Angels and Demons







by Dan Brown

When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol scared onto the dead man's chest. His conclusion; it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years-now reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church.

In Rome the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair-a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican.


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Tried to write my first ever book review on this one... but failed miserably :P

I guess this means that the book itself is DEFINATELY worth reading and that you do not have to take my word for it. So next time I shall just post a synopsis of book reviews on my blog for anyone who wants to know what books I've read recently.

What else can I say? Good steal at a cheap price for endless pages of mystery and fun down in the depths of the Vatican. If only I had read this before the death of Pope John Paul II, I think I would have read the newspapers even more.

And I didn't know that the Apostle Peter was the first Pope... nor that his body is still (I presume) lying under the Vatican!

One more thing, about the magnetic trap used to trap the anti-matter... it is actually feasible! I first heard of this technique during the Carl E. Wieman (Nobel Laureate) talk in MMU where Mr. Wieman used an optical trap to trap atoms in his Bose-Einstein Condensate experiment. How fascinating is that? Go figure!

Comments

weixuan said…
u lost me... -.-"
Anonymous said…
some arguments might be true in the book, but please differentiate between fiction and fact.

for example, in "Da Vinci Code", the author 'tweaked' some facts to comply with his story.

1. Pope Alexander was not at Sir Isaac Newton's funeral, the tombstone was placed years after Newton's death.

2. Christ's divinity was made up by Emperor Constantine. Wrong. There were writings about Christ's divinity by St. Paul, long before Constantine's era.

Just some examples of the way the author deceives readers who take every word as it is.

All of this is o.k. of course, as it is a fictional book, and the author is entitled to as such. But it is the author's claim that he did extensive research and everything inside the book are facts, that bothers me.
Lichard said…
I still think Angels & Demons is much better than DVCode...

So...
You plan to stop right there or go on with the rest of Dan Brown's books?
Xweing said…
Thanks Anonymous for the fiction/fact point out.

Truth is, reading the Da Vinci Code did shake my faith a lot, I was kinda at a perpetual loss at religion, esp where the part where Jesus has a wife. It's like, this brother you have has had a wife for a very very long time without even inviting you to his wedding ceremony.

But then a nonchalant remark from a friend "It's just FICTION!" woke me up.

To trust is to believe in the Lord. Anything I leave in his hands.
Xweing said…
So Lichard, I guess I shall stop at Angels and Demons for the moment.

But my dad did ask me to get Digital Fortress for him... so I'm still pondering. Hmm. Is it good?
Lichard said…
Reading Digi Fort now ...
Kinda funny when u haff knowledge in coding and encoding ... and the author, i think extract his words from books without real self experience ...

it's quite funny ...

Digi Fort, the last...

It's a fiction lar indeed ... don worry too much about the wedding lar ...
chim-chimz said…
i've gone through DV Code & A&D too but somehow i find DC Code more interesting, as it puts a twist into the "all-known-fact" of christianity, making people wonder what the writer writes is a truth or a fiction. Nonetheless, it's a fiction with some truth in it but what to believe is of course lies in your own hand.

abt A&D, i find it rather too fictionous to be true, therefore i know it's not, and i believe it's not. maybe that's what i feel that make myself feel that it's less interesting compared to his other bestseller. that's my two cents ;)

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