Recently Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul said the era of fiction is over. Fiction combined with facts or reality is the in thing. Complete fiction is a big no-no today. The book written blending imagination and reality are attracting readers. Dan brown the author of davinci code mastered the art of blending history and present, reality and fact in a gripping manner. The illuminati around which organization the novel revolves is a real society in which Galileo, Bernini ,Michelangelo, scientists, sculptors, astronomers and many more big brains are members. In 15th century the church and scientists are at loggerheads.
The church does not believe what the scientists are inventing and were afraid it would deprive their supremacy. To retain the faith of people in God and religion the church hunted and killed them and branded four scientists and dropped their bodies in four different parts of Rome. The elite and learned ran away from Italy and formed “Illuminati”. to carry forward their work and to take revenge on church.
Leonardo Vvetra and his adopted daughter Vittoria are scientists at C.E.R.N. , a very renowned organization at Geneva. Leonardo vetra is a priest and physicist who strongly believed science and religion are not at odds, both are two different approaches to find the same truth that is God.
C.E.R.N director Kohler is a genius and allowed vetra and Vittoria to do the research freely without any supervision. Kohler never put sanctions on their expenditure or verified their work as he has immense faith in them. One day Leonardo missed the morning meeting and also failed to reply the pager message.kohler found Vetra murdered and branded with “ illuminati” ambigram.
He at once sent message to his daughter vittoria and Robert Langdon who is a historian and religious symbologist.robert Langdon strongly condemned brutal murder but said “illuminati” is extinct. Vittoria was shocked at the murder of her father and the way it was kept as a secret, to her horror she finds a canister of anti matter is missing.
Leonardo vetra believed in Galileo’s duality theory that God has created everything in duality----light-dark, day-night and so on…..He wanted to prove genesis and succeeded in creating antimatter thus proving the genisis.
Antimatter is very valuable at the same time immense destroyer. One drop of antimatter can light entire New York City and a quarter gram of antimatter can cause the disaster as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb. When they were discussing, a message came from Vatican asking about the cannister which was in some hidden place in vatican.
Vittoria and Robert rush to Vatican to retrieve the canister before it destroys the entire Vatican city .on that particular day Vatican was under media’s eye as the election to new pope is underway. Four pope aspiring important candidates were missing just before the conclave and the Vatican got a message that cardinals were going to be murdered and dropped at four different places of Rome and the murders will be live telecasted.
Robert and Vittoria rush across Rome and Vatican following the clues of Galileo and Bernini s angels but failed to stop the murders which were telecasted live. Robert Langdon was aghast when he found the pope’s close aide and his chamberlain not only killed the pope but also behind the murders.
Camerlengo was exposed through the camcorder of Kohler.camerlengo set ablaze himself when he found some naked truths.eventhough what camerlengo has done was unpardonable the cardinals chose to keep it as a secret as all the gimmicks and ghastly deeds made the people believe in God and made the world more religious and faithful.
The sculptures and churches and the articrafts, passages, tunnels all are real and C.E.R.N. also exists in Geneva and there antimatter is invented and its a fact. The clues and puzzles, riddles and the descriptions of places sculptures, passages, tunnels andthe truths behind those stories are mind boggling and gripping .A must read for book lovers.