This isn’t the cover on my copy of the book. I just find it interesting. Found on Wikipedia.
Basic Plot: World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries old underground organization: the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth… the long forgotten Illuminati lair.
Taken from the back cover.
Enter… me: Before I begin I’ll warn you that I’ll try my best to avoid spoilers, but some can’t be avoided as it’s important to my opinion.
The book started off pretty interesting. I read The Da Vinci Code not too long ago after caving in to pressure by my parents and friend. Then I started reading it and my friend looked at me funny for not reading Angels and Demons first since, hey guess what? THIS IS A PREQUEL. URGH. So I faintly knew what became of the BAMF intelligent lady that Langdon has made a habit of associating himself with. Faintly. I had no idea what what she was like.
As with The Da Vinci Code, it starts with a gruesome murder that I have no idea how they got it into a PG-13 movie. Brown really knows how to describe his gore, saying the head was literally BACKWARDS. And the eye was cut out, and don’t get me started on the brand in the physicist’s chest. He had an interesting concept with the antimatter though, and he seemed to know his stuff about it. I give Brown major props for research.
The story then goes into religious territory with the kidnapping of cardinals and murder of the Pope and selection of a new one, but in a good way that was interesting and gripping. I’m not overly religious, but as the plot unfolded and went into the Illuminati stuff (I still strongly believe they’re around… that’s for another post.) and mentioned Bernini and other famous artists being involved in the Illuminati (major conspiracy theory, much?), and not the over psycho Illuminati we think of today (They’re the villains in this book), but the well-behaved one run by Galileo. Yes, there was a well behaved Illuminati. He kept my attention, and Brown really loves his Chekov’s Guns. I love those, and makes me wonder what’s going to happen next, and I love the “Ohhhh” moments I get when I miss them. The Mickey Mouse watch was my favorite by far, and ended up saving Langdon from suffocation. The paramedic’s attempt at English was funny.
My favorite character in the story was by far the Camerlengo Carlo Vantresca, up to a point. And here is probably where the spoilers begin, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
As I delved deeper into the story and started discussing it with friends, they were saying there was a huge plot twist at the end. I’m wondering, “Oh, they’re not going to save the Vatican. It’s going to be incinerated with antimatter.” I kept holding out they would at least save the cool cardinal they all kept mentioning was the favorite to be Pope.
They all died. And I was sad.
Then I thought they would make the Camerlengo the Pope because he was just so CHILL. I gave him major props for his concession speech to Science on behalf of Religion itself, and it was so true and so honest and I’m just all “Why can’t all Christians I know be like him?”
I learned I was half right.
The guy went nuts after being branded with the Illuminati Diamond brand. Started running around half naked and thinking he was seeing God. The end made me lose most of my faith in the guy, especially when he was revealed to be the guy behind all these shenanigans and I was sad to a point where I almost threw the book across the room. But I was in Health class when I finished it so I couldn’t.
Also, he was elected Pope for seventeen minutes unofficially because he saw God before setting himself on fire. Then a new Pope was elected. The world’s shortest war lasted longer than that (38 minutes).
And Vittoria was kidnapped and was about to get herself raped then managed to create a sort of Chekov’s Skill:
“Houdini was a yoga master.”
And then the last line was, and I’m not even joking…
“You’ve never been to bed with a yoga master, have you?”
And then in The Da Vinci Code she’s mentioned briefly before Langdon goes off with Sophie Neveu. Langdon, you man whore.
Basically, when reading a book by Dan Brown in the Robert Langdon trilogy:
- No one is pure except for Langdon and his BAMF girlfriend.
- The chill dude is always the bad guy. If you like him, he’s the villain.
- The policemen are a**hats. And then turn out to be decent.
- You think it’s settled? NOT YET.
Overall, I’d give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not recommended to those who don’t have an interest in the area of conspiracy theories and history, but gripping for nerdy people like me, but the plot twist enraged me.
That’s it for this time, folks. Next on my list is:
Doctor Who: Shada by Douglas Adams and Gareth Roberts