This book is an academic thriller. And what I mean by that is that this book is like a history lesson and power tower combined. It would seem as if the two are both incompatible with one another, but Dan Brown pulls it off.
I actually chose this book randomly. I asked the first person I saw the day that I needed a book, Anna Peterson: “what’s a good book?”
She said the first thing that came to mind: “Angels and Demons”
Now, I have never read Dan Brown’s first novel: The Da Vinci Code, however I did see the movie and thought that I might like this type of book. So I went up to the school library and picked out the copy that they had there. (It looked rather beaten up when I found it on the shelves, perhaps another indicator that I was on the right track for a good book.)
Now, I’m not an avid reader, by any means. I really don’t find myself too often reading when I could be surfing the web or playing Xbox, but I caught myself reading outside of class on more than one occasion with this novel. I never thought it would happen again outside of English class and Harry Potter, but it did!
The book’s opening seen is similar to that of the Da Vinci code in that we see the death of an older man to the hands of some unknown assailant, and then we warp back to the now, where we watch as Robert Langdon, renowned symbologist, waking to the call of one Maximillian Kohler, the president of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) summoning him to their location in Switzerland. Upon arriving he is briefed that ¼ of a gram of antimatter, the opposite of matter and a HIGHLY explosive material, has been stolen. Robert then realizes that an age-old brotherhood, the illuminati is behind the thievery and must solve an ancient puzzle to retrieve the antimatter before it’s too late.
Many people criticize Dan Brown’s writing style as crude, even unworthy of a high school essay, but I disagree. His novels are not for the analysis and syntactical nitpicking that critics assault him with, he’s an escapist writer, and his writing style actually HAS improved since his last book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t want to read another lit class book; definitely worth the time, and I give it a 9.5/10
Brown, Dan. Angels and Demons. New York: First Pocket Books, 2000.
In this 572-page book, Robert Langdon, a well-known symbologist of his time, is awakened to the presence of an ancient satanic brotherhood that plans on the destruction of the Catholic Church and Vatican City. We follow Langdon through this thriller as he uses his mind, instinct and strength to overcome the hurdles put in front of him unexpectedly, and in the end we are left with a thrilling story with a touching ending. No analysis necessary.