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Angels & Demons

A book by Dan Brown

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  • May 27, 2008
I am one of the few people in the known universe that did not read The Da Vinci Code, nor did I see the movie. I actually have no intention of either reading it or seeing it. That being said....

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, is an easy, rather fast moving story, which, like his other novels, is fiction. Now if you will note the number of reviews on this book (2,151 at this writing) and the trend they set, you can easily come to the conclusion that this is one of those books you either love or you hate. I fall into the special category of "sort of enjoyed it." First, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not an expert of church lore, good grief; I am not even a Catholic, much less well versed on its traditions, history or legends. etc. I am not a Physicist, having come very close to flunking physics in H.S., nor am I a professional historian. I am not a linguist, having problems enough with English (as you can see by reading this review) and am certainly not an art expert in any sense of the word. So, unlike some here, I cannot comment one way or another on the integrity of Brown's research. I certainly wish I could dazzle you with my vast knowledge of these subjects, and others, as I tear into this book, but sigh, I can't. I will say though, that after almost 60 years of reading, I have picked up one skill...I can pretty well spot a work of FICTION when I see it. Like, when I was very, very young, I figured out pretty fast that there were not actually four armed, large green men, running around Mars fighting the greatest swordsman on two planets, John Carter! Hey, it was fun, but it was fiction! If I want to learn about art, history, language, church affairs, it is a pretty good bet I will not pick up a work of fiction to do so! It's a lot like picking up a copy of Penthouse and trying to learn how to make love by reading the silly letters...hey, IT'S FICTION!

What I am is an average person who enjoys reading. I can usually spot good literature from bad literature, but am certainly not overwhelmed by my own knowledge and taste in this area. Some times I like to just pick up a book, never mind the subject or genre, and read it just for the heck of reading it. If the story moves or entertains me in any way, then I like the book. I liked this one. Now you don't have to be a "Doctor," or an English Literature Professor at an Ivy League School, to pretty well guess, after reading the first five pages of this one, that it is probably not going to win a Nobel or Pulitzer within the author's life time. That does not matter. People enjoy this work, and I say Bully for Us!

I did enjoy the fast pace of the book and the cliff hangers the author threw in at about ever other page or so. The book was easy to read, easy to understand, and kept you turning its pages, simply to see what happened. The book was smooth, enjoyable and a nice fast read. I, like several others, thought the end was a bit lame, and in fact, pushed even fiction to it's limits...but then I did not write the book, and unfortunately, am not cashing the royalty checks like Brown. Sigh. Brown did creat some interesting characters in this work, but as others have pointed out, did not develope them as well as he should have. That is a pity. So many have stated that the characters were "one dementional," a term I find a bit vague and a bit over used. I simply wanted to know more about them, get to know them a bit better.

I gave this one four stars simply because there are a lot of people out there that are really enjoying the book. For those of you who don't, well, write your own review and give it a one or two. I am sure it will devastate Brown, and oh, be sure to call him a hack writer...I think that is always an original, classy touch to any review.
Angels and Demons
D. Blankenship

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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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Retirement does not suit me and I now substitute teach in our local schools system. I spent twenty years in the military, twenty years in health care as a consultant and have taught in various colleges … more
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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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