12 July 2013

Angels and Demons Special Illustrated Edition by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons- Special Illustrated Edition -5stars

I've read this once before and enjoyed the intrigue. Its a whirlwind run throughout Rome as Robert Langdon tries to find the Church of Illumination and save not only the four favoured cardinals but also all the ones gathered at St. Peter's Square during Conclave, the vote for a new pope.

I have always had a soft spot for novels that use art and history as clues to the end game. Brown is a master at this style. The joy, though, of the illustrated edition is that you can see photographs of the very clues that Langdon is using to stop a Hassassin. It brings the story to life, it makes you want to take the same path and see if you could have figured it out on your own.

Yes, I know its a work of fiction, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun to see Bernini's sculptures in the churches throughout Rome and the Vatican. The questions are intriguing: Was Bernini really an Illuminatus? Was there really a Path of Illumination? Did the early members of the Illuminati have a Church of Illumination? It could be... but then it could also have been just a figment of Brown's imagination. That's part of the fun, we may never know. 

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