Angels & Demons (Paperback)
|Author: Dan Brown|
|Now available in this premium edition--the book that introduced Dr. Robert Langdon, the hero of Brown's phenomenal bestseller The Da Vinci Code, just in time for the May premiere of Columbia Pictures' film adaptation, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.
From the Publisher:
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable target.
When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy -- the Catholic Church.
Langdon's worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican's holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.
Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.
An explosive international thriller, Angels & Demons careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.
Dan Brown and his trademark literary creation, the symbologist Robert Langdon, soared into publishing history with THE DA VINCI CODE, but ANGELS AND DEMONS actually marked the first appearance of the character. In Langdon's initial adventure, he is called to a research center in Switzerland to try to decipher a symbol that has been branded onto the murdered corpse of a renowned scientist. This morbid clue points Langdon down a treacherous trail littered with tortured bodies, each carrying a cryptic hint of an even more terrifying plot against the Vatican. As the leaders of the church gather and sequester themselves to select a replacement for the recently deceased pope, Langdon discovers that the ancient Illuminati have re-emerged to enact a terrible revenge of near-biblical proportions. This thriller features Dan Brown's blockbuster mix of captivating clues, astounding real history, and electrifying adventure, all swirling around a series of fictional crimes that are as dark and disturbing as any in recent memory. ANGELS AND DEMONS notably features a series of amazing ambigrams, an obscure art form of words graphically written such that they read the same from multiple angles or viewpoints.