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Angels & Demons: A Novel

by Dan Brown

Washington Square Press | May 23, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Angels & Demons: A Novel is rated 4.2075 out of 5 by 212.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code comes the explosive thriller that started it all.
An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment 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 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.
Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown''s remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero''s first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: May 23, 2006

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 074349346x

ISBN - 13: 9780743493468

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Angels & Demons Every time the action picked up in this book, I had a serious adrenaline rush. My heart raced, my eyes frantically read line after line, and my hands automatically went to my mouth. I was totally engrossed in the story Dan Brown told, even though I had already seen the movie. Watching the movie before the book is very uncharacteristic of me, but I'm glad that it happened that way in this case. Reading the book cleared up a lot of unanswered questions for me, and the book was different enough from the movie to keep me gasping out loud at plot twists. For me, I was hooked along for the ride, and even though some might find his twists unbelievable or even predictable, I was just in it for the story and found myself completely absorbed. I appreciated the facts (or "facts") throughout the story that were presented to the reader about the Illuminati, Vatican City, etc. and I loved the feeling of being on the inside of solving a puzzle while racing against time. I appreciated Robert Langdon's character, and I'm so glad they cast Tom Hanks to play his character because even when I read The DaVinci Code years ago, Tom Hanks is always how I pictured Robert Langdon. Pretty damn intelligent, resourceful, and witty. Dan Brown can be pretty witty, too, and I found myself chuckling from time to time. I even enjoyed the general mechanics of this book--I liked the short chapters that kept me coming back for more. They made it easy to fly through the pages. I would look down maybe after a half hour or so into reading and be 150 pages further in the book. The "dun-dun-dunnn" moments at the end of pretty much each chapter had me flipping, too, even though I could understand how some might find that worthy of an eye-roll or two. My favorite part of the book, besides the adrenaline rushes, was how he bounced from one point of view to another without leaving the reader feeling disoriented. Rather, it had the opposite effect for me, clarifying everything by being able to watch the story unfold from all angles.
Date published: 2012-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I read the Dan Brown novels backwards instead of this one frist I decided on reading The Da Vinci Code first. The ending of this book really shocked me well I did have a few hints but always brushed it to the side. This book is a thrill ride for the reader with the different symbols and all the politics within the vatican. I enjoyed this book but I still feel that The Da Vinci Code is my favorite of the ones I have read so far.
Date published: 2011-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good... Found some of the science stuff a little hard to swallow. The ending went on for forever and a day, but not bad, as books go.
Date published: 2011-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice! I was looking for a fictional book which involved physics and my English teacher suggested it. I would have to say that it did not disappoint and I recommend everyone to read it at least once.
Date published: 2011-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even more Brilliant!!! Once again Dan Brown does not disappoint! Like I wrote for The Da Vinci Code this story is great for those who enjoy conspiracy theories, as well as books with the thriller or mystery genre. It is also captivating, suspenseful and brilliant once again! I would have to say that I enjoyed reading this one more than The Da Vinci Code. There’s more action, more problems to solve and you’ll love it, trust me.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Warning...If you read this book don't watch the movie. The movie totally butchered what this book was about with different plots and a changed ending. This book is amazing and the illustrated version helps with all the artwork and sculptures that are mentioned in the book because lets face it, I don't know any of it unless there were pictures beside.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Next time you're at the book store, and you think to yourself "I could never read a book like this," you're wrong. You'll love it. Trust me.
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HE HAS DONE IT AGAIN! Another HomeRun For Dan Brown! Magnificent! Simply Incredible!
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Illuminating book The Illuminating book Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is a terrific action pact book. Robert Langdon, the main character, Harvard symbology professor who is sent on a wild journey to modern day Europe. On this adventure he faces the challenges of stopping an ancient cult armed with modern technology. This novel is full of violence and suspense. It truly displays a modern day battle between Catholicism and science. It is packed full of facts and theories about everything from religion to the creation of Earth. Brown is a genius with words. This book is perfect for all who love suspense and thrills. It is amazing! By: Thomas
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown is an amazingly interesting book. When someone is murdered from a Swiss Research facility, Robert Langdon is called from the United States to examine the symbol found. He discovers there is more to this mystery that meets the eye. The future of Vatican City lies in the hands of the Swiss Guard, Robert Langdon a Harvard symbolist ,as well as a scientist named Vittoria. Will they be able to stop everything before it is to late? It is a story readers will not be able to put down until the very end. Brittni
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! Words cannot describe how I felt about this book by the time I finished reading.
Date published: 2009-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent liked this one better than the devincy code. fast moving book kept you guessing at what was going to happen
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME!!! Very intense! The pictures are great, it gives you an idea of what they are talking about! Dan Brown is a terific writer! Absolutely awsome!!! Best book ever!
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN EXCELLENT PAGE-TURNER!!! This is one of the BEST BOOKS i've read so far!!! Every page, every chapter has a surprise in it and you don't stop reading it until the last page!!! LOVED IT!!!!!
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yeah! Spend the extra money and purchase this illustrated edition ~ I found myself studying the pix while reading and it was a real thrill. So many "ahhhah" moments! This book kept me on the edge of my seat and was a total joy to read...
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So intense! kept you in suspence!! Wow, this was really really really great read! I could not put it down! Some of the parts were amazingly written, really wanted me to explore rome and find out more about the city and the art, I actually found myself on google trying to get a image on some of the churches that were described in the book. Honestly you must read this book! I cant wait till Dan Brown comes out with the lost symbol, his style of writing is amazing!!
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable. I have not had the pleasure of reading the Da Vinci Code as of yet, but I must admit i really enjoyed Angels and Demons. Granted it wasn't a great literary masterpiece nor will it earn a place in history aside from being 'the other book the Da Vinci author wrote.' But it was well paced, the characters were enjoyable, and the story was creative and intriguing and I loved the twist at the end. All in all, a good, enjoyable read.
Date published: 2009-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yeah! I've read this book for school actually and never heard about it before... I had seen the movie Da vinci code and thought it was Ok for a movie...but i didn't want to read the book. when i took this book in my hands i couldn't put it down, it is really captivating and it is not too long to read. it is not a book that will make history, but it is a good book full of surprise. Actually the story is better than Da vinci Code that's it!!
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Dan Brown is a wonderful writer who knows how to keep you reading and wanting more, from the start of Angels and Demons to the end nothing is as it seems. A great summer read.
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Maybe this is for you, maybe it isn't. After I think six attempts at The Da Vinci Code, I decided to read Angels and Demons first (I had heard that it was better than The Da Vinci Code), to find that reviews I've heard were right, but still I don't feel this book lives up to all the hype. Though the book starts off very strong (lots of suspense right from the first chapter), I'm sad to say that the drama and excitement increases no further until the very last 1/7th of the book. Actually, most of the middle middle parts of the book (chasing after the four cardinals) was VERY predicable and i thought the road to all four Illuminati locations were pretty much essentially the same, and I was reading through all of it just for the sake of reading it, rather then for real interest in the result. I would have thought MUCH worse of this book however, if it weren't for the double twist ending. If you are halfway through the book, I do urge you to continue to the end because the end of this book is it's saving point. Personally, I wasn't so fond of reading over 600 pages of what I thought was mediocre story just to get to 100 pages worth a very, very good ending. But hey, that's just me.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I absolutley LOVED this book, it is far better than The Da Vinci Code, the story is well written and the suspense will keep you going until you read the very last page!!! I highly recommend, I usually do not read thrillers but this may change my taste!
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enthralling Mediocrity I went into this book having already read Brown's follow-up "The Da Vinci Code" (as I imagine many others have) and so knew what I was getting into when I started - a suspenseful page-turner filled with questionable writing. I have no doubt that Dan Brown is a brilliant man, who certainly knows his fair share about history, architecture, and conspiracy theories, but as a writer he seems to have just stumbled upon a magical formula which he clings to like a newborn to the bottle and uses to lay down his often impressive trivia. Those who have read "The Da Vinci Code", or go on to read it, will notice many familiar elements between the two - centuries old conspiracies tackled by Mr. Langdon and an attractive female sidekick (who inevitably despises Langdon at the beginning but comes to love him by the end) using symbology and some clever thinking. If you read one book right after the other, you may find the similarities too great to stay interested Luckily I did not, and found "Angels & Demons" a tough book to put down, despite its deficiencies. And what might those be, Peter? Well I found that Dan Brown uses the "key" method too much - in which he writes a character into a sticky situation, only to drop them a "key" at the last minute. While probably a necessary tool in most stories, I think Brown uses it to a point where it becomes very noticeable. The correct answer to one of the book's many mysteries seems to pop into Langdon's head at the last minute one too many times. I also find that while the historical tidbits Brown drops throughout are interesting (and one of the things that kept me reading), they are sometimes presented in a way that doesn't quite fit the story, making it seem that Brown is almost trying too hard to show off his vast knowledge base, forcing it into the dialogue wherever he can. Apart from these pesky detractors, the book - as I stated before - is a page turner and most will probably find it tough to put down. While Dan Brown might not be a great writer, the fact remains that he is a good enough writer which makes for an all around enjoyable romp. A recommended read if you want to take a little break from heavier fair.
Date published: 2009-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great from start to finish. While I enjoyed Brown's Da Vinci Code tremendously, I think I actually enjoyed Angels & Demons better. A well thought out book about Religion vs. Science that really had me intrigued. There is a short stretch of the book where the story slightly drags as they try to find the location of the first cardinal who is scheduled to executed that seemed to play out too long but otherwise the book was paced well and combined action, drama and good background to the characters which was great. The character of the camerlengo is one of the best characters I have encountered in my reads as he is filled with a passion for good yet goes about it in an interesting way that leaves you feeling mixed about whether to care for him or pity him. As the movie is coming out in about 10 days approx. from when this review is written I will be very curious to see how they translate this to the big screen. Great read for sure.
Date published: 2009-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Far-fetched but fun Sometimes if you are really hungry, even McDonald's tastes great. Reading this book was a little like eating at Mac's. It is filling but not quite tasty or satisfying. The book begins at a fast pace with Langdon being summoned in the middle of the night by a secret Swiss organization that dabbles in cutting edge scientific research. The book is quite a page-turner with many twists and turns as Langdon discovers more and more facets to the crisis. However, halfway through the novel, the events become ridiculously far-fetched to a point where it starts to resemble a comic book. Hey, I love comics but that's not why I am reading this. This had the immediate effect of destroying any of the suspense - anything could happen to rescue our heroes, right? A wandering UFO? The sudden appearance of Sasquatch? You get the picture. A bit of a surprise at the end is not enough to save the plot as you will see. Anyways, I am hoping the movie is better.
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Angels & Demons I absolutely LOVE Dan Brown and think he's an amazingly talented author. So well researched. GREAT READ! I love books with lots of twists and turns and surprises and this one keeps the pages turning. I easily compare this to The Da Vinci Code...and yes it's another Robert Langdon story. Love those puzzles... The heart of this novel is the eternal conflict between religion and science. Okay so the story is a little....a lot far fetched in a lot of ways, but it's so well written you will hardly notice. You will get completely absorbed in this novel once you start it! Highly recommend to you guys! Best novel I've read in a long time. The Da Vinci Code is one of my favourite novels, so I LOVE Dan Brown and can't wait to see Angels & Demons when it hits theatres. This novel is about an ancient brotherhood called The Illuminati and antimatter used as a terrorist weapon. Vatican City is the target. Robert Langdon, for those of you who don't know, is a Symbologist who teaches at Harvard and is famous around the world. He is suddenly and mysteriously callled to a scientific research facility in Switzerland where he is asked to make sense of a symbol burnt onto the chest of a body- that of a murdered scientist. He can't believe his eyes when he sees that it appears to be the work of the Illuminati. At midnight, the antimatter will turn into a deadly weapon and nobody knows where it is hidden within Vatican city. Langdon together with mysterious woman/love interest/scientist Vittoria Vetra spend the novel solving the mystery, which takes them through crypts, catacombs, churches and cathedrals, librarys, and ultimately the Illuminati lair. The mystery is ingriguing, adventure writing at it's best. Very enjoyable and fast-paced. Do not underestimate Dan Brown. He deserves all of the success he is getting. This novel has entertainment value and substance.
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fast-Paced Trhiller Like 'The Da Vinci Code,' this book features Robert Langdon, the historian and sybolism expert. 'Angels and Demons' actually is the first of the Langdon books, but it suffers not at all for being read out of order. Set almost entirely in Vatican City during the election time of a new Pope, the pacing is furious, and Langdon and a young woman must race against time to discover the location of a device that could spell disaster for the entire city. The mystery is fun, the plot has enough mystery to it to be engaging, and in honesty, I think I preferred this book to 'The Da Vinci Code,' though it might have been the primacy effect, as I read them back to back, with this one first. If you like your thrillers fast-paced and action-packed, then you'll likely enjoy 'Angels and Demons.'
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining Move over The Da Vinci Code, this novel blows that one out of the water. Wish I would have read this one first since it actually takes place before. Couldn't put it down and was sad when it was over!
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better than the da vinci code Again Brown writes about Robert Langdon, the symbologist from "The Da Vinci" only this book was first. This book is more about religion versus science and collides the two together is what could be disastourous results. Langdon is called in the middle of the night to go to a top secret science center when a man has been murdered, baring religious symbols Langdon is familiar with. Made by the supposidly disbanded Illuminati the symbols are just the begining as Langdon and the daughter of the murdered scientist must race to Vatican City where a the vote for the new pope is occuring. The book is fast paced (probably unrealistically so) and I'm sure not all of the historical facts are accurate but it's still an enjoyable read. Readers may ask themselves are they a believer of religion or science. And most importantly....can these two idealogies co-exist and both be right.
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than Davinci Code I read this book awhile ago when I started reading all of Dan Brown's stuff after the Davinci code, and this one is by far the best book. This book was non-stop action from start to finish, and that is not an exaggeration. I remember thinking all through the book that it would make an amazing fast paced movie, and low and behold, one is coming out! I just hope that they stay true to the book. If they do, that movie should be great. It is definitely worth the read, you won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! Dan Brown has done it. In the short time since DaVinci Code was produced, he's earned a cult following. This book is a shining example of why he's quickly rising to the top ranks. Art, science, history, hidden and denied passion. Brutal violence intended to shock the world. Mystery and suspense. Angels & Demons has it all. Something for everyone. I read the entire book in one night! I just couldn't put it down. If you're a fan of any of the above topics, this book is a must have in your collection.
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I could not put this book down, loved it from the start.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok The prequel to Da Vinci Code was okay. It was slow in the middle but was suspenseful in the beginning and the end. Overall it was ok . It was very similiar to Da Vinci Code but not as good.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast-paced and fantastic! A friend of mine suggested I read this book before The Da Vinci Code as it is technically the prequel. Since I have started reading The Da Vinci Code, I can see why she would say that. I found this book to be a great introduction to the character of Robert Langdon. Mr. Langdon (or Robert as he prefers) is one of the most intelligent characters I've read about in a long time and yet, he is still very personable and easy to relate to. The action in the book is fast-paced and very intriguing, making the book very difficult to put down at times. The historical elements are truly fascinating and I love to read a book where I feel I'm learning something. There's also a touch of romance making this a book that could easily appeal to everyone. Give it a try, I doubt you will be disappointed.
Date published: 2008-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Everything written in this book was like, "zing, zing, zing' Every time you read past a chapter you'll be like, 'Holy ...." Awesome book to read.
Date published: 2008-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic! I didn't want to put the book down! It was just great!
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fast Paced, and Read Well I listened to "Angels and Demons" on my way to and from work for a week or so, and enjoyed it well enough. The reading voice was a bit rough, and gave Langdon an edge that I didn't mind, though at points it was hard to reconcile with his professorial role. A time-is-running-out mystery involving a rather unique bomb and Vactical City during the time a new Pope is being selected, I loved Brown's take on the mystery of the Illuminati, the history of the city itself, and the breadcrumb like clues the characters had to follow. It was a fun listening experience, didn't require a whole lot of thinking time, and although I figured out the mystery, the pacing and action was still enough of a reward.
Date published: 2008-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic trip! The prequel, sort of to 'The Da Vinci Code'. This is Dan Brown's best and what should have been made into a blockbuster movie. Easy read and one of the best stories I have read in my life. A page turner. Just when you think it can't get better, it does.
Date published: 2008-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read - Read before The Davinci Code I enjoyed this book a lot more than "The Davinci Code". I'm glad I read it before I seen the movie, otherwise my vision of Langdon would have been ruined! Tom Hanks? What were they thinking! Yuck!
Date published: 2008-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thriller without Equal If you're looking for a novel to challenge your way of thinking, Angels and Demons isn't it. But that's not its intent. Instead, it takes you on a roller coaster ride, a race against time, as Robert Langdon, a Symbologist, and Vittoria Vetra, a particle physicist, search for the Illuminati's 'path of light,' in order to save the lives of four cardinals, not to mention the whole Vatican nation from certain vapourization. There's antimatter 'in a can,' that has to be found, but only the worthy can find it. It helps to think like a detective when you're thrown into the peril facing Robert Langdon from page one of the book. I highly reccomend Angels and Demons. I'm not one to read any book quickly. I like to savour the sound and play of words, and contemplate their deeper meaning. But this book draws you into its web and won't let go. I read this book in just five sittings, an unheard of accomplishment in my home. I just couldn't put it down. Throughout, I felt of rush of emotions - surprise, anxiety, fear, anger, awe, disgust, excitement, resignation, and satisfaction. This is one of those books I won't have to read again, because I lived it - what an experience!
Date published: 2008-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "A one-hit wonder!" The storyline and mix of action, thriller, science, religion, and romantic ingredients of a superb soup of a book!
Date published: 2008-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super book This is the best book that I have read in 2007 and I am recomending it to everyone I know. It is so much better than the DaVinci Code. The plot just boggles your mind from one jaw droping moment to the next.
Date published: 2008-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My All Time Favorite By far the best book Brown has written. This is another one of those books that you just can not put down! Maybe it's because I've seen some of the sights in this one, but I consider this a much better read than the Davinci Code. The only negative is the fact that Brown uses the exact same formula for all his books. But, it works.
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I have loved every book written by Dan Brown but this is definitely the best by far. It was a difficult read due to the length of it but I found I couldn't put it down and finished it within 3 days. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The DaVinci Code. It is more in depth and has many more twists and turns. It truly is a book you won't be able to put down. Very well written and descriptive on so many levels. Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review An interesting read, even though it's not nearly as scientifically accurate as Dan Brown would like his readers to believe. But alas, most works of fiction require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book is a real nail bitter full of plots, thrilling chases and descriptive clues found in the colourful architecture of Roman Churches. I really enjoyed reading it and couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2007-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exciting read Very good book and it made you think about your beliefs and the power of the church. It is a book of fiction, so it was only your own thoughts that you had to deal with. A great book for a book club discussion. It had lots of historical information and interesting twists – very suspenseful.
Date published: 2007-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I am in highschool and I have an Accelerated Reader (aka A.R.) program where we have to read books to redeam points. Every book has a certain amount of points and you have to get fifteen points at the end of the semester. I've always wanted to read this book and I found out I can read this book for A.R. and I did. It was amazing and hard to put down and the pictures were a big help to understand the book more fully. I highly reccoment atleast giving this book a chance.
Date published: 2007-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better than DaVinci I must say that Angels and Demons is a phenomenal read. I just wish people would get the facts straight that Angles and Demons was the first one published rather than the DaVinci Code.
Date published: 2006-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put Book Down! Wow, this was an amazing book! Always keeps me wanting to read more, especially midway though when I literally could not put the book down! This has also heightened my interest in the history and culture in much of Rome and the rest of Europe. Definitely a good thriller!
Date published: 2006-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Although this book took me a little bit to get into once the hunt started I was hooked! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2006-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from simply stunnung... wow!!! this book was probably the best book i ever read!!!!!!!!!! i will recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2006-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This book, is like I so aptly said before, amazing. I am not a very religious person, myself, and I absolutely loved it. It had me glued in chapter one. The book is filled with suspence, and there are suprises on basically every page. It may be a larger read, but i didn't give a dang. I had to pace myself, because i would read about 50 pages or more and thought I have to slow down.. It was so good that i even slowed down at the end, because i didnt want it to end.. I recomend it to anybody
Date published: 2006-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was awesome! "Angels & Demons" dealt with issues that don't generally appeal to the public. Some may find it boring, some may find it offensive -- and others just simply don't take an interest. It was almost a like a history textbook entwined with art, science, and religion all in one. Opening with a terrific, attention-grabbing illustration, the pages following it only grab hold of your curiosity more and more as the story progresses. With the introduction of two main characters after the conflict is established, readers chase after them as they themselves race across Vatican City searching for a long-thought disbanded secret cult of scientists
Date published: 2006-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good. Having not read anything else by Dan Brown, I can't tell you how it compares to his other works. But I can tell you that this book was very good for the first three quarters, but then it seemed to go downhill fast. The writing style is hard to take for the length of the book. And by the three quarters mark, you're just waiting for the book to end because you've had enough of the story. But it keeps going. And going. And going. I think I was caught up with the fact that I had visited a lot of the locations mentioned in the book. If I didn't have that connection, I wonder if I might have put it down halfway through. It is an entertaining read, but that entertainment wears a bit thin by the end.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I really liked Angels and Demons because I found it trilling and suspenseful. I think that Angels and Demons has a really good adventure that any adventurous person who loves books would really like. I think that Angels and Demons is better than The Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best book by Dan Brown The first book I read by Dan Brown was the Da Vinci Code, and honestly I did not like the writing style very much. I was not wanting to read Angels and Demons, but my uncle gave me a copy for my birthday. I began to read it, and I was very surprised. It was significantly better than the Da Vinci Code. It was well written, full of great ideas. It was amazing and Im looking forward to reading more of Dan Brown's books
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good summer read at the beach. Dan Brown writes a very interesting novel, once again working with the conspiracy theory and the church. The character Robert, is once again thrown into an almost unbelieveable situation where his involvement might determine whether good or evil wins. I was kept interested throughout the book, but honestly thought many parts were a bit too unrealistic. I knew that Dan Brown went a little to far with this one when I found no problem believing Da Vinci Code, but had a few problems with this one. Not so much the facts of the book, since there are not that many conspiracies like Da Vinci, but the believability of how the character's live through some of their experiences. If he had simply made the situation a bit more believable, a couple more maple leaf's would have been added to my review.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then davinci code If you loved da vinci code, you'll love this book. Sends you on a non stop race with clues to the next part of the trail. Great book! Only the helicopter part in the ending was somewhat questionable.
Date published: 2006-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!! Was definitely one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The character development is awesome and it kept me wanting more every time I finished a chapter. Can't wait for his next novel to come out!
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tremendous (Better than Da Vinci This book was great. As a Christian reader, this book did not offend me at all so that should not be an excuse not to read the book. The book has a lot of action, suspense, and is a real page turner. It is highly recommended to any reader. A must read.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Racing to the finish! This novel is a tour-de-force of heart-pounding action and ultimate twists and turns. After the first 20 pages, the reader is completely drawn into a world that seems to have deception at every turn. With the protagonist, the reader must race to figure out what will happen next, as many will die otherwise. Tastefully handled, and gripping in its description of action, this novel is a must read!
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just change around a few names and presto... the d I read the da vinci code first, and found that this story (replace the names and locations) was exactly the same. I predicted the end based on my having read the Da vinci Code. Could easily have gone on living without reading this book.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read This book was amazing. I was totally glued. It was a little far fetched but still excellent. Better than the Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Dan Brown hits another one out of the park. His plot structure and ability to thrill and suspend your senses through descriptive storytelling leaves us not only satisfied with a great book but with questions about the history we take as a fact. The one reason I did not "Love It" was because the general plot seems like a template used in every one of his ficticious thrillers. If you liked "The Da Vinci Code" and other works from Dan Brown, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!!! THIS IS BETTER THAN THE DA VINCI CODE!!!! I couldn't put it down! It explains the war between religion and science in this fast-paced thriller.
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not great the story line was a bit over the top with too many twists for my liking,, but it did read easily and kept my attention, i was just dissappointed at the end becuase it didnt leave me feeling like i'd just read a great book,,
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense!...Very Intense! As most readers, I turned to Angels & demons after finishing the DaVinci Code, looking for that continuance. It was definately more than I had expected! Although I enjoyed the DaVinci Code, this book allowed me to experience what Dan Brown is really made of. I found it more intense, faster paced and way more descriptive! Truely a 5+ Star read, and a great way to move on from the Da Vinci code...Bravo Dan! Now I just need to find the Encore!!
Date published: 2006-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book With such vivid discriptions, Dan Brown makes it easy to visualize. His story is intriging and really makes you think.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best I've read in quite some time! This book really captured something in me that kept me entangled from beginning to end! I travelled to Italy a few years ago and it was neat to see all of the landmarks again in a new light (I read the illustrated version).
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This is the first Dan Brown book i read and i really enjoyed it......Something about that Robert Landon Character you just have to love.....Now i am doing the Davinci which i am enjoying as well :)
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another great read This was the second book i ready by Dan Brown, after the Da vinci Code. I just could not out it down. the story was very rich with details and could visualize the images to the very last detail. I read this book every moment i had. sadly i was done in 2 days...
Date published: 2006-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! A must read! A non-stop, action-packed journey with all the thrills and chills. Dan Brown is a master at holding your attention and not letting go. If you liked the Da Vinci Code be prepared for another unbeliveable adventure as you travel to Rome in the making of Angles and Demons!
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was was excellent! Dan Brown is an excellent writer! The book is full of suspence and keeps you on your toes. You will not be dissapointed with this book!
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book was very enjoyable! I was into it within the first chapter, and it kept me wanting more. I loved it!
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE Dan Brown This book is even better than the DaVinci Code. I loved it, really makes you think. Just a great read and a great story.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't put down! I could not put this book down. It is almost as good as The Da Vinci Code. I've recommended it to everyone!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In a class of it's own Soul-searching, gut-twisting, fast-paced, action-packed...what more can I say. This book brings new meaning to the word fabulous. Dan Brown outdid himself. This book never left my hands once I began it. It brought up lots of questions regarding science vs. religion and makes you rethink what you believe and why you believe it. Everyone should read this one!!
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Put down The Da Vinci Code and pick this up! What an exciting read! This book will never make it onto the nightstand; you can't put it down! There's so much to this story; it's exciting, mysterious, and scary!
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Solid Read If you like the Da Vinci Code, you will reall like Angels & Deamons. More detail, more suspense, more guessing "who is it?". The end of the is a little over the top however and takes away from what else is a good relaxing read.
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!! This book is well written as well a great story idea. Dan Brown sucks you into this book in the first sentence, there is no waiting for the action. The story twists your mind until you no longer trust your instincts as to what could possibly happen next. If you read 1 book in your whole life this is the one!!!
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I loved this book as much if not more than the Da Vinci Code. I woudl highly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good. Angels and Demons definatly made me want to read more, although in my opinon I wasn't that impressed with the first half however the book got better later on in the second half. It was good, but not as good as Dan Brown's DaVinci's Code. All in all though it was a good read.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling Ride It was a great read that kept me up much later than I should have been. Dan Brown is a genius in my opinion. It's a roller coaster ride of a book, one you won't be disappointed with. Da Vinci Code was good too, but I think this one was better. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldnt put it down The book was glued to my hands, as my eyes were glued to the words. Non stop action from the very first page to the very last, when you think it just could not get any better, you read the next chapter.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read This book was great. From the start there was action all the wat through. I thoguht it was a great read, but the end was rather draggy and wasn't the best(althoguh it didn't disapoint me). If you liked this book id really suggest The Da Vinci Code which also has Robert Langdon as one of the main characters.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! I loved this book, it had twists and turns all over and you didn't know what to expect. It made you tense and I didn't want to put it down. It's a great story and Dan Brown did an amazing job.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! I've had the pleasure of reading Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code and I can say without a doubt that I enjoyed Angels and Demons better. Although, the first 100 or so pages are a bit slow the book gains full momentum and doesn't slow down one bit. I thought this book contained much more detail and allowed the reader to envision each detail as Langdon and Vetra race against time to save Vatican City and the Cardinals. If the rumours are true, I cannot wait to see this book make it to the big screen!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Da Vinci This is by far one of the best books I have yet to read. Between The Da Vinci Code (which I read first) and Angels and Demons, althogh this one has less hype its definately the better of the two! It's very fast paced and is really "smart" for a thriller. I got in tons of trouble for staying up and reading way past my bed time to finish this amazing book (im only 13 and obviously still live with my parents ). Brown takes you on a heart pounding adventure all over Rome and the Vatican and I can't wait until i'm old enough to travel to the many places full of history that Robert Langdon did. This book has even inspired me to become an archivist when i'm older!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great! Book was great, could not have asked for better and would tell everyone to read it go now lol just great!
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awsome book, good plot I found this book really interesting and it appealed to me a lot. This book is a mystery about Conclave and takes place in Vatican City. Big hero Robert Langdon from the Da Vinci Code is in this book to except this is his first book. This book along with being exciting is quite educational on what goes in inside the Vatican and how Conclave works. Through this book I figured out a lot about the churches of Rome and about secret anti Christian terrorist groups like the illuminati. I could relate to this book a lot because Pope John Paul the second just died and Conclave took place. In Angles and Demons the author Dan Brown talks about how Conclave takes place and what is inside the Vatican Archives and the Vatican Museum. Another thing that I thought was very neat is that the story goes into St. Peters Basilica and down to the grave of St. Peter directly under the Basilica. I would recommend this book to everyone over the age of 10 to read and even the adults. I would say that this book has a lot of adult mater in it and was really interesting. I would give It a 10 out of 10 thumbs up.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book!! a must read! angels and demons was great.. i couldnt put the book down! i finished it in 2 days. i liked it a lot more than davinci code although that one was excellent as well. if youre into the whole christianity conspiracy theory thing than angels and demons is a MUST read! quantum physics, history, religion and conspiracy theories.. awesome!
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular Wonderful read, very entertaining. Great story line and ideas. Dan Brown does a terriffic job of catching you and holding you until he is though. Masterfully written!
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooked Until The Very End! A great book, full of adventure, suspense and fun facts. A great page turner for those of us who can easily get lost in a good book. Made me want to go back to Italy and explore the culture all over again. I highly recommened it.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb!!!! Awesome!!!!! Angels and Demons is one of the most breath taking books that I have ever read. The plot is simply great and everything something unexpected happens, which is the beauty of this book. Infact I think that this book is better than the DaVinci Code.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed After reading The Da Vinci Code, this book did not hold the same power. It seemed to drag on to long. I think if I had read this first, I would not have read The Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Too far fetched to be entertaining. After reading some of his other books I found this one disappointing. While his other books offer some credibility to the story this one had none.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Set up camp and hunker down! This book will carry you along at such a fast pace that you will feel as if you are racing alongside the main characters! You will not want to stop reading til the exciting conclusion.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Breathless, Smart and Wonderfully Clever While most other's have been introduced to this book via the DaVinci Code, this one should really be read first. It is a story that blends fact and fiction, creating a fast-paced thriller. Dan Brown is a master in conceiving twists and turns, taking his reader on the ride of their lives. For any reader that is passionate about art, symbols, codes and/or secret societies, this book is a must. This book is where Dan Brown's talents truly shine.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intelligent, mysterious and thrilling! Dan Brown's DaVinci Code has caught world-wide attention, and rightly so, but just as provocative, fast -paced, thoughtful and intelligent is his earlier novel, Angels and Demons. It too uses real historical monuments and historical mistery regarding the roots of our relious beliefs to weave an amazing life or death puzzle. It is for anyone who loves mystery, action, and real thought provoking material all rolled into one. The characters are also very vibrant, and for those of you familiar with Robert Langdon from The DaVinci Code, he also takes a lead role in this novel. A great, can't put it down read- Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DB to the Max I have a new found love for the writing style of Brown. His extreme awareness for detail and use of real life monuments, buildings, places, theories and political standpoints, has left me baffled and very excited to read Robert Langdon’s next adventure The DaVinci Code. I loved how Brown used such a controversial subject matter with the church. The whole plot of the book was very appealing to me. My favourite thing about Browns writing and this book was the research that had to go into writing this to make it as accurate as possible. I wouldn’t have learned any more if I was actually there in person.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had me from the start I thoroughly enjoyed the first Langdon novel and wish that I would have read this one before The Da Vinci Code. You could tell that Robert was not the "experienced" symbologist he is in the Code and it took awhile to overlook the mistakes his character would make. Otherwise the characters were believable, the plot was exciting and the scenery was fabulous. I may reread both Langdon novels again if I get the illustrated versions.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read I found "Angels and Demons" to be just as engaging as "The DaVinci Code." The ideas were challenging, the characters were fleshed-out and it was a very fast-paced story. A must read for fans of main character Robert Langdon.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Puzzle Dan Brown had all of the elements in place before he wrote the 'DaVinci Code'. The two books share a family resemblance: mystery, conspiracy, action and an intelligent look at the possible alternates of our accepted history. If anything, 'Angels and Demons' is a typical older sibling - little edgier and a little more action-oriented. Brown does an excellent job of revealing the mystery slowly enough to entice you to read on. Despite an odd plot twist near the end that, to me, weakens the story a bit, I still found it to be a highly worthwhile read that I would happily recommend to anyone who loves action and mystery and is willing to accept an alternate view to conventional thinking.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting! A wholly absorbing experience! (The exilerating start to a trilogy?) Angels and Demons will have you highly antisipating yet another high voltage adventure with Robert Langdon!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read! I picked this up after reading "DaVinci Code" and was pleased to find out that it was equally as good. Dan Brown yet again manages to keep the pace and interest going throughout the whole book.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommended reading I thouroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. The only time I got a tiny bit disappointed was at the very end. After non stop action, the last chapter just seems to die. I still think it is worth reading. The descriptions that Dan Brown gives in the story makes you feel like you are actually in Rome right along with him.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should have been pushed harder then Da Vinci This book sets up Langdon as as the main character in the following books, and should not be ignored. Personally, I liked it better then Da Vinci and if you haven't yet read it, start with Angels & Demons first. It reads much the same way as Da Vinci, but is the set up to the more famous book. A good historical thriller in its own right, you will enjoy.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as The Da Vinci Code I only read The Da Vinci Code, because of all the hype about it and the movie that just came out. I thought it was pretty good, so I had to read Angels & Demons, as well. I've got to say, it wasn't nearly as good as the Code... which seems odd, since it was written first. It was an exciting book and kept a good pace, except for the end. It seemed to take Brown forever to wrap it up. It was almost as if he was too enthralled with his own cleverness and unbelievable plot twists to bring the book to a close. Having said that, it was still a good read. It seems that Brown had done a lot of research and I really liked the way he shared historical facts, etc.. with the reader.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!! I remember picking this book up off the shelf with no intention of ever reading it. I planned to flip through it because I was curious as to why everyone was giving it so much praise. After reading the first page I was instantly hooked and ended up buying it that same day. I normally prefer to read books that aren't the latest hype, and with Dinvinci Code being so popular, I decided to stay away from all Dan Brown books. However, I found Angels And Demons to be an excellent read and a book I will probably read again. It was over all, a really good book!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Forget the Da Vinci Code - This is the One to Rea This book was even better than the Da Vinci Code. It had me eager to turn the page to find out what new twist was coming. Even when you think you have it all figured out - Dan Brown throws in yet another curve and you are out there questioning it all again. If you liked the Da Vinci Code you will love Angels and Demons.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than DaVinci Code I read Angels & Demons first though, so maybe that's why. All the same, I enjoyed it much more than its sequel - Dan Brown kept me captivated throughout, and the denouement was fabulous! I was excited just reading about it. I liked that the premise pushed limits in terms of reality and fiction, but that's why this is just a fantastic work of fiction. The book kept me engaged, and I liked that there were no dull lulls in the read. I'd recommend this to anybody who likes adventure, conspiracy theories, and just enough action. And of course, there's always a beautiful woman.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT AN AMAZING READ! I was a fan of Dan brown after reading The Da Vinci Code. I found myself trying to find every book he had ever written, and came across this one easily. An adventure of Robert Langdon before the myseries of the Last Supper, Angels and Demons is an enthralling read. Moreso than even the Da Vinci Code. I could not put this book down for a second! The narraztion is extremely fast-paced but clear, and brown's talent for characters and setting shine. I recommend that anyone who loved the Da Vinci Code read this novel as well. Fascinating, developed, and superb.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown's Best Book So Far Angels and Demons was hard to put down. Far better than The Da Vinci Code, the intrigue and plots captures the readers attention. The various characters are well written and adds to the pleasure of the read. A great read on either a rainy day or lounging in the shade on a hot day.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Two Thumbs Up, And A Big Toe!!! Personally i have never really been into thriller books, they have always seemed to bore me. But this book. It was so captivating. It is basically suspense throughout. It keeps you guessing. It makes you think. Everything isn't what you expect it to be. The way Dan Brown develops and evolves the characters to reveal more about themselves and add an interesting slant onto some things just make you want to keep reading. And the way he incorporates the artwork and sculptures into the story make it all that much more real. All in all it was a pleasure to read this book!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book had to have taken a ton of hours thining up the concept and all the twists and turns you take just reading it. I couldn't put it down. You think you've got the storyline pegged but in just a few pages your taken through a maze with so many turns and curves. It was a well thought and written book. Recommend it as a great read to others.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ZZZZZZZ My friend suggested me to read this book. I find this book is pretty boring. First few chapters are not too bad. As I continued on reading it's getting worst and worst. It took me forever to finally finish it.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the DaVinci Code This book was fantastic. The DaVinci Code was an excellent read, but in my opinion Angels & Demons was a far more entertaining thriller. The action never slows down, and it keeps you guessing right until the very end. Nothing is what it seems, I couldnt put it down. Well done Mr. Brown, two thumbs up.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is better than the DaVinci Code overall. There is one part that is really slow for about 10 pages but, other than that the book is great.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I can say is WOW! Awesome book! I have read a few of the Dan Brown Books, but this is by far my favorite. This story kept me on the edge of my seat with full attention given to every word I read. As I got closer toward the end of the book, I found myself unable to do anything till I got to the last word. Brown's words and story are hypnotic. This is an absolutely excellent book, my favorite this year! After reading this book, I was compelled to get the illustrated book too. I recommend this for anyone interested in a thrilling read!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Read This is one of the most exciting books I have read for a while. It is interesting and exciting from beginning to end. It is really worth the read.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick, action-packed read This novel was exciting and easy to follow.. a good one for the commute to and from work (as long as you're not driving). Dan Brown brings out the best in all of his well developed characters from pure, horrid evil to absolute genious. Definitely worth reading this book! Especially if you read The DaVinci Code (Angels & Demons explains A LOT). Pick it up!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read This book was a page turner. This book kept me up at night, I just could not put this book down. If you like fast pace mysteries and thrillers you would like this one. And if you already read the Da Vinci Code you will love this one. This book has more plots and characters to keep you on your toes.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons" is as fast-paced and exciting as his "The Da Vinci Code". The intricacy of his plot and his attention to detail make for a thrilling, riveting read. Unexpected events, and twists and turns in the story keep you on your feet. This book is unstoppable!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fact & Fiction at it's best Mixing the best of fiction and fact. Although a bit much at times it was a compelling story that kept interest until the end. Endings are usually rather predictable but this one had me. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A True Page-Turner Sure, Dan Brown isn't the best writer, but the man certainly knows how to write a story that begs the reader to cancel whatever plans they had for the next day or two and focus entirely on Angels & Demons. The plot, though ridiculous, is fast-paced and interesting, incorporating various well-known and little-known historical sites with code-cracking, history, religion and even humour. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended I had read the Da Vinci Code prior to reading this book. I really liked Dan Brown's writing style in the Da Vinci Code, and wasn't sure if I would be disappointed with Angels and Demons, but it was just as good as the first book. Both of these books were real page turners, and kept my interest and were hard to put down. I will be looking for more of his books and already have Decption Point and am anxious to get started on it. I would highly recommend his books.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than da Vinci Code The characters were lively, the plot creative and colourful! Although Da Vinci Code has more publicity to it, i believe that this book is SOO much better. Definite must read if you like Da Vinci Code or if you liked the Rule of Four. If you like books that requires thought and is hard to put down, this is definitely the book for you.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good if you stick it out and get through it Good plot, interesting history and other "facts" (again, not sure what's fact and what's not really.) It's much easier to put down than Da Vinci Code for sure, a bit segmented because of the way the plot goes. Worth the read though.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! If you're a fan of novels such as Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series, you'll love this one!!! It's a great adventure involving a quest for the truth that keeps you on your toes and guessing the whole way through. A great "Whodunnit?" kind of story!...Loved it!...Now I have to go read The DaVinci Code...ciao!
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK EVER This is the best book I have ever read in my life. And I Read A lot. I think that anyone that would like a thriller would love this book. Dan Brown has you guessing until the last moment at what will happen. Nobody could have guessed who the bad guy is until the end. I have recommened this book to my friends and they love it as well. I RECOMMENED THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE IN SEARCH OF A GREAT BOOK. Have Fun Reading!
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kraptacular This book has given my brian pain with every turn of the page... Predictable a dozen pages before you get there... the ending is horrible... I was recommended this book from a cousin and she loved... but for me if there was ever a booked that needed to be burned or used as TP this is the book for that job!!!
Date published: 2006-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down!! A fantastic read - what a brilliant author!
Date published: 2006-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Unlike most of my friends, I loved this book much more than The Da Vinci Code. I found this book more than addictive, and literally couldn't stop reading it unless my mom forced me to (sure, I can skip school, just leave me to read....). Just elaborate enough, with plenty of puzzles and thinking to do, I thought it was a fantastic book. Five leaves and two thumbs up!
Date published: 2006-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did I read the wrong book??? Was there a mistake at the printing house? How do so many people like this absolutely awful book?? The writing is very basic, something you would see in a novel for early teens. There is no character development, but who would want to develop these painfully cliched stereotypes anyway? The plot is at best average, with some interesting twists, but an ending that is so bad and unbelievable as to be almost 'laugh-out-loud' funny. The whole science vs religion theme was wildly simplistic and quite insulting. As if all 'scientists' (nice generic term) are anti-religion and all religious people disown science! A quick note to Mr. Brown ... it is usually customary to research those things you call fact, and maybe to visit the city in which your novel is set! Here are but a few howlers; A swiss guard helicopter pilot wearing the ceremonial uniform (which was NOT designed by Michaelangelo) while flying - that is like the pilot of the queen wearing one of those giant furry hats in the cockpit (the swiss guard have regular working uniforms for day-to-day activities); the piazza navona deserted at 10pm on a summer night - it would be packed with people at cafes; a certain helicopter incident involving the 'raging' tibor river (haha, very calm river actually), which would actually be like concrete (don't want to spoil the surprise, but those who finished this stinker will know what I mean); a tv camera transmitter working perfectly while buried deep underground (2 of them actually); a major character that wants to get it on with another just hours after her father is murdered; a supposed Harvard professor saying that Catholicism borrowed the idea of communion from the Aztecs - the AZTECS?!?! I guess he ran out of time to tell us all that it was NOT Columbus who discovered America 1500 years AFTER the start of the church?; characters seemingly able to move about crime scenes and into and out of restricted areas without any problems; racing half-way across Rome (one of the more congested cities on the planet) in minutes to service the ridiculous timeframe. The list goes on and on, with a depressingly bad moment on every second page. A more appropriate title for this book would be "Demons and Steriotypical Badly Developed Poorly Written Laughably Unrealistic Angels".
Date published: 2006-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Innovative and Daring Angels and Demons is a fast paced thrill, with unexpected turns and twists that you did not see coming. I couldn't put it down and was glad that I chose to read it.
Date published: 2006-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money If you have read Da Vinci Code, then you have already read this book. The names may have changed, but the plot, characters and setting for the most part are the same. Not worth your time and money.
Date published: 2006-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big disappointment After reading The Da Vinci Code I was really disappointed with Angels and Demons. Anyways, I think I would have been as well disappointed with The Da Vinci Code if I had read first Angels and Demons. My disappointment is more about the writer than the book. Both books follow exactly the same pattern, not only on the content but on the nature of the characters too. Brown doesn’t have lots of talent in that aspect. And it’s a shame because the subjects are interesting but he is not able to build a story out of “Robert Langdon finds a beautiful and smart girl and together resolve one of the biggest mysteries in the human history after dealing with hieroglyphics and killers". I had the impression of reading the same book but in different contexts. But the book in itself is fine, I finally enjoyed it even if the end would be more appropriate in a Hollywood movie. I think that you better just read one of them or you wait enough to forget the first one to read the second one.
Date published: 2006-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I just finished this book and i thought it was amazing. From the time I started, to the time I finished i could not put this book down. This is one of my favourite books and I would recommend it to any one that's interested in thriller/action books and also anyone who isn't interested in those types of books because I know they will fall in love with it to.This book also has a lot to do with religion and science but it is very interesting, I also learned a lot from this book.
Date published: 2006-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I loved this book. I didn't think I would like a religion vs science book, but I was hooked! An excellent read. I can't wait to read more of his books!
Date published: 2006-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic !!! I have to say this is one of the best books i've read. Dan Brown takes you on an incredible thrill ride through Rome and the Vatican. The book is really suspensfull and exciting, there's never a dull moment. Dan Brown has a hard time drawing a line between fact and fiction. There are some facts Dan Brown twists to suit his plot, keep in mind he is a writer of fiction. This book has inspired me though to learn more about the culture of Italy, Anti-matter, conclave, and especially the religion vs science debate. Overall a great read!
Date published: 2006-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Man of Premises After having read three of Brown's works, this, Da Vinci's Code, and Deception Point, it has occured to me that he is not a very good writer in general. So, why the four star review? It's because what he lacks in prose, he more than makes up with premises and theories that are just addictive. He knows what the average reader wants, and that's high concept mysteries. He is able to take the great mysteries of history and the modern day science and blend it together with what 'seems' like realistic modern day technology and packages it all into novels that are quick reads that may or may not stick with the reader. Of these types of models, Demons and Angels is the best. The characters are just catalysts between the exposition, and it's the exposition that you read a Dan Brown novel for.
Date published: 2006-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Angels and Demons I read this after the Da Vinci code and was disappointed in this one. While I enjoyed the suspense and plot twists, I found the ending just a little bit too James Bond in a tweed sports coat. Also, does Robert Langdon always have to have a different woman with him on his adventure that he just happens to fall in love with by the end? This would have been a much better book if Dan Brown had not made his alter ego, Robert Landon so invincible. He also should leave the cheesy romance for Harlequin so that people that would just like to read a good mystery aren't left gagging at the ending.
Date published: 2006-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good The first 5 chapters of this book is word for word from the Da Vinci Code, which I enjoyed. Aside from Robert Langdon, it has the same characters, just with different names. The villian doesn't make sense in the end (though it's explained well enough), and the ending of the book was too fantastical for my liking. However, it seems that I am the only one who didnt' like it, so go ahead, read it and decide for yourself.
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started Well.... I read this book only because others had suggested reading it before I read the Da Vinci Code as I was planning to do. At first I was really hooked on the plot of this book and really couldn't put it down. About 3/4 of the way through however, the events start to become just a bit too much of a stretch and eventually descend into the absolutely absurd. And the worst part of all...the ending. What a disappointment! What starts off as a really interesting page-turner, fizzles out into an overdone, cliché ridden bore. As awful as it turned out to be, it is still better than the Da Vinci code. Needless to say I won’t be reading anymore of Dan Brown’s books!
Date published: 2006-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!! Start off by saying...GOODNESS! IS THIS A GOOD BOOK OR WHAT? Firstly I would like to congraduate DAN BROWN for making this book just as good as The Da Vinci Code *applauds* Second I would recommend this book to everyone, who can read it..and understand it. Third I would like to thank my History teacher *Mrs Luck* for recommending it to me. Now my opinion...this is an excellent book, my cousin doesn't even read at all and i made her read The Da Vinci Code, lemme tell you she didn't even get past the first chapter (she only read the prologue) and she thought it was an amazing book. Now I lent her my copy of Angels and Demons. She only read the prologue and shes loving the book already. She never even reads. All in all this is an amazing book and its a MUST on ur bookshelf. If you don't read this book you should be ashamed. tsk tsk tsk =)
Date published: 2006-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wow...that was awful I read this book about 4 months ago and so I give it one star for making me remember it. However, the reason I remember this book is because it was AWFUL. The characters were beyond cliché, the plot was horrendously weak, and the things that happen in the story were completely out of the realm of suspension of belief (anyone remember the helicopter scene close to the end of the book??). And to make matters worse, the apparently complex mystery was solved in one - I repeat, ONE - day! I guess it wasn't so complex after all... Needless to say, I have no plans on reading The Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2005-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Recommended Read! Few readers of my age have spared some time to read Angels and Demons , and yet I am determined to encourage some of them to open their eyes to the wonders of this novels brillian plot and trickery. Although I previously read The Da Vinci Code , and found both plots almost entirely the same (there's even a section in the Wikipedia article about their similarities!), Dan Brown still shows skill in weaving complex novels that lead the character from a variety of perspectives. The situations in the plot seem so realistic, it as though the events truly occurred in history. However, the author's note and (once again) the Wikipedia article point out that many objects and geography are fictional. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book very much, and hope to read other Dan Brown novels such as Deception Point and Digital Fortress in the future.
Date published: 2005-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER First of all... I only started becomming a 'reader' as of late. Most books I find very hard to stay entertained or enjoy. Before I read this book, I also read Dan Brown's Deception Point, which at the time of ending that book, I thought was the best book ever until this one. This book kept me wanting more the whole way through, and by the end I didn't know what to do with myself. It was far beyond anything amazing I could've came up with. The ending was so powerful and wonderfully written that I could only sit there with a smile on my face because I was in such joy that this book had turned out to be absolutely the best book I have ever read, I now fear that other books will not compare as I continue my quest for reading. If you have not read this book, DO IT.
Date published: 2005-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then Da Vinci Code My girlfriend told me I would like this book, and she was more then correct! She advised me to read this and then Da Vinci Code, and I have to say, I enjoyed this one more. The whole book I was trying to see where the twists would lead me, and unlike the Da Vinci Code, I never would have guessed any of the answers. From the time the action really starts in the beginning, it continues right to the very end. Overall, an excellent read.
Date published: 2005-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, Fun, and Interesting After finishing Harry Potter 6 i wanted something that could hold my attention just like it. A friend of mine had read Angels and Demons and recomended it. I thank him all the time. So far Angels and Demons has been the best of Dan Browns books so far. I read the Da Vinci Code following and was also blown away. He makes his books Fun, and Interesting while also keeping you on the edge of your seat. If you want a couple of books to read that'll get you goin, read Dan Browns works.
Date published: 2005-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read!!!! I read the Da Vinci Code which I found to be a very good read. I found the Da Vinci Code very knowledgable but I found the storyline in Angel & Demons much better. It started out a little slow but when it got going it was hard to put down. There were so many twists and turns. I was extremely impressed by this book. It took me a while to start reading it because so many people said that it was so much like the Da Vinci Code that I should wait. I totally disagree with that, the storylines were totally different. It was just absolutely amazing. I would definately recommend it...especially if you read the Da vinci Code and really liked it.
Date published: 2005-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The good and the bad combined... The limits between reality and fiction is so thin...This Novel hooks you... you can't stop reading it until the end... The end which is for the least unpredictable... Get ready action start page 1... and never stop... This can also make a good movie scenario. Will we get more of Robert Langdon novel soon Mr. Brown???
Date published: 2005-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing like Da Vinci Code IF you liked Da Vinci Code and thought of reading the rest of his books like i did that BOY are you in for a treat! I thought wow, the first is always the best but was i ever wrong. This book is unique as all of his books are and i wanted more and more and ever after i was done the book i was still in a state of shock. Can an author be THIS amazing? No questions if there was an oscar for writing, Dan would win best actor or err.. best writter! Apart from my Harry Potter books, this is the second set of books that is a MUST in your book shelf. This book is a little more descriptive and more emotions is added. There're more action and more twists and turns! Illuminati! READ IT!
Date published: 2005-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the hype is tripe Someone gave me this book enticing me with glowing praise. I just finished it, and for a book so popular and an author riding the crest of the hyperbole wave I must say I found it very bad indeed. Basically it is a routine thriller wrapped up in religious mumbo jumbo, but in the end I didn't even find it thrilling or entertaining. It reads like a film treatment for a future summer blockbuster movie, in fact it very much reminded me of last summers awful movie National Treasure which also had a know-it-all hero and his beautiful female sidekick who both seemed remarkable indestructible. And whats with the short chapters? Is this for people with short attention spans or something? The only good thing reading this book has done for me is that now I will certainly avoid The Da Vinci Code .
Date published: 2005-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book is a remarkable achievement!! If you like guns, mind blowing adventure, and history than you will love this book. This book is about a secret group the Illuminati steals this weapon of mass destruction antimatter and they plant it somewhere in Vatican City during Conclave. That is all I'm giving away. If you want more than read this book. It should be a manatory read.
Date published: 2005-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent After reading Deception Point by Dan Brown, I just had to read this book.Excellent. I couldn't put the book down. Slow in the beginning, but once you start it you won't be able to stop reading till you get to the end. Can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2005-08-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not even close to DaVinci Code! I ran out and bought this book after readnig Dan Brown's well-told The Da Vinci Code. I can't believe the two books are by the same author. Angels & Demons seemed amateurish and poorly constructed, with a superhuman art history professor as the protagonist. While Robert Langdon is also the key character in The Da Vinci Code, his cape is largely gone, replaced by a thinking man aware of his own mortality. If you are considering this book because you found The Da Vinci Code an immensely enjoyable read, be warned that you may be disappointed.
Date published: 2005-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! Excellent book! Dan Brown really proved with this book that he is an excellent author. The story started off slow, but halfway through the book, it became very interesting. Twists near the end were very clever and very nice way of ending the novel. I recomment this book to anyone who is into mystery and thrillers, and even for those who aren't. I say that this novel is even better than Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2005-08-18

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Angels & Demons: A Novel

by Dan Brown

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1.2 in

Published: May 23, 2006

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 074349346x

ISBN - 13: 9780743493468

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Chapter 1 High atop the steps of the Great Pyramid of Giza a young woman laughed and called down to him. "Robert, hurry up! I knew I should have married a younger man!" Her smile was magic. He struggled to keep up, but his legs felt like stone. "Wait," he begged. "Please..." As he climbed, his vision began to blur. There was a thundering in his ears. I must reach her! But when he looked up again, the woman had disappeared. In her place stood an old man with rotting teeth. The man stared down, curling his lips into a lonely grimace. Then he let out a scream of anguish that resounded across the desert. Robert Langdon awoke with a start from his nightmare. The phone beside his bed was ringing. Dazed, he picked up the receiver. "Hello?" "I''m looking for Robert Langdon," a man''s voice said. Langdon sat up in his empty bed and tried to clear his mind. " Robert Langdon." He squinted at his digital clock. It was 5:18 A.M. "I must see you immediately." "Who is this?" "My name is Maximilian Kohler. I''m a discrete particle physicist." "A what?" Langdon could barely focus. "Are you sure you''ve got the right Langdon?" "You''re a professor of religious iconology at Harvard University. You''ve written three books on symbology and -- " "Do you know what time it is?" "I apologize. I have something you need to see. I can''t discuss it on the phone." A knowing groan escaped Langdon''s lips. This had happened before. One of the perils of writing books about religious symbology was t
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From the Publisher

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code comes the explosive thriller that started it all.
An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment 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 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.
Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown''s remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero''s first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

About the Author

Dan Brown is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Deception Point, Digital Fortress,and the #1 New York Timesbestseller, The Da Vinci Code.He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit him at

Editorial Reviews

"A breathless, real-time adventure. . . . Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Bookclub Guide

Angels & Demons

Dan Brown


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 adventure?

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 Kohler.

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" (190)?

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 (, 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?

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