Dan Brown | Angels and Demons
Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons" is yet another breathtaking adventure. I have been a fan of the author for a long time, and I recently finished his latest release, "Origin". However, I realized I did miss the origin of Dan Brown and his famous character: Robert Langdon. That is why I decided to go back to the beginning and read (or re-read) his collection. So here it is, the first book of Robert's adventures.
The story takes place between the high-tech CERN institute in Switzerland and Rome's most famous churches. In this book, which marks the beginning of his adventure, Robert Langdon is called upon by CERN's director to solve a murder and theft involving the Illuminati. Thrown in a race against time, our favorite scholar and his scientist sidekick - aka "Vittoria Vetra" - will put their wits to the test and try to stop the long-forgotten brotherhood.
In my opinion, this book was an intense adventure that I could hardly put down, a real page-turner. Once again, I meet with Dan Brown's signature: a fast-paced thriller filled with facts. His explosive storyline - literally - provided me with the right amount of adrenaline rush and suspense to the point I sometimes forgot to blink. The author designed short chapters jumping clearly from one situation/character to another, creating a good reading flow. Dan Brown's writing style is heavily fact-based, emphasizing descriptions, and leaving the reader with the feeling of being invited to Rome. While some people might argue the author's historical inaccuracies, I found this aspect of his writing acceptable. Indeed, far from world-building, Dan Brown uses real places and real events to transport the reader while still adjusting some of it to create a fiction story. Because that is what this book is about: a fiction. Although I already watched the movie before reading the novel, I could still be surprised with extra information or how the story unfolded in different ways.
Well plotted and explosively paced.
A reading experience you will never forget.
Book Browser Reviews
This book is a perfect blend of fact and fiction.
Books N Myself
Now, if I have to think about what troubled me, a couple of points come to my mind. (DISCLAIMER: minor spoiler ahead).
First of all, one thing I love about Robert's character is his bachelor-like attitude. Throughout the book, the Harvard professor and the Italian scientist - Vittoria - build a relationship based on trust, essential to overcome their ordeal. As their adventure continues, they both start experiencing attraction toward each other - which is fine by me - adding another dimension to their character. However, as a matter of personal taste, I did dislike seeing this relationship turning into something more sexual towards the end of the book. Again, personal taste, I enjoyed the tension between them, but the ending felt like the author just popped a balloon flat. Yet, I smiled at the way this was brought up. I clearly would have preferred to finish with another scene.
Then, I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of how the camerlengo turned out to be emotionally unstable, even close to being a maniac. Besides, certain scenes were out of place and out of character, especially Robert's heroic dive from the helicopter.
"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 are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves."
Dan Brown | Angels and Demons
To sum up this review, apart from minor elements depending on personal taste and not at all related to the author's style, I would surely recommend this story to anyone fan of intense thrillers. For me, this exciting story was a pure pleasure to read, and I am confident anyone looking for a book to enjoy commuting or on the weekend will love it.