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An ancient secret brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy -- the Catholic Church.
Langdon's worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican's holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.
Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.
An explosive international thriller, Angels & Demons careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

Topics: Rome, Adventurous, Conspiracy, Illuminati, The Pope, Murder, High Tech Gadgets, Secret Codes, Terrorism, First in a Series, Made into a Movie, Secret Societies, Catholicism, Christianity, Race Against the Clock, Suspenseful, Exciting, Series, and Italy

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ISBN: 9780743412391
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I say this laughing enthusiastically: the ending was TERRIBLE. So terrible it was amazing, and just what I was looking for. This book is completely full of cliched narration and moments of sheer stupidity and ignorance demonstrated by the characters, but for all that the overall organization was very clever. It's a trash fiction novel written by someone who's actually educated and can form a sentence, despite said sentence being overly predictable and dramatic. A great read when your mind is completely burnt out, like mine.more
I like the way the author linked Illuminati history with the actual sites in Rome as well as with the latest achievements at CERN. more
Extraordinary book! more
I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the DaVinci code which surprised me to no end. I thought it was truly original. It kept me guessing the entire time. Don't judge the book by it's movie.more
this is an awesome book more
a well-written novel which combines philosophical and religious themes intertwined in a suspense who-done-it theme. ?more
it is greatmore
it is greatmore
I actually think that this is one of his better books. I've read everything he has written and this is by far one of my favorites. It grips you right from the beginning and you're pulled through the story the whole way through. I couldn't put it down and just had to see what came next.more
This was probably my favourite of Dan Brown's books. I'm not sure why: it's just as formulaic, and the writing level is about the same. I just enjoyed it more.more
Having recently seen the movie, I was actually disappointed with the book. All of the extra inner dialogues and speeches and lengthy, seemingly pointless conversations of the characters just made the book a little tedious to get through. The end dragged, and I found myself thinking the movie covered it all in a more succint way.
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This was a great book...really makes you think!more
The only thing that made this book even remotely bearable was the fact that I read it while I was in Rome, so I got to go on location, as it were. After this one and The Da Vinci Code, no more Dan Brown for me ever again.more
I really liked the way the overall idea of opposites attract and go boom was worked through so many aspects of this novel. The ideas in it are great but, for me, it really leaves a lot to be desired in terms of characterisation and style, so overall I was quite bored by about halfway through.

Having recently seen the film as well, it seems to me that read/viewed in quick succession they are stronger than the sum of their parts. The film lacks the clarity of purpose of the ideas set up in the first hundred pages of the book. But visually it delivers a sense of Rome and Vatican City that the book fails to acheive.more
What a thoroughly idiotic book. As the protagonist fumbles around trying to stop a series of killings, there is nothing about any of the characters that makes them interesting or worth saving. There were touches of gore, but very little suspense and no real horror, and the ending was implausible, improbable, and anachronistic.more
I read this book after The DaVinci Code and thought it was actually more controversial than it's better know sequel. After all, this has a Pope being murdered! I like his fast pace and the 24-hour formula. Enjoyable fluff, it's fun but shouldn't be taken seriously.more
Well-developed story with a real sense of place.more
Stephen King’s Pet Sematary is a horror story about a family who moves to rural Maine. Louis and Rachel Creed have two children, Ellie and Gage, and a cat named Winston Churchill. Everything seems perfect for them until the area’s dark secrets begin to come out, affecting the lives of the family forever.This book is written very well. It includes a lot of detail about the characters and the situations that they are in. The character development, for example, was extensive and fascinating. The details can at times become somewhat boring and make the story feel slow, although it can also make the descriptions more disturbing. The imagery in some scenes is likely to haunt readers even after they finish the book. Overall, however, Pet Sematary was difficult to get through. The main event near the end of the book could be easily predicted about two hundred pages before it actually happened, and it was frustrating to wait for almost half the book before finding out the effects of the event. Even before this, on more than one occasion, King took away any sense of surprise by spoiling important plot points in single throwaway lines. This was an interesting choice but it contributed to the feeling of waiting for parts of the book to be over. The ending was more strange than scary, although it definitely had creepy moments. Readers who prefer horror stories that include a lot of suspense or shocking plot twists may be disappointed by this book.Isaac T.more
This book is an interesting and quick read. However, like the DaVinci code, this book is a bit overwrought. I think it will be a better movie than book. It's just fluffy entertainment.more
A must read science fiction book....the suspense is simply the best.more
I think this one is better than the more famous da vinci codemore
Thrilling, can't-put-it-down type of book, excellent follow-up to Davinci Code. Fast paced, a race to solve the puzzles and beat the clock to prevent murder after murder and uncover secrets of the Catholic Church.more
I read the DaVinci Code before I read this book, and the DaVinci Code is a better book. I was sad to see that the same formula is followed in both books - start with a tragic death and the body mutilated in some bizare religiously symbolic way causing someone to call Robert Langdon, a professor who specializes in religious symbology, then have a crazed assassian working for an unknown boss for a cause that he believes is in some way helping some odd religious group, add in some help from the daughter or granddaughter of the murdered man and a race within 24 hours to solve the mystery including real and imagined "facts" about religion and science and you have the basic plot of both books. This book is gripping and fun to read and I look forward to reading the third book in the series next.more
Another page turner from Dan Brown.Robert Langdon is called on again to solve a mystery of symbology, racing to save Vatican City.It’s a very similar style to The Da Vinci Code, but still enjoyable - though I found the ending rather confusing.more
In Angels & Demons, readers are introduced to Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. After a suspicious brand is left on the body of a scientist/priest, Langdon is called in to confirm that the ancient Illuminati has resurfaced to reveal age old secrets. Soon Langdon is called to the Vatican, where a bomb of antimatter has been hidden, to use his expertise to solve the puzzles left by the group. This is a fun, fast paced read full of adventure and history. There has been some criticism of Brown's formulaic writing, but the formula in this novel kept me thoroughly entertained.more
Surpisingly bad - as great a fall as the 39 steps to green mantle.more
i read this book aftre watching the movie...i loved the book more....more
I finally got to see the movie on TV over the holiday vacation. It had been a while since I had read the book, which was good because I didn’t remember too much that would spoil the movie. After it was over I decided to read the copy that I had picked up at our school book fair. This is an illustrated edition, which included photos of Rome and Vatican City as well as pictures of each of the important statues and churches. Way cool.more
Trite, prosaic, humdrum, and tepid are the adjectives that wreath this book in the continuing discount-writing franchise of Dan Brown. Intrigue and conspiracy are in themselves stagnant tropes made worse by standardized and bloodless writing. I suppose judging it by a literary standard is unfair, but a book of such low calibre commanding such attention from the reading public may call into question the lower expectations of our reading public. More innovative (and less recognized) authors may be accused of sour grapes in heaping abuses on Brown's works, but their disgust with his work still has a legitimate basis. Pure mind pap.more
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I say this laughing enthusiastically: the ending was TERRIBLE. So terrible it was amazing, and just what I was looking for. This book is completely full of cliched narration and moments of sheer stupidity and ignorance demonstrated by the characters, but for all that the overall organization was very clever. It's a trash fiction novel written by someone who's actually educated and can form a sentence, despite said sentence being overly predictable and dramatic. A great read when your mind is completely burnt out, like mine.more
I like the way the author linked Illuminati history with the actual sites in Rome as well as with the latest achievements at CERN. more
Extraordinary book! more
I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the DaVinci code which surprised me to no end. I thought it was truly original. It kept me guessing the entire time. Don't judge the book by it's movie.more
this is an awesome book more
a well-written novel which combines philosophical and religious themes intertwined in a suspense who-done-it theme. ?more
it is greatmore
it is greatmore
I actually think that this is one of his better books. I've read everything he has written and this is by far one of my favorites. It grips you right from the beginning and you're pulled through the story the whole way through. I couldn't put it down and just had to see what came next.more
This was probably my favourite of Dan Brown's books. I'm not sure why: it's just as formulaic, and the writing level is about the same. I just enjoyed it more.more
Having recently seen the movie, I was actually disappointed with the book. All of the extra inner dialogues and speeches and lengthy, seemingly pointless conversations of the characters just made the book a little tedious to get through. The end dragged, and I found myself thinking the movie covered it all in a more succint way.
more
This was a great book...really makes you think!more
The only thing that made this book even remotely bearable was the fact that I read it while I was in Rome, so I got to go on location, as it were. After this one and The Da Vinci Code, no more Dan Brown for me ever again.more
I really liked the way the overall idea of opposites attract and go boom was worked through so many aspects of this novel. The ideas in it are great but, for me, it really leaves a lot to be desired in terms of characterisation and style, so overall I was quite bored by about halfway through.

Having recently seen the film as well, it seems to me that read/viewed in quick succession they are stronger than the sum of their parts. The film lacks the clarity of purpose of the ideas set up in the first hundred pages of the book. But visually it delivers a sense of Rome and Vatican City that the book fails to acheive.more
What a thoroughly idiotic book. As the protagonist fumbles around trying to stop a series of killings, there is nothing about any of the characters that makes them interesting or worth saving. There were touches of gore, but very little suspense and no real horror, and the ending was implausible, improbable, and anachronistic.more
I read this book after The DaVinci Code and thought it was actually more controversial than it's better know sequel. After all, this has a Pope being murdered! I like his fast pace and the 24-hour formula. Enjoyable fluff, it's fun but shouldn't be taken seriously.more
Well-developed story with a real sense of place.more
Stephen King’s Pet Sematary is a horror story about a family who moves to rural Maine. Louis and Rachel Creed have two children, Ellie and Gage, and a cat named Winston Churchill. Everything seems perfect for them until the area’s dark secrets begin to come out, affecting the lives of the family forever.This book is written very well. It includes a lot of detail about the characters and the situations that they are in. The character development, for example, was extensive and fascinating. The details can at times become somewhat boring and make the story feel slow, although it can also make the descriptions more disturbing. The imagery in some scenes is likely to haunt readers even after they finish the book. Overall, however, Pet Sematary was difficult to get through. The main event near the end of the book could be easily predicted about two hundred pages before it actually happened, and it was frustrating to wait for almost half the book before finding out the effects of the event. Even before this, on more than one occasion, King took away any sense of surprise by spoiling important plot points in single throwaway lines. This was an interesting choice but it contributed to the feeling of waiting for parts of the book to be over. The ending was more strange than scary, although it definitely had creepy moments. Readers who prefer horror stories that include a lot of suspense or shocking plot twists may be disappointed by this book.Isaac T.more
This book is an interesting and quick read. However, like the DaVinci code, this book is a bit overwrought. I think it will be a better movie than book. It's just fluffy entertainment.more
A must read science fiction book....the suspense is simply the best.more
I think this one is better than the more famous da vinci codemore
Thrilling, can't-put-it-down type of book, excellent follow-up to Davinci Code. Fast paced, a race to solve the puzzles and beat the clock to prevent murder after murder and uncover secrets of the Catholic Church.more
I read the DaVinci Code before I read this book, and the DaVinci Code is a better book. I was sad to see that the same formula is followed in both books - start with a tragic death and the body mutilated in some bizare religiously symbolic way causing someone to call Robert Langdon, a professor who specializes in religious symbology, then have a crazed assassian working for an unknown boss for a cause that he believes is in some way helping some odd religious group, add in some help from the daughter or granddaughter of the murdered man and a race within 24 hours to solve the mystery including real and imagined "facts" about religion and science and you have the basic plot of both books. This book is gripping and fun to read and I look forward to reading the third book in the series next.more
Another page turner from Dan Brown.Robert Langdon is called on again to solve a mystery of symbology, racing to save Vatican City.It’s a very similar style to The Da Vinci Code, but still enjoyable - though I found the ending rather confusing.more
In Angels & Demons, readers are introduced to Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. After a suspicious brand is left on the body of a scientist/priest, Langdon is called in to confirm that the ancient Illuminati has resurfaced to reveal age old secrets. Soon Langdon is called to the Vatican, where a bomb of antimatter has been hidden, to use his expertise to solve the puzzles left by the group. This is a fun, fast paced read full of adventure and history. There has been some criticism of Brown's formulaic writing, but the formula in this novel kept me thoroughly entertained.more
Surpisingly bad - as great a fall as the 39 steps to green mantle.more
i read this book aftre watching the movie...i loved the book more....more
I finally got to see the movie on TV over the holiday vacation. It had been a while since I had read the book, which was good because I didn’t remember too much that would spoil the movie. After it was over I decided to read the copy that I had picked up at our school book fair. This is an illustrated edition, which included photos of Rome and Vatican City as well as pictures of each of the important statues and churches. Way cool.more
Trite, prosaic, humdrum, and tepid are the adjectives that wreath this book in the continuing discount-writing franchise of Dan Brown. Intrigue and conspiracy are in themselves stagnant tropes made worse by standardized and bloodless writing. I suppose judging it by a literary standard is unfair, but a book of such low calibre commanding such attention from the reading public may call into question the lower expectations of our reading public. More innovative (and less recognized) authors may be accused of sour grapes in heaping abuses on Brown's works, but their disgust with his work still has a legitimate basis. Pure mind pap.more
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