So as many of you will have picked up in previous blog posts I have become a bit of a Dan Brown fan and possibly may have developed a small addiction to his work after reading The Da Vinci Code. As soon as I finished it I picked up Angels and Demons and just like The Da Vince Code I had seen the movie so wondered if it would be just like it.
Angels and Demons follows Robert Langdon, the Harvard professor who receives a call in the middle of the night from CERN, the science facility in Switzerland. It isn’t long before Langdon is drawn into a mystery involving murder, ancient organisations and Galileo’s Rome. He and Vittoria, a scientist with CERN must fight against the clock to save the Vatican City and all the lives around it. To add to the mix the Pope has died and the predecessor is to be decided upon, with traditions aside the fate of the Catholic Church lies on Langdon and Vittoria to decipher the next move of an ancient organisation.
I loved this book and found it very difficult to set down. Of course having seen the movie I pictured each character as they were on the screen, yet this didn’t change the appeal of the book for me. I may have known what was coming in the plot however the writing style alone had me hooked from page one. Dan Brown can write an addictive, twisted and thrilling plot that grabs the reader and takes them on a journey not just through the present time but intertwining historical and mythical events leading the reader on a journey through time and history. This is an element that I love because he delves up ancient organisations and brings some of the biggest mysteries of the world into a plot whilst creating amicable characters and using recognisable settings.
I particularly enjoyed the setting in this plot of the Vatican and the Catholic Church paired with CERN, the power of scientists and an old anti-religious organisation. I felt that this added to the intensity and power of the plots because representatives of both organisations had to put aside their beliefs and work together to take down an invisible evil as such. Personally Rome is always a place I have wanted to visit because of it’s history and beauty so I enjoyed the snippets of history, the descriptions of architecture and the little-known places they visited in the books.
Despite the length of the book it didn’t take me long to read it because the plot is fast-paced and a real page-turner. I didn’t want to put it down and couldn’t get through it quick enough. The chapters jump from different perspectives such as Langdon’s, Vittoria’s, the Carmalengo and the assassin making the reader an omniscient presence always one step ahead of the characters.
I know I’m late to the Dan Brown reading party but if you haven’t read him already I would definitely recommend it. He is an incredibly talented writer who weaves a story of twists and turns for his readers, an exciting adventure is guaranteed with every book. However I will warn that sleep comes second when reading one of his books. I gave Angels and Demons a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads because it was a carefully constructed novel and an enticing plot. Even if you have seen the movie I would recommend reading the book because it was a very different experience.