Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Angels & Demons

An ancient secret brotherhood.A devastating new weapon of destruction.An unthinkable target... 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 t...

Title:Angels & Demons
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ISBN:1416524797
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:713 pages

Angels & Demons Reviews

  • Brian

    I read this after the drivel that is called "Da Vinci Code." I decided to give the author another chance, and take on something that maybe wasn't so formulaic.

    No dice. I am convinced that Dan Brown does absolutely no research into the subjects he writes about. Or if he does, he decides it is not "titilating enough for him" so he makes it up. I mean why even include actual real things in his books if he chooses to ignore any facts about them. Opus Dei? I doubt he could spell it. Catholic Church?

    I read this after the drivel that is called "Da Vinci Code." I decided to give the author another chance, and take on something that maybe wasn't so formulaic.

    No dice. I am convinced that Dan Brown does absolutely no research into the subjects he writes about. Or if he does, he decides it is not "titilating enough for him" so he makes it up. I mean why even include actual real things in his books if he chooses to ignore any facts about them. Opus Dei? I doubt he could spell it. Catholic Church? Has he even read any history about the Catholic Church at all? His descriptions of the Church seem to be based on whatever anti-Catholic propoganda he could find, Chick Tracts, and superstition.

    So it comes to no surprise that he has 2 massive bestsellers that are more or less, anti-Catholic. Cuz you know, Catholic baiting and prejudice to the Catholic Church is the only real acceptable prejudice left. The underlying superstition and hostility towards Catholicism, priests, the Pope, Vatican, etc is very close to the same sentiments that lingered in the decades and centuries before WWII in Europe.

    Think I am overreacting? If someone wrote these books but instead baited the Jews or Muslims there would be a huge outcry. Bashing Catholics and depicting them and their history in the way Dan Brown does in these books is outrageous and should be criticized and shunned.

    And I didn't even delve into how awful of a writer he is, did I? The only thing more embarassing than his writing that will never be remembered 20 years from now, is the fact that so many people bought into his piece of shit and wasted their time with it. Including respectable people like Tom Hanks and Ron Howard. There's time you will never get back again. Congrats!

  • Jessika

    Wow.

    Before I begin my review, I want to preface it by saying a few things.

    I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is a crappy writer who writes crappy books about crappy stories with crappy characters and crappy, unbelievable plots.

    I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is one of the best at the "cheese factor" and roll their eyes at his stories.

    I know a lot of people out there know more about European history, etc. etc. than I do, and therefore, I might not be the appropriate judge of this s

    Wow.

    Before I begin my review, I want to preface it by saying a few things.

    I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is a crappy writer who writes crappy books about crappy stories with crappy characters and crappy, unbelievable plots.

    I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is one of the best at the "cheese factor" and roll their eyes at his stories.

    I know a lot of people out there know more about European history, etc. etc. than I do, and therefore, I might not be the appropriate judge of this story.

    And I'm also aware that this is not the next literary classic.

    HOWEVER.

    I loved this book.

    Every time the action picked up in this book, I had a serious adrenaline rush. My heart raced, my eyes frantically read line after line, and my hands automatically went to my mouth. I was totally engrossed in the story Dan Brown told, even though I had already seen the movie. Watching the movie before the book is very uncharacteristic of me, but I'm glad that it happened that way in this case. Reading the book cleared up a lot of unanswered questions for me, and the book was different enough from the movie to keep me gasping out loud at plot twists. For me, I was hooked along for the ride, and even though some might find his twists unbelievable or even predictable, I was just in it for the story and found myself completely absorbed. I appreciated the facts (or "facts") throughout the story that were presented to the reader about the Illuminati, Vatican City, etc. and I loved the feeling of being on the inside of solving a puzzle while racing against time. I appreciated Robert Langdon's character, and I'm so glad they cast Tom Hanks to play his character because even when I read The DaVinci Code years ago, Tom Hanks is always how I pictured Robert Langdon. Pretty damn intelligent, resourceful, and witty. Dan Brown can be pretty witty, too, and I found myself chuckling from time to time. I even enjoyed the general mechanics of this book--I liked the short chapters that kept me coming back for more. They made it easy to fly through the pages. I would look down maybe after a half hour or so into reading and be 150 pages further in the book. The "dun-dun-dunnn" moments at the end of pretty much each chapter had me flipping, too, even though I could understand how some might find that worthy of an eye-roll or two. My favorite part of the book, besides the adrenaline rushes, was how he bounced from one point of view to another without leaving the reader feeling disoriented. Rather, it had the opposite effect for me, clarifying everything by being able to watch the story unfold from all angles.

    After reading The DaVinci Code a few years ago, I was a little hesitant to pick this one up...would I love Dan Brown as much (or more)? Or was The DaVinci Code a one-time deal? Well, I'm here to say that I can officially consider myself a fan of Dan Brown, however crappy others might want to declare him.

  • Mohammed Arabey

    ده صورة أحد أغلفة الرواية اللي بيظهر فيها التماثل, وفي غيره ضمن الأحداث نفسها .. لو قلبت الصورة حتلاقي عنوان الرواية بيتقرا من فوق زي من تحت

    ده صورة أحد أغلفة الرواية اللي بيظهر فيها التماثل, وفي غيره ضمن الأحداث نفسها .. لو قلبت الصورة حتلاقي عنوان الرواية بيتقرا من فوق زي من تحت

    "الرواية اخدت مني وقت بجد لكن المهم طلعت بحصيلة لغوية كبيرة افتكر اني

    عرفت اكتر من 10 كلمات مختلفه كلهم معناهم رجال الدين :)"

    هناك ايضا رسم وتفاصيل المؤلف للاماكن او الاثار المسيحية المكتظة بها روما والفاتيكان كان صعب احيانا تخيله لولا اني اقرا نسخة خاصة مصورة كنت تعبت بجد :(

    اما الافضل فكان النظام السينمائي المثير المكتوب به الرواية بالاخص تتابعات نهاية الرواية الذي شهد خلط مشاهد الفلاش باك سويا ومزجها مع الحدث الحاضر بطريقة غير مربكة بل مشوقة لدرجة تجعلك "علي حافه الكرسي" "حابسا لأنفاسك " لمعرفه ما حدث في الماضي بالظبط ادي الي هذه الاحداث و الصراعات النفسيه لاحد الابطال.

    من روائع الرواية ايضا..خطابات الكامرلنجو "مش عارف معناها بالعربي بالظبط بس اللي هو راعي البابا وخادمه" اللي بيتكلم فيها عن صراع الدين والعلم .الصراع الابدي..من منتصف الروايه لاخرها هذا الصراع تم صياغته بطريقة ممتازة سواء في الخطب المباشرة او المواقف اللي مر بيها اتنين من اهم الشخصيات بالرواية في ماضيهم.

    يمكن عجبتني جدا في الرواية فعلا ان الاحداث كلها في يوم واحد لاني بعشق الافلام اللي بالطريقه دي "طبعا للاسف في الحاله دي انا حزين اني شفت الفيلم قبل قراءه الرواية " وتقريبا دي اول مره اقرأ رواية بالنسبه لي تدور كلها في يوم واحد وتكون بهذا الحجم "ربما فقط احسست ان الشمس لم تغيب الا متاخرا جدا يمكن ده العادي في روما"

    في النهاية دي اول رواية اقرأها لدان براون واكيد مش الاخيرة ..وتقيمي ليها بالرغم من انتقاص متعه القراءة بمعرفتي النهاية من مشاهده الملخص المختصر"الفيلم" الا ان مازال ان هناك مفاجات واثاره في الرواية و ايضا اعتقد ان تعاطفي مع الشخصية "المفترض انها شريرة" زاد بتتابعات النهاية.

    محمد العربي

    الاسكندريه 3 فبراير 2013

    الي 16 فبراير 2013


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