A story about this — 4 years ago
Eh. Angels & Demons was just so-so. I read The Da Vinci Code before this and they are so similar in writing style, plot and outcome.
In each book, there’s a protagonist (Langdon) who immediately gets the help of a pretty lady (Vittoria Vetra in A&D, Sophie Neveu in DVC) who is related to the first victim who gets murdered in the prologue, (father/daughter in A&D, grandfather/granddaughter in DVC) who then helps him fight against the sado-masochistic murderer who’s being fueled by an unknown antagonist.
You are lead to believe that both assassins in each book are expertly trained, yet this Harvard professor ends up being the demise of each one. After dodging death like 364 times, of course.
And the center of each book is a highly controversial, but real brotherhood; The Illuminati in A&D and Opus Dei in DVC. Both group which involves symbology and symmetry and ties to genuine historic sites.
In other words, Robert Langdon is a superhero in a Harris Tweed jacket who gets the girl in the end.
Don’t worry, I didn’t spoil the plot. There are plenty of twists and turns in his books, and even the most laziest of readers should figure this book out pretty much from the get-go. As someone else said, there is much foreshadowing and it doesn’t take a Harvard symbologist to figure out who’s the puppeteer.
With all that being said, it is enjoyable, it’s fast-paced and a good read if all you want is suspenseful fluff.