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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code comes the explosive thriller that started it all.

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy -- the Catholic Church.

Langdon''s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican''s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown''s remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero''s first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

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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


Look Inside the Motion Picture Angels & Demons (Sony Pictures, 2009)
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Ewan MacGregor as Carlo Ventresca with College of Cardinals


Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon


Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and Ayelet Zurer as Vittoria Vetra


Armin Mueller-Stahl as Straus and Ewan MacGregor as Carlo Ventresca


Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, Ayelet Zurer as Vittoria Vetra, and Ewan MacGregor as Carlo Ventresca


Ewan MacGregor as Carlo Ventresca


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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.

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.

About the Author

Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Origin, The Da Vinci Code, Digital Fortress, Deception PointThe Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, and Inferno. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing full-time. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit his website at DanBrown.com.

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Chapter 1

High atop the steps of the Great Pyramid of Giza a young woman laughed and called down to him. "Robert, hurry up! I knew I should have married a younger man!" Her smile was magic.

He struggled to keep up, but his legs felt like stone. "Wait," he begged. "Please..."

As he climbed, his vision began to blur. There was a thundering in his ears. I must reach her! But when he looked up again, the woman had disappeared. In her place stood an old man with rotting teeth. The man stared down, curling his lips into a lonely grimace. Then he let out a scream of anguish that resounded across the desert.

Robert Langdon awoke with a start from his nightmare. The phone beside his bed was ringing. Dazed, he picked up the receiver.

"Hello?"

"I''m looking for Robert Langdon," a man''s voice said.

Langdon sat up in his empty bed and tried to clear his mind. "This...is Robert Langdon." He squinted at his digital clock. It was 5:18 A.M.

"I must see you immediately."

"Who is this?"

"My name is Maximilian Kohler. I''m a discrete particle physicist."

"A what?" Langdon could barely focus. "Are you sure you''ve got the right Langdon?"

"You''re a professor of religious iconology at Harvard University. You''ve written three books on symbology and -- "

"Do you know what time it is?"

"I apologize. I have something you need to see. I can''t discuss it on the phone."

A knowing groan escaped Langdon''s lips. This had happened before. One of the perils of writing books about religious symbology was the calls from religious zealots who wanted him to confirm their latest sign from God. Last month a stripper from Oklahoma had promised Langdon the best sex of his life if he would fly down and verify the authenticity of a cruciform that had magically appeared on her bed sheets. The Shroud of Tulsa, Langdon had called it.

"How did you get my number?" Langdon tried to be polite, despite the hour.

"On the Worldwide Web. The site for your book."

Langdon frowned. He was damn sure his book''s site did not include his home phone number. The man was obviously lying.

"I need to see you," the caller insisted. "I''ll pay you well."

Now Langdon was getting mad. "I''m sorry, but I really -- "

"If you leave immediately, you can be here by -- "

"I''m not going anywhere! It''s five o''clock in the morning!" Langdon hung up and collapsed back in bed. He closed his eyes and tried to fall back asleep. It was no use. The dream was emblazoned in his mind. Reluctantly, he put on his robe and went downstairs.


Robert Langdon wandered barefoot through his deserted Massachusetts Victorian home and nursed his ritual insomnia remedy -- a mug of steaming Nestlé''s Quik. The April moon filtered through the bay windows and played on the oriental carpets. Langdon''s colleagues often joked that his place looked more like an anthropology museum than a home. His shelves were packed with religious artifacts from around the world -- an ekuaba from Ghana, a gold cross from Spain, a cycladic idol from the Aegean, and even a rare woven boccus from Borneo, a young warrior''s symbol of perpetual youth.

As Langdon sat on his brass Maharishi''s chest and savored the warmth of the chocolate, the bay window caught his reflection. The image was distorted and pale...like a ghost. An aging ghost, he thought, cruelly reminded that his youthful spirit was living in a mortal shell.

Although not overly handsome in a classical sense, the forty-year-old Langdon had what his female colleagues referred to as an "erudite" appeal -- wisps of gray in his thick brown hair, probing blue eyes, an arrestingly deep voice, and the strong, carefree smile of a collegiate athlete. A varsity diver in prep school and college, Langdon still had the body of a swimmer, a toned, six-foot physique that he vigilantly maintained with fifty laps a day in the university pool.

Langdon''s friends had always viewed him as a bit of an enigma -- a man caught between centuries. On weekends he could be seen lounging on the quad in blue jeans, discussing computer graphics or religious history with students; other times he could be spotted in his Harris tweed and paisley vest, photographed in the pages of upscale art magazines at museum openings where he had been asked to lecture.

Although a tough teacher and strict disciplinarian, Langdon was the first to embrace what he hailed as the "lost art of good clean fun." He relished recreation with an infectious fanaticism that had earned him a fraternal acceptance among his students. His campus nickname -- "The Dolphin" -- was a reference both to his affable nature and his legendary ability to dive into a pool and outmaneuver the entire opposing squad in a water polo match.

As Langdon sat alone, absently gazing into the darkness, the silence of his home was shattered again, this time by the ring of his fax machine. Too exhausted to be annoyed, Langdon forced a tired chuckle.

God''s people, he thought. Two thousand years of waiting for their Messiah, and they''re still persistent as hell.

Wearily, he returned his empty mug to the kitchen and walked slowly to his oak-paneled study. The incoming fax lay in the tray. Sighing, he scooped up the paper and looked at it.

Instantly, a wave of nausea hit him.

The image on the page was that of a human corpse. The body had been stripped naked, and its head had been twisted, facing completely backward. On the victim''s chest was a terrible burn. The man had been branded...imprinted with a single word. It was a word Langdon knew well. Very well. He stared at the ornate lettering in disbelief.

Illuminati

"Illuminati," he stammered, his heart pounding. It can''t be...

In slow motion, afraid of what he was about to witness, Langdon rotated the fax 180 degrees. He looked at the word upside down.

Instantly, the breath went out of him. It was like he had been hit by a truck. Barely able to believe his eyes, he rotated the fax again, reading the brand right-side up and then upside down.

"Illuminati," he whispered.

Stunned, Langdon collapsed in a chair. He sat a moment in utter bewilderment. Gradually, his eyes were drawn to the blinking red light on his fax machine. Whoever had sent this fax was still on the line...waiting to talk. Langdon gazed at the blinking light a long time.

Then, trembling, he picked up the receiver.


Copyright © 2000 by Dan Brown

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Frank DonnellyTop Contributor: Poetry Books
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A Very Good Second Novel, The First Robert Landon Novel
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
"Angels & Demons" is a very good suspense thriller set primarily in The Vatican City. The novel is the second novel by Dan Brown, the first being "Digital Fortress". This is the first of the "Robert Langdon" series. It is a medium length, fast paced novel that is written... See more
"Angels & Demons" is a very good suspense thriller set primarily in The Vatican City. The novel is the second novel by Dan Brown, the first being "Digital Fortress". This is the first of the "Robert Langdon" series. It is a medium length, fast paced novel that is written in modern conversational English and is mostly an easy read. The chapters are mostly short and the novel can be read in intervals during work breaks, etc., without losing the flow of the story. I liked it very much.

Although somewhat similar in format to "Digital Fortress" this novel marks a distinct improvement and the story line is completely independent of "Digital Fortress". There is little or no gratuitous vulgar language in this novel, another distinct improvement over "Digital Fortress". "Angels & Demons" is dedicated specifically to Dan Brown''s mother and I cannot help but wonder if this elevated the author''s lexicon to a level more consistent with good literature. The first novel was dedicated to both of his parents.

The novel is primarily set in Vatican City and is a mystery thriller. The story requires detective work of a more academic nature than the average violent street felony. Although I am a retired detective and I read a good bit, I would not have been able to work though this case on my own, in the time allotted in the novel, without Robert Langdon''s expertise. I really enjoyed the academic aspect of this novel and this was my favorite part of the novel. I did parallel reading and learned a good deal.

This novel features yet another semi omniscient uber villain who cannot resist spewing background information to his victims. Personally I last encountered this in "The Lincoln Letter", another academic mystery novel. I never encountered villains of this nature in my professional career and I have concluded that this is a literary device to shorten and simplify the story. I preferred this novel over "The Lincoln Letter".

In summary, I really enjoyed this novel. It is a distinct improvement over the author''s first novel. The two stories stand alone and a reader can skip the first novel without missing anything in this second novel. Although very academic it is still a relatively easy read and I prefer it to other mystery novels by contemporary American male authors such as James Patterson and Dean Koontz. I mean no disrespect to them, I just liked this novel better. Thank You...
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Dmytro
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primitive and illogical
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2018
Couldn''t make it past 10% CERN director, supposedly a physicist and a man of science behaves like a kid, making far going conclusios from nearly absent evidence. No scientist would ever thought like that. I see a symbol — that must be illuminati. Find... See more
Couldn''t make it past 10%

CERN director, supposedly a physicist and a man of science behaves like a kid, making far going conclusios from nearly absent evidence. No scientist would ever thought like that.

I see a symbol — that must be illuminati. Find them! What? What do you mean illumati do not exist? But the symbols is there, so your words must be a lie!

And all that considering, no one ever saw an illumati insigna before, according to Dan Brown.

This is a disgustingly primitive and illogical book.
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Peter Insabella
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A stinkeroo
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
First off, let''s mention what''s good about this book: 1. The author moves the plot along briskly. 2. See #1. After reading Dan Brown''s The Da Vinci Code, which is a really stupid book, I should have been warned off Dan Brown. But I thought, "What the... See more
First off, let''s mention what''s good about this book:
1. The author moves the plot along briskly.
2. See #1.

After reading Dan Brown''s The Da Vinci Code, which is a really stupid book, I should have been warned off Dan Brown. But I thought, "What the heck," I''ll give Angels and Demons a try. How bad can it be?
Pretty bad.
The premise of the book, science vs. religion, is interesting. But the story soon veers off into the improbable and then it lands in the absurd.
The actual writing of the book is poor. Many of the sentences sound like they were done by a 6th grader. And the hero of the book, Robert Langdon, goes from one improbable, life-threatening, situation right into another, and then another.
It''s just a ridiculous book.
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Mindo'ermatter
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Dan Brown''s First Controversial Novel
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2019
A neverending sequence of crises and turmoil, this first of the Robert Langdon series was Dan Brown''s third novel. It''s fast-paced action makes it a fun read, although some of the backstories often were distracting and wisely eliminated from the movie version. The... See more
A neverending sequence of crises and turmoil, this first of the Robert Langdon series was Dan Brown''s third novel. It''s fast-paced action makes it a fun read, although some of the backstories often were distracting and wisely eliminated from the movie version. The historical context and scientific elements added interest, while often misstating reality and adding information that sometimes bogged down the story, but overall, it was an enjoyable fictional reading experience.

The characters were interesting with a few fully developed, yet complex enough for their motives to vary and become conflicted as the story progressed. Although much of the religious information was accurate, Brown obviously ignored, adapted, or invented several elements. As such, this is a novel garnished with some truth.

I generally like the author''s style and intense tone, while only wishing he used fewer words to make the storyline more consistent with the actual time realistically available to the characters.

Brown''s writing continues to improve with later books, but this one is essential to understanding the Robert Langdon character and series.

The Audible narration was a pleasant supplement, helping to drive the story forward, especially at one-and-a-half times speed. So glad Audible has this feature!

A good book to read over several days or a couple of weeks because I found myself including online research to understand better some of the locations, historical, and scientific elements.
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Lynn Swan
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A wild ride
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
Dan Brown is a magnificent storyteller. Tackling the centuries old debate of science vs religion as a backdrop to his adventure, Angels & Demons takes the reader on a fast paced wild ride of devotions taken to extremes and what can happen. Just because we can - does it mean... See more
Dan Brown is a magnificent storyteller. Tackling the centuries old debate of science vs religion as a backdrop to his adventure, Angels & Demons takes the reader on a fast paced wild ride of devotions taken to extremes and what can happen. Just because we can - does it mean we should? The depth of the research for this book is staggering and makes the reader feel like they have been invited to glimpse inside the Vatican in ways few will ever really experience. It makes you want to go to Rome and follow the trail of the Illuminati and take in all the beauty and fine details lost by the overwhelming magnitude of the masters’ works. Great book. Thoroughly enjoyable and easy to get wrapped up in it and lose track of time.
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We are a curious species
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
Some of us focus on expanding our knowledge. Some of us concentrate on the human condition. Both approaches have value, and neither concentration exists in isolation. It''s not just a matter of good and evil: those will always be with us. It''s important that we listen,... See more
Some of us focus on expanding our knowledge. Some of us concentrate on the human condition. Both approaches have value, and neither concentration exists in isolation. It''s not just a matter of good and evil: those will always be with us. It''s important that we listen, learn, and seek the path that benefits all of us the most (not just "me" or "some of us").

Mr. Brown''s characters are each the kind of people you hope you are, and will meet, especially when times are difficult. An excellent read, and food for thought.
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Oak tree
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Book is too lengthy, part of ending is not believable
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
I have to agree with other reviewer‘s who have said the book is far too long. Dan Brown’s books are packed with historical information mostly about Christianity and Catholicism which is interesting but only to a point for those of us who are not that interested in the... See more
I have to agree with other reviewer‘s who have said the book is far too long. Dan Brown’s books are packed with historical information mostly about Christianity and Catholicism which is interesting but only to a point for those of us who are not that interested in the subject. I recall reading the da Vinci code years ago and enjoying it immensely. I believe this book which came before the da Vinci code was not particularly successful until after the da Vinci code was a hit and then people made it a best seller. Anyone who reads a fictional novel and gets near the end and then hears a voice in their head saying oh geez please just let this thing be over will hear that same voice here. Spoiler alert here – I found the ending to be less than satisfying because the location of the hidden antimatter bomb would have been searched, I believe. It didn’t seem credible or believable.
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Mike Logsdon
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Great action-packed thriller
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2020
Dan Brown''s "Angels and Demons” focuses on Robert Langdon, a symbologist and expert on a secret society called the Illuminati, who is asked to investigate the murder of a scientist, Leonardo Vetra. The murder seems to be connected to the Illuminati, but Langdon has his... See more
Dan Brown''s "Angels and Demons” focuses on Robert Langdon, a symbologist and expert on a secret society called the Illuminati, who is asked to investigate the murder of a scientist, Leonardo Vetra. The murder seems to be connected to the Illuminati, but Langdon has his doubts. For one thing, the Illuminati has been extinct for about two centuries. What''s more, even if the organization had been revived, it probably would never sanction the murder of a scientist since it took the side of science over religion in the age-old conflict that underscored the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries.

After Vetra’s adopted daughter, Vittoria, is brought in to help Langdon find her father’s killer, they learn her father was working on a type of antimatter, whose destructive capability is about equal to that of a nuclear bomb. A canister with the antimatter has been stolen, and it’s thought to be in Vatican City, where the Pope recently died. So Langdon and Vittoria travel to the Vatican. The plot thickens when four cardinals, all candidates to be the new Pope, are missing. Langdon and Vittoria race against time to find both the canister of antimatter and the four cardinals, who face imminent death at the hands of someone, either the Illuminati, or some other party perhaps connected to it.

“Angels and Demons” contains a lot of symbolism from the Illuminati days, along with plenty of intrigue. The novel, which takes place within a one-day time frame, is basically clothed in darkness and mystery. Much of it occurs at night after Langdon and Vittoria arrive in Rome. There they must travel the Illuminati’s Path of Illumination to the group’s secret meeting place in order to locate the antimatter and the missing cardinals. Langdon is the only key. Meanwhile the reader may get a few clues as to whether the relationship between Langdon and Vittoria will go any farther.

Conspiracy buffs will love this book. But so will non-conspiracy theorists. One certainly doesn’t have to believe in conspiracies to be entertained by them. Even those who poke fun at such things as the Illuminati and arcane symbolism and networks of conspirators will find this book seductive and therefore difficult to put down.
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Jane
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FINALLY!
Reviewed in India on September 10, 2018
FINALLY, after so so long, I am introduced to the amazing and famous Robert Langdon. Yes this is my first Dan Brown read. Being told numerous times by my friends (both readers and non readers) how great Dan Brown''s books are, I finally do it. And I gotta be honest, I didn''t...See more
FINALLY, after so so long, I am introduced to the amazing and famous Robert Langdon. Yes this is my first Dan Brown read. Being told numerous times by my friends (both readers and non readers) how great Dan Brown''s books are, I finally do it. And I gotta be honest, I didn''t feel it. It''s not like I didn''t like it from the very beginning. I was hooked for 3/4th of the book. And by hooked I mean, sleep was irrelevant the night I read this book. All I wanted was to know what happened in the next chapter. With each page, it was intense and thrilling. And there were several moments that completely blew my mind away. One thing I have to say is I frigging commend Dan Brown for doing so much research and getting his facts right. That made the story more realistic and less fictional. The read was going so well until it reached a point where I legit went "ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?!! NOO THIS ISN''T HOW IT SHOULD END?!!" *siigh* I was honestly frustrated when the story took that turn. It was going so well and I was thoroughly enjoying it, but the ending blew it for me. I was genuinely disappointed. But, don''t let this stop you from picking this book up and giving it a shot. Most of the people who have read this book loved it. Just because I didn''t like it doesn''t mean you wouldn''t like it too. This isn''t the first time I''m part of a minority :P
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Angels and demons
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2018
Angels and Demons Approximately fifteen years ago I was introduced to the writing of Dan Brown. More by accident than design I picked up a copy of his entertaining but controversial book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and read it over a day or two. However the story of the main...See more
Angels and Demons Approximately fifteen years ago I was introduced to the writing of Dan Brown. More by accident than design I picked up a copy of his entertaining but controversial book ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and read it over a day or two. However the story of the main character, symbologist Robert Langdon did not begin with that book it commenced in Brown’s earlier publication ‘Angels and Demons’. An eminent scientist is murdered and items relating to his work are removed from his laboratory. Simultaneously the leaders of the Catholic Church are about to go into conclave to elect a new pope. Unbeknownst to the cardinals four of their number disappear just prior to conclave commencing. There is also evidence of the missing laboratory item having been placed on the grounds of Vatican City. Rumours abound of the return of a historical anti-Catholic organisation known as the Illuminati. Langdon is brought in because of his historical knowledge of the Illuminati. Drawing on his knowledge he follows the Illuminati trail across Rome in an effort to find who the modern day perpetrators are. Assisted by the murdered scientists daughter and having access to the Vatican archives Langdon finds evidence of Church secrets going back many centuries. In a book which simultaneously highlights the spiritual core of the Catholic Church whilst challenging the concept of Papal infallibility Brown creates a drama which keeps readers guessing right until the last pages. Made into a successful but sadly inferior movie the book enriches the reader with its attention to detail and its emphasis on the historical evolution of the Catholic Church. Brown makes public the perhaps privately held view that the Church has focused on suppressing the human spirit to fit into a narrative of its own making. I enjoyed my return to this eminently readable book. Truthful? Who knows. It certainly raises questions on topics that the Catholic Church has always regarded as being sacrosanct. Written several hundred years ago I suspect Brown might have had to deal with a lot more direct criticism from the Vatican than he actually received. However one thing is clear and that is the Catholic Church’s actions then and now shows its human frailty and human limitations more clearly than I suspect they would like?
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Jonm
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Raises some interesting questions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2021
I have seen the film adaption several times. This book is different to the film adaption, so knowing the film isn''t going to detract from enjoying this story. The main steps in the book are followed in the film adaption, but there are some interesting twists that were not...See more
I have seen the film adaption several times. This book is different to the film adaption, so knowing the film isn''t going to detract from enjoying this story. The main steps in the book are followed in the film adaption, but there are some interesting twists that were not included in the film. The story does go into a lot of the age old issues between religion and science, as you would expect. However some of the back story regarding the march of technology and science against the broader ethical standards that should be applied are brought out. Without giving away too many spoilers, chapter 94 is one to read many times over. It genuinely made me think about how technology has taken over our lives and the more interpersonal interactions seem to be lost when we are continually buried in our phone screens. The religious/technology content aside, Dan Brown keeps the story moving at a reasonable pace and with enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing. I had the advantage of knowing the basic premise of the story from the film, but there were still several surprises. I am currently working my way through Dan Browns books. Starting out of order with Angels and Demons, I have now gone back to the beginning and reading the books in publication order.
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Pascale F. M.
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Very enjoyable if you like ancient mysteries and secret societies...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2017
I loved it. It is one of these books you can''t put down once your start. I am a lover of conspiracy theories, so, Angels and Demons appealed to me. I only bought it because the author is well known but I did not expect it to be so good. I thought it would be a lot of hype...See more
I loved it. It is one of these books you can''t put down once your start. I am a lover of conspiracy theories, so, Angels and Demons appealed to me. I only bought it because the author is well known but I did not expect it to be so good. I thought it would be a lot of hype and little substance. Nope, you can feel a lot of research has been done. Robert langdon''s character is great and you would like to know more about his life, why he is still a bachelor etc... but the best bits were about the history of the Illuminati and the science bits. This I really enjoyed while learning a lot. Sometimes, the descriptions do go on a bit, like if you are in a classroom, so, I may have fastworded the reading a bit. Mea culpa! but I will still rate this book 5 stars. I did not write about the plot, plenty of other reviewers have done this much better than I would.
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Tracey
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Angels and Demons
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2020
Symbologist Robert Langdon is called to CERN following the murder of one of the scientists apparently by the Illuminati. Soon he finds himself caught up in a series of events that has the world watching to see what will happen next. I love the film version of Angels and...See more
Symbologist Robert Langdon is called to CERN following the murder of one of the scientists apparently by the Illuminati. Soon he finds himself caught up in a series of events that has the world watching to see what will happen next. I love the film version of Angels and Demons but after finally reading the book I have to say I prefer it over the movie. The book is in places completely different to the film and contains characters not in the film version. To me the book is the complete story and I''m glad I read it. If you''ve seen the film, do yourself a favour and read the book. You won''t regret it.
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