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Angels And Demons: (Robert Langdon Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Brown
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Contains a sneak preview of Inferno, Dan Brown’s astonishing new Robert Langdon thriller.



CERN Institute, Switzerland: a world-renowned scientist is found brutally murdered with a mysterious symbol seared onto his chest.



The Vatican, Rome: the College of Cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Somewhere beneath them, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion.



In a breathtaking race against time, Harvard professor Robert Langdon must decipher a labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols if he is to defeat those responsible - the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years, reborn to continue their deadly vendetta against their most hated enemy, the Catholic Church.


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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 antimatter, 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 & 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, antimatter, 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 civilization.

    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 humor from Langdon, and a little less bombastic philosophizing 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 my! It's tasty. --Kelly Flynn

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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 antimatter, 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 & 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, antimatter, 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 civilization.

    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 humor from Langdon, and a little less bombastic philosophizing 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 my! It's tasty. --Kelly Flynn


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2153 KB
    • Print Length: 498 pages
    • Publisher: Transworld Digital (14 May 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0031RSBPU
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (738 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 www.danbrownofficial.co.uk.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars As an anti-matter of fact... 2 Aug. 2005
    By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    ...(yawn) yes, I'm yet another who bought this on the back of You Know What, and rather wish I hadn't. Basically, it's possible to say that you only need to buy ONE of these two novels, as one forms a template for the other. Brown seems to have invented a modern-day form of 'self plagiarism' (for most of us who read The DVC first) because the similarities between the two story lines are almost comical.

    A&D starts out interestingly enough, with touches of science fiction and fast pacing. Well, that was until I got to, er, page three or thereabouts. It then started to annoy me, and frankly it was a nuisance for the remaining 600-odd pages, despite the story's time coverage of little more than 24 hours. I suppose you've got to hand it to the guy - his books sell in the many millions so he must be doing something right - but whereas after The DVC I thought I'd discovered a great new writer, after reading this I won't be buying any of his work again. Best to stick to James Bond - at least he doesn't take himself too seriously, and he has a sense of humour...not only that, if Bond jumped out of a helicopter at 2000 feet (whatever) with no parachute, in pitch darkness, you know he'd make it and not question why or how. But when a cordruoy-jacketed university lecturer (with elbow-pads) does exactly the same thing, complete with pipe-and-slippers no doubt, it's stretching things a bit too far unless this whole yarn was aimed at teenage boys - which it might well be.

    Anyway Dan Brown's credibility fell even faster than Langdon when he virtually duplicated the structure of one book and 're-created' it in another. Somehow I can't help but feel that Vittoria Vetra (from Angels & Demons) and Sophie Neveu (from The Da Vinci Code) use the same perfume and have similar vital statistics.... might even be sisters.
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    9 of 10 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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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good...By Brown's Standards 21 Feb. 2015
    Format:Paperback
    Before there was the huge sales success that was “The Da Vinci Code”, there was “Angels and Demons”. Although “Angels & Demons” only came to prominence thanks to the attention and sales “The Da Vinci Code” generated, it had been written and published first. Strangely, I find it to be the best of the three (including his latest, “The Lost Symbol”) Robert Langdon novels thus far, perhaps because it was written without the same weight of expectation hanging over it.

    In Switzerland, a prominent scientist who is working on anti-matter is found murdered, with a strange symbol burned into his chest. His recent experiment, which is capable of blowing up an entire city if not taken care of, has been stolen and has been hidden somewhere in Vatican City. The symbol is noticed by Robert Langdon as being the calling card of a group known as the Illuminati, long thought to have died out.

    The Illuminati are traditional enemies of the church and so the trail leads to Vatican City where four senior cardinals have vanished on the eve of conclave, which will select a new Pope. Robert Langdon must follow the clues left by former scientists and artists around Rome to try and stop the cardinals being murdered and to try and locate the anti-matter before it destroys the Vatican.

    As with all of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon books, the pace of things is kept very high. Here, with a cardinal due to be killed every hour, there are a number of clues that need to be followed before each deadline and this keeps the story moving very quickly. The main characters dash around the city of Rome following the clues, whilst others dash around Vatican City looking for the anti-matter bomb. Even the arguments held in conclave and among the Swiss Guard seem to move quite quickly.
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    By SD
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    I heard it said that after this book Dan Brown was approached by Hollywood to write a more fast paced action packed story that would be more suitable to translate to a script, that turned out to be the da Vinci code. The funny thing is after reading all of Brown's offerings about two or three times I still think Angels and Demons is far more exciting, intense and packed with suspense, mystery and drama than its sequel, not to say it's sequel is not good however. It is a shame in my opinion then, that after the success of the da Vinci Code's outing in the cinemas, Hollywood just decided to cash in by making a poor adaptation of this to film, butchering the book completely.

    I believe many people were introduced to the character of Langdon via the success of the da Vinci Code and may not have read this book, and the poor film adaptation which focused more on the religious aspects rather than the scientific may have put many off...however if they gave it a chance they would find a truly fantastic thriller here with plenty of original mystery thrown in for good measure. The story begins with a gruesome murder in the modern home of the scientific world, then the revelation that a new breed of super weapon has been stolen and will be used to lay waste to the Vatican during the election process for the next pope... the further threat, that on every hour one of the candidates in line will be publicly executed in an horrifically twisted manner almost born from the mind of the Saw creators. Brown slowly increases the intrigue by introducing an ancient enemy, the Illuminati into the mix by way of a failed assassin acting on command from an invisible entity believed to be a high level Illuminatus and also a Vatican insider...this is a true page turner full of Brown's usual wealth of knowledge of art history, symbology, and clandestine groups, and is a fantastic start to the Langdon series.
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