The explosive Robert Langdon thriller from Dan Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno—now a major film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction.
When world-renowned Harvard symbologist 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 Vatican’s 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.
Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.
An explosive international thriller, Angels & Demons careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.
Pitting scientific terrorists against the cardinals of Vatican City, this well-plotted if over-the-top thriller is crammed with Vatican intrigue and high-tech drama. Robert Langdon, a Harvard specialist on religious symbolism, is called in by a Swiss research lab when Dr. Vetra, the scientist who discovered antimatter, is found murdered with the cryptic word "Illuminati" branded on his chest. These Iluminati were a group of Renaissance scientists, including Galileo, who met secretly in Rome to discuss new ideas in safety from papal threat; what the long-defunct association has to do with Dr. Vetra's death is far from clear. Vetra's daughter, Vittoria, makes a frightening discovery: a lethal amount of antimatter, sealed in a vacuum flask that will explode in six hours unless its batteries are recharged, is missing. Almost immediately, the Swiss Guard discover that the flask is hidden beneath Vatican City, where the conclave to elect a new pope has just begun. Vittoria and Langdon rush to recover the canister, but they aren't allowed into the Vatican until it is discovered that the four principal papal candidates are missing. The terrorists who are holding the cardinals call in regarding their pending murders, offering clues tied to ancient Illuminati meeting sites and runes. Meanwhile, it becomes clear that a sinister Vatican entity with messianic delusions is in league with the terrorists. Packing the novel with sinister figures worthy of a Medici, Brown (Digital Fortress) sets an explosive pace as Langdon and Vittoria race through a Michelin-perfect Rome to try to save the cardinals and find the antimatter before it explodes. Though its premises strain credulity, Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation.
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An uterly captivating read
Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons" is a dark, twisted, and absolutely BRILLIANT read.
Harvard Prof. of Symbology, Robert Langdon, is summoned to CERN, a secretive research center in Geneva, Switzerland after the death of a brilliant scientist, and priest named Leonardo Vetra. Vetra was brutally murdered in his apartment, and branded with a mysterious symbol. "Illuminati". A underground antireligous cult thought to be dead for centuries. Vetra, and his daughter, and research assistant Vittoria, were in the process of creating something that would merge the two long warring worlds of Science and Religion. Their quest for answers leads Robert and Vittoria to Vatican City, the center of the Catholic religion. While there, they learn of a sadistic plot to murder 4 of the highest ranking Cardinals of the Church. Their journey to prevent the deaths of the 4 well respected men is one filled with mystery, strange puzzles, and edge of your seat thrills. Brown's brilliant use of real life locations and documents to tell the story makes it almost seem as if you're traveling wit Langdon and Vittoria. There's never a dull moment here. A MUST read
This book had cliffhangers and had twists everywhere making this book exciting at every page. Wonderful!!!! :)
Dan Brown has written a masterpiece. Each chapter leaves readers wanting more and engulfs one's curiosity. His expert twists on historical events makes the plot riveting and spurs questions all along. A book to stay in my library for years to come, simply a fantastic read!