Book Reviews

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

My edition: Library book
Pages: 430
Series: Robert Langdon #1
Rating: 4 stars


An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction.

When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Lagdon 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 acient 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 hear of Vativan City. With the countdown underway, 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.


Unfortunately I am one of those who happened to have seen the movie before reading the book. I know… such a tragedy.

Any dick moving on.

Growing up in a Catholic home, I knew the Vatican ran the church and I thought innocent of the world. As I got older I did discover that no matter what, we all have a dark history. The church included. If you think about it, American history started off with religious persecution.

I don’t know much of the history behind the church in Rome due to I never really got into it. Now after reading this book I want to look up the history. To see what is true and what is all made up for the story’s intent.

I was hooked in the story. Wy tended to get a little annoyed with me because I keep telling him how the movie got this or that wrong and how the book explains so much better. Funny how after reading the book everything that didn’t really make sense in the movie makes sense now. I do own The da Vinci Code. I didn’t want to read it just yet because I have to read the books in order. I am weird like that I guess.  So I went to the local library and snatched this up.

Even though I am suppose to be reading and finishing Dracula I couldn’t help but pick this up. The writing was amazing. I loved it. The story flowed wonderfully. Even though I knew how it was going to end, the movie changed so much that the story seemed almost new to me.

Langdon and Vittoria’s relationship seemed deeper. Camerlango’s character depth was amazing. I wish they would have kept much of his dialogue the same in the movie. Hello you casted Ian McGregor.  The Hassassin was a character I still don’t know how I feel about him. Even though there was an array of characters the story never lost it’s pace.

The only reason I am not giving this a 5 stars is due to the fact it took me two weeks to finish.

And to end with words we all have uttered before, so much better than the movie.

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