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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is one of my favorite authors. He keeps the readers wanting more.Published 12 months ago by Audrey Crowe
1. The book had me hooked right from the start. The storyline had me captivated the entire time; there was never a dull moment.
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Characterization, vivid descriptions of scenes and mesmerizing plot. Someone who has been there might appreciate the locations, but as someone who has not, one feels although you... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Connie Blenkinsop
Having read this book I have resolved never to read Dan Brown again. The man can't write his way out of a paper bag. Amateurish. Execrable.Published 23 months ago by PATRICK HERTEL