To those who enjoy reading: I would highly suggest you pick up a copy of “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown.

“Angels and Demons” takes place in and around Rome, where the remenants of an ancient sect bent on destroying the Catholic church have set into motions plans that will all but annihaliate the vatican. The main characters must solves clues hidden in the ancient works of Renaissance artists and scientists to halt the plans of the illuminati.

This novel is the preceeding novel to the best-seller “The Da Vinci Code” and is just as engrossing a read. Dan Brown straddles the line between intelligent fiction and populist schlock with aplomb and grace. He is able to seamlessly tie history and fiction so you don’t know where one begins and the other ends. In addition, the setting, history, and art lend the tale an aura of authenticity missing from most examples of the thriller genre, and Brown’s flair for disguising the actions and identities of the perpetrators shows true finesse.

Aside from the glorious Harry Potter novels, this the one of the best novels I have read in years. Books like this define the phrase “page-turner.” I read the entire 500-page paperback in one evening. It’s a good read. It’s on the exact same level as “The Da Vinci Code.”

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