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Anges et démons by Dan Brown

Anges et démons (original 2000; edition 2005)

by Dan Brown

Series: Robert Langdon (1)

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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.
Title:Anges et démons
Authors:Dan Brown
Info:Paris : France Loisirs, c2005.
Collections:Your library

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Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Author) (2000)

  1. 293
    The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (dezert)
    dezert: It's the sequel
  2. 141
    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. 62
    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...
  5. 43
    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.
  6. 10
    The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith (fulner)
    fulner: The probably broach is a story of government secrecy, and cover ups. Its the story of a adventure so filled with wonder it can only be called Science Fiction. It's a mystery that needs to be solved. You need to read this book
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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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    The Torah Codes by Ezra Barany (dafkah)
    dafkah: This award-winning bestseller is a Jewish version of The Da Vinci Code.
  10. 11
    The Moses Legacy by Adam Palmer (Farringdon)
    Farringdon: Same genre
  11. 00
    The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi (JuliaMaria)
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  14. 00
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  15. 02
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    PghDragonMan: Conspiracy at the highest levels of the Church.
  16. 03
    Hard Whispers by Pamela Martin (Alexandria_annex)
    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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This book is one of my favourites. Definitely in the top 10. ( )
  VipashaAiyer | Sep 28, 2021 |
{First of 5, [[[Robert Langdon]]] series. Thriller, international, quest} (2000)

[Angels and Demons] is Brown's second thriller and the first in the [[[Robert Langdon]]] series. It follows Langdon, a professor of religious symbology, as he is called to CERN by its director to investigate the murder of a physicist there who has been branded with the old 'Illuminati' logo. The Illuminati were an organisation of scientists, now supposed disbanded, who were initially brought together by Galileo and who worked in secret from the Catholic church which opposed their learning, according to this book. The trail leads to the Vatican itself on the eve of the election of a new pope and then around Rome as Langdon - aided by Vittoria Vetra, daughter of the murdered physicist - races against time, following the Illuminati's centuries-old 'path of illumination' hoping to prevent the murders of four cardinals and recover the anti-matter particle she worked on before its containment field fails and vaporises Vatican City.

I found the first half readable but it didn’t grip me; it felt like Brown was showing off his research and occasionally it felt like he was belabouring the obvious.

His ancestors had formed a small but deadly army to defend themselves. The army became famous across the land as protectors - skilled executioners who wandered the countryside slaughtering any of the enemy they could find. They were renowned not only for their brutal killings, but also for celebrating their slayings by plunging themselves into drug-induced stupors. Their drug of choice was a potent intoxicant they called hashish.
As their notoriety spread, these lethal men became known by a single word - Hassassin - literally 'the followers of hashish'. The name Hassassin became synonymous with death in almost every language on earth. The word was still used today, even in modern English ... but like the craft of killing, the word had evolved.
It was now pronounced assassin.

I felt that much of the ‘cutting edge’ technology (such as the retina scanner) was actually mundane but that could be because the book was written over two decades ago and it has dated.

Once the 'treasure hunt' aspect started, at around the halfway point, it got more exciting and I enjoyed visiting the churches of Rome and ‘seeing’ the sculptures and buildings he described although I can’t speak as to his accuracy myself. I vaguely remember watching the film version with Tom Hanks; if he'd been present, it would have made the first part of the book more interesting :0) . The last part of the book was high drama and, while somewhat improbable, was fun to read.

I read this as an e-book and although there are 137 chapters, many of them were only a page or two on my screen (and may be even less than that in a paperback book). There are some humorous moments, such as when Vetra and Langdon are being held in the Swiss Guard's office and, hoping to speak to someone they know to get them out of a tight spot quickly, she logically (and insistently) presses 1 on the internal speed dial expecting to get the pope's office - and gets a recorded message from the Vatican's food delivery menu instead.

Brown puts together elements which I (as, I suspect, most people do) have enough knowledge of to find plausible, but not enough to dispute, to pull this thriller together. Although the first half was a bit heavy handed in parts, with Brown showing and then telling as well, and the last part was unlikely this was fun to read and watching Langdon and Vetra solve the puzzle held my interest.

August 2021
3.5-4 stars ( )
  libraian | Aug 28, 2021 |
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
1905 ( )
  JoeB1934 | Aug 1, 2021 |
Formulaic but enjoyable nonetheless. In particular, those who share my weakness for religious themes and conspiracy theory may find it fun. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jun 4, 2021 |
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Romance, religion, science, murder, mysticism, architecture, action. Go!
added by Lemeritus | editKirkus Review (May 1, 2000)
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.
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly (May 1, 2000)

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