Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

By Dan Brown

An historical mystery brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable objective.
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss examine facility to research a cryptic image seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unbelievable: a perilous vendetta opposed to the Catholic Church by way of a centuries-old underground association -- the Illuminati. eager to keep the Vatican from a strong time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the gorgeous and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. jointly they embark on a frantic hunt via sealed crypts, harmful catacombs, abandoned cathedrals, and the main secretive vault on earth...the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.

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I run a research facility. We’ve had a murder. ” Langdon could barely focus. His mind was racing from the image on the fax. “I already told you. The Worldwide Web. ” Langdon tried to gather his thoughts. His book was virtually unknown in mainstream literary circles, but it had developed quite a following on-line. Nonetheless, the caller’s claim still made no sense. “That page has no contact information,” Langdon challenged. ” Langdon was skeptical. ” “We should,” the man fired back. ” Something in the man’s voice told Langdon he was not joking.

Branded corpses are a problem for me. Flying I can handle. The man led Langdon the length of the hangar. They rounded the corner onto the runway. Langdon stopped dead in his tracks and gaped at the aircraft parked on the tarmac. ” The man grinned. ” Langdon stared a long moment. “Like it? ” The craft before them was enormous. It was vaguely reminiscent of the space shuttle except that the top had been shaved off, leaving it perfectly flat. Parked there on the runway, it resembled a colossal wedge.

Kohler wiped his mouth and shifted uncomfortably. “ Langdon paced the frozen room to keep warm. “The Illuminati were satanic. ” Langdon quickly explained how most people pictured satanic cults as devil-worshiping fiends, and yet Satanists historically were educated men who stood as adversaries to the church. Shaitan. The rumors of satanic black-magic animal sacrifices and the pentagram ritual were nothing but lies spread by the church as a smear campaign against their adversaries. Over time, opponents of the church, wanting to emulate the Illuminati, began believing the lies and acting them out.

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