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on June 23, 2016
At almost 600 pages in length, this book is very rich in detail, which is something I was grateful for as there was so much history, tradition and scientific facts that were pertinent to the story. The fast pace, mystery and excitement made it hard for me to put it down.

Angels and Demons is one of the most engrossing books I have read in a long time. Dan Brown's writing style is definitely a good fit for me and I can't wait to continue on with the rest of the books in the Robert Langdon series. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy suspense focusing on controversial topics.
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on September 9, 2005
Well, I am finally getting around to reading Mega Bestselling author Dan Brown, what a rush! This book is an incredible thriller, a tour guide to Rome, and an educational adventure all rolled into one. I've never learned so much from a work of fiction. Having Taken some art class last semister, I appreciated so much the references to art from the Renaissance. I think the book suffers a bit from Crichtonism. That being defined as "when an author can't decide what to do at the end so he throws out the most ludicrous thing he can think of." The ending does stretch ones ability to suspend disbelief. In spite of the poor ending I am looking forward to reading the "Da Vinci Code." I also recommened "A Tourist in the Yucatan" for a cool, arcehological thriller, that is very belivable!
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on December 9, 2004
Like many people, I discovered Dan Brown through The Da Vinci Code (The Da Vinci Code and "A Tourist in the Yucatan" were my favorite thrillers of the year). As much as I enjoyed the just-one-more-page-before-I-turn-out-the-light qualities of this book I still prefer The Da Vinci Code. Angels & Demons is the prequel for The Da Vinci Code and I could truly see Brown's growth as a writer in his later work. I would consider his plotting skills in Angels & Demons good, but by the time he went on to write The Da Vinci Code I believe they were perfected.
Angels & Demons still possesses the page turning, fast paced plotting present in The Da Vinci Code. However, in my opinion, some of the plot twists, while being thoroughly entertaining, were also entirely unbelievable. I don't believe that fiction needs to be exactly like real life, but I can only suspend disbelief so far without falling out of the story.
If this was your first Dan Brown, and you enjoyed this one, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of The Da Vinci Code. If you've already read The Da Vinci Code, you'll probably like this one too, just know before you begin that you've already read the best, now you're going back for the rest.
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on April 16, 2005
ANGELS & DEMONS is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Besides being unable to put the book down, my wife and I learned a great deal about the Catholic Church, Rome, and the creation of anti-matter in the laboratories of Switzerland. I was fascinated to learn about the connection between the secret Illuminati brotherhood, the Masons and even the U.S. one-dollar bill. Behind the superb story, there is a rich backdrop balancing the conflict and agreement between science and religion. With the election of a new pope in the foreseeable future and the election before last November choice between Gore and Bush (with their admitted ties to the secret societies of the Masons and Skull and Bones), this book gives readers much to think about, provided they have time to catch their breath from all the surprises, chills and thrills in the ingenious plot. Another Amazon pick I'd like to recommend is McCrae's THE CHILDREN'S CORNER with its twists and turns, excellent writing, formidable themes, and thought-provoking insight into the human heart.
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on March 26, 2005
I enjoyed this book greatly despite some of the negative things I've heard. True, it's not my usually cup of tea, and our book club doesn't usually read this type of thing, preferring instead something more "modern" and literary such as McCrae's CHILDREN'S CORNER or that great read, THE LOVELY BONES. But we decided to give Mr. B a shot and the result was none too bad. After Robert Langdon, a professor of religious iconology at Harvard, receives a fax showing a brutally murdered corpse branded on the chest with an anagram of the word 'Illuminati,' he begins his exciting and suspenseful adventure. He travels to CERN, a highly advanced scientific research facility and meets the director, Maximilian Kohler, who sent him the fax. AT CERN Langdon learns that the corpse in the fax belonged to Leonardo Vetra, a christian scientist at CERN, and that he was murdered by an underground antireligous group who called them selves The Illuminati. Before he was murdered Leonardo Vetra and his adopted daughter had created a deadly substance called antimatter. Vetra and his daughter had successfully created a quarter gram of this antimatter which is capable of blowing up and entire city but find that it had been stolen. They find that it has been planted inside the Vatican City and will detonate at midbight. Furthermore, a Hassassin has captured four cardinals, the prefereti, and will kill one at a time every hour until midnight. The hassassin will also brand each murdered cardinal wtih an ambigram of the four elements, wind, water, fire, anmd earth on their chest. This leads to a chase through Rome with puzzles and clues to the location of the next murder. ANGELS & DEMONS, a prequel to THE DA VINCI CODE, is really exciting and suspenseful. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast, exciting read and likes suspense.
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on April 7, 2004
Having read "The Da Vinci Code" I wondered if Dan Brown would measure up for me in his other works. I bought a copy of Angels and Demons and I was not disappointed. Robert Langdon, professor and symbologist is introduced to us in this novel. Robert is awakened in the middle of the night, and practically ordered to come to Europe, lured by the a grisly fax which reels him with one word "Illuminati". The Illuminati were a group of scientists vilifed by the Catholic Church hundreds of years ago, and believed to be an extinct group. Robert is mesmerized and boards a super-sonic plane to a high-tech scientific research corporation. From this point forward, the novel progresses at breakneck speed as Robert, along with the help of an interesting female character named Vittoria, [who has a huge stake in the outcome of the novel] literally race against time to save Vatican City. Together they must travel to Vatican City and attempt to follow an ancient "map" to the person responsible for a threat to destroy Vatican City with a weapon of science - anti-matter. Although there is plenty of suspense, treachery, and violence in this novel, I felt strong undercurrent of faith, not in any specific religious dogma, but just simple, human faith. This is a very well written novel with so many twists and turns, the reader has to turn really immerse him or herself into the book. The character, Robert Langdon has such terrific appeal in this novel as well as "The DaVinci Code" because he is written to be so very human. He makes mistakes, he doubts himself, he continues forward when there seems to be no hope. He make us WANT him to succeed! The surprise ending is a good one, that I did not guess. Bear with the background information at the beginning. It does read a bit slow, but once events begin to unfold, this novel is unstoppable! I look forward to more Dan Brown novels with Robert Langdon as the central character. This is the kind of character you will fall in love with and want to read about more and more.
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on March 25, 2005
Dan Brown's second book, ANGELS & DEMONS, rivals the fast pace he set with DIGITAL FORTRESS. Techies will love the antimatter and physics, and everyone will love the basic premise as well as the vivid detail that Dan Brown uses to bring the Vatican City to life. Take journeys where few men have been, and where few will ever go again. Angels and Demons is incredibly well researched, and Dan Brown uses real places to create the ultimate thriller to start out the new millenium, and to think about until the next. Also, for something completely different but equally as good, I'd recommend two other books: CHILDREN'S CORNER by McCrae and Grishams' new book, THE BROKER.
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on January 12, 2006
I'm really glad that I read the illustrated version of this book. Although I enjoyed the book, what made it really great where all the terrific pictures and maps that go along with the story. I loved reading about the Vatican, Papal procedures and traditions and the beautiful city of Rome. The story was very much over the top and the ending seems like it was perfectly written to create a Hollywood blockbuster movie. Despite this, this book is an easy-to-read thriller with a great backdrop!
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon April 19, 2008
Robert Langdon a Harvard symbologist is woken in the middle of the night by a phone call that is going to change his life. This phone call may also change our lives.

Dan Brown weaves many story threads in to a tapestry of intrigue. The story takes place over a 24-hour period. A positive thing about this tale is that it is told in a linear fashion with very few flashbacks except when it is necessary for a back-story. In this story he treats Robert Langdon's character as if Langdon is not aware of many, well known technical items and theories; this may be true of Robert Langdon, but Dan Brown also irritatingly treats us as if we do not know these things!

On the surface, we are treated to a "who did it" and "will we get there in time" story. We must separate the goats from the sheep. However, we are also confronted with science versus religion. Is science and religion like oil and water or is science and religion just two of the facets of God?

The Da Vinci Code: A Novel by Dan Brown
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on October 23, 2004
If you've already read "The DaVinci Code" and liked it, then I suggest that when you read this "prequel", you can expect to:
1) find the subject matter as inescapably compelling as last time,
2) be amazed again at Dan Brown's extensive research,
3) notice a number of similarities of style,
4) find this book to be more gruesome and bloody than its successor, and
5) have trouble believing the ending.
I personally thought this was a great book, until I got about 80% through it. In the last 20%, I felt there were too many incredible revelations, unbelieveable escapes, close calls and rapid twists. It reminded me of some of the spoofs of Agatha Christie murder mysteries, where the ending consists of the uncovering of so many critical secrets, heretofore unsuspected motives, and changes of direction, that the entire conclusion dissolves in chaos, and smacks of an ill-conceived attempt to cram too much detail into a small amount of space.Overall, I'd say the book provided me with a few hours of solid entertainment, marred by an ending that I found to be over the top and unworthy of the rest of the story.It seems to start off as a bad science fiction novel with the protagonist whisked away to a European physics laboratory in a hypersonic jet which the author describes in a manner that would leave any space aficionado cringing. Once there, antimatter is described as something new, is "evidence of god" and is a potential energy source for mankind. Fortunately, the story settles down into a tale of a centuries-old conspiracy intertwined in an urgent puzzle that must be solved before the day is over.
Throughout the novel, the author conveys a battle between science and religion that is both sensational and childish. However, he manages to always dangle a carrot in front of you to compel you read the next chapter. Perhaps the story is not compatible with actual history but it is not meant to be.
One annoying "flaw" is that the secret society essential to the story wasn't completely secret. The author even describes a best-selling computer game that is about the society. The society is also exposed in detail worldwide on live television. The story would have been much more satisfying and intriguing if secrecy was kept.
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