Sunday, January 25, 2009

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

JACKET NOTES: 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 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 even 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.An explosive international thriller, ANGELS & DEMONS careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.
My Thoughts:This was a fast paced book, lots of action, some of it unbelievable. Jumping out of a helicopter 3 miles in the air and living to talk about it (and basically walking away from it) was pretty hard to ignore. However, I read to be entertained and I was. Many people have read this book and left reviews of it and seemed to either love or hate it. I was searching for what other Christians had to say but couldn't find many. I did find this blog with a list of errors in the book.


Marg said...

I enjoyed it for all the reasons you listed, but agree there were some highly unlikely events in it, like the helicopter thing!

The big question is when will the next Dan Brown book come out. I was supposed to be out 3 years ago.

Just Mom said...

This book was a fun read. But I must have read too fast - a character flaw, I know - because I didn't bat an eye at any of the wild events! Enjoyed your review.