Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons

Book - 2005
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Before The Da Vinci Code there was Angels & Demons, the explosive thriller that introduced the mysterious world of Harvard symbologist Robesrt Langdon. Now Dan Brown's legions of fans can add a breathtaking new dimension to the Angels & Demons reading experience with this Special Illustrated Edition, featuring 150 images of the architectural highlights, religious symbols, paintings, maps, culptures, and locations found in this contemporary classic.

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned 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 and age-old enemy.

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.

No Dan Brown library is complete without this lavishly illustrated special edition. No true lover od suspense fiction will be able to resist the exhilarating blend of scholarly intrigue and relentless adventure found in Angels & Demons .
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2005.
Edition: Special ill. ed., 1st Atria hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780743275064
0743275063
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 510 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

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Eil_1
Nov 21, 2017

Just noticed that I forgot to give an evaluation on this book. In fact, it was terrific - much better than the highly-acclaimed "DaVinci Code".

AL_KATI Oct 07, 2016

I think Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons," his first Robert Langdon thriller, was overshadowed by "The Da Vinci Code" but it shouldn't be: this one is edge of your seat action with some really twisted surprises. Highly recommend.

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LIana1999
Jun 18, 2016

Keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 22, 2016

Whatta joke. But then again, what else did I expect when reading this?

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brenstuhr
Aug 18, 2015

creepy

vane95 Aug 12, 2015

Amazing!!!! Maybe one of the most interesting books I've ever read. It felt like I was right there uncovering the mystery along with the main character. I enjoyed that the book didn't try to dumb it down for us like these are the facts keep up. I also loved the references to real world things and places, made everything feel more real. The different points of view gave insight to the different characters, so that they weren't just names on a page but felt like real people that you had vested emotion in them being safe or being dead. I enjoyed the history, I love watching documentaries and this book gave new life into the past. Sometimes when we study history we forget that the facts, dates, and battles that we read really happened, that was peoples lives that was all they knew. When we look back we forget that although this happened long ago we can still learn from it. Although this book is a work of fiction (so we are lead to believe) it does remind us that for all that science shows us the future we must not forget the past. Wow I've gotten long winded, sorry about that. Anyway I've gone on a tangent the book was amazing, amazingly written and I hope everyone reads it or at least tries it.

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rswcove
Aug 01, 2015

Dan Brown is not a subtle author. But that doesn't mean his books will not be enjoyable. I read "The Da Vinci Code" and found it highly entertaining, if absolutely devoid of deeper meaning. It was a good popcorn novel. This was not.

I suspect that whichever Dan Brown novel you read first will be your favorite, because The first two Robert Langdon novels are in fact the same novel with locations and character names changed and almost nothing else of substance done to distinguish them. I do suspect though, that had I read "angels and Demons" first, I would not have been as charitable as I was after finishing "The Da Vinci Code". "The Da Vinci Code" is formulaic, but plays the formula well. "Angels and Demons" is badly formulaic and badly written with the writer outright telling the reader "Stay around for this shocking event somewhere in the future" in a way that completely jarred me from the narrative. And again, the similarity between the two novels mean that I knew who the real villain was and you was the red herring based not on the novel itself but on the previous Dan Brown novel I had already finished. I finished this, but mostly out of morbid curiosity. Two Dan Brown novels convinced me that the author thinks his readers are violently stupid and that he will happily exploit that. A machine could have written these novels. Heck, maybe a machine did.

VoxPopuli May 30, 2015

Going to check this one out it sounds intriguing. I'll Take your word for it Peterdpong.

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olive_reindeer_14
Feb 11, 2015

Great book!

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donkeyhote
Aug 30, 2014

I read the Spanish translation of this book, and sincerely, it gave me the creeps and a sick feeling. Dan Brown demonizes the Roman Church in this religious horror story, by revealing in the second half of it that the real criminal behind all of it is the illegitimate son of the Pope. He kidnaps 4 archbishops of his own church, hires an Assassin (like Al Queda) to kill them one-by-one at symbolic locations of the Scientific Brotherhood's "Sendero de la Luz" (The Path of Light) in Rome. Galileo was one of the Broterhood of Light. The whole book is sick (I am not a fan of the Roman Church at all!), and my guess is that Dan Brown's purpose here was to make the Roman Church look dirty and sick. Well, the Roman Church wanted to create a world dictatorship "by ignorance," and its opponents, the Brotherhood of Light wanted a dictatorship "by science's rule." They want to take the material world to pieces and rearrange it in a new way, thereby rebelling against the original system the Creator gave us. True, that system is based on fighting and conflicts, and very imperfect. But this book of Dan Brown is sick.

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Reading_Robot
Jun 03, 2014

The branded camerlengo… raving for the world to hear…
The Illuminati Diamond… unveiled in its diabolical genius…
The countdown clock registering the the final twenty minutes of Vatican history…
The drama, however, had only begun.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

The laws of physics are the canvas God laid down to paint his masterpiece.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

Matter is energy.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

Sometimes to find truth, one must move mountains.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

Can you argue two sides of a mobius strip?

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

Science and religion support the same truth -- pure energy is the father of creation.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

Plan to prove neutrinos have mass.

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SEBoiko
Dec 10, 2012

The path of light is laid the sacred test.

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Saege Sep 22, 2011

Violence: Some content may not be appropriate for children under 16. - Explicit descriptions of injury and death.

Saege Sep 22, 2011

Sexual Content: Sexual references, Use of implicit language

Saege Sep 22, 2011

Coarse Language: Some language might not be considered appropriate for children under 16. - Vulgarity, sexual references

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Jul 09, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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noob123
Jul 05, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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noob123
Jul 05, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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noob123
Jun 17, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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noob123
Jun 17, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Oct 27, 2007

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Reading_Robot
Jun 03, 2014

Robert Langdon is called by Maximilan Kohler in the middle of the night with an intriguing image that suggests an ancient cult may once again be back into modern civilization. This call brings him into a mad dash to find a tube of antimatter that threatens to level Vatican City in an instant. He succeeds, and in the meantime develops a crush on a murdered physicist's daughter.

Saege Sep 22, 2011

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a renowned Swiss scientific facility to investigate a mysterious murder.

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