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Angels and Demons
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Angels and Demons
Robert Langdon Series, Book 1
by Dan Brown
The explosive Robert Langdon thriller from Dan Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno—now a major film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
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.
The explosive Robert Langdon thriller from Dan Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno—now a major film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
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.
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    Chapter 1

    High atop the steps of the Great Pyramid of Giza a young woman laughed and called down to him. "Robert, hurry up! I knew I should have married a younger man!" Her smile was magic.

    He struggled to keep up, but his legs felt like stone. "Wait," he begged. "Please..."

    As he climbed, his vision began to blur. There was a thundering in his ears. I must reach her! But when he looked up again, the woman had disappeared. In her place stood an old man with rotting teeth. The man stared down, curling his lips into a lonely grimace. Then he let out a scream of anguish that resounded across the desert.

    Robert Langdon awoke with a start from his nightmare. The phone beside his bed was ringing. Dazed, he picked up the receiver.

    "Hello?"

    "I'm looking for Robert Langdon," a man's voice said.

    Langdon sat up in his empty bed and tried to clear his mind. "This...is Robert Langdon." He squinted at his digital clock. It was 5:18 A.M.

    "I must see you immediately."

    "Who is this?"

    "My name is Maximilian Kohler. I'm a discrete particle physicist."

    "A what?" Langdon could barely focus. "Are you sure you've got the right Langdon?"

    "You're a professor of religious iconology at Harvard University. You've written three books on symbology and -- "

    "Do you know what time it is?"

    "I apologize. I have something you need to see. I can't discuss it on the phone."

    A knowing groan escaped Langdon's lips. This had happened before. One of the perils of writing books about religious symbology was the calls from religious zealots who wanted him to confirm their latest sign from God. Last month a stripper from Oklahoma had promised Langdon the best sex of his life if he would fly down and verify the authenticity of a cruciform that had magically appeared on her bed sheets. The Shroud of Tulsa, Langdon had called it.

    "How did you get my number?" Langdon tried to be polite, despite the hour.

    "On the Worldwide Web. The site for your book."

    Langdon frowned. He was damn sure his book's site did not include his home phone number. The man was obviously lying.

    "I need to see you," the caller insisted. "I'll pay you well."

    Now Langdon was getting mad. "I'm sorry, but I really -- "

    "If you leave immediately, you can be here by -- "

    About the Author-
    • Dan Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and, previously, Digital Fortress, Deception Point, and Angels & Demons. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts to writing full-time. He lives in New England with his wife. Visit the author's website at www.danbrown.com.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Dan Brown fans who enjoyed THE DA VINCI CODE won't be disappointed with this abridged version of ANGELS & DEMONS. This is the story that introduces DA VINCI'S protagonist, Robert Langdon, the world-renowned symbologist who searches the secret tunnels and archives of the Vatican in a frantic hunt for the solution to the Illuminati puzzle. Failure to solve the puzzle will result in mass destruction. Richard Poe, who manages to convey to the listener that he IS Robert Langdon, reads the story with just the right amount of tension and intrigue. His enthusiastic delivery makes for an auditory page-turner. S.K.P. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
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