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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:Read, Your library
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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    The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (dezert)
    dezert: It's the sequel
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    Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (craigim, JoK)
    JoK: Delved the enigma of the Illuminati a decade before (and in more detail) than Dan Brown.
  3. 52
    The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea (craigim, CarlosMcRey)
    CarlosMcRey: About as historically accurate but much more fun.
  4. 52
    The Fire Gospel: The Myth of Prometheus by Michel Faber (2810michael)
    2810michael: Necessary to read after Dan Brown...
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    The Fire by Katherine Neville (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Both works feature mystic orders carrying secret information. Both are founded on just enough history to leave you wondering if really could be true.
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    Darkness Left Undone by Carl Henegan (Alexandria_annex)
    Alexandria_annex: Darkness Left Undone is the second book in a series with Bartender Mike who gets caught up in international intrigue. I found Dan Brown's books and Carl Henegan's books both share similar themes and energy intensities and I like both authors styles very much.… (more)
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    dafkah: This award-winning bestseller is a Jewish version of The Da Vinci Code.
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    Alexandria_annex: I thought Hard Whispers had the same not stop action feel that kept me on the edge of the seat.

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A great religious-mystery for Robert Langdon to solve; a race against the clock to solve riddles as Cardinals are being murdered. This is definitely my favorite Dan Brown novel. ( )
  storeyonastory | Oct 12, 2014 |
I just moved to a new state, and found that my public library’s YA collections left much to be desired. Forced to choose other avenues of reading, I found myself browsing the GASP! Adult section. Cue horror music…

Robert Langdon is a Harvard professor, specializing in the study of Symbology. When he is called to Switzerland to investigate a gruesome murder, he finds himself tangled in a web of intrigue, adventure and deceit with a secret cult called the Illuminati and the Roman Catholic Church.

Read the rest of the review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/angels-demons-dan-brown/ ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
This seemed like a Da Vinci Code first draft. Both started out in the same general way and Robert Langdon goes about solving it similarly. I don't know it I would ever read it again. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
Angels and Demons was an enjoyable and quick read but the premise bothered me a lot more than The Da Vinci Code did, espeically the set up and the cheats that Brown did to get his main character from Boston to Geneva in time for the action to start. CERN owning an X-33, come on! Poor CERN, they've felt compelled to put an Angels and Demon's FAQ on their website.

I enjoyed the book a great deal more once they actually got to the Vatican even though recent election of a new pope certainly shot holes in scenario Brown paints in Angels and Demons. That being said, it was still an entertaining, albeit, completely predictable (from page 23). There are very few surprises.

Here is something that thriller protoganists never seem to realize:
1) The person who seems to need your help most is probably the villian.
2) It is always an inside job!
3) No matter how far the clues take you on your wild goose chase, they always lead you right back to where you started. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 11, 2014 |
Twists and turns, science and religion. Fast paced read. ( )
  BadCursive | Sep 6, 2014 |
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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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The ministry of angels is revealed in this collection of references from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy. See the part angels have in preparing God's leaders on earth, their role in Christ's ministry, and their encounters with Ellen White.
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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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