Angels & Demons – Dan Brown

A Decent Distraction

This is actually the prequel to The Davinci Code, which was also excellent. Having read my fair share of conspiracy theory books, including many surrounding the Illuminatus and the Masons, I was pleased to see that he maintained about as much historical accuracy to those organizations as one is probably capable of anymore.

The book was fast paced, almost too much so. It is perhaps my one critique of it, is that it flows almost too quickly. The Davinci Code was similar, seemingly having been written for the pacing of a two hour movie. It will be interesting to see if, when either or both of these hit the big screen, whether much had to be left out. Perhaps I am spoiled by the epic 2000 pagers, like Focault’s Pendulum, and desire more research and less action. But still, it was a pleasant read.

The characters are engrossing, believable and passionate. The plot, while quick-paced, was almost never predictable, right to the very end. I even had one point where I thought I had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong several pages later. Nicely done, Mr. Brown. I will certainly continue to read his books as I find them.

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