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Angels & Demons

A book by Dan Brown

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Ancient cult threatens the Church?

  • Mar 5, 2009
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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 scientist's daughter, Vittoria Vetra, Langdon chases the sample to the Vatican.  Apparently, the cult wants to destroy the Vatican and the Catholic Church during the time when the Cardinals are selecting a new Pope.  Clues to where the cult will strike are contained in the ancient archives of the Vatican.  With these clues, Langdon and Vittoria use their problem solving skills to track an assassin around Rome trying to catch him before time runs out for the Church.

 

The book draws you in from the start and the tension is intense as Langdon and Vittoria reach several seemingly dead ends and make several miraculous escapes.  It is a very fast read and Brown seems to have an incredible depth of knowledge regarding many secret places within Vatican City.  My only problem with the book is that when the ultimate villain (codenamed Janus) is finally revealed, he doesn't seem plausible as the one that could have orchestrated all that occurred.

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review by . September 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 …
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..
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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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