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Book Review: Angels and Demons
It boasted a fascinating protagonist, a Harvard professor of religious iconography named Robert Langdon, and compelling conspiracy theories. Brown, it seemed, had come out of nowhere. It's major themes are religion versus science, skepticism versus faith, and the hold that powerful people and institutions have over the people they supposedly serve. It introduced the general public to an ages-old secret society, and was a unique entry into the world of conspiracy theory mysteries. Packing the novel with sinister figures worthy of a Medici, Brown sets an explosive pace through a Michelin-perfect Rome. The book received its share of criticism, mainly for its historical inaccuracies presented as fact, a criticism that would carry over into "The Da Vinci Code," which played even more fast and loose with history and religion.
Are his stories far fetched and unbelievable? Are the books poorly researched? Did that stop me from reading this book in a frenzy? Absolutely not! I simply had to know what happened next. That was at least 10 years ago that I read that book, so I felt like I was long overdue for a Robert Langdon mystery. For some reason, the mood just struck me and I decided it was time to check out the first book in the Robert Langdon series , Angels and Demons.
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Thank you! Another near-future technothriller from the author of Digital Fortress Physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, and a quantity of dreadfully dangerous antimatter stolen; worse, Vetra was branded with a single word: Illuminati. Langdon's an expert on the history of the Illuminati, a medieval pro-science, anti-Catholic power group, often suspected of infiltrating mighty institutions but now considered extinct. The canister of antimatter soon turns up—in Rome, hidden somewhere in Vatican City, just as the church's cardinals are gathering to select a new pope.
The novel introduces the character Robert Langdon , who recurs as the protagonist of Brown's subsequent novels. Ancient history , architecture, and symbology are also heavily referenced throughout the book. A film adaptation was released on May 15, The book contains several ambigrams created by real-life typographer John Langdon. The book also contains ambigrams of the words Earth , Air , Fire , and Water , which has served to bring the art of ambigrams to public attention by virtue of the popularity of the book. CERN director Maximilian Kohler discovers one of the facility's top physicists, Leonardo Vetra, murdered, his chest branded with an ambigram of the word " Illuminati ". Kohler contacts Robert Langdon, an expert on the Illuminati, who determines that the ambigram is authentic.