In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.
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IT'S PRETTY MUCH A PAGE TURNER. NOW I WILL CONTRIDICT MYSELF AND SAY IT'S NOT ALL THAT COMPELLING AND RATHER FORCED. AND WILL BROWN EVER BRING A MODICUM OF DEPTH TO HIS CHARACTERS?. THERE ARE FORCEFUL ARGUEMENTS HERE REGARDING THE OVER POPULATION OF OUR PLANET. ALSO AN IN DEPTH AND ONGOING TRAVELOGUE OF FLORENCE, AND ANOTHER CITY I WON'T MENTION.
Non Fiction Reader
This is NOT an adventure/mystery/spy novel...Period!. It's an elaborate ploy to display the author's knowledge and personal opinions about art history. I found the action hard to believe. We are supposed to believe that Langdon, in the midst of being shot at, pursued and blodgeoned by the bad guys, has the time to give an in-depth explanation of the historical places he is chased through. So (as an example), while chasing the quasi-heroine through a spice market the action is stopped so we can be regaled at length with its ancient beginings. After this lengthy aside, we follow Langdon in his chase. Every immediate action is paused while a detailed description is provided of the arts' provanence. The plot, which is absurd, can be distilled into two paragraphs. If it were, however, no one would bother reading this book. The characters are cardboard cutouts. One would think that the only good sex Langdon may have had was with some ancient fresco. He certainly does not know how to relate to people. He turns out to be gulible and the reader (listener) is supposed to suspend judgment. I give it a pass as a waste of time.
No Dan brown book will ever reach the level of The Da Vinci Code but Inferno is a good book overall. There is action from the very beginning to the end with twists and turns along the way. It is an entertaining book that saw the hours pass by quickly. A good listen.
Having read many Dan Brown novels, I have to say: This was deeply disappointing.
The story is weak and everything has the feeling of having been created with a deep search of Wikipedia.
The story has some glaring basic fact errors, like a jet being chartered from Monaco airport (try to find that if you will) to the main story line (basic population theory) and how it's being told.
Just don't buy this book. It's a waste of money and time.
It was slow and boring. Even a movie with Tom Hanks as the lead couldn't save this story.
Its what you would expect from Dan Brown. Formulaic.
It was just OK, nothing special.
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It was a gripping tale that instantly placed Florence on my must visit list
Fantastic plot and throughly plausible.
Paul Michael has an even easy tone and his Italian accent brought Firenze to life
Langdon goes viral to hell and back.
Just an exceptional tale which already has me trying to second guess who will play Sienna alongside Tom Hanks Robert Langdon.
The Progressive Era and the Eugenicist movements were so horrible it has taken 100 years for someone to write an apologia for it. That is pretty much what Dan Brown did in Inferno, the latest, and perhaps the weakest of the Robert Langdon series.
The story is typical of Dan Brown. History grafted onto a clockwork plot with clockwork characters coming out and hammering the clockwork bell at times set by the Great Windup Spring of Plot.
If you've read Dan Brown before, you've read this book before. Lots of historical exposition and a story with all the emotional impact of a Vulcan opera.
All this and some agitprop for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
If you thought Brown's writing was weak in his previous outings and are only still reading trying to determine the appeal, this book could put you off the author forever. Enjoy!
As always, Dan Brown delivers an excellent plot keeping you in suspense till the very end. I only wish the narrator had more range when speaking for the individual characters (although his overall performance was acceptable).
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