Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

‘Seek and ye shall find.’

With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.

A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon’s knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.

With only a few lines from Dante’s dark and epic masterpiece, The Inferno, to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the most celebrated artefacts of the Renaissance – sculptures, paintings, buildings – to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat.

Set against an extraordinary landscape inspired by one of history’s most ominous literary classics, Inferno is Dan Brown’s most compelling and thought-provoking novel yet, a breathless race-against-time thriller that will grab you from page one and not let you go until you close the book.

Robert Langdon is back with another puzzling thriller, set in the heart of an invigorating and historic Florence, we follow the symbologist as he attempts to make sense of the latest conundrums that have an immediate impact on his life.

No matter if you’re a part time reader, a lover of different genres, be it romance, crime or history one thing is clear, 90% of you will have heard of Dan Brown. Perhaps I’m doing the author an injustice and that figure is closer to 100% but I’m certain, as an established author, a vast majority of readers know who he is and what he represents with his writing. You may not agree with his religious stance or indeed what he stands for in general but one thing you cannot argue with, I certainly can’t, is that he makes you – me – want to read.

A profound storyteller, Dan Brown is an author who knows how to weave a story making history come alive, gifting the imagination and massaging the cerebral cortex with a thorough mental workout in the process. The one thing all of his books have in common for me is that every time I pick up his books I revert to the internet or reference books to learn as much about a city, a painting or an historic event as I can. Brown satisfies my thirst for knowledge with well-placed references and through his protagonist Robert Langdon we discover his fascination for a world as we may or may not know it.

I know I can’t ask for more. I want to be entertained and educated and in all his books I am. It’s as simple as that really.

There are passages in Inferno I didn’t agree with, passages that didn’t fit well, and there are patches of repetition in the narrative – no more so than finding four ways to describe the infamous Ponte Vecchio bridge – the oldest of Florence’s six bridges – in the space of thirty pages. Certain parts are a little blocky to read, along with a few examples of words the author has discovered, but all that aside Inferno does what it says or promises on the tin. Inferno is another entertaining book that will get people talking and more importantly reading.

Whether you’re a fan of the author’s work or not, this book will probably not sway you in either direction and even if you pick up the book to see what the fuss is about I can promise you will be entertained in one way or another.

Inferno is a page turner, the story moves along at a rapid pace and before you know it you’ve reached the end and are begging for more. The interaction between the lead characters is assured and the plot itself well thought out and intelligently crafted. Inferno is meticulously researched and the mind boggles when you take a step back and ponder how much effort it took to put this book together. At times I sat back exhausted, the amount of knowledge Brown imparts is astonishing. It’s no surprise that the book took as long as it did to materialise; I only hope the next one doesn’t take as long!

In all his books Dan Brown acts as a tour guide and whether the story takes the reader to The Vatican, Florence, Rome or Washington, he breathes life into said locale creating an imaginative and colourful location that is both atmospheric and commanding, he makes me want to visit each and every city he writes about.

Another solid read, for me it’s not as fluid as The Lost Symbol (but then so many have varying experiences with that book) but entertaining and enjoyable it certainly is.

Inferno is available in Hardback , CD Audio and Kindle formats.

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593072499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593072493
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