Angels & Demons

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Author: Dan Brown

Page Count: 616

Genre: (Fiction) Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Conspiracy

Book Synopsis: When Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon discovers the resurgence of an ancient brotherhood known as the Illuminati, he flies to Rome to warn the Vatican, the Illuminati’s most hated enemy. Joining forces with beautiful Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), Langdon follows a centuries-old trail of ancient symbols in the hope of preventing the Illuminati’s deadly plot against the Roman Catholic Church from coming to fruition.

Movie Adaptation: Angels and Demons (2009)

You may call it a sequel or a prequel to Brown’s other works; I’d just like to think of it as  one of the series of hefty cases in Robert Langdon’s life,thanks to Dan Brown!

I may be completely wrong when I say this one is not one of Dan Brown’s finest works, nevertheless it doesn’t fail to make you inquisitive! Based on a highly misunderstood secret society, this novel uncovers the depths and takes us back in history to the times of Galileo and Newton, to the atrocity Religion imposed on Science during those times.  (Also see The Da Vinci Code)

Although not a religious book, it has religious elements and covers both Rome and Vatican city. Terror attacks and hostage situations turn the novel  pretty graphic: Brown holds nothing back!

Here’s a peek:

PROLOGUE

Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own. He stared up in terror at the dark figure looming over him. “What do you want!”

La chiave,” the raspy voice replied. “The password.”

“But…I don’t… ”

The intruder pressed down again, grinding the white hot object deeper into Vetra’s chest. There was the hiss of broiling flesh.

Vetra cried out in agony. “There is no password!” He felt himself drifting toward unconsciousness.

The figure glared. “Ne avevo paura. I was afraid of that.”

Vetra fought to keep his senses, but the darkness was closing in. His only solace was in knowing his attacker would never obtain what he had come for. A moment later, however, the figure produced a blade and brought it to Vetra’s face. The blade hovered. Carefully. Surgically.

“For the love of God!” Vetra screamed. But it was too late.

The novel is exhausting, really talky and unnecessarily long. There were times halfway through the book where i couldn’t find the motivation to continue reading; but i managed to finish it as it somehow managed to pick up the long-due  pace. It starts of spectacularly, looses pace, gains pace and looses it again.

There have been substantial amounts of discrepancies and inaccuracies in the facts stated in this novel, so make sure you verify before you believe although there are updated versions of the novel published correcting the same.

Otherwise the novel is totally action-packed and fast-paced (and melodramatic!)  and undoubtedly remains true to it’s genre!

Ratings:

Critics: 3.8/5

I’d rate it:  3.3/5

The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown

Page Count: 573

Genre: Mystery,  Thriller

Book synopsis: 

Symbologist Robert Langdon travels from Paris to London to discover the truth behind a mysterious and bizarre murder. Later, he learns about a religious mystery protected by a secret society.

Movie Adaptation: The Da Vinci Code (2006)




A thriller to keep you on your toes! That is what this book is! One of Dan’s Brown finest works about the exceedingly intriguing and historical work of Leonardo Da Vinci! 
This book outstretches it’s arms and grabs a hold of you!A hold so firm and steady; while slowly revealing the depths in it’s pages; keeping you just there, steadfast! 

It will educate you, it will inspire you to curiosity; and it will give you a griping experience all the while retaining it’s title of a cryptic, ancient, and perhaps a scandalous novel! History has never been more interesting ; Science has never been more charismatic! 

Here’s an excerpt from the Prologue:

Louvre Museum, Paris 10:46 P.M. 

Renowned curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum’s Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see, a Caravaggio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy- six-year-old man heaved the masterpiece toward himself until it tore from the wall and Sauniere collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas. As he had anticipated, a thundering iron gate fell nearby, barricading the entrance to the suite. The parquet floor shook. Far off, an alarm began to ring. The curator lay a moment, gasping for breath, taking stock. I am still alive. He crawled out from under the canvas and scanned the cavernous space for someplace to hide. A voice spoke, chillingly close. “Do not move.”

 
This book outstretches it’s arms and grabs a hold of you!A hold so firm and steady; while slowly revealing the depths in it’s pages; keeping you just there, steadfast (although the writing is nothing great)! It will educate you, it will inspire you to curiosity; and it will give you a griping experience all the while retaining it’s title of a cryptic, ancient, and perhaps a scandalous novel! History has never been more interesting ; Science has never been more charismatic! 
Dwelling on the depths and past of Catholicism and Jesus Christ, it teaches you to have an open mind about religious beliefs, because beliefs are made by man and man is not unknown to mistakes. You may find it offensive, you may find it shocking, but it is what it is!

 It effectively couples religion and science! It gives you a basis for your beliefs, both religious and atheistic! If this book doesn’t give you a new perspective, I don’t know what will!

Read it with an open mind, read it with a curious mind, read it not only because its based on a famous painting but read it because it is one hell of an experience! 

Ratings:

Critics: 3.8/5

I’d rate it: 4/5