Inferno

Inferno

Book rating: 03 Hardback Robert Langdon

By (author) Dan Brown

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 461 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 46mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 14 May 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0385537859
  • ISBN 13: 9780385537858
  • Sales rank: 6,344

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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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Dan Brown is the author of "The Da Vinci Code," one of the most widely read novels of all time, as well as the international bestsellers "Inferno," "The Lost Symbol," "Angels & Demons," "Deception Point," and "Digital Fortress." He lives in New England with his wife.

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By Kayla de Leon 15 Sep 2014 2

Originally seen on The Bookish Owl (http://www.thebookishowl.net/?p=1062)

Inferno did not really hit the right notes for me. This is the 4th Dan Brown book I’ve read and while the others were pretty good, I found Inferno to be very mediocre and vapid.

For starters, Inferno had the same plot line as in every other Dan Brown book. While it was good and even riveting in The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, the 4th time was just too boring. The book didn’t hold my attention and it was very hard to commit myself to focus. The Robert Langdon of Inferno was a one-dimensional character. I couldn’t feel him at all. His character was really good in Brown’s previous books but he was just too flat in Inferno.

This book contained a lot of flashbacks and background information, most of which added no substance whatsoever to the story. The transitioning between past and present was a little jerky and off as well.

There was a recent outrage among a Filipino government official named Chairman Tolentino. Chairman Tolentino wrote a letter to Dan Brown because of the author’s reference to Manila as the “Gates of Hell”. In Inferno, the lead female protagonist visits Manila on a relief mission and was horrified at the poverty the Filipinos suffered from. As she was walking through a shanty-town, she was nearly raped and was saved by an old woman who stabbed one of her rapists before they could finish the deed.

As a Filipino, I feel compelled to say my piece about this situation. Honestly, I’m not that offended as it is the truth. Philippines suffers from extreme poverty and this is no secret as we’re a third world country. A main cause of our poverty is the corruption of the government who pocket the people’s taxes instead of the money going to budgets for infrastructure, education and generally, the country’s progress. I did a paper for school last year about corruption and was shocked to find Philippines as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. There was also a list on that particular website about the most corrupt people in the world. 2 former presidents of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada, made it to the Top 5.

So all in all, I’m not insulted by Dan Brown’s reference since he was speaking the truth. Philippines may offer a wide variety of beauties, but these are ruined by evidences of poverty such as squatters’ area, garbage everywhere and more. Instead of being offended and writing a letter, I believe that Chairman Tolentino should use Dan Brown’s allusion as a motivation to greatly improve Manila. Writing a letter to the author and letting your feelings known will not help the situation of the Philippines whatsoever.

By Ana Grozea 22 Nov 2013 5

I'm only at the beginning of the book (chapter 19) and I have to say that it is in the good tradition of Dan Brown's books.
I have read all of them cover to cover and as always they push you to want to know more. I think the fact that these books make you want to learn more is the biggest plus Dan Brown has to offer. You immediately want to see the Mappa dell'Inferno, Michelangelo's paintings, research about the Divine Comedy, about Botticelli's work etc. The story has a much more vivid impact if you look up all the things depicted in the book. So besides a thrilling story you enhance your overall cultural knowledge.
5 out of 5 Mr. Dan Brown and looking forward for your next book!

By natalie 05 Aug 2013 3

This is the latest offering from the author Dan Brown. Like all of his other Langdon stories this book is based on a treasure hunt that follows clue after clue to discover the sinister background that the clues unveil.

In this title, Brown builds his suspense-filled adventure around the Italian Poet of the Middle-ages, Dante, and his well-known literary masterpiece "The Divine Comedy" which follows Dante's journey through Hell.

Mr. Brown set the pedestal rather high after his extremely successful "Da Vinci Code" which still remains my favourite Brown title.
Unfortunately, I too judge each of his latest titles on offer with the same high set-standard and do find that his other works, although each satisfying reads in their own right, never quite hit the same exceptional level as his first great title.

Followers of Brown's work may agree with me, that seeing the name Robert Langdon included in the synopsis, created an urgency to see where the next adventure would take us.

The book is set in Italy where Robert Langdon finds himself in a hospital with no recollection of the events that lead him there. After being shot at and witnessing a shooting, he is on the run with the abled genius Sienna Brooks, who saves his life and tries to help him piece together the events that brought him to Italy in the first place.

Brown manages once again to include lots of twists and turns, intrigues and unkowns in this title as well as touching on the chilling subject of biological and chemical warfare.

I have read all of Dan Brown's literary work and I can appreciate his latest piece. I must admit that I found this book to be an extremely long read, not really my experience with Brown's work until now. I found myself chewing through parts of the story and was a little disappointed that it was somewhat predictable in others.

Overall, this is a great adventure and is a good read for those of you who appreciate a book that takes you places, with a gripping plot.

Review quote

"Jampacked with tricks...A BOOK-LENGTH SCAVENGER HUNT that Mr. Brown creates so energetically."--Janet Maslin, The "New York Times" "AS CLOSE AS A BOOK CAN COME TO A SUMMERTIME CINEMATIC BLOCKBUSTER...Brown builds up Langdon's supporting cast, which is the strongest yet."--"USA Today" "FAST, CLEVER, WELL-INFORMED...DAN BROWN IS THE MASTER OF THE INTELLECTUAL CLIFFHANGER."--"The Wall Street Journal" "BROWN IS AT HIS BEST when he makes readers believe that dusty books and musty passageways are just covers for ancient global conspiracies."--"The Washington Post" "A DIVERTING THRILLER...Brown stocks his latest book with all the familiar elements: puzzles, a beautiful female companion, and hints of secret conspiratorial agendas."--"EW.com" "Brown gives us lots of history and culture...but he puts the story first. "INFERNO" IS THE KIND OF SATISFYING ESCAPIST READ THAT SUMMERS WERE MADE FOR."--"The Boston Globe " "HARROWING FUN threaded with coded messages, art history, science, and imminent doom."--"Daily News (New York)"