Robert Langdon is a Harvard symbologist who is called upon, as a mysterious symbol appears in a Swiss research facility. A renowned physicist is murdered with a symbol seared into his chest and unless Langdon solves this puzzle there’s about to be trouble brimming.
Now, the Illuminati are back and with full force they intend to clash with the sole authority of religion, the Church. The Vatican City has a threat and this one is major-an unstoppable time-bomb has been placed in the core of the city with millions of lives at risk.
The Pope has recently died and the new Pope needs to be elected from the four Preferiti. However, the College of Cardinals finds themselves without a Pope as a series of murders and kidnaps begin and thus one by one, the Preferiti drop.
Langdon joins hands with the murdered physicist’s daughter, the beautiful and mysterious Vittoria Vetra, and they are hurled into a fast-paced game of death and consequences.
The dying Preferiti all have symbols on their chest-mysterious ambigrams that may lead to both their deaths. They are helped by the chief of the Swiss Guards and together they tour the Vatican in search of the antimatter created by Dr. Vetra and Miss Vetra.
Soon the path sets out into the churches, catacombs, mysterious locations, plazas and the beautiful city of Vatican. The Illuminati were the biggest threat to the Catholic Church and now they’ve resurfaced - to everyone’s horror.
The people all bow their heads together in prayer and wait-for that’s all they can do. The media is frantic with the news and the College of Cardinals faces a difficult choice between tradition and punishment.
Soon, it is found out that the Pope was actually murdered which makes it a crime in the hands of the Illuminati. Searching for the bomb and fighting an invisible enemy, Langdon is forced to search through the corridors of time and past, only to be supplemented by the meager clues given by the Illuminati messenger.
Langdon has riddles to solve, lives to save and word to keep. In a mysterious journey he finds himself in a loose foothold between the massive kingdoms of science and religion.
Dan Brown has made marvelous attempts at creativity and succeeded every time. With unthinking dimensions and soul-searching truths, he has written a modern thriller which might be conceived by many as anti-Catholic.
The book was received with huge acclaim as well as criticism side by side. How Langdon finds his mysterious enemy, all the time trying to protect his own life and the lives of Vittoria and the people of the Vatican alike, how he proves to be the perfect adversary for his enemy and how he eventually discovers the truth makes this book a bestseller.
Langdon is supplemented with clues and history, and with his own expertise as a symbologist he is in for a massive mixture of scandal and threats. Beginning from the Swiss facility to the Vatican City, Vittoria’s quick thinking is observed and noted. After all she’s the only one who can stop the bomb.
Acting as an aid to Robert, she lands into a horrible quest of finding her father’s killer. They stop at nothing, breaking barriers and receiving guidance. From holy to unholy, they try to mend the bonds between religion and science-but only if they solve this murder, can they be of any help.
The Illuminati atheists seek vengeance and their own plot of sweet revenge forms into a crime series of murder and kidnap. Langdon needs to find this beast before the Vatican can blow up.
The location of the bomb remains a secret and the final search needs to yield results. In a hope that is reawakened by angels and destroyed by demons, who shall surface and reign? For, the answer lies in your hand.