Friday, November 27, 2009

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown .

This 620 page thriller was written in 2000 and I found this book an entertaining and a fun read. This is not the tale of the under-dog for on page 21 we read...

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.

...So, our hero moves on and on page 121 we read...

'Mr Langdon, I want to know who killed my father. And I want to know if your agency can find the anti-matter.'
Langdon looked flustered. 'My agency?'
'You're with U.S. Intelligence, I assume.'
Kholer intervened. 'Mr Langdon is a professor of art history at Harvard University.'
Vittoria felt like she had been doused with ice water. 'An art teacher?'

...But, I laugh to myself, can you really solve a crisis like this with the help of an art teacher? This reminds me of the song ...

If there's something strange
in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?

If there's something weird
and it don't look good
Who ya gonna call?

This story is really far-fetched! It involves a long forgotten group called the Illuminati and their evil plans for the Catholic Church. What secrets may the Catholic Church be hiding within it's heavily guarded walls?

I do not suggest that bloggers buy this book, it is okay, it passed my quality threshold but this really is a silly story that you can enjoy in just the same way as a tv comedy programme. Once again, a big thank you goes to a workmate called Matthew for passing on his copy of this book to me to enjoy whilst his is on holiday in Thailand.

Angels & Demons is a daft, silly story that would never happen in real life. There are many twists in this tale and the pace is fast. Everything is explained to the reader, you just roll along with this fantasy. This novel deals at great length with the sculpture of Gian Lorenzo Bernini , as our hero Robert Langdon, the art teacher, saves the day! Dan Brown also explores a lot of theology from the point of view of a Catholic Priest. I think that readers of all beliefs will be able to follow all these theological arguments with great ease because of the way that Dan Brown explains them to the reader. You do not need an upbringing from my parents to understand the thoughts of Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca! Angels & Demons has a good ending and I think it is a better book than The Lost Symbol but I still rate it as okay, with 3 stars on Book Army .
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