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Book Review: Angels and Demons

Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner

[4 stars]

Angels and Demons     Amazon US PB Amazon US HC Amazon Canada PB Amazon Canada HC
Dan Brown
Class/Genre:   Mystery   Thriller   Apocalyptic Fiction
Pocket, May 2000, $24.95, 448 pp.

To fight the Catholic Church’s inaccurate teachings, the most enlightened thinkers of sixteenth century Rome formed a fraternal organization The Illuminati. Their aim was to spread scientific information to the masses, but the Church condemned them as heretics and wanted them destroyed. The group was forced into hiding but promised to reveal themselves when they held the power to demolish their foe the Church.

The Pope just died and the Cardinals are meeting in the Vatican to elect his replacement. The Church’s security force, the Swiss Guard, notices a strange canister being broadcast by a video camera located somewhere in Vatican City. Maximillan Kohl of the CERN think tank in Geneva realizes that somebody has stolen the institute’s supply of anti-matter, a weapon of mass destruction.

Director Kohl sends symbiologist Robert Langdon and scientist Vittoria Vertra to Rome to assist the Church in the hunt for the deadly container that is set to blow up at midnight. The force of the explosion will destroy Vatican City and much of Rome. Robert and Vittoria race against time to find and defuse a doomsday machine before it savages a powerful organization and kills many innocents.

Dan Brown, author of the critically acclaimed DIGITAL FORTRESS, has created another frantic paced, pulse pounding thriller that rivals the best works of Clancy and Cussler. The action-packed tale takes readers on an exciting adventure that feels perilously real. ANGELS AND DEMONS is one reading experience that the audience will never forget.

Harriet Klausner

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