Angels & Demons: A Novel (Robert Langdon)

Dan Brown
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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-01-14

Finally, after seeing this book on my shelf for two years, I have finished Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons.’ ‘Angels and Demons’ tells us of Robert Langdon’s first adventure in Vatican City, Rome. Brown’s writing I found was easily readable and I also really enjoyed the short chapters. When reading a book with shorter chapters, I feel I am making faster progress in the book and I am more inclined to continue reading if I can get through six or more chapters in 45 minutes. I also really enjoyed the pacing of the book, I still read a lot of young adult (YA) novels, which I would say are paced faster than adult books and I felt right at home with Brown’s pacing.

Brown seems to be a master storyteller as the elements of his story are polished, I feel he has well written and developed characters, the plot of the book is one that entices the reader, the setting is taboo as Vatican City is a very holy place and the events taking place are anything but. Robert Langdon is a great protagonist, reading his arc from Harvard professor to “hero” was fantastic! I also thoroughly enjoyed the many plot twists throughout the novel. At times I was questioning things as if I knew something might happen and other times I was completely surprised when a plot twist would occur. This book has the things I look for in what I consider a “good book,” it had action, adventure, romance, suspense, humor and it taught me something. I love reading books that are fictional and yet I learn interesting things in the process. I have always been fascinated with history, especially things that aren’t in textbooks like the Illuminati and even history surrounding the church.

This book may not be for everyone as there is much controversy surrounding Brown’s works, especially his most infamous ‘The DaVinci Code.’ Brown is mixing science and religion, two things that are fundamental opposites. The mixture of these two things does not sit well with some, but while there may be some detest for Brown’s books, there is also an audience for his books. I found his book to be a great mix of thrill and thought, a combination that I have gravitated towards for as long as I can remember. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this book and I look forward to reading more of Brown’s books, especially those featuring Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon.

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