When a world renowned scientist is found brutally murdered in a Swiss research facility, a Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol seared onto the dead man's chest. His baffling conclusion: it is the work of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood presumed extinct for nearly four hundred years - reborn to continue their bitter vendetta against their sworn enemy, the Catholic church.
In Rome, the college of cardinals assembles to elect a new pope. Yet somewhere within the walls of the Vatican, an unstoppable bomb of terrifying power relentlessly counts down to oblivion. While the minutes tick away, Langdon joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to decipher the labyrinthine trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome to the long-forgotten Illuminati lair - a secret refuge wherein lies the only hope for the Vatican.
But with each revelation comes another twist, another turn in the plot, which leaves Langdon and Vetra reeling and at the mercy of a seemingly invisible enemy...
Today, I finished reading this very interesting book! It was a bit of an adventure though, because I started reading it last week and had to stop when I got to page 304. See, it jumped from 304 to 321. Not sure why, but I was missing a chunk. So, I put it aside and hubby managed to swap the dodgy copy for a copy that had ALL the pages. Lovely hubby!
Anyway. I got stuck into it on Saturday night and finished it just now. Wow! I really, REALLY enjoyed Robert Langdon's adventure. It was fascinating, an adventure that was filled with tension, danger and a lot of twists and turns. Not to mention some divine intervention. ;) It was great! I really liked Vittoria too. Such a strong female character with a weakness that pushes her forward.
Oh, and the end was fantastic! I loved the biggest twist of all. A nice pinch of madness and a good dose of misplaced motivation go a long way. This is a great book!
Too bad I can't say the same about the movie. We watched it last night and I was totally DISAPPOINTED! They left out all the good and important bits. All the stuff that made this story work so well were pulled from the script, leaving it hollow. It just didn't make sense without the real motivation behind the story. I hate it when they get the movies SO wrong!
Anyway, check out the book instead. Don't bother with the movie.