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Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Inferno.
Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this captivating thriller.
The threat of world overpopulation is the latest assignment for Brown's art historian and accidental sleuth Robert Langdon. Awakening in a Florence hospital with no memory of the preceding 36 hours, Langdon and an attractive attending physician with an oversized intellect are immediately pursued by an ominous underground organization and the Italian police. Detailed tours of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul mean to establish setting, but instead bog down the story and border on showoffmanship. Relying on a deceased villain's trail of clues threaded through the text of Dante's The Divine Comedy, the duo attempt to unravel the events leading up to Langdon's amnesia and thwart a global genocide scheme. Suspension of disbelief is required as miraculous coincidences pile upon pure luck. Near the three-quarters point everything established gets upended and Brown, hoping to draw us in deeper, nearly drives us out. Though the prose is fast-paced and sharp, the burdensome dialogue only serves plot and back story, and is interspersed with unfortunate attempts at folksy humor. It's hard not to appreciate a present day mega-selling thriller that attempts a refresher course in Italian literature and European history. But the real mystery is in the book's denouement and how Brown can possibly bring his hero back for more.
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Another excellent Robert Langdon novel by Dan Brown!
There is something about Dan Brown's writing that hooks me right into the story being told. I just absolutely love all the fun facts, puzzles, riddles, and of course, the main character Robert Langdon. Every time I go back and re-read The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and now Inferno, I can easily picture Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon in these novels.
Just like the preceding novels, Inferno is an enjoyable and fun read that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, leaving them unable to put the book down. Dan Brown, if you're reading this, I'm looking forward to your next Robert Langdon novel. Keep up the great work!
From one who actually read it
I feel cheated and robbed -- at any price. This story was painfully overburdened by endless descriptions of scenery, locales, museums, etc. I either nodded off repeatedly or switched to a news or weather app. If I had wanted a travel guide of Italy, I would have purchased one.
By the time that I reached a ridiculous and unbelievable plot twist, I had ceased caring about about the characters or their pursuits. Shamefully playing off of our love of the 'Code', he drags us from one locale to another, with vague and ambiguous 'clues' and 'aha moments'.
In the end -- I just wanted it to end. Mercifully it did, but I will get back neither my money nor those wasted hours of my life.
Save yourself both.
Finished it in two days. Couldn't put down the book. Way better than the Lost Symbol.