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I rarely find a book that I literally cannot put down while reading but Angels & Demons fit the bill. I took it everywhere with me and had it read faster that I thought. Every twist of the plot kept me in suspense and kept me guessing who the person behind the whole night’s events. I am typically an awesome predictor of the end of a mystery book or movie and can usually guess who’s the culprit before it’s revealed.
An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church.
Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.
Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair…a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.
With this story (as well as The Da Vinci Code), I was kept in ultimate suspense until the very end of the book. You will be amazed to find out who Janus is and why he did everything he did. You will also be amazed to find out who’s related to Janus and how that taking just two moments to listen to the explanation behind the original “problem”, the nights events would never have taken place and everyone would have lived a better longer life. Of course, then there would be no book.