Monday, April 6, 2015

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Source: Library
Pages: 569
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 1st 2003
Series: Robert Langdon; Book 1
Verdict: Buy

SummaryAn 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 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.

Review: If you enjoy action packed novels revolving around ancient history and modern times, this is the book for you. This book is life changing. I honestly couldn't put it down. There's just so much mystery, suspense, and amazingness. Dan Brown is my new hero. Well, Robert Langdon is, but Dan Brown created him... so yeah. Enough said. 

Words cannot describe how good this is. Actually, lots of words can, but I'm just being dramatic. Dan Brown has created a truly magical experience. And I don't use that word lightly, because, Harry Potter. Again, enough said. 

I absolutely loved how there was a use of alternating point of views and locations. Plus, a lot of the times, I had no idea who was speaking exactly or where the speaker was speaking from. That of course spurred me on, because I just had to know what happened next.

I have to say that it can get gory and violent and all kinds of things that can cause queasiness. I was actually reading this while I was eating lunch, and I got to a particularly gruesome part, and my appetite kind of totally just went away. Luckily, the plot was too good for me to give up the book. So I just gave up the food. Choices, choices. Anyway, just putting that out there. Don't be scared off though, because it's the kind of appetite altering horrific-ness that makes Angels & Demons super fab.

The characters were great, and they all just had this chemistry that was undeniable. Especially Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra. They made a superbly awesome duo. They were really cool, intelligent, and straight up fearless. Basically, they're the heroes of the historical and scientific world. 

This was definitely a whirlwind of a book. I almost couldn't wrap my mind around how fast-paced it was. Key word: almost. The quickness is what makes this book so good. Keep in mind that the entire book takes place over the course of a little more than six hours. It's a truly intense book. And I say that in the best possible way, because for me, the intensity is one of the book's many winning qualities.

And the ending. Oh, the ending. It had me literally reeling. I was shocked for days. After finishing the book, I kept thinking back to the ending and my mind consisted of this and only this: What? Why? How? What?! 

Delving into a dangerous and fatal world, Angels & Demons takes on the journey of finding a killer and saving a society. Anytime I have a hankering for a world of action, violence, and extreme knowledge (I honestly think that either my head exploded from information overload or it simply grew because of my newfound knowledge of ancient history and symbology. Kidding. Kind of.), I know that I can turn to Dan Brown. However, now I need more, more, more. It's a good thing that Dan Brown decided to write multiple Robert Langdon books, because this stuff is amazing. The Da Vinci Code here I come!

Pure perfection

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