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 The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife.
Inferno: Special Illustrated Edition: Featuring Robert Langdonby Dan Brown
With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international bestselling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of readers around the world. Now, with this/i>/i>/i>
With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international bestselling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of readers around the world. Now, with this stunning special illustrated edition of his record-setting Inferno, brought to life by more than 200 breathtaking color images, Dan Brown takes readers deep into the heart of Italy . . . guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history’s most ominous literary classics.
“THE DARKEST PLACES IN HELL ARE RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THEIR NEUTRALITY IN TIMES OF MORAL CRISIS.”
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last thirty-six hours, including how he got there . . . or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
Langdon’s world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist—a genius whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written—Dante Alighieri’s dark epic poem The Inferno.
Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets, as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth . . . or to devastate it.
In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining read—a novel that will captivate readers with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature . . . while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.
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Meet the Author
- New England
- Date of Birth:
- June 22, 1964
- Place of Birth:
- Exeter, New Hampshire
- Phillips Exeter Academy 1982; B.A., Amherst College, 1986; University of Seville, Spain
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TIME FOR A HUMAN CULLING? I’m not a fan of amnesia by way of any book’s plot ploy. I thought it worked for Robert Ludlum in his Bourne series, but usually, in my opinion, it comes off contrived. Needless to say, Dan Brown’s INFERNO starts Chapter One with his recurring hero, Robert Langdon, suffering memory loss in a Florence, Italy, hospital bed. Literally, I sighed upon that revelation but plowed ahead if just because I’ve read Brown’s popular THE DA VINCI CODE, as well as his ANGELS AND DEVILS, and the author can usually be counted upon to provide a better read than many of the recent less-talented people who have begun writing similar genre mystery/adventure books that mingle fact with fiction. When I got over the annoyance of the amnesia, I did find this book’s plot as good as it is complicated, with subject matter definitely relevant in a world where overpopulation is already straining viable water, food, and natural resources. As in all the Robert Langdon as-hero novels, there’s a mystery to be solved in this one. If the arcane clues are deciphered by our hero with acumen that often leaves a reader awed. Any novice in symbolism, like I, needs suspend all disbelief that the protagonist is anything but exceedingly smart and clever … even if that same smart and clever protagonist can raise this reader’s eyebrow by somehow ignoring a key shout-out in Italian, as well as somehow forgetting that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia has two narthex. As usual, Brown provides a definitive sense of place, leaving little doubt that he knows well the locales about which he writes, as well as knows his subject matter. It’s always a pleasure, when one has visited many of the exotic sites mentioned, like I have, to vicariously re-live those visits through Brown’s eye. Though I don’t judge this the best of Brown’s work, it’s certainly good enough to provide enjoyable hours of reading by firelight while avoiding the winter’s chill, or on a beach somewhere while wiling away one’s days in the sunshine.