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An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target... 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. Desperate 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, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth...the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.
©2003 Dan Brown (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A reading experience you will never forget. Dan Brown has created another frantic-paced thriller that rivals the best works of Clancy and Cussler." (Book Browser Reviews)
"Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation" (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark Grannis on 11-10-03

Not history, not theology, just great fiction

Like most people (or so I suspect), I listened to this book after The Da Vinci Code, even though it was written earlier and takes place earlier. I can't understand why this earlier effort didn't win Brown the acclaim he deserves as a great mystery/thriller author. As with The Da Vinci Code, the Catholic Church is involved, and as with The Da Vinci Code, not all of the Vatican officials behave in a way that reflects glory and honor upon the Church and her Lord. But that's life, not just for the Church but for any large body of imperfect human beings.

The plot in this work is a bit less esoteric than in The Da Vinci Code, but in my view that strengthens the book as a work of literature, because the themes (science and religion, faith and knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, truth versus the avoidance of scandal) aren't upstaged by the brain-teasers.

I would like to warn off two classes of potential readers/listeners. First, if you are the sort of person who cannot distinguish between fictional background and historical fact, please don't buy this book. The world will be better off with fewer people making spiritual decisions (like whether to be a Catholic) based on plot lines in a piece of fiction. If you really think the sins of long-dead cardinals are relevant to your religious affiliation today, then at least learn about those sins from reliable works of history rather than a whodunnit.

Second, if you are the sort of person who can't bear to imagine, even hypothetically, that the Communion of Saints includes some very great sinners, and you're offended by any portrayal of a sin by a man of the cloth, please don't buy this book. Christians who place themselves in the latter category should probably spend more time reading the New Testament and paying attention to how unimpressively the Twelve acquitted themselves when God walked among them.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rafael on 09-16-03

Definitely better than DaVinci

I was glad that this book was over, so I could catch a breath. It is absolutely non-stop action and it drags you along. I was afraid that like "DaVinci Code", it was going to let me down in the end, but he surprised me. The premise is a little bit shaky, but it doesn't go way beyond the realm of believability. The strength of the book is the author's solid research. I've been to Rome and I've been to many of the sites where the action takes place. He was dead on!A terrific "read"

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Hamer on 06-11-15

A great listen

thoroughly enjoyed the book and had to listen to it as quickly as I could. Housework had to wait!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 11-17-12

fantastic

Ive read this book now its nice to have it read it me fantastic will recommend anytime the quality is great the narater is brilliant

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