Angels & Demons

1 05 2008

Angels & Demons

by Dan Brown

Summary:

In Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, A prequel to his famous Da Vinci Code, Robert Langdon and his new found companion Vittoria Veltra search the Vatican City for a bomb. If the bomb is set off, all of the cardinals that have gathered there for the selection of the new Pope will die. And if that wasn’t bad enough, four cardinals, who were the leading candidates for becoming the pope, have all gone missing. The bomb, the absence of the cardinals, and the murder of a scientist are all believed to have been caused by an ancient society called the Illuminati which all had thought to be extinct. It is up to Langdon and Vittoria with some help from their friends to follow the clues before the time runs out so that they can stop the Illuminati from destroying the Vatican and its inhabitants

Review:

Despite all of the negative feedback, if a reader reads the novel for the excitement and the adventure it is going to be difficult for them to do anything but love it. Anyone who was offended by the book either read it looking for problems or took it entirely too seriously. It was meant to entertain and that is exactly what it does. The plot is filed with constant twists and turns, each more unbelievable and exiting than the last. If the book were meant to be a guide to the Illuminati way of life, or a map of the Vatican City then it failed; but in terms of being quality entertainment it could not have been better. As the reader makes their way through the book however, there are several parts that move very fast and can be confusing if you do not slow down or are not paying full attention. And even though all of the scientific wonders are not all true, they were all interesting and thought provoking, and all were at least based in reality. Over all I would strongly suggest this book and I think it is not nearly as dangerous as many make it out to be. It was written to entertain and that is all it needs to do.

Why is this book “dangerous?”:

Angels and Demons is often referred to as a dangerous book. There are two primary reasons it has received this label. Firstly, it upset members of the Catholic Church, and secondly, its inaccuracies upset many who took his work as truth as he claims it is in the beginning of the book. It has certainly not received as much opposition as Dan Brown’s other novel the Da Vinci code, but the opposition it did encounter in terms of Christianity was for many of the same reasons. For example, the villain of the book is the servant of the deceased pope. The only reason that he acts the way he does is a strict belief in the catholic teachings. He kills the pope because he has an illegitimate son all because he is following the ways of Catholicism. The second issue is the fallacies of the novel. Throughout the book, especially in the first edition, he bends and twists the truth without any sort of warning to make them fit his story.  For example, he takes a real organization, the Illuminati, and makes claims about how many historical figures were members of it, where in truth many were not affiliated, and some still are actually older than the organization. Brown also has an assassin who speaks of his gods, but since assassins are of Muslim decent, they do not have gods but only one god: Allah. He also stretches the reality of antimatter and other scientific wonders on the book far beyond what many believe to be acceptable. What many people see as the worst part in terms of the inaccuracies is that they were almost all caused by poor research. Brown even admitted to doing very little research on topics that he led readers to believe were facts.

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