Angels Demons - Robert Langdon, Bk 1 Author:Dan Brown 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: ... more »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.« less
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Ready for an adventure? This book will take you on one! It certainly did me. Angels & Demons was the first Dan Brown novel that I read and I was captivated from the first sentence to the last word. This is a riveting thriller that is action-packed with suspense, murder, and mayhem that threatens to erupt on the eve of the new pope's coronation. Plus, it is filled with factual information regarding historical landmarks and the Catholic Church, while intertwining science and religion. I highly recommend putting this book on your "must-read" list!
I did enjoy the book once I got past the very technical beginning. It was a little long on the science and antimatter information. I do understand why Dan Brown did this as it was important to the rest of the book. I highly recommend this book.
I read Angels & Demons looking for clarity from watching the movie. I am easily confused when there are many characters involved in a plot that takes place in a short amount of time. After I read the book, I realized the movie had a different ending so I was still a little confused. However, the book was a definite page turner, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout. I got lost in some of the scientific arguments, but understood most of the religious comments because of my past as a Catholic. The book was a great read, but certainly not as good as I was told it would be.
Easily the best book I've read in YEARS. It was a bit long, but it was definitely a page-turner. I stayed up till 3am just to finish it. Loved it so much that I'm planning to read all the books by this author.
I first got swept up in the Dan Brown craze when The DaVinci Code hit the big time. I was drawn into that story and didn't realize the gaping holes in Mr. Brown's writing until I read this book. The story is as interesting as The DaVinci Code, but there are far more disappointing liberties that he takes with this story. The final pages of this book left me so disenchanted with Dan Brown, I tried to swear off his books, but picked up The Lost Symbol, which surpassed even this one in literary malfeasance.
Excellent book! The movie was awful, so please don't let that deter you from reading this. If you liked the Da Vinci Code & The Lost Symbol (and somehow haven't read this one yet), then you should definitely order it.
Out of the 3 of his I've read this is by far the VERY best. You must NOT let this one pass you by! Very very very well written, keeps you on the edge of your seat and you must find out what happens!! This is my very favorite Brown book!!