Book Review of Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, Bk 1)
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Helpful Score: 2

I really enjoyed this book for many reasons:

* References to symbology, art and architecture are very informative and interesting - and because I love all three, this made it even more enjoyable for me. I'm sure I am not the first nor last person who, after reading about the main character, Robert Langdon, thinks a degree in symbology would be THE most interesting thing ever! I wish I could just take a class on the topic. If you are a lover of art history, architecture and/or find the history of symbology interesting - that alone will sustain your interest throughout the book.

* I will admit that at times the reader is required to suspend disbelief, however, I feel Dan Brown incorporates an astounding level of factual information in his books and really does his reasearch. I came away feeling as though I accomplished two things 1) enjoyed a great book and 2)learned something new and interesting;

* Being Catholic, I gave into my need/desire to research information in both this and the DaVinci Code. While the book had no effect on my faith either way, I will admit I do feel I learned a lot about the Catholic Church and other organizations after reading Brown's books. It really goes the extra mile and prompts the reader to think and possibly, like myself, research information for themselves. I also feel that the fact that I am Catholic made the book a lot easier for me to understand as I know many of my friends who are non-Catholic are mystified by the Church at times. It was very easy for me to relate to the characters and plot in the book because of my knowledge and experience.

* The book is a real page-turner. I had a hard time putting it down and lost serious sleep while reading this book. I have read most, if not all, of Brown's books and cannot wait for the next!

* The book was made into a movie and because I usually always read the books first, knew where inconsistencies popped up in the movie. While unavoidable I will admit I was just a little disappointed in some of the deviations the movie made from the book. I enjoyed the book a lot more than the movie.

If you liked DaVinci Code and/or Dan Brown, you will most likely enjoy this book. I highly recommend it and personally have added it to my list of books I am planning to re-read at some point in time.