Angels & Demons

The prequel to Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" will be released this coming May on film. "Angels and Demons" is Brown's second book that has been brought to life through film.

I have read each of Dan Brown's four books to date, but I read "Angels and Demons" first. I believe that he has an excellent imagination and he is quite a story teller. However, he is repetitive. I absolutely loved "Angels and Demons," yet in each of his other three books, there was no suspense for me because each book was created exactly like the others. Figuring out what was going to happen next became easy. As a Christian I did not appreciate a lot of what was held to be "fact" in his book "The Da Vinci Code," however, it did not take away from how I thought about the book as a whole. The book was somewhat boring to me as it was the second of Brown's books I had read and so I was able to figure it way to quickly.

Furthermore, upon the release of "Angels and Demons" I am both excited and nervous about this film. I normally enjoy Ron Howard films, however, "The Da Vinci Code" put me to sleep in theaters. It did not follow the storyline of the book very closely at all. I realize this is often the case, however, Howard strayed to far and I believe failed to capture the suspense that was supposed to be there along with much of the storyline. "Angels and Demons" was one of the most suspenseful books I have read in my young life, however I wonder if the movie will retain that same quality.

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