Angels and Demons Book Review

Insights Into Dan Brown's Best-Selling Novel

'Angels and Demons' by Dan Brown
'Angels and Demons'. Simon & Schuster

Angels and Demons is Dan Brown's first Robert Langdon thriller. It takes place chronologically before The Da Vinci Code, although it doesn't really matter which book you read first.

Both books involve conspiracies within the Catholic church, but Angels and Demons has more action focused within Rome and the Vatican. Both have also been turned into successful action movies starring Tom Hanks.

If you're considering reading the book or want to compare your opinions with others, this book review of Angels and Demons is for you.


Book Specs

Angels and Demons was first published in 2000 by Simon & Schuster. At 713 pages, the book is lengthy but the action-packed plot ends up being a quick read. 

Pros and Cons

Here is a quick breakdown of what readers might like or dislike about Dan Brown's Angels and Demons.

As for pros, Angels and Demons is definitely a fast-paced page turner. The mix of religious and historical elements adds an intriguing and intellectual twist to the mystery. A truly unique storyline, Dan Brown provides plenty of surprises making the outcome of Angels and Demons excitingly unpredictable.

Readers may not enjoy Angels and Demons if they find violence and graphic descriptions disturbing. Dan Brown does not hold back, so violent parts of the book may be a con for some people. Although not a religious book, Angels and Demons does contain religious elements and allusions which might offend some, especially Catholics.

Additionally, parts of the ending are far-fetched. While this dramatic and exaggerated quality has turned Angels and Demons into a successful action movie, it may be off-putting to readers who are looking for something more subtle.

Final Say

At the end of the day, Angels and Demons is a fast-paced thriller providing an exhilarating escape that most readers will enjoy.

While it may not be great literature per se, it is great entertainment. 

What About The Da Vinci Code?

Those who have read both Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code usually prefer whichever book they read first since the pace and sense of adventure are pretty similar. 

Dan Brown follows a certain formula with most of his books. While some people don't mind this, this can mean that the second book you read, be it The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, will be a lot less thrilling than the first since you can predict some of the plot twists.

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