Monday, February 07, 2005

Angels and Demons

I’m reading the prequel to The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown’s Angels And Demons. In case you are one of the few people left in the country who hasn’t read the novel, let me catch you up to speed.
Robert Langdon is a symbologyst (a PhD who specializes in analyzing ancient manuscripts, cults, et cetera. So you can imagine what he does for a living: yes, he’s a Harvard Professor.) When a very important European scientist is murdered in a peculiar way, Langdon is called to investigate some interesting findings at the crime scene. What he discovers on the body leads him racing the clock around Vatican City, trying to protect Catholic Cardinals while uncovering a 500 year old mystery. I’m about three quarters of the way through the book, and I’m enjoying it. That’s a big step for me: someone who rather read the newspaper than spend his own money on a bound book! But my girlfriend kept gushing about Angels and Demons, so I jumped on the Dan Brown bandwagon with her. So far, I’m very impressed. With all the hype around the book, I assumed it would be trite. Brown ends his chapters hanging, enticing the reader to continue. Something that can keep my attention like this is rare. He also has a very unique writing style, and I am impressed with the amount of research that went into this book. There are a lot of facts about Rome, Catholicism, and the Illuminati cult. I am really enjoying this book, and I encourage you to pick it up.


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