Review: Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown

Posted June 4, 2013 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Title:Inferno (Robert Langdon #4)
Author: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Fiction Suspense Thriller
Publish Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday

Book Description:

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

Wow, I am exhausted as I have run through the streets of Firenze with Robert Langdon, and I am so happy I was wearing my comfy shoes. I was tagging along with Professor Langdon in Inferno by Dan Brown as he tries to save the world from destruction. However, this time the beloved Professor is handicapped; he has retrograde amnesia and can’t remember the last two days of his life. These missing two days are critical in trying to figure out who is trying to kill Langdon and why everybody is mobilizing to get in on the hunt for the good Professor. Langdon of course is not alone; he is joined on this adventure by Dr. Sienna Brooks, the doctor he meets upon awakening after being shot. Yes, you heard correctly, shot; this is not a spoiler as it happens on the first few pages of the book–the revelation that is, not the actual shooting.

So Robert and I, yes, we are on a first-name basis since I read Angels and Demons in 2000, are running around the churches and museums of Firenze with the third wheel of Sienna tagging along. She keeps trying to interject commentary, but Robert should have listened to me, as we would have gotten to the ‘Gate of Paradise’ sooner. Sienna is supposed to have an IQ of 208 but didn’t get the ‘Gates of Paradise’ hint. Hmmmm? I digress in my jealousy, as we two historians really didn’t need the doctor along for our jaunt.
Okay her fluent Italian came in handy, and I for one needed a water and bathroom break. Langdon’s and Sienna’s bladders must be the size of a basketball. Well we all ended up learning a good deal about Dante, but since I had given myself a refresher when I read Sylvain Reynard’s books, Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, the poet and I had our ducks in a literary row. I was ready for the hunt, or chase, or eluding. Okay I was ready to run my short little legs off.

By the time Robert and I were done, I was bedazzled, befuddled, bewildered, bemused, and completely in awe of his creator Dan Brown. In my opinion this is Brown’s best book since Angels and Demons, my original favorite among Brown’s books. Thought I would say The Da Vinci Code– nope had that one figured out before Langdon left the Louvre. Inferno by Dan Brown had some huge surprises that had me going. How did I miss that one? Fair warning my friends–never assume anything in a Dan Brown book.

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About the Author


Dan Brown is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown is interested in cryptography, codes, and keys. Currently his novels have been translated into many languages.

Although many see Dan Brown’s books as anti-Christian, Brown is a Christian who says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply “an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate” and suggests that the book may be used “as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith.”

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