I finished Angels & Demons some days ago and am still wondering how on Earth it made the best seller list. I suppose the appeal is the "exotic" setting of Italy and and all the "inside information" on Catholicism. It's so thin, it's hard to know where to begin. There's an RC priest who's been working -- with his daughter (no explanation) -- for a private institution run by a Goldfinger-type (why are they always bald men in wheelchairs?). The priest ends up dead at the very beginning, the daughter spends the entire book in a pair of shorts, even on a trip to the Vatican. Another priest has fathered a child with a nun by means of In Vitro fertilization, thus celebrating God's miracle of life without breaking their vows. Right. The broader plot generally makes some sense up until the end. But then? I've listened to the ending three times and it pulls the rug out from under the whole book. The story smacks of "Man From U.N.C.L.E." or "The Avengers". My advice is don't bother.
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