A well done story pitting science against religion in which, amazingly, both come out winners. Great plot twists and a wonderfully satisfying travel tour of Rome with some interesting backgound on papal history.
A good thriller, but the end is a bit predictable. Although I couldn't believe he actually made the anti-matter explosion. Now just that should make you want to read it, because you're wondering where and how could there be such an explosion on earth, and how does the author plan to get away with such an even (hint: the explosion is a perfect sphere that annihilates a three mile radius sphere, imagine a three mile deep hole somewhere...) But that, I'm not saying :-)
Among the characters, always likeable, we find Robert Langdon about one year before the Da Vinci code. The plot is still about one of these mythological societies, this time a sect devoted to the cause of science against religion, esp the Catholics, and the monstrous plan it has against the Vatican. So we find Robert goes to Rome, where he and the beautiful heroin whose father (the scientist who devised the anti-matter and is killed at the beginning of the book), track down the assassin in his quest for destruction. They have to interpret some clues and this takes us deep into Vatican history, which makes for a cultural read as well as a thriller.
I found the plot highly likeable, with fewer of the historical and somewhat distracting long cultural monologues that render the Da Vinci code a bit lengthy. So here is a slightly more compact, more muscled, and overall more enjoyable book. If you liked the Da Vinci code, this is a must read for you. If you really disliked it, you may find this a bit too incredible and far-fetched. But it's an enjoyable summer read, definitely.
This was my first Dan Brown novel and after finishing Angels and Demons, I will forever be a fan! The story is brilliantly told and the narration is superb. It's clear that he is extremely well read and knowledgeable regarding his story content. His attention to detail and understanding of history is not only engaging to listen to, but also a unique slant on what could easily be believable truth. Dan Brown graciously and effortlessly embarks on a journey with his readers to places that many will never visit, but after the ride, you feel as though you've been there yourself and witnessed the events that unfolded first hand. I highly recommend this one!
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I dislike all the gore and violence. A good story should be based on the interest and plot moving along without all the graphic descriptions of death and destruction.
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This story is exactly the same as the Davinci Code, but annoying. Don't touch it or you will be sorry.
Frankly, I do not understand the raving about Brown's writing. He seems to be channeling Robert Ludlum most of the time and Phillip Margolin for the rest. Cheap stuff.
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This was a decent thriller but not nearly good as a Da Vinci Code, which was a real page turner. The plot here was pretty unrealistic - jumping out of a helicopter a mile up and surviving?