Angels & Demons by Dan Brown:
WOW! I just spent the last 12 hours on a rollercoaster listening to this & it was totally gripping from start to finish. Thank goodness I had it on my iPod, otherwise I'd have sat & read it all the way through, doing nothing else!
The story revolves around an initial murder, an incendiary device set to blow-up The Vatican, a Papal election and the kidnapping of 4 Cardinals who are leading the race to be the next Pope. It is also a first introduction to Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown's other bestseller - The DaVinci Code. It is full of twists, murders, historical facts, wonderful descriptive passages that place you right in the midst of the action and fascinating actual details about the workings of The Vatican.
It is almost entirely set in Rome, a place I love and have visited twice including touring The Vatican, which was utterly awe-inspiring. I was therefore even more drawn into the book as I could actually place myself in many of the famous locations, even guessing ahead from clues given, as to which famous landmark the plot would visit next.
The penultimate few chapters were brilliant, not at all expected and left the story very satisfactorily wrapped up.
I heard earlier this week there is now a movie of this book in the works and I am certain it will not only be a visual feast, but also a huge hit. Read it NOW!