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Angels & Demons
Transcript of Angels & Demons
Visualize yourself sleeping at night, and when the clock hits 5:18 a.m. you receive a call from a physicist. He says to you that he has something to show you that can't be discussed by phone and that you should leave immediately. There's and odd plane waiting for you and you fly to a scientific institution where a strange event has occurred. They guide you to a place where you're faced with an horrible scene... a murdered man without an eye, with the stench of the burnt flesh of his chest, where you can read the word... Illuminati. But the worst is that he was murdered to steal the most deadly weapon ever created, its somewhere on Earth and you must find it before 24 hours, if not it will explode.
That's exactly what Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist, has to do. He must find an antimatter canister that he thinks is somewhere in Rome, Italy. He will embark on a journey full of puzzles, mysteries and ancient secrets, with the daughter of the murdered scientist, Vittoria Vetra. Will they find the cannister before the time runs out? "May the angels guide them in their quest".
Who's Dan Brown?
Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.
Who's Dan Brown?
In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”
The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing.
Langdon and Vittoria go to Vatican City, where the Pope has recently died and a conclave has convened to elect the new pope. Cardinal Mortati, host of the conclave, discovers that the four Preferiti, cardinals who are the top picks in the current papal election, are missing. After their arrive, Langdon and Vittoria searched for the Preferiti in hopes that they will also find the antimatter canister. The Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca (the late pope's closest aide) and the Vatican's Swiss Guard, including Commander Olivetti, Captain Rocher and Lieutenant Chartrand, helps in the search.
Convinced that the Illuminati are in some way responsible for the missing of the Preferiti, Langdon attempts to follow the "Path of Illumination", an ancient and elaborate path once used by the Illuminati as a means of induction of new members; prospective candidates for the Order were required to follow some clues left around the Vatican City. If the candidate followed the clues properly, he would be able to locate the secret meeting place of the Illuminati and be granted membership in the Order. Using his extensive knowledge, Langdon sets off on the Path of Illumination in hopes on uncovering clues as to find both, the Preferiti and the canister.
Brown is currently at work on a new book as well as the Columbia Pictures film version of his most recent novel.
An ancient secret brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable target...
Maximilian Kohler, the director of CERN, discovers Leonardo Vetra, one of the most respected researchers of the institution, murdered in his own private quarters at the facility. His chest is burned with a symbol which reads the word "Illuminati", formed as an ambigram, and with one eye taken away. Kohler gains contact with Professor Langdon, an expert on the Illuminati and simbology. Kohler requests his assistance in uncovering the murderer.
Kohler calls Vetra's adopted daughter, Vittoria to the scene and it is later revealed that the Illuminati has also stolen a canister containing a quarter of a gram of antimatter — the most extremely deadly substance ever made by humanity, comparable to the most powerful nuclear weapons that exists, which explodes upon contact with any form of matter. When charged with electricity in the institution, the canister's magnetic field controls the drop of antimatter to float in a pure vacuum, ensuring safety; but when it was taken away from its energy supply, it's switched to its back-up battery, which will only power it for 24 hours. The horrible truth is that the Illuminati put the stolen canister somewhere in Vatican City, with a camera in front of it as its digital clock counts down to the explosion.
The first cardinal was buried and had soil in his throat (Earth); the second's lungs were pierced (Air); the third was burned alive(Fire); and the fourth was drowned in a the fountain of the four rivers(Water). After finding the bodies of the first two cardinals, Langdon rushes to the Santa Maria della Vittoria Basilica and finds the assassin, who was about to set the cardinal on fire.
The Path takes Langdon to four places in the Vatican City, each symbolizing what the Illuminati thought to be the four elements of all the existence: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Upon arriving at each location, Langdon finds one of the Preferiti murdered in an appropriate condition to their respective element.
The kidnapper, who is also responsible for the Leonardo Vetra's murder and the theft of the antimatter canister, is an unnamed assassin who is working under the orders of the Illuminati master "Janus", whose identity is unknown. Commander Olivetti dies and Langdon is nearly killed in this encounter with the assassin, who kidnap Vittoria. Langdon escapes and meets the assassin again at the final element's landmark (Water), but he was unable to save the fourth cardinal.
Without saving any of the cardinals, Langdon attempts to finish the Path of Illumination in order to find the assassin and rescue Vittoria. His search leads him to an abandoned castle-like structure, named St. Angelo's castle. Langdon frees Vittoria, and together they send the assassin falling off a balcony to his death. They hurry back to St. Peter's Basilica, where they find that Kohler has arrived to confront the camerlengo in private.
Langdon and Vittoria fear that Kohler is Janus, and that he has come to murder the camerlengo as the final step in his plot against the Church. Hearing the camerlengo scream in agony, the Swiss Guards burst into the room and shoot Kohler. Just before he dies, Kohler gives Langdon a videotape that will explain everything.
The time's running out, so the Swiss Guard begins to evacuate the Basilica. As he is exiting the church, the camerlengo apparently goes into a trance and rushes back into the Basilica, claiming that he has received a vision from God revealing the location of the canister.
Because of this "miracle", the Papal Conclave elects the camerlengo as the new Pope. Robert Langdon survived the explosion by using a window cover from the chopper as a parachute and landed in the Tiber River near Tiber Island, which is famous for its reputation as an island blessed with miracles of healing. He is not seriously hurt.
With Langdon, the camerlengo runs deep into the catacombs under the Basilica and finds the canister in St. Peter's tomb, the first stone. Langdon and the camerlengo retrieve the antimatter and get in a helicopter with only 5 minutes . The camerlengo manages to parachute safely onto the roof of St. Peter's just as the canister explodes harmlessly in the sky. Langdon's fate is not immediately known, as there was not a second parachute on board the helicopter. The crowd in St. Peter's Square look in awe as the camerlengo stands victoriously before them.
Langdon returns to St. Peter's and hears Kohler's tape with the College of Cardinals. Langdon, Vittoria, and the cardinals confront the camerlengo in the Sistine Chapel, where the truth is revealed. Shortly before the events of the novel, the Pope was scheduled to meet with Leonardo Vetra concerning his research at CERN. Vetra, a devout Catholic, believed that science was capable of establishing a link between Man and God, a belief that was manifested by his research on antimatter. Vetra's beliefs caused great discomfort to the camerlengo, who firmly believed that the Church alone, not science, should dictate the moral creed of the Christian faithful. While discussing Vetra, the Pope reveals his support is due to science having created him a miracle: a son conceived by artificial insemination.
Horrified that the Pope has fathered a child, the camerlengo plots to "rectify" the situation. He poisoned the Pope and, under the guise of an Illuminati master (Janus), he hired the assassin to kill Vetra, steal the antimatter, and kidnap and murder the Preferiti just as the papal conclave was set to convene. The camerlengo planted the antimatter in St. Peter's and feigned his "vision" from God in order to be seen as a hero and the savior of Christendom by those who've seen his brave acts. The Illuminati thus had no actual role in anything, and its "involvement" was merely a plot engineered by the camerlengo to cover his plans. As Langdon suspected from the very beginning, the Order of the Illuminati was indeed long extinct.
As one final twist, it is revealed that Camerlengo Ventresca was the birth son of the late Pope, conceived through artificial insemination. Suddenly overcome with grief and guilt at having caused so much death, especially that of his own father, Ventresca soaks himself in oil and fires up himself before a crowd of onlookers in St. Peter's Square. The conclave elects Cardinal Mortati as the new pope. Ironically two popes were chosen, Ventresca by the cardinals cheering before he lights himself on fire, and Mortati through normal means.
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"A breathless, real-time adventure....Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ"
San Francisco Chronicle
"Crammed with Vatican intrigue and hi-tech drama. Packing the novel with sinister figures worthy of a Medici, Brown sets an explosive pace through a Michelin-perfect Rome. Brown's tale is laced with twists and shocks that keep the reader wired right up to the last revelation."
"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
Angels & Demons excerpts
“Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“One does not need to have cancer to analyze its symptoms.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
“God answers all prayers, but sometimes his answer is 'no'.”
― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons
Values of the story
Dan Brown presents a critic but at the same time it shows strong values on his story. One of them is reflected at the plot twists, and refers to the appearances. He show us that things aren't exactly what it seemed. Another value and one of the most important, is presented as a critic to religion. He show us that we must act according to what we say is correct. If we say that union is the right path, we must walk on it.
Book vs. Movie
-Least Drama and suspense
Dan Brown's message is clear, we should be aware of our decisions because everything has a consequence. Don't let appearances deceive you so you'll take the right decisions.
“Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.”