The action was constantly being broken up by the author's desire to impress upon his readers his intimate knowledge of every historical building and every back street of Florence and Venice.
While running for his life, Brown's hero frequently pauses to reminisce and share historical anecdotes with the heroine.
The Da Vinci Code had it's share of interesting historical and geographical background but Inferno loses all sense of proportion in this aspect of the book. Brown needs to get back to using the guide book stuff to give extra flair to the story not the other way round.
Inferno could be made into a James Bond type movie for an undemanding public.
The diversions were so prevalent, so destructive and so sleep-inducing that when I finished the book I felt that there were still many loose ends that needed to be resolved - presumably because I had missed key action among Brown's tedious recital of street names, buildings and historical references.
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