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Angels & Demons (original 2000; edition 2003)

by Dan Brown

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Title:Angels & Demons
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Atria (2003), Edition: 1st Atria Books Hardcover Ed, Hardcover, 592 pages
Collections:Your library, Read
Rating:****
Tags:catholic church, conspiracy, fiction, illuminati, mystery, robert langdon, Rome, secret societies, suspense

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Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (2000)

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Now that I've read the series through Inferno, I have to say - Angels and Demons is likely my favorite. Yes, it sets the stage for the same old formula we'll see in the rest of the series, but I think it exercises these tropes the best of the four books I've read so far. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 12, 2017 |

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Angels and Demons is the first book in a series that features chronic bachelor, Robert Langdon, a professor of religious iconology. Doesn't sound that interesting right? Wrong. Langdon is actually a very handy man to have around when the Illuminati resurfaces and murders a physicist by branding a strange symbol on his chest. A physicist who happens to be a priest of the Catholic church and who also believes he has found scientific proof of God's hand in the creation of the universe. Scandalous. Turns out a professor of religious iconology is bloody fascinating, who would have thought? Not me before reading this book.

I love a intelligent, bookish man in tweed and I just really liked Robert Langdon as a character, Mickey Mouse watch and all. Vittoria Vetra on the other hand, is another matter. She is the murdered physicist's adopted daughter and a scientist in her own right. She started off as smart and independent but as the book went on she just became like a prop to the story in order to add an element of eye candy and sexual tension. Sadly, by the end of the book, Vittoria was just a cardboard cut out woman that was inserted into the story for Robert to be distracted by. That was kinda rubbish to be honest and I wished her character had more of a role.



I am not going to deny this book is a page turner, the chapters are short, the tension is high - the piecing together of the puzzle was interesting but I just felt like there wasn't much substance under all of that. Which is odd considering there is a humongous load of historical detail on Vatican City, renaissance artists, symbols, papal politics, etc.  I just wanted a little more of a deeper look into it all. For instance, the identity of the assassin and how he was recruited is never really revealed and was glossed over in favour of the big twist at the end.

Overall, this was a really fun book. Very fast paced and plot driven. It's great for what it is, an engaging, suspenseful thriller. I think it would disappoint someone who wants something with a bit more character development. ( )
  4everfanatical | Jan 13, 2017 |
Better than DaVinci Code! ( )
  ouroborosangel | Nov 30, 2016 |
This book, summarized: "A second draft of 'The Da Vinci Code.'" It's better, but still nothing more than a beach read. You keep turning the pages, driven by the plot, and when it ends, you realize just how bad the book was.
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
I love this series! ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
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Pitting scientific terrorists against the cardinals of Vatican City, this well-plotted if over-the-top thriller is crammed with Vatican intrigue and high-tech drama... Though its premises strain credulity, Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation.
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World-renowned Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon recieved a summons to the Swiss CERN research facility to investigate the murder of one of their physicist. His murder was at the hands of the thought-to-be dead society known as the Illuminati. After his death, it is revealed that the Illuminati has stolen a very crucial piece of technology the physicist has invented, and they threaten to vaporize Vatican City during conclave. They also claim that they have kidnapped the four cardinals most likely to be elected pope and threaten to kill them. With the Swiss Army's hands tied as they attempt to keep this situation away from the media, Robert Langdon teams up with the physicist's daughter, Vittoria Vetra, to travel to the Vatican to end the chaos before midnight strikes.
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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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