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Book review: Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Because movies based on Dan Brown's books have been so popular in recent years, I felt it was high time to read this first book in his Robert Langdon trilogy. I didn't know what I was missing! This page-turner is an incredible blend of mystery, history, technology, and conspiracy theory.

An ancient conflict between science (the Illuminati) and religion (the Catholic Church) resurfaces in the present day, leading to a race against time in Rome and Vatican City. The pace increases as the characters decipher symbols and come frustratingly close to solving the mystery on several occasions. Many chapters end in twists or cliffhangers, making it difficult to find a good place to put the book down.

Brown does a great job with character development. He includes peeks into the characters' pasts that explain their attitudes and behaviors, but you rarely see the entire picture until the end. The locations and actions are described in vivid detail, making visualization effortless.

Despite the engaging storytelling, I did find myself saying, "Oh, come on!" at a few points that seemed less than believable (or borderline impossible). Still, I definitely liked it enough to put The Da Vinci Code on my to-read list.

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