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Mar 06

Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

“Dante’s poem, Langdon was now reminded, was not so much about the misery of hell as it was about the power of the human spirit to endure any challenge, no matter how daunting.”

Dan Brown’s Inferno is the 4th installment of his Robert Langdon series including one of the most read fictional books of all time The Da Vinci Code.  Like everybody in the world in 2003 I got caught up in Robert Langdon’s world in the Da Vinci Code and after finishing it went out and got Angels and Demons and then my reading of Dan Brown stopped.  Then a couple of days ago while at the local library I came across Dan Brown’s Inferno and decided to give it a go.

Inferno follows a similar plot line to the other Robert Langdon books.  The main character finds himself surrounded by historical artifacts and buildings and with his keen intellect and expertise in the field of art history is able to succeed where others would fail.  In the case of Inferno,  Robert Langdon finds himself using his knowledge of Dante’s Divine Comedy to stop an evil genius that is using Dante’s epic poem as his muse to unleash havoc on the world.  To thicken the plot Langdon has suffered a concussion and has short term memory loss making it more difficult to figure out exactly what side everybody is on.

If you enjoyed Dan Brown’s other work you will enjoy Inferno, there are enough plot twists to keep you guessing and his work with connecting historical references to seemingly unrelated events is pure genius.  Now I personally did not enjoy Inferno as much as his other books that I have read, but it was still a fun read.  Brown, in a lot of ways, reminds me of Michael Crichton’s work with the main difference being Crichton’s work deals more with science while Brown is in art history.  Both authors provide highly entertaining reads and every now and again those types of books are the best things to read.  I give Inferno Three and Half Shells out of Five.3 and a half shells

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