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Book Review - Angels And Demons by Dan Brown

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I finished Angels And Demons by Dan Brown the other night.  This book rocks as a recreational read!  This is by the same author as The DaVinci Code, and it looks like it was a previous work that was re-released after the success of Code.

Symbologist Robert Langdon gets an early morning call from a person in Switzerland claiming to have a dead body with an Illuminati brand on his chest.  The caller turns out to be the head of CERN, and he's concerned about the Illuminati cult that everyone thought was dead.  Langdon ends up in Switzerland to lend his expertise in the symbol, and from there is rushed to the Vatican when a massive explosive anti-matter device is stolen from CERN and is set to blow up the ancient seat of the Catholic church.  A dead pope, kidnapped cardinals turning up branded and dead, an ancient secret society that everyone thought was extinct, and a countdown to finding and stopping the explosion.  On top of that, the plot starts twisting at breakneck speed in the last 100 pages.  

This is a book I could have easily plowed straight through and been perfectly happy in doing so.  The pace of the story never slowed down, and the turns at the end weren't quite what I expected them to be.  I wasn't highly thrilled with The DaVinci Code, as it went off in some theological directions I didn't care much for.  And I also felt it was the author espousing his beliefs in novel form and pounding the reader over the head about them repeatedly.  This book is more a crime/conspiracy novel set in the Vatican, but not so heavy on alternative theology.

Definitely one of the better recreational reads of late...

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Gravatar Image1 - I'll second the recommendation by Ben Poole of the book Deception Point. I'm almost finished with it and it is a gripping story. I liked it as much as The Da Vinci Code.

Gravatar Image2 - Angels and Demons was such a good book. I loved it. I recommend it to anyone who loves science fiction. Towards the end of the book you can't even put it down before you know the next part. The brands seared on the cardinals' chests was also an interesting thing. How did Brown think of something like this.

Gravatar Image3 - Didnt I tell you I read this one? Finishing a Koontz book right now

Gravatar Image4 - .........shruti

Gravatar Image5 - OK... you guys win. I just put Deception Point on my hold list at the library.

Gravatar Image6 - Angels & Demons is a great book, I second your recommendation. I have The Da Vinci Code sitting on a shelf waiting for me, and have also read Deception Point which is very good too (quite different from A&D). More here:

http://www.danbrown.com/

Gravatar Image7 - I have not read Angels and Demons, but did thoroughly enjoy the Da Vinci Code. There has been a lot of controversy about how real the theology is or isn't in it, but like the Passion (which is not my style of theology either), if it sparks discussion and debate, then it is a good thing. And if it gets lambasted by the Catholic League, then I definietly read or watch it.

Rememeber "Nothing Scared" on ABC? Produced by Jesuits, or at least Jesuit educated people, it was blasted by the Catholic League as blasphemous. If they had taken the time to watch it, it dealt with theology and moral ambiguity in a thoughtful, respectful manner. And Jon Collum singing "Panis Angelicus" in one episode is one of the most beautiful renditions of a Latin hymn I have ever heard in my life.

I know people in Opus Dei and they scare the bejeezus out of me at times. And just last Sunday, the deacon delivering a rambling homily talked about "Hair Shirts", which hurt to wear and in the old days, you wore them to make you more humble. The more humility you needed, the thicker the shirt. Apparantly, Bishop Fulton Sheen (for those of you who do not know of him, when I grew up we only had 3 TV channels, and he came on every Sunday morning right after Davey and Goliath) talked about them on his show.

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