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When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man’s chest. His conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - now reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn 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 Langdon and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invincible enemy…

 

 

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For all of the unfavourable opinions that I have heard about this book, I actually enjoyed it. I will admit, there were a few places where I did think to myself, "C'mon, get on with it." But I found it to be so completely different than any other mystery/thriller I have ever read. Admittedly, it was also a little slow to get into (it didn't help either that I had heard from a few people that I should put it down if I was not hooked by the first few pages.) but I would recommend this to others. What I found to be most intrigueing was the descriptions of Rome, the art surrounding this grand city, and the Catholicism (which was pretty new to me as I am not religious in the least.)

 

I've passed this along to a fellow BookCrosser (http://www.bookcrossing.com and say jebbie74 sent ya! LOL) who I hope will like this as much as I did.

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I've read all the Dan Brown books and I enjoyed this one the most. I found that the plot was really fast moving and I finished it in a day. I've re-read it since and I found lots of parts of the plot that I'd missed.

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I would have to agree - I read all four of the Dan Brown books currently in the Best Seller lists last year and much preferred Angels and Demons. I also enjoyed Digital Fortress which I thought he wrote in a style not unlike Michael Crichton's in Prey.

 

Dan Brown's attention to detail is riveting. All told I think this is a great thriller, pure escapist non-sense.

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I enjoyed this book but I did prefer the Davinci Code out of the two. I found Angels and Demons quite complicated and difficult to keep track of and it took me a while to really get into the story. However for pure escapism it can't be beaten.

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By far of all the Dan Brown books I found this the most enjoyable. A suspension of belief when he leaps out of the 'plane is required but I thought the plot was very fluent. I read this a couple of years ago in Canada right after the Da Vinci Code - prior to the publicity hype for DVC - and appreciated it for what it was - a right riveting read.

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I totally agree! I ensured to read this first because I love Rome and I was tired of hearing about DA VINCI; I much preferred this - but I also prefer Rome to Paris! However I do admit to thinking DVC is a must-read if only because it's more truthful about the history of Christianity than anything else to date...

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I have started this, but at the moment, involved in quite a bit of study with the Open University, so I read fiction when I have nothing else going on [ie not often!!]

It's great though, I'm only at the start, first 20 pages or something, but I am enjoying it immensely:)

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I have just finished reading Angels & Demons, and I have to say that I think it was much more entertaining than Da Vinci code, much more suspenseful and I thought the research on this one was a tad more accurate.

 

I am very impressed over all, and thats from someone who doesn;t normally read this genre. A friend recommended it and I gave it a try and now I have bought all of Dan Brown's titles to read.

 

Brilliant! :)

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I have read all 4 Dan Brown books and would rate them in the order I read them from best to worst. I read them in the opposite order to which he wrote them. I liked them all very much.

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I've read all four but made the mistake of reading them one after the other and they've all got the same kind of rhythm despite the different subject matter which took the edge of the excitement a little. I'll probably wait a while and then try them again individually. The other problem I had with Angels and Demons was

not actually contained in this spoiler. I've never used the spoiler before and thought I'd better check I could get it right before ruining the book for anyone who hasn't finished it yet...see next post for details!

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So the other problem I had with Angels and Demons was

I zeroed in on the Pope's chamberlain very early on and was looking for the hints that would tell you he was the guilty one so the denoument (don't have a posh 'e' on my pc) was a bit of a let down.

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I read it twice - the second time just before I went to Rome. That was a mistake! I went two days before the conclave to elect the new pope. Dan Brown gives the impression that Rome was totally empty save for the people in St Peter's Square. Absolute rubbish. It was full of tourists - a lot of whom weren't bothered about the Pope at all!

 

That is the first time a trip has spoilt a book for me :P

 

I also read Brown's books in sequence. They all follow the same route and are downright predictable by the fourth one. Individually though, they are very good, gripping reads!! :)

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I read the Davinci Code 1st and found that better - this seemed to be a blue print novel ( especially the start). I really did enjoy it though up to the James Bond bit

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i have read dvc, a and d , and deception point, and i could be reading the same book. the same premise underlines all!! that having been said, brown has a 'forward running style' that keeps you reading even if you think 'why am i doing this'? if you could bottle it, you would.

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I have just finished Angels & Demons and enjoyed it very much. I have not read the Da Vinci Code (I must be one of few...) as I was put off by all the hype. Now I think I'll give it a go as, having read A&D I found I liked the genre. I have one complaint, which is dictated purely by the fact that I am Italian born and a translator; there were so many mistakes in the Italian words/phrases/expressions that I was really put off. I would have thought that someone as popular as Dan Brown would have bothered to have this checked by a professional... :confused: ? Very shoddy work (but then it's my job, so I am fussy about it). Given the fact that the whole book gave the impression of having been carefully researched, for me the bad Italian used in it let the whole thing down.....

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:confused: Well don't know what to say, Very :confused: to here all the negativity surrounding this book. I feel it is the best book of them all yes and can't wait for it to appear on the big screen as the Da vinci code did which i thought was a big sucess! I thought Dan Brown gave a great insight on the other side of a religion people may not know (the illuminati) backed up by many web sites also giving us a thrilling, fast paced story line which remember people is still only fictional! Looking forward to his new book the soloman key. Hope more people will have more sucess with this> Good luck :)

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:confused: Well don't know what to say, Very :confused: to here all the negativity surrounding this book.

 

It's possibly because the greater percentile of readers on this forum tend to read novels of a more literary bent rather than pedestrian clunkathons from the genre section.

 

I feel it is the best book of them all

 

You wouldn't be alone there. Of all the stuff I've read from Dan Brown fans they would tend to say it was his best novel. I'm not quite sure how such a thing is possible given that Brown himself has said that he has a formula for writing which would mean that his books are all the same. With names changed.

 

a thrilling, fast paced story line which remember people is still only fictional!

I'm sure people know that the story is fictional. I don't know if this novel contained a similar bit at the start, like The Da Vinci Code did, claiming that stuff was true. But, I don't think that's what gets peoples' backs up. It's that Brown claims to do so much research into his work (what the plagiarism case brought up, in court, was that his wife did the research, and a sloppy job to boot) and yet you get lists of innaccuracies and other errata as long as this. Pedantics, maybe. But when the setting is a real place, you've got to get your facts straight. Even if the story built around it is completely fictional.

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:confused: Well don't know what to say, Very :confused: to here all the negativity surrounding this book.

Hi Gooseman, welcome to BGO. Why not pop up to the Please Introduce Yourself thread in the Central Library and tell us a bit more about yourself.

 

One of the reasons that we like to come here is to debate opposing views of the books we have read, it's nice to see a positive opinion in this thread!

 

(I've not read any Dan Brown so I can't comment either way, but am happy to be convinced I ought to!)

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It's possibly because the greater percentile of readers on this forum tend to read novels of a more literary bent rather than pedestrian clunkathons from the genre section.

I'm sure if you'd realised that this was Gooseman's first post on the forum, Stewart, you wouldn't have wanted to make a comment that many might think was a little off-putting in terms of wanting to stay with the group.

 

We're a friendly bunch really, Gooseman, but there are a few of us who have very strong opinons about the likes of Brown!

 

This is a broadly inclusive board with people of widely divergent and often surprisingly eclectic tastes. I've posted on anything from Joyce's Ulysses to Harry Potter and graphic novels: there's a place for everyone's tastes and opinions. And indeed, we'll sometimes express our views in robust fashion, but on your first post I wouldn't want you to get the wrong idea!

 

As Flingo said, thanks for bringing an interesting counter-point to the discussion.

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It's possibly because the greater percentile of readers on this forum tend to read novels of a more literary bent rather than pedestrian clunkathons from the genre section.

How can I put this politely? Oh yes, sorry, (that's the polite bit) but that's bollocks.

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Okay, it's bollocks. But it's the impression I get since, when I come here, the orange icons indicating new posts, tend to be in the upper portion of the forum. But anyway...Angels And Demons. Discuss.

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