I’d Read four series of Robert Langdon, a professor, a symbologist who solved murder, life threatening, or tend to be human populations annihilation cases. Years ago I just had my eyes on ‘The Da Vinci Code’ because it has Monalisa Pictures in it… hahahahaaaa but, compared to the other books I want to bought at that moment I put that aside to my forever wish list and choose to bought another book instead. and then came the destined day where I could get 3 Books in an instant and Free… Yes, Free. No single coin on my side. at all. These books are The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbols and Inferno. and then I bought that meant to be the first book, Angel and Demon when it showed up in a book store in town. So, Here is the review… (I already put my subjective review on Goodreads hehehee… )
#1 Angel and Demon
This book meant to be the first book before The Da Vinci Code, but turn out to be the last book I have in my shelf. Robert Langdon being summoned by the director of CERN due to the murder of one of his best scientist on the facility that left no trail but the stamp of Illuminati (which is believed to have been lost for centuries) and a quarter grams of anti matter known was missing from the facility (which is believed it has the power like a nuclear weapon and will blow up a whole city less than 24 hours if it isn’t find anywhere soon). Soon, they discover that the antimatter was lie somewhere in Vatican, which at the same time held their selecting-new-pope ceremony. Robert Langdon and Vittoria (a daughter of a murdered scientist and a responsible for the creation of the antimatter) flew to Vatican right away to save the day. When they finally arrive at Vatican, another tragedy was occurring. The four Preferiti, the main candidates for the next Pope, found missing. and for the night their dead body was found one by one at different churches which is related to Illuminati signs and symbols. All the tragedy was trying to frame CERN, on the ancient war between religions and science.
The tragedy went on, with the clock on the antimatter still ticking, the dead of Paus turns out to be a murder case, and a murder attempt of Robert Langdon. And the only person who is suspected as the main brain on all those cruelty is the director of CERN him self. But, turns out that he is the only person who knows who is responsible for all this act. and He sacrifice himself to drag the culprit to admit his sins and took the evidence.
Me : This novel brought up the old war between science and religions, especially the story about how Galileo held hostage by the church when he said something that scientifically right, but against the theory that has been given by church. How the scientists oppressed or murdered by church. All of that torture was giving birth to a secret organisation called Illuminati. One of pattern that mostly used on both mystery novels and films is ‘PEOPLE WHO HAS THE MOST PERFECT ALIBI IS THE PERSON YOU SHOULD GRAB FIRST, AND MOSTLY THEY ARE THE VICTIM’S CLOSEST / MOST TRUSTED PERSON’
#2 The Da Vinci Code
Again, Robert Langdon is being called by France Police Chief regarding a murder case of Louvre curator. the dead body itself left a very deep horror, a naked-dead body covered in blood inside a big circle drew by the curator’s blood him self. he was trying to make a Vitruvian man pose with his own body on the centre and he did it in his own, minutes before he dies. and beside the dead body inside the pentagram, the curator left a message to find Robert Langdon as soon as possible. the police took is as a message to show who is the culprit (which is Robert Langdon), but the other people who know what the message really means took it as a message of death to find Robert Langdon for another purposes, she is the grandchild of the curator and a cryptographer. Together with Langdon, Sophie Neveu trying to find who killed his Grand father, and the mystery behind the holly grail because in the process she knew that her Grand Father is the protector of the Holy Grail with his four man who has been killed for the same reason as her grand father. The puzzle her Grand Father gave at the very last second of his life was trying to give Sophie the exact location and the Information of Holy Grail he swore to protect for decades.
Me : The almost-the-same-pattern is used again in this Novel. another unexpected culprit, lots of symbols that related to a famous people work, Leonardo Da Vinci masterpieces. This story tells about all the evidence that lead the reader to another story of Jesus. That he married Maria Magdalene, the story that has been denied by Christian. and the holy grail itself wasn’t a ‘thing’ from the first place, but a person, she is the wife of Jesus himself.