Angels and Demons, Dan Brown (2000) (Robert Langdon #1)
Themes: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Reading Format: Paperback
Before I start with my review, I’d like to remind anyone reading this that hasn’t read the book yet that this is the first book in the series. Plenty of people think that The Da Vinci Code is first, because the film came out before Angels and Demons. But if you want to read the books in order, start with Angels and Demons. Although I can’t think the stories tie in too much together to be honest.
I love a thriller with ties to moments in history, so of course I was going to love this book. Set mainly in Rome, Robert Langdon must help uncover mysteries about the Illuminate, a long dispersed secret brotherhood. This book gave me goosebumps every few pages whenever Langdon figured something out. I felt like I was learning a lot as I was reading it too. I now know a lot more about artists in Rome than I did before.
There is a time limit on solving the mystery in this book, by midnight Langdon must solve clues to find the Illuminate or a tank of antimatter will obliterate the Vatican. It’s dramatic, it’s intense, there are lots of twists and turns and you never know who to trust. Dan Brown must spend a heck of a lot of time writing these books, because he puts so much into them. I will be visiting Rome next month and now I’m even more excited. This story featured so many landmarks and churches that are now definitely on my list of places to travel. I also now have a few random facts about them to share whilst I’m there… I’m hoping none of them are fictional!
This is a thriller like no other, Langdon has to use his brain to solve hidden clues before he runs out of time. Every time he solved something or made a discovery I was there with my mouth hanging open and my brain eager to read more. It’s not like I ever have a chance at solving these clues, but I love watching him do it. I’ve read that this series becomes quite repetitive, so I’m glad to have enjoyed this storyline before I had experienced this first hand. For me this was original and exciting, a real page turner for sure.
Langdon is a great character to read about, he’s funny and interesting and I want to follow him about. He makes serious situations just a little bit less serious, but still remains a professional. I look forward to reading more of him, but I can’t quite see why Tom Hanks was cast as him in the films. Book Langdon is meant to be a bit younger than Hanks and a bit sexier… sorry Tom! I’m glad though that I’d forgotten most of the film when reading this book, so I could go into it with fresh eyes and now I’m excited to watch the film.