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Dan Brown
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1 July 2001

When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered in a Swiss research facility, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man's chest. His baffling conclusion: that it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their most hated enemy, the Catholic church.

In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair - a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican.

But, with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, which leaves Langdom and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invisible enemy...

Angels & Demons is a breathtakingly brilliant thriller which catapults the reader through the antiquity of Rome, through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals and even the most secret vault on earth. As the prequel to Dan Brown's worldwide bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, it has the distinction of introducing his readers to Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon.Angels & Demons begins the journey of enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.

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  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; Reprint edition (1 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552150738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552150736
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and creative writing. He lives in New England. Visit his UK website at

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It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of anti-matter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels and Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati--dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and condemning the blind faith of Catholicism--is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out and the society's ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, anti-matter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared--only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra's daughter and colleague, embark on a frantic hunt through the streets, churches and catacombs of Rome, following a 400-year-old trail to the lair of the Illuminati, to prevent the incineration of civilisation.

Brown seems as much juggler as author--there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humour from Langdon and a little less bombastic philosophising on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances--readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. "Brain candy" it may be, but it's tasty. --Kelly Flynn,


‘A breathless, real-time adventure...Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ’ -- San Francisco Chronicle

‘Part thriller, part mystery, and all action. A highly entertaining, page turning thriller’ --

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Demons 14 Jun 2012
By Isaac-E
Format:Kindle Edition
Everywhere there is suspicion of conspiracy. What might be offputting to some readers is the extravagence of the violence towards inncent victims, but then again it is no different to in the other books. This particular story finds demons emerging out of religion and inhabiting a select group of scientists, the Illuminati, a group supposedly long disbanded, but appearing in a very dangerous form. There is adventure, even impossible adventure, a hero and heroine, and even romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just read The Da Vinci Code 7 Mar 2013
Unfortunately I read this AFTER reading the Da Vinci Code, because I quite enjoyed the very easy to read and fast paced book.

This is a VERY similar book to The Da Vinci code, but nowhere near as good. Same style, characters, themes, contents.
It seems to me that this is the book equivalent of a demo version, compared to the final song of the Da Vinci Code. Reading this after reading "the finished product" was almost painful.

So in my opinion everything for Dan Brown was leading up to The Da Vinci Code and anything else is a pale imitation or a stepping stone to that book.
My advice is to read the better book and avoid anything else Dan Brown has done. There's a VERY good reason why this didn't go viral like it's follow up.

Brown is a one trick pony that only got his trick right once.
You have been warned.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable...but who cares? 2 July 2006
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I found this to be a cracking good read, better than the Da Vinci code. The action is even more fast paced and the plot is inventive and exciting. Yes it is totally unbelievable but its fun and quick and at times surprising with a climactic finish. Brown has a gift for writing breathless novels which are well written enough that it doesn't matter how ridiculous the basic premises may seem. A great novel.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Most people reading this will have already read the authors more famous publication: the Da Vinci Code. From the moment you pick up this book the similarities are obvious, the same lead character, the same phone-call-in-the-night start etc. However, once you have read the first few chapters it is apparent that this book is completely different.
Anyone who was captivated by the puzzles and clues in the Da Vinci Code will be equally satisfied with Angels and Demons. Like the Da Vinci Code this is a particularly intellectual book and you will be educated while reading it, although this time not about the works of Da Vinci, but instead particle physics and Roman churches. Once again the level of research carried-out by the author in order for the book to contain as many facts as possible is astounding. My main criticism is that where the Da Vinci Code was believable in most places, the plot of this book becomes rather far-fetched, especially towards the end.
If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code read this, if you have yet to encounter Dan Brown's books then this is also a good place to start.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Demons - Dan Brown 9 Feb 2006
I think the success of Angels and Demons as well as The Da Vinci Code relies on the amount of actual facts that Dan Brown collected, before putting a story together. However, having a religious background, I was able to amuse myself at some of the fact-twists, which didn't convince me in the least. The amazing thing is how the writer has managed to cause so much controversy amongst the masses through his style of writing. I actually liked Angels and Demons better than The Da Vinci Code, but I couldn't quite pinpoint why. Sometimes, is just better to keep things totally fictional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 Aug 2013
By Doreen
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Loved it as much as The Da Vinci Code. Not only entertaining I found it quite educational as well. Another great Dan Brown
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terror in the Vatican 17 Jan 2004
Dan Brown's Angels and Demons is a fast-paced detective drama that involves science, art, the Catholic Church, and murder.
Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon is the protagonist who finds himself at a Swiss nuclear research facility. It seems a scientist, who specialized in explosive antimatter, has been murdered and the historically infamous society, the Illuminati, is involved. The antimatter has been taken, and Langdon joins the scientist's daughter, Vittoria, on a mad dash through some of Rome's most famous landmarks, in an effort to find it before the Vatican is leveled.
If you read "The Da Vinci Code," this plot will be very familiar to you: Robert receives yet another call in the middle of the night, is taken to see another dead man killed by a secret anti-Catholic society, and helps the victim's lovely daughter/granddaughter unravel a series of clues to solve the crime - all at breakneck speed!
I liked the plot of Angels and Demons and found much of middle section wonderfully absorbing and tense, as Robert and Vittoria decipher ancient clues and race from place to place in Rome, fast on the heels of a murderer. The beginning of the book, which discusses antimatter, was slow-going for me and the conclusion is way over the top in terms of realism. The timeline was a major stumbling block: Being able to travel great distances across Rome in minutes (even seconds) took away some credibility for me.
In spite of the weaknesses, the basic story of Angels and Demons is very exciting and, at times, even spine-tingling. If you have been to Rome, you will enjoy revisiting the city in this book. You'll also learn about the inner workings of the Vatican, how a new Pope is selected, and about the Illuminati, which I found fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good I read it twice
I loved this story, I just couldn't put it down, read it in paperback first and then downloaded it to my kindle so I could read it again, enjoyed it even more the second time... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Susie Sockett
1.0 out of 5 stars Brown and his stereotypes
An interesting storyline. Wouldn't we all like access to the treasures of the Vatican library ? Once again foreigners and disabled people become the Other. Read more
Published 11 days ago by New3462
2.0 out of 5 stars Innacurate representation of how the Church works
Poor plot containing contradictions, so the story didn't hold up. The whole story was basically a romp around Rome and Vatican City, with an over-sentatialised view of the Church.
Published 13 days ago by Christopher Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turning intellectual thriller
Never a moment to rest. Robert Langdon works through a complex renaissance puzzle to locate a dangerous device that threatens to destroy Vatican city.
Published 1 month ago by Mark J. Kettlewell
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story
Edge of the seat stuff. Plenty to think about and plenty of surprises. Read it whilst on holiday. Would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
Well written, fast paced and well researched, the geek hero strikes again!
Thoroughly enjoyable book!! Read it now or else!
Published 1 month ago by Natasha Ransome
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
One of the best books I have read, with twist after twist. Had me on the edge of my seat.
Published 1 month ago by GILLIAN GUILD
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I could not put this down very much enjoyed this book.....have read many of Dan's books and enjoyed them looking for more now!
Published 1 month ago by anita jervis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Awesome plot. Dan Brown is the best! The whole story just can't let you leave this book even for a second!
Published 1 month ago by C. Charalambous
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a page turner, but don't expect extraordinary literature......
It seems a very long time ago since I purchased this product and to be honest I cannot say that it has stayed in the memory especially, but I don't recall any issues with it.
Published 2 months ago by Stuart King
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