Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown
Category: Fiction / Historical
0 pages; ISBN: 0743535774
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
The age old question: Is it Science or God who created the Heavens and Earth? Mixed up in the question is a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a group known as the Illuminati. A symbolgist, Robert Langdon, is called in by a little known scientific group when one of their own is found murder with the Illuminati symbol burned on his chest and his eye missing.
The scientist’s, daughter Vittoria, works together with Robert to undercover who murdered her father. The trail takes them into the heart of the Catholic Church where a new pope is just being selected. Four of the most respected cardinals are missing. A message is received that each will be murdered. The location of each murder is given in a cryptic message. There is little time. Can Robert and Vittoria stop the Illuminati? The late pope’s right hand man seems to be willing to help in any way he can. He provides Robert access to the Vatican library where Robert finds an ancient writing that decrypts the message from the Illuminati.
Based in Catholic religion, Dan Brown writes so even a non-Catholic can follow along. I thought I figured out “who done it” about five chapters before the end. Then as I kept listening, I changed my mind. The ending kept me in suspense right up to the VERY last words.
Although this is a story torn between science and religion, I found some of the story to be a bit out of character for the Catholic Church. That aside, there are a couple of twists that I did not foresee until the very minute they happened. This makes for a book that is hard to put down. I know this was certainly true for me.
If you are a history buff, love suspense and like being kept on the edge of your seat, this is a book for you.