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Angels and Demons (2000)
by Dan Brown
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A good page-turner, Brown's suspense style is definitely one of note. Although at times a bit "drug-out," the action seemed to be non-stop throughout the story, full of well-placed plot twists and turns. My beef with Brown is only that what he posits as "fact" is generally a simplistic version of what he determines as fact; meaning, his facts can easily be misconstrued from how he presents them. I know this is a work of fiction; however, this work of fiction is preceded by a listing of "facts" to help ease the readers into believing the storyline. This communication at the beginning of the work can confuse some (many) into believing that his presentation of fact is 100% accurate, which is definitely not the case. In this respect, I feel the author is being disingenuous, which taints the overall value of the work. ( )
I’m conflicted about this one...on one hand it was an action packed page turner, on the other, it could have been a lot better. There were so many ways it could have ended, but they went with the “cheapest” option, in my opinion. The book was chock full of scientific and religious factoids and stuff, which was really interesting, (true or not, I’m not sure) but a lot of times the plot felt forced to try to fit the particulars. As if the author said, hey, this fact is pretty cool, lemme write this chapter so as to include said fact, instead of letting it fit naturally. Overall, I enjoyed it and would probably read the next installment, should I get my hands on it.
Overall it serves as quite the readable yarn. It's moderately entertaining. I liked learning about certain histories and rituals of the Vatican and Catholicism at large. The overall theme with science versus religion doesn't nudge with me right. I feel it's quite narrow and superficial in its messaging. Perhaps it's more so generalising all religions with Christianity (Catholicism?) potentially. Anyways, the book was definitely entertaining so it's not deterred me from (re-)reading the sequel!
Nice time killer. Nothing spectacular.
Romance, religion, science, murder, mysticism, architecture, action. Go!
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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Angels & Demons / The Da Vinci Code / Deception Point / Digital Fortress / The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Robert Langdon Series Collection 7 Books Set By Dan Brown (Angels And Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno, Origin, Digital Fortress, Deception Point) by Dan Brown
Dan Brown's Robert Langdon Tetralogy Hardcover Set: Angel's & Demons / The Da Vinci Code / The Lost Symbol / Inferno by Dan Brown
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The murder of a world-famous physicist raises fears that the Illuminati are operating again after centuries of silence, and religion professor Robert Langdon is called in to assist with the case.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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