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Angels & Demons
By Dan Brown
Random House Large Print, (2003)
ISBN: 0-375-43318-X
Genre: Fiction - Thriller

Reviewed by Angela Evans - November 12, 2003

Written as a prequel to the Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown's new book, Angels & Demons propels readers through a surreal world populated by ancient brotherhoods, modern day conspiracies, religious fanatics, and terrorists. The ancient brotherhood, known as the Illuminati have been revitalized. In their hands is a weapon of mass destruction that they plan to use against their ancient enemy - the Catholic Church. At the center of this destructive conspiracy is Robert Langdon. A Harvard symbologist, Langdon has uncovered evidence that the Illuminati are on the move again, and sets out to stop them before they can carry out their mission. Langdon is aided on his quest to stop the Illuminati by the mysterious and attractive scientist, Vittoria Vetra.

Illuminati was a brotherhood formed in the days of Galileo for the expressed purpose of fostering the cause of science. Yet it appears that they murdered the Italian physicist, Leonardo Vetra and stole his newest discovery, antimatter. As Langdon and Leonardo's daughter, Vittoria discover, the Illuminati have transformed the antimatter into a bomb, and planted it under the Vatican City. The tension builds as Langdon and Vittoria try to prevent the bomb from being detonated.

Angels & Demons is an eccentric novel, full of little nooks and crannies filled with interesting plot twists and intriguing details. This book has a little bit of everything from wild assassins to kidnaped Cardinals, one of which may be destined to be the next Pope. Part science fiction, part mystery, Angels & Demons is impossible to put down. Best of all, Brown keeps you guessing throughout this convoluted tale, just how everything is really going to turn out... Angels & Demons is a good, entertaining, and quick read that is perfect for whiling away a lazy afternoon.

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