Author: Dan Brown
Tittle: Angels and Demons
Series: Robert Langdon series, book 1
Pages: 713 pages, Paperback
Published: April 1st 2006 by Pocket Books. (First published in 2000)
Source: Bought it
My rating: ★★★★★
Dear lordie, I so loved this book, it was an incredible journey for me which will stay with me throughout my life. I consider this book as my favorite by this author. I’ve already re-read this book a few times and everytime it’s the same mind-blowing experience.
From this book onwards the Robert Langdon series begins, though all the books can be read as standalones. This is the first book where the protagonist, Robert Langdon is introduced. He is a world-renowned Harvard symbologist and this was his first adventure which was breathtaking.
The story starts as Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist, he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church. Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.
The setting was one of the most gorgeous city in the world, i.e. Rome, the descriptions of the places and buildings were mesmerising. I loved the facts, throughout the story that were presented to the readers about Illuminati, the Vatican city and many more.
One of the most old argument was also presented in this novel which played a vital role- Science vs Religion. I appreciated the fact that he didn’t force any opinions but left it up to the readers to decide which path they were going to choose.
These lines form a beautiful image of its own-
“Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end, we all are searching for the truth, that which is greater for ourselves.”
The plot is fast-paced from the very beginning which kept me on the edge. The writing is cinematographic which was easy to read. This book is an incredible page turner, I couldn’t wait to find out more about the mystery which was well maintained. This book left me with wanting more….in a good way. The plot twists was definitely unexpected, it was awsome. I gasped at every turn as I found myself racing through time with the protagonist. All in all, this was an incredible read.
In this novel, Dan Brown intriguingly combines action with mystery, historical, political and science elements in an outstanding way and creates an action thriller that one can not put down.