However, the sheer scale of this book and the learnings and teasings offered throughout just serve to fill you with inspiration for the places, the history, and untold secrets!
Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor, is called to the scene of a murder of a famous scientist. Why? The mark on the chest of the man tells all. It is that of the Illuminati, a secret brotherhood who were considered extinct for the last four hundred years, who are sworn to destroy their bitter enemy, the Catholic church.
Langdon must face many perils in finding out if the Illuminati are really behind this, and why. Not to mention the grave perils that the Church and many innocent people now face.
This is a fantastic read. The story starts off filled with questions, you are totally unsure why Langdon is involved in any of this, and slowly things become clear.
It’s brilliantly written, and almost every turn in the plot is a genuine surprise, although one or two aren’t, there’s still enjoyment as each brings something I hadn’t quite seen coming.
The movement through the puzzles of Rome is excellently crafted, and brings with it touches of historical fact that sweep along unseen with the flow but tickle the brain just enough to excite to the ideas. After reading this I’m dying to go to Rome and see some of the buildings talked about, and maybe even see if their secrets tie in!
It’s hard to imagine the amount of research that went into this novel, especially if much of what is talked about is true, and combined with the fast paced thriller (reminding me of a Thirty Nine Steps type of fast paced plot) makes for a killer read.
I would totally recommend reading this book, I know most will have opted for the more famous The Da Vinci Code, however don’t miss out on this one just because of the hype for one of his books.