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Angels & demons [sound recording]
Brown, Dan
Adult Fiction BROWN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Pitting scientific terrorists against the cardinals of Vatican City, this well-plotted if over-the-top thriller is crammed with Vatican intrigue and high-tech drama. Robert Langdon, a Harvard specialist on religious symbolism, is called in by a Swiss research lab when Dr. Vetra, the scientist who discovered antimatter, is found murdered with the cryptic word "Illuminati" branded on his chest. These Iluminati were a group of Renaissance scientists, including Galileo, who met secretly in Rome to discuss new ideas in safety from papal threat; what the long-defunct association has to do with Dr. Vetra's death is far from clear. Vetra's daughter, Vittoria, makes a frightening discovery: a lethal amount of antimatter, sealed in a vacuum flask that will explode in six hours unless its batteries are recharged, is missing. Almost immediately, the Swiss Guard discover that the flask is hidden beneath Vatican City, where the conclave to elect a new pope has just begun. Vittoria and Langdon rush to recover the canister, but they aren't allowed into the Vatican until it is discovered that the four principal papal candidates are missing. The terrorists who are holding the cardinals call in regarding their pending murders, offering clues tied to ancient Illuminati meeting sites and runes. Meanwhile, it becomes clear that a sinister Vatican entity with messianic delusions is in league with the terrorists. Packing the novel with sinister figures worthy of a Medici, Brown (Digital Fortress) sets an explosive pace as Langdon and Vittoria race through a Michelin-perfect Rome to try to save the cardinals and find the antimatter before it explodes. Though its premises strain credulity, Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A distinguished Harvard professor of religious symbolism receives a mysterious call from a science research center in Switzerland. One of the scientists has been brutally murdered and has a symbol branded on his chest that looks like an Illuminati sign. Professor Langdon has studied the Illuminati but is totally unprepared for the horrible events that will soon engulf him. Brown (The Da Vinci Code) returns with another complex, intelligent thriller that takes listeners inside the Vatican like no book has ever done before. He grabs your interest from the very first tape and doesn't let go until the very end. Despite the author's tendency toward florid prose, there is never a dull moment in this engrossing and contemporary novel. Richard Poe does an outstanding job in keeping characters distinctive and in maintaining suspense through his emotional narration. Highly recommended. Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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