There is nothing I like better than a book that lives up to hype and expectations. This was was definitely a page turner! The story is so well-written that in my rush to devour it and find out what happens next, I barely even noticed the few things that annoyed me (like when characters don't notice obvious clues) as I usually do while reading a book. A great read!
What a captivating storyline! If you liked the Da Vinci Code, you'll love this book too. Robert Langdon outdoes himself again while going from Switzerland, Rome and the Vatican. Twists and turns everywhere! Worth reading!
What do you believe in? God or the power of science? Interesting choice, right? I really enjoyed this thriller by Brown. The first in a string of Robert Landon stories this work takes place in Rome and is truly a power struggle between good and evil-but what is good and what is evil? I learned so much about the history of the Vatican and the mysterious group called the Illuminati. If you want a good thriller/page-turner pick this up!
I actually read this one after The DaVinci Code, thinking there was no way Brown could top that one. Boy was I wrong. This one is just as enthralling, and easier to follow because there aren't so many historical references and French phrases to figure out. This is a good, solid read, though reading too many of Brown's works can bring out the cynicism in you.
If you like Dan Brown that is a plus when reading this book, because he writes the same as in the 'The DaVinci Code', I felt like I was reading the 'The DaVinci Code' all over again except it had different characters and the plot was different, the tone, the ambience all the same, not much different, just a copycat version but the names have been changed. Wish they could have found someone else besides Mr. Hanks to be the main character in both movies. He doesn't fit the character. They needed someone younger, as much as I find Hanks a good actor, this is one time he's not.
I read Angels & Demons after reading The DaVinci Code, and that definitely influenced by reaction to the book.
I love a page-turning mystery thriller, which is exactly what Angels & Demons is. But after The DaVinci Code, it just seemed formulaic. Take more-or-less the same characters, give them different names and professions, thrown in a different conspiracy theory history and you've got a new novel.
A really fun read. There were so many twists and turns I had trouble putting it down. There were a lot of interesting facts and details but the action and suspense was what had me tearing through the pages.
i really enjoyed reading this book, it kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. the ending was a surprise, i didn't see it coming at all. i'm definately going to check out the other books dan brown has written
Robert Langdon is a Harvard professor of symbology and a world-renowned expert on the subject. His quiet life is turned upside down when he receives a fax with the symbol of the Illuminati branded on a murdered man's chest and an insistent summons to help with the investigation.
I enjoyed this book tremendously for the adventure, the history, the quick pace and the light romance. I literally couldn't put it down and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning reading because I had to find out who Janus was, what it is he was after and where the secret Illuminati lair was.
It was interesting to see the conflict between good and evil in this story and Mr. Brown's interpretation of it. You can't get away from it - it's in the title itself. It was fascinating to see how the same things could be perceived to be on the opposite ends of the spectrum depending on the viewpoint of the examiner: are science, knowledge, education and progress good or are they to be shunned in favor of almost blind faith? Is murder justified if it's a means to a righteous end? Can goodness become evil if it goes untempered?
I couldn't help but grow fond of Robert, Vittoria and even the frosty Maximillian Kohler. They each have a story that makes them who they are and this humanity makes them all but walk off the page. For the same reason the villain is that much more chilling - I know there are people in this world who are at the same level of delusional conviction and will do anything to achieve their goals.
The academic explanations tended to slow down the pace but not enough to pull me out of the story. It was more like listening to a highly educated person carry on a conversation in which their field is involved - they just can't resist telling you all the different things they find fascinating and venture off into the realm of lecture before they catch themselves but when it's all said and done you still find that you're glad they told you all those things.
I would recommend this highly satisfying read to fans of edge-of-your-seat mystery with elements of history. Just be prepared to not sleep much until you turn that last page.
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LOVE IT! I liked this one even more than The DaVinci Code! This book is a little more fast paced, more murder, and still has a great mystery! I loved the geography and history aspects too! This book defintely makes you think a little bit more about Creationism, Christianity, Catholicism, and how science fits in. Very interesting. One warning, the first probably 40 pages or so are very scientific, and for me were hard to get through. If you decide to read this book and find you are having the same problem... stick to it! It WILL pick up!
Precursor to The DaVinci Code, although both are stand-alone stories. Fast moving suspense with beautiful, descriptive passages of European architecture thrown in. It will be interesting to see this translated to the movie screen.
Similar to The DaVinci Code but not as good. This one is the first book with Robert Langdon in it, but it doesn't matter if you read them out of sequence. I liked all the thrills and action, but DC is still way better.
Angels & Demons is a fast read with a really compelling story and some interesting factual information in it. It's written at a pretty low level, but is fun and interesting nevertheless. This book doesn't disappoint!
This was a very long book! I enjoyed reading it when I first started but then I got bogged down in all the stuff that was happening in the story. I really enjoyed "The DaVinci Code" much more. It was a fast read but this book, even with tghe short chapters (the longest chapter was 9 pages), seemed to drag on forever. It's a very intriguing concept and the action was non stop but about half way through I wanted it to end. Those who like suspense and a good mystery would like this book very much.