BeschreibungFrom_ the #1 Ne_w York Times bes_tselling author of The Da Vi_nci Co_de comes the explosive thri_ller that started it all.
An anc_ient secret brotherh_ood. A deva_stating new weapon of destruction. An unthi_nkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symb_ologist Robert Langd_on is summoned to his first ass_ignment to a Swi_ss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers ev_idence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brot_herhood known as the Illumi_nati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the fi_nal phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy -- the Catholic Church.
Lang_don's wo_rst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican's holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vati_can City. With the cou_ntdown under way, Langd_on jets to Ro_me to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scie_ntist, to assist the Vatican in a despera_te bid for survi_val.