Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno “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.” –

Whew! Inferno by Dan Brown is a lot of book, y’all! As in, there’s so much story here that I either have to be somewhat vague or overly detailed in this review. There were some pretty interesting viewpoints and themes going on that I have comments on, but without telling you everything about this book, I don’t think I really can comment. I guess that in itself was rather vague, wasn’t it? Whoops! Sorry…

I’ve long been a fan of Dan Brown, including his books outside of the Robert Langdon series. Something that I appreciate about his novels is the way his stories are filled with codes, symbols and actual locations embroiled in history and often shrouded in mystery. I am often fascinated by these things, and am spurred to research them more on my own. After reading Brown’s third installment in the Robert Landon series, The Lost Symbol, I had been fairly disappointed – there was too much lecturing going on, not enough dialogue, and – well, it was just kind of boring. I didn’t know what to expect when Inferno debuted in May, but I was hesitant to get my hopes up. I needn’t have worried. Inferno is definitely one of my favorite books in the Robert Langdon series.

Inferno is centered around Dante’s Inferno, the most famous third of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Robert Langdon, our favorite Harvard professor of symbology, is racing around Florence, Italy in an attempt to decode encrypted messages hidden in an altered version of a famous painting of Dante’s Inferno and from the text of Dante’s Inferno itself. The clock is most definitely ticking – if Langdon fails, a worldwide plague will be diabolically unleashed upon our planet. This is an action-packed, non-stop trip for the reader as Langdon and friends do their best to extricate our world from peril. As I was reading, I often felt the need to catch my breath, as though I, myself, were racing through the streets of Florence with Langdon.

Something that, to me, redeemed Brown after the dismal The Lost Symbol is the way, in Inferno, he feeds the reader his research and facts using strong dialogue, clear details, and vivid flashbacks. This was sorely missing in The Lost Symbol, and in Inferno it keeps the reader embroiled in the story until the end. There were a few scenes in the book that made me think, “Oh, please, he totally wrote that to be made into a movie scene!” Perhaps so, or perhaps Brown’s descriptive writing simply brought his words to life that vividly in my imagination.

If you are a fan of Dan Brown or of the Robert Langdon series, you will definitely want to make your way to the bookstore or library immediately. If you felt snubbed by the dark, boring lectures of The Lost Symbol – do not let that turn you away from Inferno. Brown certainly redeems himself with the writing of this novel. I said it once, and I’ll say it again. Get down the library or bookstore and get a copy today.

5 stars, baby

Source: Lincoln City Libraries Digital Downloads

5 thoughts on “Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

  1. Aunt Barber says:

    Okay. I have made the purchase. Impatiently waiting for vacation so that I can crack it open. 2 weeks, 5 day, 10 hours . . . .

    • Pathologically Literate says:

      Yikes! I’m not good at that whole waiting game… I’m more of an instant gratification type of gal – who cares if the house is a mess or if I’m up all night reading and exhausted in the morning? At least I read that great book! Yes, I realize this is totally flawed thinking…

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