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Angels and Demons / The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #1-2)

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Enter the labyrinthine world of internationally bestselling author Dan Brown with his first two spellbinding thrillers featuring Robert Langdon:

Angels and Demons
When a groundbreaking scientist is found brutally murdered, world renowned Harvard professor Robert Langdon is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared on to the dead man's chest. His conclusion, that it
Published October 1st 2005 by Bantam Press (first published June 1st 2003)
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Silver Savage
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Silver by: My mother
I have to say I loved both the books. Robert Langdon is one of the best charecters I have ever read about. I would love to he about him again and again.

Now on to Angels And Demons, this book I read first out of the two and it still rakes as my top favorite book. It combinds that of danger and mystery with cunning puzzes and brain twisting thoughts. When you think something is happening something completly different is realy happening, one of the best books in the world for anyone who likes
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Gory,and (spoiler alert)--there isn't going to be any solution until all the murders are committed, so you have to sit through all the gore and you know it.
Plus, Dan Brown's characters move through the plot at an unhuman rate...dont' they have to eat or go to the bathroom? :)
Joel Humberd
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Personally, I think these two are the best in the Robert Langdon series, at least from the 4 I read (the first 4) with a lot of fun history and trivia. The movies were also pretty decent.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the special illustrated edition of this book and I thought that was really worth it. I had a clear vision of all the buildings in Rome and in my opinion you really could visualize Robert's quest through the different parts of Rome. Dan Brown is just an awesome writer. He keeps up the tension through the whole book. I thought it was really interesting to read how Robert unraveled the mystery step by step. You must be a really good writer to not only write a fictional and fun book, but also ...more
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book after having read DA Vinci. But I liked this one better than the Da Vinci Code. This book according to me was ... more imaginative and had a fantastic story line.

When I read the book, during the introdction of the villain character I knew he was the one. Don't ask me how. I just knew that he was the one. Nevertheless I kept reading. And that was what set this book apart. Usually wen I figure out the villain I lose interest. But not in this one.

The story teller has told a good
Nov 25, 2009 rated it liked it
This book (as with his others) is both intoxicating and insulting. I am engaged one minute and annoyed the next. What is undeniable is that Dan Brown has a gift for plot and for weaving history and art into a narrative. What he struggles with is the craft of writing and character development. I know I am supposed to forgive the latter for the sake of a really engaging story, which he can definitely deliver, but it's just easier said than done.

Angels and Demons is built on a very interesting
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I saw the commercial for the movie in a theater the other day and ran out to get this book it looked so good. It is the prequel to the Da Vinci Code (Brown's other Robert Langdon book) and follows Langdon to Vatican City where he finds himself involved in a huge plot by the Illuminati, a satanic cult against the Vatican, to take down the church. I don't want to go into too much detail because there is a lot of information that I could give away, but all in all I reccommend ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I did not read this combined edition of these stories but I have read both and enjoyed both. I found Angels and Demons, the book written before Da Vinci Code to be a very good read, especially if you like history, mystery and travel. I did not like the ending to Angels and Demons, but really I guess it was really just the last few pages. I felt that after all of the mystery that the ending was just too plain, expected.
Shivani Garg
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book after having read the Da Vinci Code, and both seemed to very similar in terms of the fast-paced thrilling stories that were set in a background of deception, lies, mystery and involve plentiful of surprise turns and twists. Overall, it was an engaging book, can be a good travel companion.
Leo .
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought that the Da Vinci code was his best book.🐯👍
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story; I had fun reading it
Tuba Sayed
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Robert Langdon.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid 4 stars for both of the stories in this omnibus!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bigbook2017
This is not a great work of artistic prose, nor do I think that Dan Brown is one of the best writers of our time. What I do think he is, is a good storyteller. This book is written in such a way that does not detract from the fast-paced adventure that occurs throughout these books. This book is more about the enjoying the plot than the writing. And while sometimes the writing was noticeably less than brilliant in some places, I did not feel that my overall enjoyment in the story was diminished. ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
These books are fun, quick reads. It's easy to enjoy them, with or without giving them your full attention.
I was a little bummed that Robert Langdon had such predictable relationships with the women who were thrown into his path by circumstance...
And I also found the plots a little bit too predictable. A writer friend of mine told me that novelists often try to include only the details that will be relevant later in the plot. Including superfluous information is frowned upon. Dan Brown
Carole P. Roman
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Da Vinci Code:
The DaVinci Code rocked the world when it came out. Just by chance, I had finished "Holy Blood Holy Grail" when I picked up Dan Brown's book- so I was well prepared for the plot twists and turns. Controversial as well as compelling, it leads to many long talks by the water cooler at work. Dan Brown was the first to bring many of the legends of the family of Jesus to today's culture and gives you food for thought. Entertaining, thought-provoking as well as a darn good read- the
Haley M.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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D.A. Fellows
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3/5 stars. Hmm...the Robert Langdon series. Like many other readers, I read 'The Da Vinci Code' first, then 'Angels and Demons'. I enjoyed them both, actually thinking there was little to choose between them in terms of plot and excitement. I remember thinking though, "He's written these to be made into movies", rather than, "Whoa, what wonderful novels." And I've looked through a few reviews of 'The Lost Symbol' I the only one who HATED it? It took me about six weeks to read, I probably ...more
RoChe Montoya
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok so this is amazing. You get two really good books in one. The fast pace adventures of Robert Langdon are hard to put down. Dan Brown grabs your attention and doesn't let go. I didn't think I could read that fast through a book, but after every chapter I needed to know more, NEEDED! I doubt there isn't a person on this site that hasn't read this book but I still wont give it away, all I will say is the movies are great but it's just the small things that were changed for the viewing audience ...more
Margy Levine Young
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Mysteries with cliffhangers and plot twists are fun, but Dan Brown tries way, way too hard. Every chapter ends with a shocking revelation that changes everything, one that the characters find out but that wont be revealed to you until later. Annoying. Meg said, "Its like he doesnt trust the reader to keep reading without forcing you to!

Da Vinci, which came later, is definitely better. However, in both, supposedly brilliant scientists act really dim. Da Vinci scholars are amazed when a message
Sabrina Stern
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
At this point these books seem horribly antiquated, as much of the cleverness of Robert Langdon can be matched with a smart phone. There is a lot of Langdon going to archives and looking for maps that now would all be accomplished with a smart phone (in fact in the latest book Inferno, Dan Brown has to kill or lose every ones cell phone so that Langdon can do his genius thing). The reason I re-read these books and continue to enjoy the Robert Langdon story is because they make you want to visit ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brown is a master of detail and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to art, religion and history. Robert Langdon is a great protagonist in this thriller. I loved "The Da Vinci Code" and enjoyed "Angels and Demons". It is an exciting thrill ride and in depth look at the machinations of the Catholic Church. I was slightly disappointed with the ending and I also think it dragged on a tad longer than needed. The book was already fabulous without a few extra plot twists. I will still look forward to ...more
Nikita Kamat
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Angels and Demons is a very good book written in the hands of Dan Brown. His series are phenominal, combining both mystery and danger. The beginning of the book starts out with an introduction leading to a mystery of an unkown body. The context in the book is so amazingly thought out, and it challenged me to not keep the book down.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Basically the Da Vinci Code with name changes. Some of the stuff pertaining to the Catholic faith not very well researched.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Still holds up on its second read. Very flamboyant ending.
Maddie Fugal
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angels and Demons is seriously such a good book. It is so interesting and intriguing. I love the suspense so much. The mystery concepts kept me reading. This book reminds me of the movie, National Treasure. I really enjoy Robert Langdon as a character. He is very much respectable. He just seems like a kick butt guy. His character is portrayed as very hard working and determined. He knows what he is doing. I know I would not want to come across Robert Langdon the wrong way. He could destroy me! ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book One Angels and Demons
This book is amazing. But it is a work of fiction so if your very religious or think the storyline is bogus and your going to read it then dissect it instead of just enjoying the amazing story and plot then just don't bother. It's crazy the amount of people I know that have done just that and not just enjoyed this amazing work of fiction.
Their is a small love interest in the book but romance reader beware it takes a very back seat to the story but for me because the
Mar 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
This book gripped me on the opening page: "Robert Langdon sat up in his empty bed". Er - it was not empty as he was sitting in it! Dan Brown doesn't do boring technicalities though!

Almost as bad as The Da Vinci code, this book has a saving grace - the plot is vaguely entertaining. However, like all Brown books, don't believe any information snippets given to you. These are invariably wrong as Brown has a tendency to believe urban legends and pass them on in his work.

Brown does not seem to have
Ritul Arya
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Browns novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME

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