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					 Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon)
           by Dan Brown

                              Angels And Demons

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 Nevilles The Eight (but
cleverer) or Umberto Ecos Foucaults 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
societys 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, Vetras
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! Its tasty. --Kelly Flynn       Look Inside
the Motion Picture Angels & Demons (Sony Pictures, 2009) Click on each
image below to see a larger view                                Ewan
MacGregor as Carlo Ventresca with College of Cardinals

             Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon

                   Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and Ayelet Zurer as
Vittoria Vetra

             Armin Mueller-Stahl as Straus and Ewan MacGregor as Carlo

                         Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, Ayelet Zurer as
Vittoria Vetra, and Ewan MacGregor as Carlo Ventresca

             Ewan MacGregor as Carlo Ventresca


Harvard professor Robert Langdon, an expert in symbology, is summoned
to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol burned into the
chest of murdered physicist, Leonardo Vetra and he discovers the work of
the Illuminati, the most powerful underground organization in the history of
the world. Since the time of Galileo, they have promoted science as
opposed to blind devotion to the Church. Now it looks like they may finally
have come out of hiding.

Shortly before his death, Vetra used a particle accelerator in an attempt to
reproduce Genesis and created matter from nothing by colliding energy
beams at extremely high speeds, proving that matter can be created, thus
explaining both the Big Bang and Genesis. However, Vetra's research has
created a deadly byproduct, highly explosive antimatter, which was
captured by his lab partner and daughter, Vittoria, and suspended in
canisters with magnetic fields.

One of the canisters has been stolen by Vetra's murderer and when its
battery pack runs on in twenty-four hours, the canister's antimatter will
come into contact with matter and explode, destroying an area about the
size of a small city. And guess what, a mysterious canister has been seen
inside Vatican City, where the College of Cardinals is convening to elect a
new Pope.

It seems only Langdon's knowledge of Illuminati propaganda can save the
church and Langdon and Vittoria race around Rome on a desperate hunt
through crypts, catacombs and cathedrals, following a four hundred-year-
old trail of ancient symbols that leads them toward the Illuminati.

All right, so maybe the book deviates a bit from historical fact. But it is
fiction, after all. And darn good fiction at that. There is a reason why Mr.
Brown has so many bestselling books in your local bookstore, several
reasons as a matter of fact and ANGELS & DEMONS is only one of them.
Mr. Brown gives us terrific people, terrific description and terrific thrills in
this book that I found impossible to put down.

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