From the #1 New York
Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci
Code comes the book that started it all-the
first explosive adventure for world-renowned symbologist Robert
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to
a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into
the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is
unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a
centuriesold underground organization-the Illuminati. Desperate to
save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in
Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.
Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts,
dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive
vault on earth…the longforgotten Illuminati lair. Angels &
Demons is soon to be a major motion picture from Sony
Pictures-starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, and Ayelet Zurer, and
directed by Ron Howard.
Angels & Demons
QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
1. What is your view of Robert Langdon? What motivates him to
find out more about the circumstances of Leonardo Vetra''s death?
Is it merely academic interest? Aside from his scholarly knowledge,
what else in Langdon''s background helps him succeed during this
2. Discuss the other characters'' motivations for their actions,
both the "villains" and "heroes" in the story, including Vittoria,
the Hassassin, the camerlengo, Cardinal Mortati, and Maximilian
3. Angels & Demons is filled with examples of
science versus religion, a debate that has raged for centuries. Is
there room in the world for both science and religion? Is one
likely to render the other obsolete? Would you rather live in a
world without science...or in a world without religion?
4. Were you aware of the existence of CERN prior to reading this
book? What is your opinion of the work they conduct, particularly
in regard to antimatter technology?
5. Discuss Vittoria''s role in the story. How does her knowledge
as a scientist come into play? Leonardo Vetra was both a scientist
and a priest. How did he reconcile these two seemingly disparate
entities? In what ways did her father''s beliefs influence
Vittoria''s own opinions of science and religion?
6. When he first meets Maximilian Kohler, Langdon tells him he
is "undecided on miracles... . I study religious symbology -- I''m
an academic, not a priest" (21). Does Langdon change his view on
miracles by the end of the book?
7. Had you heard of the Illuminati before reading Angels
& Demons? The Illuminati is rumored by some to be active
today. Do you believe this is true? What is the enduring
fascination with conspiracy theories? Given what Dan Brown reveals
about the history of the Illuminati, is their alleged vendetta
against the Vatican justified?
8. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca emerges as one of the most complex
characters in the story. What was your opinion of the camerlengo
when he is first introduced? How about by the end of the book?
9. What role do the media play in the events that unfold? How
about Glick and Macri in particular? The media were not interested
in covering the election of a new pope until there was tragedy
involved. How much influence do the media have on what information
is relayed to the public? Is it true, as Glick believes, that
"viewers didn''t want truth anymore; they wanted entertainment"
10. The novel takes place during a 24-hour period. How does this
narrative structure heighten the suspense in the story? What red
herrings does the author use to keep the reader guessing? Did you
anticipate any of the events in the story?
11. What did you find to be most compelling about Angels
& Demons -- the action scenes, the characters, the
setting, the history, or something else entirely?
12. Discuss the novel''s ending. Do you think the Vatican (and
Robert and Vittoria) made the right decision to keep the events
that took place secret from the public?
13. In an interview on his website (www.danbrown.com), Dan Brown
said that Angels & Demons "opens some Vatican closets
most people don''t even know exist." Did you learn anything about
the Vatican, its practices, and its history that surprised you?
14. In the same interview Dan Brown goes on to say, "The final
message of the novel, though, without a doubt, is a positive one."
What do you see as the ultimate message of the book?
15. Have you visited Rome? If so, do you recall seeing the
Illuminati symbolism that Dan Brown describes in the book, such as
at the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona? If you have not
been to Rome, has reading Angels & Demons inspired you
to make a visit?
16. If you''ve read Robert Langdon''s second adventure, The
Da Vinci Code, compare the two books. What similarities do the
stories share? How does the character of Rober Langdon change?
From the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Da Vinci Code" comes the explosive thriller that started it all, now in a special movie tie-in edition. The prequel, set to release in May 2009, once again stars Tom Hanks as world-renowned Harvard symboligist Robert Langdon, who is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist.