Although The Da Vinci Code has a parallel storyline and similar characters, Angels and Demons has more intelligible qualities than its sequel.
Dan Brown begins his scrutiny of the Catholic Church and its hierarchy. He also introduces his charismatic main character, Robert Langdon, for the first time. Set in Rome, this novel challenges both science and religion as two opposite entities. The author debates the purposes, attributes, and dogmas of each entity while his historical references point to the incessant war waged between the Catholic clergy and scientists. The Illuminati are the secret society whose brilliance and whose secrets are pursued by Robert Langdon. Galileo and Bernini take the center stage as the two main Illuminati responsible for ambigrams and other Illuminati creations.
Aided by a more prominent sense of humor despite the serious content portrayed, Brown enlightens the reader with his eloquence and his mastery of suspenseful transitions. The author surprises the reader with his intelligent, effective use of scientific terminology and his insider’s look at the mysteries of Vatican City. However, the sexual jargon and content do depreciate the valuable aspects of the novel. The title of the novel also seems irrelevant when compared to the plot, but there certainly are human characters in Angels and Demons that appear to be angels and demons. But it is the final chapter that is a real fiasco. How could the author end his well-written work of fiction with such an inadequate and awkward epilogue? Nevertheless, the conclusion of Angels and Demons and its unexpected twists are rewarding to the intrigued reader.
Original review: The prequel to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ has its own angels and demons, Examiner.com