Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown is the first book of his Robert Langdon series. As in most other books in this series the sheer amount of coincidences make for an unlikely tale, and as in all 4 of his first 4 books if you have read one of them you can guess who the villain is in the other 3. However the book has good points as well. For example, in the talks about how a benevolent god can exist within the harshness of the world, and how science can at TIMES be hypocritical; for example killing the unborn in research designed to save lives. But religion can also be misused or misconstrued for example refusing medicine for your dying kid because it is against your religion, is a prime example of  both how the right to swing your fist, i.e. practice your beliefs, stops at the next persons nose, i.e. when it negatively impacts someone else, and is an example of not using the brain god gave to you. Finally I feel a note of caution is in order, as unlike most authors works where you can tell where the fact ends and the fiction begins, Dan Brown has a  habit of presenting fiction as facts, so care should be taken not to take all of the background information literally. Overall though it is a solid thriller and pleasure read.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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