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[Book Review] Angels & Demons

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Title: Angels & Demons

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis

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 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.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.

This book was very astonishing, a real page-turner. This was the first mystery/thriller book that I’ve read and it was really amazing. It has made me question about a lot of things and among them are:

  1. Antimatter and its  effects
  2. The organization of Illuminati
  3. The Catholic religion itself

Though it has been stated at the beginning of the book that antimatter is a fact, I really found it hard to believe especially if the power it has is destructible. I’ve also come to know that the organization of Illuminati was real. However, I don’t know if the descriptions in the book about them are entirely true. And finally of course, the Catholic religion. In the book, it was stated several times that the church admonished science a long time ago. Murdering scientists, anyone who supports science. After reading the book, I became completely confused lol. About which is true and which is not. This was the second time I read the book and I had also read other Dan Brown’s novels. He has this wonderful talent of of fusing fiction and non-fiction which leaves his readers in wonder.

Angels & Demons successfully depicted the war between science and religion. Though it was only a work of fiction. While reading the book, I really had a hard time imagining the locations because of the architectural descriptions written. Nevertheless, the book was entirely amazing. It somehow gives information to the readers about history, symbols, etc. The way the identity of the murderer hidden throughout the novel was really impressive.

As for the characters, I love them all! Well, except for the Hassassin. Even Carlo Ventresca. Even though I found out that he was Janus all along, I still love his character because of the conversation he had with Chartrand about a child letting to ride a bike. I also love Maximilian Kohler because of his well-composed state even in crisis. And of course! Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra. They were smart as hell and I love them for that. The novel also has full of interesting quotes (I will post some of them if I have time) which made me like the book even more. I highly recommend Angels & Demons if one wants to read novels in the mystery genre. It was really satisfying all throughout.

Overall rating: 5/5

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