Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons

Audiobook CD - 2004
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2004]
Copyright Date: ℗2004
ISBN: 9780743580465
9780743538275
0743538277
Branch Call Number: Audiobook FIC Brown
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (1,140 min.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Poe, Richard 1958-

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billmacrotarian
Nov 23, 2013

Angels and Demons was a monster hit with a movie to boot. What's not to like? Plenty. The whole premise is off including how the main characters would refer to each other. Advanced academics refer to each other as “Mister” or “Ms”. In real life they refer to each other as “Doctor” reflecting their PhDs. Then there's the premise that CERN has a whole raft of advanced technologies including the development of a process to generate significant quantities of anti-matter. The idea that work of this scale could be performed without anybody but the scientist doing it even knowing about it is totally absurd.

The story is too long and drawn out with an anticlimax and extended denouement. For much of the novel protagonist Robert Langdon is trying to figure out clues, which he does, but always just a bit too late. The violence and death is gruesome and gratuitous. The final plot revelations don't hold water.

On a positive note there are some good action sequences and Brown's research on the Vatican was obviously extensive and interesting.

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rgill
Jul 08, 2011

This book although very graphic, was so enganging. it had me from the first page. I could not put it down.

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susangroshong
Jan 14, 2011

This book had too many details for my liking

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