Angels & Demons: A Novel

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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 4.1172 out of 5 by 128.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deserves a 10 - Star Rating As an avid reader, I have come across many amazing novels, but by my standards, Angels & Demons is by FAR the best novel I have ever read in my life. Although slow at the beginning, it picks up with astounding speed, adventure, and intelligence. The factual and fictional aspects of the novel, woven together with Dan Brown's never-ending twists, turns, and remarkable problem solving, make for a perfect novel. Not only is it an intriguing read, but a learning experience as well. Everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2005-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read!! One of the best books Ive read!! Keeps you going untill the end.
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beware of authors claiming historical fact To be fair, this book was a fast and engaging read, and if it encourages readers to talk about art and to look more closely at the works of Bernini, then that cannot be all bad... BUT... be aware that Dan Brown's Fact page is part of the fiction. He deliberately skews facts (about EVERYTHING from the locations of churches to the origins of the Illuminati). Also, I found Robert Langdon to be an entirely unconvincing character. What Harvard renaissance art historian does not know how to read Italian? I get the impression that Langdon is an Indian Jones/Dan Brown hybrid. If one is interested in the research Dan Brown SHOULD have done before writing this book, I highly recommend Dan Burstein’s Secrets of Angels and Demons.
Date published: 2005-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but a good read I actually feel Angels and Demons deserves 3.5 stars. After reading the Da Vinci Code, I was a little let down with Angels and Demons - it started off slow and it was only after the first 120 pages where the book actually started to pick up. As well I found Brown's concentration on the romantic aspect of the book took away from the adventure aspect which truly should've been the complete focus in my opinion. The supporting characters felt a little bit one dimensional. Overall I would recommend this book - despite its shortcomings I did enjoy reading it.
Date published: 2005-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read before the Code Found it entertaining, good plot, good characters. Similar to the D. Code. I really like the style of Brown's writing in that it keeps you wondering if it is true. If you liked the Davinci Code you'd like this one. Actually I enjoyed this better than the D Code.Looking forward for the next book of Dan Brown.
Date published: 2005-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good READ Dan Brown did a great job with the character development, a bit weak on making things clear with the facts, but a must read for those questioning religion.
Date published: 2005-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I think that Dan Brown is one of the most incredible authors of all time. He combines non-fiction and fiction into a deliciously intricate novel which leaves you asking for more. The reader feels like he/she has accomplished a great task. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I've read this before but by a better author... For the majority of this book all I could think of was that this was Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum intended for pretentious American literatti that have one tenth the literary background as the educated European audience Foucault's Pendulum was written for. Even the main character's academic position as a professor of symbology at Harvard was too close to Eco's own real position as a professor of semiotics (symbology, to put Brown's term to it). Also, Brown's ham-fisted approach to plot twists simply irritated me by continuously insulting my intelligence. I had figured out who the villain was by the time I finished reading the page on which that character was introduced. But, I'm jumping ahead with out giving you the jist of the story. Basically, there's a ritualistic murder of a priest/physicist who invented something that could make the world a Utopia or destroy it (insert menacing voice) if it fell into the wrong hands. The details of the murder prompt the director of the research facility to call Umberto Eco, er, I mean, Robert Langdon, Harvard Symbology expert. So off Langdon goes hunting for the secret, ancient brotherhood responsible for the priest/physicist's death, with the dead man's (might as well have been) bikini-clad daughter in tow and saves the world, or perhaps just the Vatican. Despite being utterly unoriginal and a jejune story designer, Brown's fast action descriptions had me so compelled that I missed my train stop at least once. I think Dan Brown would be a great screen writer or even better a ghost writer for some other author who has great ideas but can't write worth a damn. If someone gives you this book or you find it on the 10¢ rack at your favourite used book store then read it but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it nor would I spend more than a dollar or two for it.
Date published: 2005-07-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A mediocre first novel “Angels & Demons” is Dan Brown’s first book but it wasn’t published until he made his mark with the blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code”. There’s a reason for this. It’s because “Angels & Demons” isn’t really all that good. The book follows a standard adventure formula that is punctuated by unpredictable but pretentious and wildly improbable twists that do more to cause the reader to roll his eyes than raise his eyebrows. Save your money and pass on this one.
Date published: 2005-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING - A MUST READ! This book was FABULOUS!! A page turner and definitely one that was hard to put down. I’m looking forward to read more of his work.
Date published: 2005-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book focuses on Robert Langdon acryptoligist in a very specialixzed field that gets pulled into a mystery around CERN the organiztion of scientists based in Switzerland. In this novel published well before THE DA VINCI CODE Langdon must decipher clues from Galileo's life. This story established Brown as a master of the scientific historic thriller, his pacing is fast and filled with facts. His plot contains very few holesm and those that exist arew tiny enough to be excusable. Personally I actually preferred this to Da Vinci Code my own opinion but am grateful for latter to pointing reader's to tthis earlier work. Langdon seems more three dimensional in this novel and my reading is that more time was spent in the actual writing (pure speculation). This is a beach read that is just appropriate to read anywhere any season.
Date published: 2005-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing This book diffinitly ranks as one of the best books I've ever read. The intense plot-line, characters along with the books twists and turns made it impossible to put down. This book is an amazing read that you wont be sorry for reading.
Date published: 2005-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read poor ending With Angles and Demons Dan Brown has spent Hundreds of pages of entertaining and informative fiction that spins out of control with an ending that is simply ridiculous. What a waste! Mr. Brown espends a great amount of effort cobbling together a truly wonderful nemesis-- the Illuminati-- and then burns his creation to the ground with an ending that refuses to leave well enough alone. It does not make sense? The Illuminati could have been a recurring shadow-character in scores of subsequent novels. Oh well, the author totally destroys the book in the end with his triple twist ending that left me scratching my head in disbelife. All in all a good read until the last 50 pages. If you want to read a believable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat I recommend: A TOURIST IN THE YUCATAN underground hit of 2005!
Date published: 2005-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read, bad ending With Angles and Demons Dan Brown has spent Hundreds of pages of entertaining and informative fiction that spins out of control with an ending that is simply ridiculous. What a waste! Mr. Brown espends a great amount of effort cobbling together a truly wonderful nemesis-- the Illuminati-- and then burns his creation to the ground with an ending that refuses to leave well enough alone. It does not make sense? The Illuminati could have been a recurring shadow-character in scores of subsequent novels. Oh well, the author totally destroys the book in the end with his triple twist ending that left me scratching my head in disbelife. All in all a good read until the last 50 pages. If you want to read a believable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat I recommend: A TOURIST IN THE YUCATAN underground hit of 2005!
Date published: 2005-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I Have Ever Read!!!! This is the best book I have ever read. I could not put it down and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and everyone. When I had to put it down I spent the entire time before I could pick it up again thinking about what has happened, what was going to happen, and what became of all of the characters. This book is truely intriguing and unforgettable.
Date published: 2005-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Angels & Demon by Dan Brown This book is great! It's one of those books that is hard to put down. It is a very exciting book. It's like watching Speed but it's all in your head. The ending is great, what a twist! It's unimaginable!
Date published: 2005-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Spicey Adventure! I can honestly say that this book was one of the most electrifying and exciting books ever! I think that everyone that is looking to spice up their lives and travel without leaving home should read this book!
Date published: 2005-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Better Read Than The DaVinci Code! Fastest book that I have ever read. Dan Brown has become one of my most favorite authors. I read the Da Vinci Code first but this one is first on my list of Dan Brown books! Easy to read and a great mystery from start to finish.
Date published: 2005-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels & Demons Dan Brown I was a Danielle Steele fan ... I ran out of books to read ... my husband spotted this one and bought it for me on the chance that I might like it! Like it? I loved it!! The plot, the characters, the descriptions used throughout the novel - I was on the edge of my seat all the time. I spent a few late nights reading the book cause I just couldn't put it down. It's a must read ... I'm now onto all his other books. I love Dan Brown's work!!!
Date published: 2005-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels and Demons by Dan Brown One of the best books I have ever read! I couldn't put it down! The suspense and drama were enthralling. Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2005-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Same formula = good read I read this book, and then DaVinci Code, and liked Code better. As my boyfriend pointed out, they are both written with the same formula. I won't give it away, but the same things happen in both books, just with different settings and people. Regardless, this is still an interesting book, if you take it as fiction.
Date published: 2005-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put it down Very nice fiction book with notches of realism. (It is hard to stop reading. it ......... )
Date published: 2005-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Better than the Da Vinci Code` For those that enjoy thrillers this is a must read, a page turner! You can not put it down and amazing twist at the end...nothing you would ever imagine. Read it you won't be sorry
Date published: 2005-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A magnificent book This was one of the best books I have ever read! With a fast paced plot and some of the most intreagueing characters I have ever come accross, this book is a must read! =)
Date published: 2004-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Angels & Demons This is one of the best books I have ever read. It was an exciting, fast-paced novel. It always had you on the edge of your seat. It was impossible to put down, I finished it in two days! Dan Brown's style of writing drew me in at page one and didn't let go. I definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2004-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complicatedley Simple Dan Brown is an excellent linguist and writer there is no doubt in my mind that all of the books which he writes will be bestsellers. However it seems a trend that the first book one reads by Dan Brown instantly becomes the favorite. Perhaps this is due to the fact that after becoming accustomed to Mr. Brown's style of writing it can no longer have the same effect that it once had.
Date published: 2004-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quasi-Excellent I can't compare it with Da Vinci's Code but i think it's a great book. Also I would recommend reading this one first since in Da Vinci's Code there are strange flashbacks that are connected with angels and demons!
Date published: 2004-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is certainly no Demon! I picked up Angels and Demons because of only one reason... it was way cheaper than The Da Vinci Code. Well, for only $11.00 I was kept on my toes for 2 weeks. Angels and Demons is absolutley amazing! It's fast paced, action-packed, well written and all around a great book. There are so many great cliffhangers and this book is perfect for reading at bedtime. The chapters are nice and short so you could read one chapter in 2 minutes instead of wanting to read the whole 20 page chapter and be up until 1:00 am or stopping half way through the chapter. This book was great; filled with puzzles galore! Anyone (I mean just about anyone , because this book is fairly easy) that wants a good suspense, action, mystery should pick up Angels and Demons by Dan Brown!
Date published: 2004-11-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I read the Da Vinci Code as well as Deception Point before I read Angels and Demons. Da Vinci Code I thoroughly enjoyed, found it extremely thought provoking. Deception Point was lighter reading, and also quite enjoyable, but not quite as good. Angels and Demons was hokey and amusing. I'm glad I read the Da Vinci Code first; if I had started with Angels & Demons I would not have read another book by Dan Brown.
Date published: 2004-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well Written, but over the Top This book is well written, but not nearly as good as Da Vinci Code. The story goes over the top and seems like a cash in on the success of Da Vinci Code (although I don't know which was written first). I would recommend adding this to your B list and only reading it when you are finished your A list.
Date published: 2004-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels & Demons I just finished reading this - I had wanted to read it before The Da Vinci Code. It grabbed me from page one and kept me all the way through. I'm no scholar, but a little bit of knowledge - which I have (a little bit!) of literature and art history helps bring the story to life. Totally recommended for everyone - especially non-readers who want to start reading more. It has what it takes to keep you interested.
Date published: 2004-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I really enjoyed this book! I haven't read the Da Vinci Code yet, and I HAVE heard it is similar, but I absolutely loved how indepth the writing was... all the details and accuracy with the actual Roman architecture and artwork.. that completely amazed me... Overall I really enjoyed the book.. completely threw me for twists and turns.. just when I thought I figured out the ending, I was proven wrong!
Date published: 2004-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting and Intruiging A lot of people may say that Angels & Demons is exactly like The Da Vinci Code. While the books are similar in structure, enough unique elements stick out to make this a must-read if you like the art history thriller genre that Dan Brown popularized. I, for one, have never read a book this exciting. The Da Vinci Code had its tense moments, but tension runs rampant through Angels & Demons as the inevitable events unfold. There really is a desperate, almost frantic sense of urgency that gnaws at you as you read. Despite the fast-paced nature though, Brown does a wonderful job of developing the characters. In fact, Robert Langdon emerges as one of my favorite unlikely heroes. The only character who is slightly shallow here is the Hassassin, who isn't nearly as strong a character as he could have been. Though it's not nearly as controversial as its sequel, it's still an intruiging read that's more intelligent than your average thriller. What we have here is a great start to a series that looks like it's only getting better. As long as he veers away from the obvious Clancy-esque black ops cash cow, I'll be reading Dan Brown for years to come!
Date published: 2004-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh... I was very disappointed when I read this book, I had finished the Da Vinci Code and someone suggested I read the prequel - WHY are people calling this the Prequel? If anything it's just the original story that the second book is ripped off from. I was also highly disappointed to see Dan Brown sell out his original novel by hyping it with the Da Vinci Code - it couldnt sell itself, so he had to help it... Overall, I wouldn't buy this book again.
Date published: 2004-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read Found it entertaining, good plot, good characters. A little far fetched and similar to the Davinci Code. I really like the fact/fiction that keeps you wondering if it is true. If you liked the Davinci Code you'd like this one. Looking forward for the next book of Dan Brown.
Date published: 2004-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cool Interesting concept, packed with historical elements which render it clearly a cut above the average thriller. Definitely an incentive to try some of his other works.
Date published: 2004-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read Before Da Vinci Code! I read this book before The Da Vinci Code. Plot lines between the two books are very similar, yet I found this one much more interesting. Perhaps the first Dan Brown book you read is the more interesting one? Despite the repition between the two books, this book was fantastic. Hard to put down, I recommend it!
Date published: 2004-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Predictable and Dull This book is an exact copy of Da Vinci code. Same characters, same plot. Dan Brown just seems to manage the feat of plagerizing himself.
Date published: 2004-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An excellent tie of fiction and fact As a new reader..I found this book fascinating. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the story line and character development. Everything tied in the end and no questions left unanswered for a mystery novel. I found myself on the net searching for the truth behind the facts and they were as true as I could find. It was like reading and watching a movie at the same time. enjoy.
Date published: 2004-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great! I did like this book but it was not as good as The Da Vinci Code. I found the story a little repetitive.
Date published: 2004-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Longwinded Although the research is very well done, I found Dan Brown's book to be longwinded and unrealistic. Not going to buy another Dan Brown anytime soon.
Date published: 2004-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! This was the most exciting book I have ever read! From the first page it caught my attention and I couldn't put it down. I didn't realize this book was a prequel to the Da Vinci Code, although it doesn't look like you'd need to read it first. Amazing twists and turns, keeping you guessing right to the end! Dan Brown has really captured a great new idea in mystery writing!
Date published: 2004-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for non-readers This book is filled with edge of your seat suspense which will keep even the non-reader gripping the book tightly. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in the history of Rome, ancient Roman art, the Vatican (both historically and modern), or the Illuminati.
Date published: 2004-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels and Demons This book is an exceptional great read. I couldn't put it down till 4 in the morning when I had to be up a 7 AM for work.
Date published: 2004-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Thriller I read this book after having read the critically acclaimed Da Vinci code which I adored, and I enjoyed this book just as much. Although there are many similarities between the two books, this one is more of a thriller than the Da Vinci code, an absolutely riveting and unputdownable read with and incredible ending. I recommend all of Dan Brown's books to readers of all tastes and ages.
Date published: 2003-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome A fast paced gripping novel that was incredibly well researched! Can't wait for Deception Point!
Date published: 2003-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart Thriller for Conspiracy Buffs Dan Brown's 'Angels & Demons' introduces the reader to Harvard Art Historian and Symbologist Robert Langdon, an academic that keeps getting drawn into world changing global conspiracies. In this first, of what one can only hope is a long series, Brown throws Langdon in the middle of the age old feud between the Vatican and the secret society known as the Illuminati. This thriller is superb. The combination of cutting edge science, painstakingly researched art and history, believable characters and page after page of plot twist make this a very intelligent and engaging novel. Dan Brown has succeeded. I can't wait to read 'The Da Vinci Code'.
Date published: 2003-06-12

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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. "This...is 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 www.danbrown.com.

Editorial Reviews

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

Bookclub Guide

Angels & Demons

Dan Brown

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 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 (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?