I wish I didn't love Fan Browns novels so much as the moral of the stories usually go against my beliefs, but they are exciting reads when I need a break from my non-fiction focus.
Dan Brown always weaves a good story with many twist and turns you don't see at first. Loved the story premise as this is or should be a concern to the global community.
Although it should never be the decision of one individual nor do I think that a solution such as depicted in the book would be a decision anyone would make lightly.
I would definitely recommend this to all science fiction fans.
Perhaps Robert Langdon's character needs to be retired by Brown for a while. The story formula is almost identical to all other Langdon novels. The novelty has worn off for this reader. The thing is, Brown is a great writer and I know he is capable of so much more.
Paul Michael is always great, though.
I hope the next Brown novel takes more storyline risks than this.
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
I really enjoyed this thriller take-off on Dante's Inferno (the first of 3 canticles from Dante's Divine Comedy written in the early 14th century). While I read this shortly after it was published more than 2 years ago, I am just now getting to writing a review.
I love Dante's Inferno. Brown's use of it here was strikingly done with his trademark semiotics and winding plot turners. I could tell he made a grand research effort on Florence, Venice and Dante. Though the theme of the story was a bit far-fetched, it's rather difficult to get the thrills from an international novel without the capacity to suspend disbelief.
It'd be great as a fantastic roller coaster ride to end the summer, particularly in audio. Yet, on this point, I must say that I also had the hardcover version and had to go to it when I became impatient to know what happened.
Those looking for "literary" probably already know this isn't for them. Call it a guilty pleasure, but I like suspense novels to be SUSPENSEful (and I'm not opposed to non-tragic endings). Let the literary cognoscenti lob their brickbats, like Q-tips into a canyon.
I give it a sound recommendation as a thrill ride, particularly for readers/listeners who love Florence or Venice (or Italy overall) and/or Dante'.
When I purchased this audiobook, I was concerned the narrator would not be able to capture the essence of Dan Brown's writing. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the narration and I would recommend this to anyone