Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Originally Published: 2001
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown is our 1st introduction to world-renowned symbologist Robert Langdon.
Langdon is summoned to a Swiss Research Facility (CERN) to analyze a symbol that was branded into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers that the most powerful and hated enemy of the Catholic Church, the Illuminati, have re-surfaced. The Illuminati announce that they have placed a bomb in the heart of Vatican City which will detonate in 24 hours – just as the cardinals are about to go into conclave to choose a new pope. However, four cardinals, the Preferiti, (the most likely to be elected as the next pope) are missing. Joined by an Italian physicist, Vittoria Vetra, who is the adopted daughter to the man that was just killed, Langdon is on a race through crypts, cathedrals, and most of Vatican City trying to locate the bomb, and the missing cardinals. They are assisted by both the Swiss Guard and Pope’s second in command. Langdon is trying to follow the Path of Illumination which leads him to the four elements, and to some dead cardinals.
There was a lot of criticism over this book. Inaccuracies regarding anti-matter properties; locations in Rome; language; Catholic church procedures; time frames. I don’t care. This is fiction, folks! It was not a true-life event.
Dan Brown wrote a wonderful book, full of great twists and turns, and it moves at a fast pace. They even came out with a movie based on the book! It has substance! And, it’s just a a really good read.
Favorite Quotes from Angels & Demons:
“God answers all prayers, but sometimes his answer is ‘no’.”
“Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.”
“From Santi’s earthly tomb with demon’s hole,
‘Cross Rome the mystic elements unfold.
The path of light is laid, the sacred test,
Let angels guide you on your lofty quest.”