frantic hunt through the streets, churches, and ...

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ISBN-10: 1416524797
ISBN-13: 978-1416524793
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Pocket
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