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Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

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
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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One thing I really like about Dan Brown is: you can pick up any of the Robert Langdon series (yes, I will name the series) and read it without worrying about what happened in the past. I read The DaVinci Code first and always thought it came first. Although this book was published in 2000.

The book uses Ancient history, architecture, and symbolism- as Dan Brown uses in all of his books. Since it is set in a Catholic Church (and you are right, it is set in Vatican City), it also focuses on the secret societies and conspiracies. It keeps you guessing until the end and leave you feeling in awe with the majestic architecture of Italy. There is a James Bond 101 factor: our hero saves himself in even certain death situations and a beautiful sidekick help him along the way.

Second thing I like about Dan Brown (the list is long) is he can explain death, a location, or a feeling so beautifully. It makes you wonder if you can reach and touch it. I liked this book as much as the DaVinci Code.

ps: I always bought the illustrated versions of the books (Other than the Lost Symbol- which illustrated version never got released). If you are not familiar with Italy's historical places, it might be confusing.

ps2: Don't watch the movie. It is even worse than The DaVinci Code. ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
I had read this before. But it was a nice distraction to listen too.

He does a good job of keeping it exciting.

Spoiler alert

I have mixed feelings about the end. It was a good twist. But I'm disappointed that Camerlengo, who was shown to be a man of faith and integrity turns out to the be the nuts. Of course a deeply religious person can't be shown in a positive light. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
Angels and Demons is a suspenseful page turner about science versus religion. Dan Brown's writing was stunning. He thoroughly knew what he was talking about, came up with some brilliant ideas of his own, and let me visualize everything.

Robert Langdon is a symbologist at Harvard University. He receives an early morning fax showing the corpse of a physicist who had been branded by someone in a brotherhood that was thought to be defunct for many, many years - the Illuminati.

The Illuminati has targeted Vatican City as their ultimate revenge.

Clear your schedule and follow Robert to Geneva and through Rome in less than 24 hours. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
In Angels and Demons, Robert Langdon, a symbologist, is asked to help locate a bomb ticking away in the Vatican. He has to follow a secret route through Rome to find the secret Illuminati lair to stop the explosion and save the lives of all the cardinals - and thousands of innocent bystanders.

I enjoyed the story very much. It is quite well written and a real page turner. Brown succeeds in really dragging you into the story, and ends with a nice twist that makes for a great conclusion. For anybody who has ever visited Rome the trail of symbols through Rome is really fun to read and to recall the different spots and sights where Langdon finds the clues.
I also really liked the background of the election of the pope and the gathering of the cardinals, as well as the idea of ancient societies plotting to counter the Catholic church. It gives the book a sense of ancient mystery and a dark aura that makes it really thrilling.

One minor point is that I sometimes feel it takes Langdon just a bit to long to solve some of the puzzles - he is supposed to be really smart, so if I see an answer, surely he should see it too... ( )
  Britt84 | Apr 8, 2017 |
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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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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