Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

by Dan Brown

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ISBN-13: 9781416524793
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Robert Langdon Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 113,775
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.56(h) x 1.51(d)

About the Author

Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Origin, The Da Vinci Code, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, and Inferno. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing full-time. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit his website at DanBrown.com.

Hometown:

New England

Date of Birth:

June 22, 1964

Place of Birth:

Exeter, New Hampshire

Education:

Phillips Exeter Academy 1982; B.A., Amherst College, 1986; University of Seville, Spain

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Chapter One

High atop the steps of the Pyramid of Giza a young woman laughed and called down to him. "Robert, hurry up! I knew I should have married a younger man!" Her smile was magic.

He struggled to keep up, but his legs felt like stone. "Wait," he begged. "Please..."

As he climbed, his vision began to blur. There was a thundering in his ears. I must reach her! But when he looked up again, the woman had disappeared. In her place stood an old man with rotting teeth. The man stared down, curling his lips into a lonely grimace. Then he let out a scream of anguish that resounded across the desert.

Robert Langdon awoke with a start from his nightmare. The phone beside his bed was ringing. Dazed, he picked up the receiver.

"Hello?"

"I'm looking for Robert Langdon," a man's voice said.

Langdon sat up in his empty bed and tried to clear his mind. "This...is Robert Langdon." He squinted at his digital clock. It was 5:18 A.M.

"I must see you immediately."

"Who is this?"

"My name is Maximilian Kohler. I'm a discrete particle physicist."

"A what?" Langdon could barely focus. "Are you sure you've got the right Langdon?"

"You're a professor of religious iconology at Harvard University. You've written three books on symbology and — "

"Do you know what time it is?"

"I apologize. I have something you need to see. I can't discuss it on the phone."

A knowing groan escaped Langdon's lips. This had happened before. One of the perils of writing books about religious symbology was the calls from religious zealots who wanted him to confirm their latest sign from God. Last month a stripper fromOklahoma had promised Langdon the best sex of his life if he would fly down and verify the authenticity of a cruciform that had magically appeared on her bed sheets. The Shroud of Tulsa, Langdon had called it.

"How did you get my number?" Langdon tried to be polite, despite the hour.

"On the Worldwide Web. The site for your book."

Langdon frowned. He was damn sure his book's site did not include his home phone number. The man was obviously lying.

"I need to see you," the caller insisted. "I'll pay you well."

Now Langdon was getting mad. "I'm sorry, but I really — "

"If you leave immediately, you can be here by — "

"I'm not going anywhere! It's five o'clock in the morning!" Langdon hung up and collapsed back in bed. He closed his eyes and tried to fall back asleep. It was no use. The dream was emblazoned in his mind. Reluctantly, he put on his robe and went downstairs.


Robert Langdon wandered barefoot through his deserted Massachusetts Victorian home and nursed his ritual insomnia remedy — a mug of steaming Nestlé's Quik. The April moon filtered through the bay windows and played on the oriental carpets. Langdon's colleagues often joked that his place looked more like an anthropology museum than a home. His shelves were packed with religious artifacts from around the world — an ekuaba from Ghana, a gold cross from Spain, a cycladic idol from the Aegean, and even a rare woven boccus from Borneo, a young warrior's symbol of perpetual youth.

As Langdon sat on his brass Maharishi's chest and savored the warmth of the chocolate, the bay window caught his reflection. The image was distorted and pale...like a ghost. An aging ghost, he thought, cruelly reminded that his youthful spirit was living in a mortal shell.

Although not overly handsome in a classical sense, the forty-five-year-old Langdon had what his female colleagues referred to as an "erudite" appeal — wisps of gray in his thick brown hair, probing blue eyes, an arrestingly deep voice, and the strong, carefree smile of a collegiate athlete. A varsity diver in prep school and college, Langdon still had the body of a swimmer, a toned, six-foot physique that he vigilantly maintained with fifty laps a day in the university pool.

Langdon's friends had always viewed him as a bit of an enigma — a man caught between centuries. On weekends he could be seen lounging on the quad in blue jeans, discussing computer graphics or religious history with students; other times he could be spotted in his Harris tweed and paisley vest, photographed in the pages of upscale art magazines at museum openings where he had been asked to lecture.

Although a tough teacher and strict disciplinarian, Langdon was the first to embrace what he hailed as the "lost art of good clean fun." He relished recreation with an infectious fanaticism that had earned him a fraternal acceptance among his students. His campus nickname — "The Dolphin" — was a reference both to his affable nature and his legendary ability to dive into a pool and outmaneuver the entire opposing squad in a water polo match.

As Langdon sat alone, absently gazing into the darkness, the silence of his home was shattered again, this time by the ring of his fax machine. Too exhausted to be annoyed, Langdon forced a tired chuckle.

God's people, he thought. Two thousand years of waiting for their Messiah, and they're still persistent as hell.

Wearily, he returned his empty mug to the kitchen and walked slowly to his oak-paneled study. The incoming fax lay in the tray. Sighing, he scooped up the paper and looked at it.

Instantly, a wave of nausea hit him.

The image on the page was that of a human corpse. The body had been stripped naked, and its head had been twisted, facing completely backward. On the victim's chest was a terrible burn. The man had been branded...imprinted with a single word. It was a word Langdon knew well. Very well. He stared at the ornate lettering in disbelief.


"Illuminati," he stammered, his heart pounding. It can't be...

In slow motion, afraid of what he was about to witness, Langdon rotated the fax 180 degrees. He looked at the word upside down.

Instantly, the breath went out of him. It was like he had been hit by a truck. Barely able to believe his eyes, he rotated the fax again, reading the brand right-side up and then upside down.

"Illuminati," he whispered.

Stunned, Langdon collapsed in a chair. He sat a moment in utter bewilderment. Gradually, his eyes were drawn to the blinking red light on his fax machine. Whoever had sent this fax was still on the line...waiting to talk. Langdon gazed at the blinking light a long time.

Then, trembling, he picked up the receiver.

Copyright © 2000 by Dan Brown

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"A breathless, real-time adventure. . . . Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ." — San Francisco Chronicle

Reading Group Guide

Angels & Demons
Dan Brown
QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
1. What is your view of Robert Langdon? What motivates him to find out more about the circumstances of Leonardo Vetra's death? Is it merely academic interest? Aside from his scholarly knowledge, what else in Langdon's background helps him succeed during this adventure?
2. Discuss the other characters' motivations for their actions, both the "villains" and "heroes" in the story, including Vittoria, the Hassassin, the camerlengo, Cardinal Mortati, and Maximilian Kohler.
3. Angels & Demons is filled with examples of science versus religion, a debate that has raged for centuries. Is there room in the world for both science and religion? Is one likely to render the other obsolete? Would you rather live in a world without science...or in a world without religion?
4. Were you aware of the existence of CERN prior to reading this book? What is your opinion of the work they conduct, particularly in regard to antimatter technology?
5. Discuss Vittoria's role in the story. How does her knowledge as a scientist come into play? Leonardo Vetra was both a scientist and a priest. How did he reconcile these two seemingly disparate entities? In what ways did her father's beliefs influence Vittoria's own opinions of science and religion?
6. When he first meets Maximilian Kohler, Langdon tells him he is "undecided on miracles... . I study religious symbology — I'm an academic, not a priest" (21). Does Langdon change his view on miracles by the end of the book?
7. Had you heard of the Illuminati before reading Angels & Demons? The Illuminati is rumored by some to be active today. Do you believe this is true? What is the enduring fascination with conspiracy theories? Given what Dan Brown reveals about the history of the Illuminati, is their alleged vendetta against the Vatican justified?
8. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca emerges as one of the most complex characters in the story. What was your opinion of the camerlengo when he is first introduced? How about by the end of the book?
9. What role do the media play in the events that unfold? How about Glick and Macri in particular? The media were not interested in covering the election of a new pope until there was tragedy involved. How much influence do the media have on what information is relayed to the public? Is it true, as Glick believes, that "viewers didn't want truth anymore; they wanted entertainment" (190)?
10. The novel takes place during a 24-hour period. How does this narrative structure heighten the suspense in the story? What red herrings does the author use to keep the reader guessing? Did you anticipate any of the events in the story?
11. What did you find to be most compelling about Angels & Demons — the action scenes, the characters, the setting, the history, or something else entirely?
12. Discuss the novel's ending. Do you think the Vatican (and Robert and Vittoria) made the right decision to keep the events that took place secret from the public?
13. In an interview on his website (www.danbrown.com), Dan Brown said that Angels & Demons "opens some Vatican closets most people don't even know exist." Did you learn anything about the Vatican, its practices, and its history that surprised you?
14. In the same interview Dan Brown goes on to say, "The final message of the novel, though, without a doubt, is a positive one." What do you see as the ultimate message of the book?
15. Have you visited Rome? If so, do you recall seeing the Illuminati symbolism that Dan Brown describes in the book, such as at the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona? If you have not been to Rome, has reading Angels & Demons inspired you to make a visit?
16. If you've read Robert Langdon's second adventure, The Da Vinci Code, compare the two books. What similarities do the stories share? How does the character of Rober Langdon change?

Introduction

Angels & Demons

Dan Brown

QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION

1. What is your view of Robert Langdon? What motivates him to find out more about the circumstances of Leonardo Vetra's death? Is it merely academic interest? Aside from his scholarly knowledge, what else in Langdon's background helps him succeed during this adventure?

2. Discuss the other characters' motivations for their actions, both the "villains" and "heroes" in the story, including Vittoria, the Hassassin, the camerlengo, Cardinal Mortati, and Maximilian Kohler.

3. Angels & Demons is filled with examples of science versus religion, a debate that has raged for centuries. Is there room in the world for both science and religion? Is one likely to render the other obsolete? Would you rather live in a world without science...or in a world without religion?

4. Were you aware of the existence of CERN prior to reading this book? What is your opinion of the work they conduct, particularly in regard to antimatter technology?

5. Discuss Vittoria's role in the story. How does her knowledge as a scientist come into play? Leonardo Vetra was both a scientist and a priest. How did he reconcile these two seemingly disparate entities? In what ways did her father's beliefs influence Vittoria's own opinions of science and religion?

6. When he first meets Maximilian Kohler, Langdon tells him he is "undecided on miracles... . I study religious symbology — I'm an academic, not a priest" (21). Does Langdon change his view on miracles by the end of the book?

7. Had you heard of the Illuminati before reading Angels & Demons? The Illuminati is rumored by some to be activetoday. Do you believe this is true? What is the enduring fascination with conspiracy theories? Given what Dan Brown reveals about the history of the Illuminati, is their alleged vendetta against the Vatican justified?

8. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca emerges as one of the most complex characters in the story. What was your opinion of the camerlengo when he is first introduced? How about by the end of the book?

9. What role do the media play in the events that unfold? How about Glick and Macri in particular? The media were not interested in covering the election of a new pope until there was tragedy involved. How much influence do the media have on what information is relayed to the public? Is it true, as Glick believes, that "viewers didn't want truth anymore; they wanted entertainment" (190)?

10. The novel takes place during a 24-hour period. How does this narrative structure heighten the suspense in the story? What red herrings does the author use to keep the reader guessing? Did you anticipate any of the events in the story?

11. What did you find to be most compelling about Angels & Demons — the action scenes, the characters, the setting, the history, or something else entirely?

12. Discuss the novel's ending. Do you think the Vatican (and Robert and Vittoria) made the right decision to keep the events that took place secret from the public?

13. In an interview on his website (www.danbrown.com), Dan Brown said that Angels & Demons "opens some Vatican closets most people don't even know exist." Did you learn anything about the Vatican, its practices, and its history that surprised you?

14. In the same interview Dan Brown goes on to say, "The final message of the novel, though, without a doubt, is a positive one." What do you see as the ultimate message of the book?

15. Have you visited Rome? If so, do you recall seeing the Illuminati symbolism that Dan Brown describes in the book, such as at the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona? If you have not been to Rome, has reading Angels & Demons inspired you to make a visit?

16. If you've read Robert Langdon's second adventure, The Da Vinci Code, compare the two books. What similarities do the stories share? How does the character of Rober Langdon change?

Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels & Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing full-time. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit the author's website at www.danbrown.com.

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ticareader More than 1 year ago
I reluctantly picked this book up. I had read the DaVinci Code really just to see what the big fuss was, but never finished it. Dan Brown redeemed himself with this one. I could not put it down. I love fast paced books and this one definitely is that...now I have to decide if I'll ruin it all by watching the movie, but we'll see.
Dave2012 More than 1 year ago
Robert Langdon and Vittoria Vetra combine to create an amazing story-line with many twists, turns, and surprises in Dan Brown¿s Angels and Demons. This book has a fair amount of fabrication, along with a number of true, while unknown facts, all of which combine with first-rate and competent characters to create a never failing, addictive novel.
In Vatican City, Rome an ancient and thought-to-be-extinct demonic brotherhood emerges to declare science¿s jurisdiction over religion. While the brotherhood of the Illuminati is factual, this conspiracy and attack are completely fictional. Brown¿s interlinking of these two very distinct elements combine into a woven quilt, creating the story of Angels and Demons.
Robert Langdon is a world-renowned Harvard symbologist called to Switzerland¿s Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire facility (CERN) to scrutinize a corpse branded with an Illuminati ambigram. Langdon¿s brilliance connects with Vittoria Vetra¿s common sense to create a kind of juggernaut against the terror of the brotherhood. This well-rounded team is prone to penetrate the protected Illuminati.
Angels and Demons is a great book that I would recommend to anyone interested. I am a freshman in High School and had no problem with any of the vocabulary in the story. I was also intrigued instantaneously and addicted by the third or fourth chapter. The other great thing about this book is that it is not so predictable that you can tell exactly what is going to happen. But it does not make you think ¿Where on Earth is this going?¿ and no one likes this. The novel mixes elements well and creates an entertaining story that I would advise to everyone.
unknowing-savior More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I read Da Vinci Code first, then went back to Angels and Demons. What I noticed was that the style was identical and the characters were similar and the plot was quite parallel. It was almost like reading the same book back to back. Neither book was badly written, it's just that the style showed no variety and read back to back was a let down.
tehlegitimate More than 1 year ago
I'm not a reader, but I have read enough books to know that Dan Brown has created a masterpiece.Ever since I read this book, I have wanted to read through the entire triology. The book has a gripping plot, while teaching you things about Religion and the Big Bang theory. While some people say Dan Brown did a better job in writing The Da Vinci Code I disagree. Dan Brown managed to take historical sites, places, and events and mix it up with action to make a thriller that you can never put down. I felt that Angels and Demons plot was bigger and better than that of The Da Vinci Code's. The book takes you all across Rome to ancient Cathedrals and lairs, in an attempt to save the Catholic Church itself. When you're done with the book, you'll be amazed that all the monumental events happened within a day. The book will manage to keep you off balance, but doesn't frustrate you. With its clever twists in its plot, it's not as predictable as other books might be. The amount of knowledge in science and religion in this book would be enough to fill an entire textbook. While some of the information on this book has not been yet proven true, Dan Brown did a good job of knowing his stuff. The book will teach you everything from the birth of Christianity, to the Big Bang theory. The book doesn't bore you, but there are some unnecessary walls of text in the book that get boring. However, you can easily skip these and still understand whats going on. All in all, I felt that Dan Brown did a really good job with this book, and had very few flaws. For anyone who is bored in their free time, pick up this book, and let Dan Brown take you on a hunt to save the Catholic Church.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is the thing, all of Dan Browns books are the same. You will love the first one you read and forget the rest. But I think Angels and Demons is the best because it is more realistic. However, they all go a little something like this: (1)Langdon is called to the scene of some crime that has some connection with symbology, (2) Langdon spend the next 48 hours dodgeing bullets like his is NEO and running around with some hot chick he has no chance of scoreing with, (3) They uncover the mystery which is that the 'hopeless' Catholic church is grossly abusing modern science in order to bring faith back into peoples lives. (4) Langdon saves the day, losses the girl, and goes back to his lonely life as college professor.....until next summer! when (5) Dan Brown sends him on another journey to stop the Catholic church for destroying the free world. Dan Brown wrote a very interesting tale with Angels and Demons and revised it with The Da Vinci Code. However, my compliments stop there because it doesn't take a genious to notice that Brown doesn't think too highly of the Catholic Church and is trying to make a lot of money by leading people to believe that this religion is full of evil, conspiring, twisted, power-hungry, and violent men. Dan Brown is a one hit wonder.
BrooklynLady1130 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  I liked it better than The Davinci Code (which I also enjoyed)  I would recommend this book.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Typical Dan Brown thriller. Action packed and fast paced. You won't be disappointed. Well edited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very interesting. Hard to put down. It has 710pages, but is breathtaking journey around Vatican city. It is about Robert Langdon and is a prequel of the New York Times Bestseller The Da Vinci Code. With the help of scientist Vittoria Vetra, they go through a powerful journey around Vatican city to find a peice of antimatter that could explode at any second. It is hidden somewhere beneath Vatican city and the secret but powerful organization--the Illuminati
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for an outside reading assignment for my Honors English Class. I started off thinking it wouldn't be a terrible book but once I really started reading it, I realized it is a very well written book that has a great story line and some interesting plot twists. I can't wait to read more of the Robert Langdon series.
JustMyTwoCents More than 1 year ago
A Fast-Paced Read--(Warning--spoiler here) I found this book to be entertaining and fast-paced, but non-Catholics should be forewarned that the author tends to present some questionable and debatable information on the Catholic church  as simple fact. The ending was particularly over the top as the reader is expected to believe that a Catholic Pope would have l no inner conflict with the practice of artificial insemination, which is soundly opposed by the Catholic Church. Despite some obvious problems here, this was still a fascinating and fantastic story that kept me entertained from beginning to end. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enlightened me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun little adventure yarn. While there were no real surprises, it was fun to follow the characters on their treasure hunt. Lovers of Italian art and architecture will enjoy the descriptions of Italian art. A quick read.
Jessica_Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book on sale while stuck at an airport. A good friend of mine highly recommended the author and assured me it would be an enjoyable read. I will admit it was a quick read and very easy to get through (no dictionary required). Unfortunately, it was quick due to no evident character development, the plot was basic at best, and it read like a first draft. Point 1 is self explanatory; the characters were the same people at the end as they were at the beginning of the book. No morals were learned and no greater truth discovered. Point 2, the plot ran a simple text book outline with each "act" running an equal amount of time, which became very predicable as the pages ran on, resulting in the falling action and rising action feeling the same and passing by mostly unnoticed. Without a build, the book as a whole fell flat. Point 3 is based entirely on my opinion of complexity. The concept of the book was thrown in and explained, almost entirely, at the start of the book. No shock, no surprise, and very little left to figure out which a rewrite could've easily fixed. As a whole, the experience was disappointing. I did, however, have a very lengthy and fulfilling debate on the book with the friend who suggested it to me.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
I felt like I knew what was coming in each chapter. I was kind of disappointed that it all took place in one day. I was expecting the murder of the cardinals to be more dramatic although the one that was burned alive seemed the most interesting. The only time I was really excited about the read was the last 2-3 chapters. I didn't expect that at all. Now that I've read the book I'm gonna rent the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan Brown can write intelligent, cohesive, snappy,faced-paced prose, but this book was too violent for me. I want to read a fiction book to relax. I don't need to hear detailed, graphic brutal torture and murder details, especially not of innocent priests. (I already read Amensty International reports and hear the non-fiction versions from Egypt to Pakistan) This book chronicles a series of murders of priests, each murder symbolically representing one of the 7 deadly sins , and each one is described thoroughly. I wonder if books could have PG/R/X ratings like movies? It would help me make a better choice for leisure reading. If you are going to read a Dan Brown novel, I think that "Da Vinci Code" was a more engaging novel because of it's complex plot - but remember that it is pure fiction w/o any historical credibility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garbage may be a compliment for this nonsense triller. A writter under pressure to produce??? Dan Brown should've stop at DaVinci for a break. This book was a royal mistake. I want my time credited, last book I'll read from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just could not get into the groove with this book. it dragged on and on and finally Rome was saved in the last moments but, then again, we all knew that it would be.
SquirrelHead on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I enjoyed this escapade with Robert Langdon. Love the hunt and figuring the clues out...in my opinion, this is a good one to follow Da Vinci Code.
JessicaCapelle on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Enjoyed the book for what it was- the equivalent of an action movie with good plot. Enjoyed it much more than the Da Vinci Code. I like that Dan Brown keeps the pace throughout the book- this type of "popcorn fiction" as I like to call it keeps me interested and reading. The parts explaining the Illuminati and history were interesting and appeared to be extensively researched. It's a fun book.
maunder on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A thriller which uses a wealth of information about the Vatican and its art treasures asthe backdrop to a suspense novel about a plot to influence the course of Christianity. The novel portrays an American art historian who is called upon to assist in an investigation of the death of a gifted physicist at CERN which leads to a plot to blow up the Vatican with anti-matter. While the anti-matter plot and the stereotyping of the dead physicist's daughter in a rather typical detective novel sexual role, are somewhat hard to take, the novel itself moves along fairly quickly and the art history and other information about the conduct of life and death in the Vatican city are fascinating. This may not be quite as interesting as the Da Vinci Code but it is a close second.
hankreardon on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A clever book. I guessed the twist but it was exciting enough anyway. Wasn't impressed by the preaching or the attempts to bring science down to the level of religion.
siafl on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Much like the Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons was a page turner for me. It took me only two days to finish its 710 pages because the riddles and adventures were ever so gripping. The ambigrams were my favourite part of the book, as well as the many references to sites in Rome.But as I read beyond the murders and the brandings, when I was still in preparation to call this one "much better than The Da Vinci Code", the "real" plot started to emerge, and it bothered me. To me it didn't make much sense, how everybody's not who they said they were, the deceptions, the reversals of roles... Never had I thought that someone could abuse cliff hangers like Brown did in the book. Nor had I ever thought that authors could twist and turn plots into something that would lose its audience. I honestly did not care for anything beginning at the 11th-hour Samaritan. And from there on were another 200 or so pages to go.Many of the books I read and enjoyed I had bits of down time in the middle with them, and found that their endings got better and better. Brown's books tend to be very good at the beginning and very exciting in the middle, and crumbles towards the end.Frankly the book needn't be this long.
mauveberry on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in 2 days. I liked this book better than the Da Vinci Code. I felt like the Da Vinci Code had a few spots that were too slow, but this book was pretty much non-stop action. Of course this is not the best literature out there, but I would recommend it if you're looking for a fun and light read. I saw the movie before reading the book, so I didn't find it troublesome that pictures of the statues were not in the book.
TurningThePages on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A coworker let me borrow this after a discussion we had about 'The Da Vinci Code' (me saying I was interested in reading it, but was afraid it'd be too confusing). At the beginning, I thought it would be a little too science based for me- it took a few times for me to read the introductory few chapters and get into it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it- it wasn't JUST about science- I was pretty much glued to the book until I finished it- carried it everywhere. I didn't see the twists coming, so I was constantly saying "Oh, wow!" at the ending. The book was so descriptive that I felt like I was right there with the characters, seeing what they saw, feeling what they felt. I have been recommending this book to people ever since I finished it.
ladytaluka on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I took me a long time to finish this book. The beginning didn't grab me at all. I kept wanting to read it before I saw the movie, but I finally saw the movie without getting that far in the book. But the movie went so quickly that I wanted to finish the book to understand the story.After about 300 pages it got better and I read the last 400 pages over 3-4 days. Good action and amazing story, but perhaps a little too long. Da Vinci Code went much quicker for me.