When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyse a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati … the most powerful underground organisation ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church.
This was a weird read for me because I first read Angels and Demons years ago (back when Dan Brown was cool), and I had always assumed that there wasn’t any point reading his books again because I already knew what happened. Angels and Demons: someone tries to blow up the Vatican, they don’t and Robert Langdon jumps out of a helicopter. The Da Vinci Code: Da Vinci made a super secret puzzle and they find the descendants of Mary and Joseph. The Lost Symbol: I don’t know something happened. I have read the book but I have zero memory of what happened.
Okay that was a bad example but my point is these books are mysteries that only work the first time you read them because of the plot twists and stuff. And though I’ve already read Angels and Demons I didn’t remember all of it. It turned out I had forgotten enough to make this an enjoyable reread.
However there is always something hilariously bad about these books. Some of the historical aspects aren’t exactly true. My favourite one from this being the brands that show the same word no matter what way up they are and that literally no one has ever seen before and no designer has ever been able to recreate. Maybe it’s just because I do design now and know that is quite a popular thing to do, but it made me laugh because of how wrong it was.
Its one of those books that technically isn’t very good, but it’s an enjoyable adventure and I like that aspect of it. Though I do get the feeling Dan Brown is trying to turn Robert Langdon into the James Bond of historians which now that I’m thinking about it is pretty hilarious.