REVIEW: Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno - UK cover

The Publisher says:

‘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.

My Thoughts:

This book from beginning to end was a descriptive adventure through Florence and parts of Turkey. Many historical sites of Florence were explained in such detail that it makes you want to jump up and get on a plane. Brown tickles your taste buds with the tantalising narrative through Turkey’s age-old spice markets.

This book provides another world for the reader to escape into. As I haven’t read a lot of Dan Brown’s books I cannot really comment on his style of writing but from what I have heard Inferno is meant to be the one book that breaks the mould.

Talk of deadly viruses and even the mention of actual world-wide happenings give the book a realistic level that you just do not expect from a fictional piece. On a positive note this book has added various places on my ‘to see’ list. On the negative side of things I think there are too many factual pieces of information in the book for it to be something of fiction. The developmental side of infectious diseases toward the end of the book blows up and just continues to hit you until the last page. Sadly from about 1/3 of the way until the final four chapters I was bored – at this point the story took off at warp speed and although I enjoyed the pace of the story it was painstaking to the end.

I wouldn’t say do not read it because it is most definitely worth the read but make sure you have plenty of time. Before I left for my Christmas break I gave myself a whole week whilst away to finish the book and it has only just happened. If you are that interested in a book then you read it everywhere and anywhere!

As this review was written very soon after finishing the book my opinion may reform with time but I doubt that will happen soon!

Rating

rating3*Mediocre Beans

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