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DOWNLOAD ⚢ Angels & Demons ó 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 In a desperate race 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, and deserted cathedrals, and into the depths of the most secretive vault on earththe long forgotten Illuminati lair back cover This was Brown s book before the infamous The Da Vinci Code In many ways, this book was like a rough draft for The Da Vinci Code , same character Langdon, same other characters, same basic start, same concepts, same bad research passed off as fact, same trick of having nearly every chapter end in cliffhanger, the same in so many ways.Sadly, I think he did a better job the first time around I recommend you have a computer handy so you look up what Brown is talking about, and that way you can This was Brown s book before the infamous The Da Vinci Code In many ways, this book was like a rough draft for The Da Vinci Code , same character Langdon, same other characters, same basic start, same concepts, same bad research passed off as fact, same trick of having nearly every chapter end in cliffhanger, the same in so many ways.Sadly, I think he did a better job the first time around I recommend you have a computer handy so you look up what Brown is talking about, and that way you can have a better idea of what it really looks like Added bonus too, you can have a laugh over how Brown had to forced it into his world to make the plot somewhat cohesive Look, if you want to write fiction, do so but please own up to it being fiction Trying to pass off the Ecstasy of St Theresa as being so pornographic in nature that the Vatican had it exiled to a small church, is, well, wrong as wrong as gets.Brown throws out a number of stunningly stupid statements, like asserting that since Christianity is syncretic, God eating the Holy Communion was taken from the Aztecs How, Brown never explains, since the practice was established by Christ himself during the Last Supper around 33 A.D and the Aztecs didn t show up until 1248 A.D I figure Brown left it open so he could write some sort of time travel book, involving a long lost secret that the Aztecs built their pyramids as sort of a dry run, traveled back in time and were actually behind the pyramids in Egypt And, of course, were the sect that created the Christ myth due to a poorly thought out plot.Thanks to the internet, you too can have fun poking holes in the book See, for example, CERN s site on the book And if that doesn t do it for you, here s a good site looking into all the errors.A sample from the last site While walking around the CERN campus, Langdon notices a marble column incorrectly labeled Ionic Langdon points the mistake out to Kohler That column isn t Ionic Ionic columns are uniform in width That one s tapered It s a Doric the Greek counterpart 26 The problem is that Ionic columns are themselves Greek The three orders of classical columns, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, are all Greek in origin, so it s impossible for the Doric order to the be the Greek counterpart of the Ionic It s also much easier to distinguish the Doric from the Ionic based on their capitals Doric columns have plain capitals, while Ionic columns are topped by volutes or scrolls That irked me when I read that passage, because not only is a poor joke, it doesn t make sense Let s ignore the bad, the erroneous, and the ugly, and you have decent little thriller zipping around Rome looking at art Of course, it has to zip along, slow down long enough to think about it, and a host of questions start to swarm up Like how Langdon has a whole theory on who the bad guy is and how Langdon was involved in these rather preposterous circumstances Of course, the premise is wrong, so that that whole house of cards fall down Not bad in of itself, but then Brown doesn t ever provide any reason Langdon was involved after that.Of course, you aren t supposed to notice while reading it, and preferably not afterwards, either Doing so reveals how badly Brown writes He can t provide a single decent reason why his hero is there, aside from a vague Because and a shrug.I m envious of Brown, he can t write well, has plot holes big enough to drive the Popemobile through, bad research and facts that aren t, and yet still is entertaining, popular and, most galling perhaps, published.Caveat lector Wow Before I begin my review, I want to preface it by saying a few things I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is a crappy writer who writes crappy books about crappy stories with crappy characters and crappy, unbelievable plots I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is one of the best at the cheese factor and roll their eyes at his stories I know a lot of people out there knowabout European history, etc etc than I do, and therefore, I might not be the appropriate judge of this s Wow Before I begin my review, I want to preface it by saying a few things I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is a crappy writer who writes crappy books about crappy stories with crappy characters and crappy, unbelievable plots I know a lot of people think Dan Brown is one of the best at the cheese factor and roll their eyes at his stories I know a lot of people out there knowabout European history, etc etc than I do, and therefore, I might not be the appropriate judge of this story And I m also aware that this is not the next literary classic HOWEVER I loved this book Every time the action picked up in this book, I had a serious adrenaline rush My heart raced, my eyes frantically read line after line, and my hands automatically went to my mouth I was totally engrossed in the story Dan Brown told, even though I had already seen the movie Watching the movie before the book is very uncharacteristic of me, but I m glad that it happened that way in this case Reading the book cleared up a lot of unanswered questions for me, and the book was different enough from the movie to keep me gasping out loud at plot twists For me, I was hooked along for the ride, and even though some might find his twists unbelievable or even predictable, I was just in it for the story and found myself completely absorbed I appreciated the facts or facts throughout the story that were presented to the reader about the Illuminati, Vatican City, etc and I loved the feeling of being on the inside of solving a puzzle while racing against time I appreciated Robert Langdon s character, and I m so glad they cast Tom Hanks to play his character because even when I read The DaVinci Code years ago, Tom Hanks is always how I pictured Robert Langdon Pretty damn intelligent, resourceful, and witty Dan Brown can be pretty witty, too, and I found myself chuckling from time to time I even enjoyed the general mechanics of this book I liked the short chapters that kept me coming back forThey made it easy to fly through the pages I would look down maybe after a half hour or so into reading and be 150 pages further in the book The dun dun dunnn moments at the end of pretty much each chapter had me flipping, too, even though I could understand how some might find that worthy of an eye roll or two My favorite part of the book, besides the adrenaline rushes, was how he bounced from one point of view to another without leaving the reader feeling disoriented Rather, it had the opposite effect for me, clarifying everything by being able to watch the story unfold from all angles After reading The DaVinci Code a few years ago, I was a little hesitant to pick this one upwould I love Dan Brown as much orOr was The DaVinci Code a one time deal Well, I m here to say that I can officially consider myself a fan of Dan Brown, however crappy others might want to declare him B 70% Satisfactory NotesThe apotheosis of laugh out loud, so bad it s good writing, it s at first enthralling but descends into garish absurdity. I read this after the drivel that is called Da Vinci Code I decided to give the author another chance, and take on something that maybe wasn t so formulaic No dice I am convinced that Dan Brown does absolutely no research into the subjects he writes about Or if he does, he decides it is not titilating enough for him so he makes it up I mean why even include actual real things in his books if he chooses to ignore any facts about them Opus Dei I doubt he could spell it Catholic Church I read this after the drivel that is called Da Vinci Code I decided to give the author another chance, and take on something that maybe wasn t so formulaic No dice I am convinced that Dan Brown does absolutely no research into the subjects he writes about Or if he does, he decides it is not titilating enough for him so he makes it up I mean why even include actual real things in his books if he chooses to ignore any facts about them Opus Dei I doubt he could spell it Catholic Church Has he even read any history about the Catholic Church at all His descriptions of the Church seem to be based on whatever anti Catholic propoganda he could find, Chick Tracts, and superstition So it comes to no surprise that he has 2 massive bestsellers that areor less, anti Catholic Cuz you know, Catholic baiting and prejudice to the Catholic Church is the only real acceptable prejudice left The underlying superstition and hostility towards Catholicism, priests, the Pope, Vatican, etc is very close to the same sentiments that lingered in the decades and centuries before WWII in Europe Think I am overreacting If someone wrote these books but instead baited the Jews or Muslims there would be a huge outcry Bashing Catholics and depicting them and their history in the way Dan Brown does in these books is outrageous and should be criticized and shunned And I didn t even delve into how awful of a writer he is, did I The only thingembarassing than his writing that will never be remembered 20 years from now, is the fact that so many people bought into his piece of shit and wasted their time with it Including respectable people like Tom Hanks and Ron Howard There s time you will never get back again Congrats