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LC Classification PS Angels and Demons shares many stylistic literary elements with its sequel, such as conspiracies of secret societies, a single-day time frame, and the Catholic Church. Ancient history, architecture, and symbolism are also heavily referenced throughout the book. A film adaptation was released on May 15, , though it was set after the events of The Da Vinci Code film, which had been released in Background The book contains several ambigrams created by real-life typographer John Langdon. The book also contains ambigrams of the words Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, which has served to bring the art of ambigrams to public attention by virtue of the popularity of the book. His chest is branded with an ambigram of the word "Illuminati". Kohler contacts Robert Langdon, an expert on the Illuminati, who determines that the ambigram is authentic. Kohler calls Vetra's adopted daughter Vittoria to the scene, and it is ascertained that the Illuminati have stolen a canister containing antimatter a substance with destructive potential comparable to a small nuclear weapon. When at CERN the canister is stored in a unique electrical charger which ensures the antimatter's stability but when removed its back-up battery provides power for 24 hours after which the anti-matter will self-destruct. The canister is somewhere in Vatican City, with a security camera in front of it, as its digital clock counts down to the explosion. Langdon and Vittoria make their way to Vatican City, where the Pope has recently died.

Instantly, a wave of nausea hit him. The image on the page was that of a human corpse. The body had been stripped naked, and its head had been twisted, facing completely backward. The man had been branded. It was a word Langdon knew well. Very well. He stared at the ornate lettering in disbelief.

In slow motion, afraid of what he was about to witness, Langdon rotated the fax degrees. He looked at the word upside down. Instantly, the breath went out of him.

It was like he had been hit by a truck. Barely able to believe his eyes, he rotated the fax again, reading the brand right-side up and then upside down. Stunned, Langdon collapsed in a chair. He sat a moment in utter bewilderment. Gradually, his eyes were drawn to the blinking red light on his fax machine. Whoever had sent this fax was still on the line. Langdon gazed at the blinking light a long time. Then, trembling, he picked up the receiver.

You want to explain yourself? I run a research facility. You saw the body. His mind was racing from the image on the fax.

The Worldwide Web. The site for your book, The Art of the Illuminati. His book was virtually unknown in mainstream literary circles, but it had developed quite a following on-line. The image was overpowering, possibly representing the epigraphical find of the century, a decade of his research confirmed in a single symbol.

Illuminati, he read over and over. His work had always been based on the symbolic equivalent of fossils—ancient documents and historical hearsay—but this image before him was today.

Present tense. He felt like a paleontologist coming face to face with a living dinosaur. The implications were frightening. He gazed absently through the bay window.

The first hint of dawn was sifting through the birch trees in his backyard, but the view looked somehow different this morning. As an odd combination of fear and exhilaration settled over him, Langdon knew he had no choice. The chamber was dark. He was seated in the shadows, out of sight. Do you have what I asked for? He produced a heavy electronic device and set it on the table. The man in the shadows seemed pleased. Get some rest. Tonight we change the world. Three hundred yards down the access road a hangar loomed in the darkness.

He pulled into the parking lot and got out of his car. A round-faced man in a blue flight suit emerged from behind the building. Follow me, please. He was not accustomed to cryptic phone calls and secret rendezvous with strangers.

Not knowing what to expect he had donned his usual classroom attire—a pair of chinos, a turtleneck, and a Harris tweed suit jacket.

As they walked, he thought about the fax in his jacket pocket, still unable to believe the image it depicted. Branded corpses are a problem for me.

Flying I can handle. The man led Langdon the length of the hangar. They rounded the corner onto the runway. Langdon stopped dead in his tracks and gaped at the aircraft parked on the tarmac. What the hell is it? It was vaguely reminiscent of the space shuttle except that the top had been shaved off, leaving it perfectly flat.

Parked there on the runway, it resembled a colossal wedge. The vehicle looked as airworthy as a Buick.

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The wings were practically nonexistent—just two stubby fins on the rear of the fuselage. A pair of dorsal guiders rose out of the aft section. The rest of the plane was hull—about feet from front to back—no windows, nothing but hull. She packs a The director must be in one helluva a hurry to see you. The pilot smiled.

You can kiss conventional jets good-bye. Watch your step. The pilot buckled him into the front row and disappeared toward the front of the aircraft. The cabin itself looked surprisingly like a wide-body commercial airliner. The only exception was that it had no windows, which made Langdon uneasy. He had been haunted his whole life by a mild case of claustrophobia—the vestige of a childhood incident he had never quite overcome.

It manifested itself in subtle ways. He avoided enclosed sports like racquetball or squash, and he had gladly paid a small fortune for his airy, high-ceilinged Victorian home even though economical faculty housing was readily available. The engines roared to life beneath him, sending a deep shudder through the hull.

Langdon swallowed hard and waited. He felt the plane start taxiing. Piped-in country music began playing quietly overhead. A phone on the wall beside him beeped twice.

Langdon lifted the receiver. Geneva, Switzerland. He was a powerful man. Dark and potent. Deceptively agile. His muscles still felt hard from the thrill of his meeting.

It went well, he told himself. Had it really been only fifteen days since his employer had first made contact? The killer still remembered every word of that call. We share an enemy.


I hear your skills are for hire. The caller told him. The brotherhood is legendary. The most dangerous enemy is that which no one fears. Our roots infiltrate everything you see. They are invulnerable. A single act of treachery and proof. The killer became a believer. The brotherhood endures, he thought. Tonight they will surface to reveal their power. As he made his way through the streets, his black eyes gleamed with foreboding.

One of the most covert and feared fraternities ever to walk the earth had called on him for service. They have chosen wisely, he thought. His reputation for secrecy was exceeded only by that of his deadliness.

So far, he had served them nobly. He had made his kill and delivered the item to Janus as requested. The placement. The killer wondered how Janus could possibly handle such a staggering task. The man obviously had connections on the inside.

Janus, the killer thought. A code name, obviously. Was it a reference, he wondered, to the Roman two- faced god. Not that it made any difference. Janus wielded unfathomable power. He had proven that beyond a doubt. As the killer walked, he imagined his ancestors smiling down on him. Today he was fighting their battle, he was fighting the same enemy they had fought for ages, as far back as the eleventh century.

His ancestors had formed a small but deadly army to defend themselves. The army became famous across the land as protectors—skilled executioners who wandered the countryside slaughtering any of the enemy they could find.

They were renowned not only for their brutal killings, but also for celebrating their slayings by plunging themselves into drug-induced stupors. Their drug of choice was a potent intoxicant they called hashish. The word was still used today, even in modern English.

It was now pronounced assassin. A crisp breeze rustled the lapels of his tweed jacket. The open space felt wonderful. He squinted out at the lush green valley rising to snowcapped peaks all around them. Langdon checked his watch. It read 7: We were at sixty thousand feet. Lucky we only did a puddle jump. All things considered, the flight had been remarkably ordinary.

A handful of technicians scurried onto the runway to tend to the X The pilot escorted Langdon to a black Peugeot sedan in a parking area beside the control tower. Moments later they were speeding down a paved road that stretched out across the valley floor. A faint cluster of buildings rose in the distance. Outside, the grassy plains tore by in a blur. Langdon watched in disbelief as the pilot pushed the speedometer up around kilometers an hour—over miles per hour.

What is it with this guy and speed? Why not make it three and get us there alive? The car raced on. A woman started singing. His female colleagues often ribbed him that his collection of museum-quality artifacts was nothing more than a transparent attempt to fill an empty home, a home they insisted would benefit greatly from the presence of a woman.

Langdon always laughed it off, reminding them he already had three loves in his life—symbology, water polo, and bachelorhood—the latter being a freedom that enabled him to travel the world, sleep as late as he wanted, and enjoy quiet nights at home with a brandy and a good book.

Without warning the pilot jammed on the brakes. The car skidded to a stop outside a reinforced sentry booth. Langdon read the sign before them. He suddenly felt a wave of panic, realizing where he was. The sentry ran it through an electronic authentication device. The machine flashed green. He turned and checked a computer printout, verifying it against the data on his computer screen. Then he returned to the window.

Looming before them was a rectangular, ultramodern structure of glass and steel. He had always had a fond love of architecture.

Physics is the religion around here. Quarks and mesons? No border control? Mach 15 jets? Who the hell ARE these guys?

The engraved granite slab in front of the building bore the answer: The driver did not answer. The director will meet you at this entrance.

He looked to be in his early sixties. Even at a distance his eyes looked lifeless—like two gray stones. The driver looked up. The man in the wheelchair accelerated toward Langdon and offered a clammy hand. We spoke on the phone. My name is Maximilian Kohler. It was a title more of fear than reverence for the figure who ruled over his dominion from a wheelchair throne. Although few knew him personally, the horrific story of how he had been crippled was lore at CERN, and there were few there who blamed him for his bitterness.

The wheelchair was like none Langdon had ever seen—equipped with a bank of electronics including a multiline phone, a paging system, computer screen, even a small, detachable video camera. The Glass Cathedral, Langdon mused, gazing upward toward heaven.

Overhead, the bluish glass roof shimmered in the afternoon sun, casting rays of geometric patterns in the air and giving the room a sense of grandeur. Angular shadows fell like veins across the white tiled walls and down to the marble floors. The air smelled clean, sterile. A handful of scientists moved briskly about, their footsteps echoing in the resonant space.

His accent was rigid and precise, like his stern features. Kohler coughed and wiped his mouth on a white handkerchief as he fixed his dead gray eyes on Langdon. Langdon followed past what seemed to be countless hallways branching off the main atrium. Every hallway was alive with activity. The scientists who saw Kohler seemed to stare in surprise, eyeing Langdon as if wondering who he must be to command such company. They see us as nothing but a quaint shopping district—an odd perception if you consider the nationalities of men like Einstein, Galileo, and Newton.

He pulled the fax from his pocket. Not here. I am taking you to him now. Kohler took a sharp left and entered a wide hallway adorned with awards and commendations. A particularly large plaque dominated the entry. Langdon slowed to read the engraved bronze as they passed. Langdon had always thought of the Web as an American invention. Then again, his knowledge was limited to the site for his own book and the occasional on-line exploration of the Louvre or El Prado on his old Macintosh.

It enabled scientists from different departments to share daily findings with one another. Of course, the entire world is under the impression the Web is U.

CERN is far greater than a global connection of computers. Our scientists produce miracles almost daily. Miracles were left for the School of Divinity.

Do you not believe in miracles? Particularly those that take place in science labs. I was simply trying to speak your language. How simple of me. One does not need to have cancer to analyze its symptoms. As they moved down the hallway, Kohler gave an accepting nod. As the pair hurried on, Langdon began to sense a deep rumbling up ahead. The noise got more and more pronounced with every step, reverberating through the walls.

It seemed to be coming from the end of the hallway in front of them. He felt like they were approaching an active volcano. He offered no other explanation. He was exhausted, and Maximilian Kohler seemed disinterested in winning any hospitality awards. Langdon reminded himself why he was here. He assumed somewhere in this colossal facility was a body. They rounded the bend, and a viewing gallery appeared on the right.

Four thick-paned portals were embedded in a curved wall, like windows in a submarine. Langdon stopped and looked through one of the holes. Professor Robert Langdon had seen some strange things in his life, but this was the strangest. He blinked a few times, wondering if he was hallucinating. He was staring into an enormous circular chamber. Inside the chamber, floating as though weightless, were people.

Three of them. One waved and did a somersault in midair. My God, he thought. The floor of the room was a mesh grid, like a giant sheet of chicken wire. Visible beneath the grid was the metallic blur of a huge propeller. For stress relief. One of the free fallers, an obese woman, maneuvered toward the window. She was being buffeted by the air currents but grinned and flashed Langdon the thumbs-up sign. Langdon smiled weakly and returned the gesture, wondering if she knew it was the ancient phallic symbol for masculine virility.

The heavyset woman, Langdon noticed, was the only one wearing what appeared to be a miniature parachute. The swathe of fabric billowed over her like a toy.

He never suspected that later that night, in a country hundreds of miles away, the information would save his life. The scene before him looked like an Ivy League campus. A grassy slope cascaded downward onto an expansive lowlands where clusters of sugar maples dotted quadrangles bordered by brick dormitories and footpaths. Scholarly looking individuals with stacks of books hustled in and out of buildings. Our physicists represent over five hundred universities and sixty nationalities.

The universal language of science. He dutifully followed Kohler down the path. Halfway to the bottom, a young man jogged by. His T-shirt proclaimed the message: Langdon looked after him, mystified. Where did we come from? What are we made of? The questions seem spiritual. Langdon, all questions were once spiritual. The rising and setting of the sun was once attributed to Helios and a flaming chariot.

Earthquakes and tidal waves were the wrath of Poseidon.

Science has now proven those gods to be false idols. Soon all Gods will be proven to be false idols. Science has now provided answers to almost every question man can ask.

There are only a few questions left, and they are the esoteric ones. Where do we come from? What are we doing here? What is the meaning of life and the universe? These are questions we are answering. As they walked, a Frisbee sailed overhead and skidded to a stop directly in front of them. Kohler ignored it and kept going.

A voice called out from across the quad. Langdon picked up the Frisbee and expertly threw it back. The old man caught it on one finger and bounced it a few times before whipping it over his shoulder to his partner. My lucky day.

It took Langdon and Kohler three more minutes to reach their destination—a large, well-kept dormitory sitting in a grove of aspens. Compared to the other dorms, this structure seemed luxurious. Imaginative title, Langdon thought. It had a red brick facade, an ornate balustrade, and sat framed by sculpted symmetrical hedges. As the two men ascended the stone path toward the entry, they passed under a gateway formed by a pair of marble columns.

Someone had put a sticky-note on one of them. Langdon mused, eyeing the column and chuckling to himself. Ionic columns are uniform in width. A common mistake. Ionic means containing ions—electrically charged particles.

Most objects contain them. Langdon was still feeling stupid when he stepped from the elevator on the top floor of Building C. He followed Kohler down a well-appointed corridor. The decor was unexpected—traditional colonial French—a cherry divan, porcelain floor vase, and scrolled woodwork. Evidently, Langdon thought. One of your upper-level employees? I came up here to locate him and found him dead in his living room. His stomach had never been particularly stalwart.

Kohler led the way to the far end of the hallway. There was a single door. Langdon eyed the lone oak door before them. The name plate read: He was one of the most brilliant scientists of our time.

His death is a profound loss for science. But as quickly as it had come, it was gone. Kohler reached in his pocket and began sifting through a large key ring.

An odd thought suddenly occurred to Langdon. The building seemed deserted. The lack of activity was hardly what he expected considering they were about to enter a murder scene. You sent me a fax of a homicide. You must have called the police. She is also a physicist here at CERN. She and her father share a lab. They are partners.

Vetra has been away this week doing field research. Therefore, it will wait until Ms. Vetra has arrived. I feel I owe her at least that modicum of discretion. As the door swung open, a blast of icy air hissed into the hall and hit Langdon in the face. He was gazing across the threshold of an alien world. The flat before him was immersed in a thick, white fog.

The mist swirled in smoky vortexes around the furniture and shrouded the room in opaque haze. And I forgot my magic slippers. The late Leonardo Vetra lay on his back, stripped naked, his skin bluish-gray.

His neck bones were jutting out where they had been broken, and his head was twisted completely backward, pointing the wrong way. His face was out of view, pressed against the floor. The man lay in a frozen puddle of his own urine, the hair around his shriveled genitals spidered with frost. Although Langdon had stared at the symmetrical wound a dozen times on the fax, the burn was infinitely more commanding in real life.

The raised, broiled flesh was perfectly delineated. Langdon wondered if the intense chill now raking through his body was the air-conditioning or his utter amazement with the significance of what he was now staring at.

His heart pounded as he circled the body, reading the word upside down, reaffirming the genius of the symmetry. The symbol seemed even less conceivable now that he was staring at it. He was in another world. The gears turned. Langdon did not look up. His disposition now intensified, his focus total. As a scientist I have come to learn that information is only as valuable as its source.

Your credentials seemed authentic. Kohler said nothing more. He simply stared, apparently waiting for Langdon to shed some light on the scene before them. Langdon looked up, glancing around the frozen flat. The Illuminati history was by no means a simple one. He gazed again at the brand, feeling a renewed sense of awe. Although accounts of the Illuminati emblem were legendary in modern symbology, no academic had ever actually seen it.

And although ambigrams were common in symbology—swastikas, yin yang, Jewish stars, simple crosses—the idea that a word could be crafted into an ambigram seemed utterly impossible. Yes, Langdon thought, who indeed? He began his tale. Religion has always persecuted science.

But in the s, a group of men in Rome fought back against the church. Only through rites of extreme secrecy did the scientists remain safe.

Word spread through the academic underground, and the Illuminati brotherhood grew to include academics from all over Europe.

The scientists met regularly in Rome at an ultrasecret lair they called the Church of Illumination. Although his data were incontrovertible, the astronomer was severely punished for implying that God had placed mankind somewhere other than at the center of His universe.

Kohler looked up. Galileo was an Illuminatus. And he was also a devout Catholic. He held that science and religion were not enemies, but rather allies—two different languages telling the same story, a story of symmetry and balance.

Kohler simply sat in his wheelchair and stared. So the church tried Galileo as a heretic, found him guilty, and put him under permanent house arrest. I am quite aware of scientific history, Mr.

But this was all centuries ago. What does it have to do with Leonardo Vetra? Langdon cut to the chase. Mistakes were made, and the church discovered the identities of four members, whom they captured and interrogated. But the four scientists revealed nothing. On the chest. With the symbol of a cross. With the church closing in, the remaining Illuminati fled Italy. Over the years, the Illuminati began absorbing new members.

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A new Illuminati emerged. A darker Illuminati. A deeply anti-Christian Illuminati. They grew very powerful, employing mysterious rites, deadly secrecy, vowing someday to rise again and take revenge on the Catholic Church. Their power grew to the point where the church considered them the single most dangerous anti-Christian force on earth.

The Vatican denounced the brotherhood as Shaitan. The church chose Islam for the name because it was a language they considered dirty. The Hassassin strode quickly now, his black eyes filling with anticipation.

Phase two begins shortly. The Hassassin smirked. He had been awake all night, but sleep was the last thing on his mind. Sleep was for the weak.

He was a warrior like his ancestors before him, and his people never slept once a battle had begun. This battle had most definitely begun, and he had been given the honor of spilling first blood. Now he had two hours to celebrate his glory before going back to work. There are far better ways to relax. An appetite for hedonistic pleasure was something bred into him by his ancestors.

His ascendants had indulged in hashish, but he preferred a different kind of gratification. He took pride in his body—a well- tuned, lethal machine, which, despite his heritage, he refused to pollute with narcotics.

He had developed a more nourishing addiction than drugs. Feeling a familiar anticipation swelling within him, the Hassassin moved faster down the alley. He arrived at the nondescript door and rang the bell. A view slit in the door opened, and two soft brown eyes studied him appraisingly. Then the door swung open.

She ushered him into an impeccably furnished sitting room where the lights were low. The air was laced with expensive perfume and musk. The Hassassin smiled. As he sat on the plush divan and positioned the photo album on his lap, he felt a carnal hunger stir. Although his people did not celebrate Christmas, he imagined that this is what it must feel like to be a Christian child, sitting before a stack of Christmas presents, about to discover the miracles inside.

He opened the album and examined the photos. A lifetime of sexual fantasies stared back at him. An Italian goddess. A young Sophia Loren. A Japanese geisha. No doubt skilled. A stunning black vision. He examined the entire album twice and made his choice. He pressed a button on the table beside him. A minute later the woman who had greeted him reappeared. He indicated his selection.

She smiled. She waited a few minutes and then led him up a winding marble staircase to a luxurious hallway. I am a connoisseur. The Hassassin padded the length of the hallway like a panther anticipating a long overdue meal.

When he reached the doorway he smiled to himself. It was already ajar. He pushed, and the door swung noiselessly open.

When he saw his selection, he knew he had chosen well. She was exactly as he had requested. He crossed the room and ran a dark finger across her ivory abdomen. I killed last night, he thought. You are my reward. But not in the modern sense. The rumors of satanic black-magic animal sacrifices and the pentagram ritual were nothing but lies spread by the church as a smear campaign against their adversaries. Over time, opponents of the church, wanting to emulate the Illuminati, began believing the lies and acting them out.

Thus, modern Satanism was born. Kohler grunted abruptly. I want to know how this symbol got here. The brotherhood kept the design secret, allegedly planning to reveal it only when they had amassed enough power to resurface and carry out their final goal. There is one chapter of Illuminati history that I have not yet explained. They were taken in by another secret society. The brotherhood of the Masons currently had over five million members worldwide, half of them residing in the United States, and over one million of them in Europe.

The Masons fell victim of their own benevolence. After harboring the fleeing scientists in the s, the Masons unknowingly became a front for the Illuminati. The Illuminati grew within their ranks, gradually taking over positions of power within the lodges. Then the Illuminati used the worldwide connection of Masonic lodges to spread their influence.

They feared that if religion continued to promote pious myth as absolute fact, scientific progress would halt, and mankind would be doomed to an ignorant future of senseless holy wars. Kohler was right. Holy wars were still making headlines. My God is better than your God. It seemed there was always close correlation between true believers and high body counts. Langdon gathered his thoughts and continued. The Illuminati took advantage of the infiltration and helped found banks, universities, and industry to finance their ultimate quest.

They called it their Luciferian Doctrine. The church claimed Lucifer was a reference to the devil, but the brotherhood insisted Lucifer was intended in its literal Latin meaning—bringer of light. Or Illuminator. Langdon, please sit down. Kohler moved his wheelchair closer. He was also a friend.

I need you to help me locate the Illuminati. Despite appearances, it is extremely unlikely that this brand was put here by the Illuminati. There has been no evidence of their existence for over half a century, and most scholars agree the Illuminati have been defunct for many years.

Kohler stared through the fog with a look somewhere between stupefaction and anger. The appearance of the Illuminati ambigram was astonishing. Symbologists worldwide would be dazzled. Apparently a lot of people think this group is still active. He had always been annoyed by the plethora of conspiracy theories that circulated in modern pop culture. What does this murder prove? He also was having trouble imagining where anyone could have turned up the Illuminati brand after years.

The Illuminati may have believed in the abolition of Christianity, but they wielded their power through political and financial means, not through terrorists acts.

Furthermore, the Illuminati had a strict code of morality regarding who they saw as enemies. They held men of science in the highest regard. There is no way they would have murdered a fellow scientist like Leonardo Vetra. For the love of God, Langdon groaned. He followed. Kohler was waiting for him in a small alcove at the end of the hallway. Langdon peered into the study and immediately felt his skin crawl.

Holy mother of Jesus, he said to himself. He watched as images flashed before him—live feeds from hundreds of wireless video cameras that surveyed the sprawling complex. The images went by in an endless procession.

An ornate hallway. A private office. An industrial-size kitchen. As the pictures went by, the guard fought off a daydream.

He was nearing the end of his shift, and yet he was still vigilant. Service was an honor. Someday he would be granted his ultimate reward. As his thoughts drifted, an image before him registered alarm. Suddenly, with a reflexive jerk that startled even himself, his hand shot out and hit a button on the control panel.

The picture before him froze. His nerves tingling, he leaned toward the screen for a closer look. The reading on the monitor told him the image was being transmitted from camera 86—a camera that was supposed to be overlooking a hallway. But the image before him was most definitely not a hallway. Kohler said nothing as he followed Langdon inside. Langdon scanned the room, not having the slightest idea what to make of it.

It contained the most peculiar mix of artifacts he had ever seen. On the far wall, dominating the decor, was an enormous wooden crucifix, which Langdon placed as fourteenth-century Spanish. Above the cruciform, suspended from the ceiling, was a metallic mobile of the orbiting planets.

To the left was an oil painting of the Virgin Mary, and beside that was a laminated periodic table of elements. Langdon moved into the room, looking around in astonishment. Talk about eclectic, Langdon thought. The warmth felt good, but something about the decor sent a new set of chills through his body. He felt like he was witnessing the clash of two philosophical titans. He scanned the titles on the bookshelf: Langdon turned.

I thought you said he was a physicist. Men of science and religion are not unprecedented in history. Leonardo was one of them. He considered himself a theo-physicist.

Langdon thought it sounded impossibly oxymoronic. Leonardo was responsible for many of them. He called the field New Physics.

Langdon studied the cover. Leonardo believed his research had the potential to convert millions to a more spiritual life. Last year he categorically proved the existence of an energy force that unites us all. He actually demonstrated that we are all physically connected.

And the power of God shall unite us all. Vetra actually found a way to demonstrate that particles are connected? Langdon suddenly found himself thinking of the antireligious Illuminati. Reluctantly, he forced himself to permit a momentary intellectual foray into the impossible. If the Illuminati were indeed still active, would they have killed Leonardo to stop him from bringing his religious message to the masses? Langdon shook off the thought.

The Illuminati are ancient history! All academics know that! Even here at CERN. They felt that using analytical physics to support religious principles was a treason against science.

Ask yourself why the U. Christian Coalition is the most influential lobby against scientific progress in the world. The battle between science and religion is still raging, Mr. It has moved from the battlefields to the boardrooms, but it is still raging. Just last week the Harvard School of Divinity had marched on the Biology Building, protesting the genetic engineering taking place in the graduate program.

The chairman of the Bio Department, famed ornithologist Richard Aaronian, defended his curriculum by hanging a huge banner from his office window. Kohler reached down into the array of electronics on his wheelchair. He slipped a beeper out of its holder and read the incoming message.

Vetra is arriving at the helipad right now. We will meet her there. I think it best she not come up here and see her father this way. It would be a shock no child deserved. Vetra to explain the project she and her father have been working on. Glick has a notorious reputation as a sensationalist and conspiracy theorist journalist. A professor of symbology at Harvard University and the protagonist of the novel. He blames the Church for his paralysis. The last brand.

He is feared at CERN despite his paralysis. He dies after being pushed from a balcony by Langdon at the Castel Sant'Angelo and breaking his back on a pile of cannonballs below. He shoots and kills Captain Rocher after he is mistaken as an Illuminatus.

Mortati is elected his successor by the conclave. The commandant of the Swiss Guard. The reader learns early in the novel that Vittoria worked with her father in their research of antimatter.

His codename for dealing with the assassin. He is killed by Lt. He is of Middle Eastern origin and displays his sadistic lust for women throughout the novel.

His name is a tribute to John Langdon. He murders Leonardo Vetra. He is contacted by Max Kohler telling his knowledge on the real cause of the events. They have the first-hand account on the events in the novel. He contacts Langdon to help him find the killer of his friend. His wheelchair contains electronic gadgets such as a computer. The killer hired by Janus. He is researching on antimatter when he is murdered by the Assassin.

Her research focuses on biology and physics. The Camerlengo Papal Chamberlain during the conclave. He was the Devil's Advocate for the late pope. They are contacted by the Hassassin regarding the events happening in the Vatican. The most senior cardinal in the conclave. He is described as wearing a pair of chino pants. The second in command after Commander Olivetti.

A scientist working at CERN and a priest. He murdered the pope. He is initially skeptical on the claims of Langdon and Vittoria until he talks with the Hassassin. The director of CERN. A reporter and his photojournalist for the BBC. A young Swiss Guard. He is killed by the Hassassin at the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria. It is revealed that the Cardinals' endorsing of him would in fact have made him Pope by acclamation.

One of the four Preferiti and a cardinal from Frankfurt. He is killed by asphyxiation. Retrieved August ISBN Ben Zimmer. He is incinerated alive. A CERN official. The documentary explores the various bases of the novel's story. Rachel March 3. One of the four Preferiti and a cardinal from Milan. Inaccuracies The book's first edition contained numerous inaccuracies of location of places in Rome.

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