Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons is an excellent read and manages to keep the reader enthralled from the turning of the first page. Brown is most famous for his Da Vinci Code and like most people I talk to ‘Da Vinci’ is the first of his books they read. This is a mistake as Angels and Demons precedes The Da-Vinci Code. However, don’t panic, reading the books out of chronological order wont upset your cosmic balance too much and you should still enjoy this fabulous book.
Browns hero is Harvard professor, Robert Langdon and like all good books Brown manages to entwine a heroine to give the hero both a romantic entanglement and also a reason to put himself through extra physical extremes and tortures that, doesn’t rely upon a superman type need to save all of humanity. After all, contrary to most female beliefs, men do not enjoy wearing their pants outside their tights in order to save the world and the allure of a nubile young lady is a much more enticing offer.
It would seem that Robert Langdon is the perfect male on the surface, but further examination of Dan Browns Books shows that in fact Langdon has one fatal flaw. He keeps answering the phone when it rings in the middle of the night and launching himself upon perilous adventures, this time being flung into action against an enemy as old as the church, the Illuminati.
Langdon’s use of Ambigrams in this novel is superb and for those of lesser intelligence an ambigram is a word that reads the same when it is turned completely upside down.
The author also uses the scientific theories of anti matter and laws of physics and sciences as a solid foundation for this story as well as a disconcerting knowledge of the Catholic Church and its rather chequered history.
The book contains everything that an adventure thriller should, heroes, villains, heroes that become villains, villains that become heroes, treachery, deception, honour, and a cracking plot that weaves the characters through unbelievable scenarios with the merest frown of disbelief creasing the brow of the reader.
All in all a great page-turner for those in need of adventure and intrigue with liberal dashing of intellect testing revelations.