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Angels & Demons Hardcover – July 1, 2003
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It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil 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 & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault'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 catacombs of Rome, following a 400-year-old trail to the lair of the Illuminati, to prevent the incineration of civilization. Brown seems as much juggler as author--there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humor from Langdon, and a little less bombastic philosophizing on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances--readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. "Brain candy" it may be, but my! It's tasty. --Kelly Flynn
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Angels & Demons is one hell of a book --I had a hard time putting it down and I didn't get any work done until I finished it. Congratulations to Dan Brown for crafting an intriguing, imaginative, and very suspenseful read.
Dale Brown New York Times bestselling author of Battle Born Angels & Demons is one hell of a book --I had a hard time putting it down and I didn't get any work done until I finished it. Congratulations to Dan Brown for crafting an intriguing, imaginative, and very suspenseful read.
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Essentially, this is the same format. Same excellent lead character, who goes on another thrilling, intelligent and twisty adventure! This is kind of like a smarter version of the National Tresure movies. Very entertaining, and highly recommended if the other things listed appeal to you!
The amount of research that must have gone into this book in the locations alone must have been daunting. It turns a work of fiction into a believable, well plotted book.
Have fun with this one.
I realize many folks were upset with the religious controversies within this and The DaVinci Code, I read them as works of fiction. Yet they are very intriguing and thought provoking. The movies made from his books are very close to the books, but I recommend reading them first if you have not seen them yet.
I found the audio version condensed and amateurish. I was dismayed and perplexed that such a work could get past a publisher's editor. At times it seemed on the level of a junior high schooler with ambitions of becoming a novelist. Nearly laughable writing errors. I couldn't fathom why Dan Brown received such high praise, and some of it from established and admirable authors.
But when I read this version, the "real" novel, I realized the fault lay at the door of whoever butchered the novel to produce the audio version. Dan Brown writes well and the story is quite intriguing and entertaining. Some even like it better than "The Da Vinci Code".
Caution: You shouldn't take Brown's historical details and conclusions as historical "gospel." He takes liberties and pushes facts into some unwarranted conclusions, but no more so than some historians themselves do. But he is writing fiction, and sometimes history serves his fiction more than his fiction serves history. And, if his historical opinions provoke you to do some of your own research, well and good.
That said, the many beautiful photos and illustrations add a lot to the enjoyment and visual understanding of the story and its settings.