Inferno

Inferno

by Dan Brown
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Inferno by Dan Brown

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385537865
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Series: Robert Langdon Series , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 7,221
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Hometown:

New England

Date of Birth:

June 22, 1964

Place of Birth:

Exeter, New Hampshire

Education:

Phillips Exeter Academy 1982; B.A., Amherst College, 1986; University of Seville, Spain

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Inferno 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2070 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Dan Brown fan, and I always look forward to reading his new books; however, this particular one was hard to get through. Normally I can't put one of his books down, and I fly through it. But this time I had to talk myself into finishing it. I think he went a little overboard on details. Events didn't seem to smoothly relate to each other. And the plot was both far fetched (even more than usual) and stale at the same time. Some of his tricks and twists have been used one time too many, and towards the end of the book I felt like he was throwing in too many twists just for the sake of it,to the point where it became convoluted and had me rolling my eyes. With all that said, I still enjoyed some things. I like how Langdon had amnesia in the very first chapter, and therefore had to work backwards to piece things together. That was a fresh idea of Dan Brown's. I just wish the rest of the book was just as fresh. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't leave me at the edge of my seat, biting my nails, like some of his previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan Brown catches a lot of grief for the historical accuracy of his novels, but that is exactly the reason why they are under fiction. Any smart author blends fact with fiction. For all of you who don't get that, do you ever wonder why the Flintstones wasn't considered a reality show destined for The History Channel? Sometimes things are just for fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book enjoyable. As I do with his other stories. I read them for entertainment and not as a definitive answer to religion so please try not to characterize every one that reads it as ignorant.
ScottBrazil More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I was hesitent to read this book because Dan Brown has become the author we love to find fault with and his novels, to a degree, have become formulaic. After reading The Lost Symbol, I thought that perhaps it was time to stop following this series. I was wrong. Yes, this one follows that same formula (a successful one, I may add), but I was completely engrossed in this story and found that the outside world simply vanished. Dan Brown's prose has improved, and he once again finds a way to weave history, science, art, geography etc. into a facininating thriller. That, and he at least gets you to think about a real-word issue (human population), regardless of whether or not you agree with what his view is. I should have seen some of the twists that were coming, but I didn't, and the ending was not what I expected at all. This is a story I expect will resonate with me for quite a while!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved many of Dan Brown's previous books and looked forward to this one with great anticipation. What a let-down. It's nothing more than an art history travelogue thrown in with cliff notes for Dante's Inferno, surrounding a mystery that is definitely not heart pounding. As Langdon "dashes" from one traumatic event to the next he spends an inordinated amount of time (pages and pages) admiring architecture, design and the various stunning art pieces of past centuries. All this book did for me was to make me want to call my travel agent.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Inferno by Dan Brown If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you'll love Inferno. Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Florence not remembering how he got there. Last thing he remembers, he was walking to a lecture where he teaches symbology at Harvard University in Boston. He's told he's been shot, and his attacker has another attempt on his life; killing one of the physicians who was treating him. Sienna Brooks, a young female physician rescues him and they must soon evade both the US government and a sinister looking set of agents led by agent Cristoph Brüler. Langdon and Brooks outsmart all of these people to uncover that there is a virus that is going to be released by the renown biochemist billionaire, Bertrand Zobrist. Zobrist is a firm believer of Malthusian catastrophe - "The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world." To avoid this "Inferno," Zobrist has decided to take matters in his hand and reduce the world's population. Deep beneath Dante's Inferno lies clues that will lead Langdon, Dr. Brooks, the Consortium - a powerful organization that is for hire, and Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey - the head of the World Health Organization - to the place where the virus is being released. The reader is exposed to quite accurate descriptions of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul as the plot thickens, twists, and is finally revealed to the tune of Liszt' Dante symphony at the Istanbul ancient cisterns - which I'm listening as I write this. The book is a well researched novel. The twists and turns are incredible; it's a page turner. Couldn't put it down, read it in two days. I found myself searching for maps of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul to follow Langdon's quest. In the end, I had to listen to Liszt' Dante symphony to read the climactic conclusion: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," for once you open its pages, you'll be trapped in this fascinating tale, and you will also be re-examining what you thought of Dante's work.....
hamletsghost More than 1 year ago
I eagerly awaited this book, as I do all of Brown's novels. Halfway through, I was convinced the author left the writing to an underling. The lack of an editor was glaring... characters' descriptions were just laughable. If I had read one more time "the man in designer sunglasses, itching his neck" I would have thrown the book against a wall. Words don't describe my disappointment... had to force myself to read the second half, and then only so that I wouldn't feel so cheated out of my money. Oddly enough, this week's 'People' magazine had a piece on Brown's house... how cleverly he had devised hidden doors and clues. If he had spent half the time on his manuscript that he used coming up with house decor, 'Inferno' wouldn't be such a mess. Never dreamed I'd be giving Dan Brown two stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like a travel essay of florence. Action is continually interupted with langdon's thought commentaries on the art or architecture. No edge of your seat tension on my part. In spite of the book's plot l was rather bored by it. Also picturing tom hanks as langdon doesn't work for me! Dan brown is more name than talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having a hard time getting into this one. Doesn't seem to have the tension of his other books. So far it's just one big chase scene with lots of riddles and trivia. Maybe his formula is wearing thin?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was fantastic beginning to end. I loved that even when you thought you had figured it out everything changed again. Loved every minute!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible disappointment after his other books. I found that not only did I not care about the characters in the book, I also was skipping portions of the book to get to the end. It was one of the books that I finished because I had started it. The book tends to balance between an academic travelogue of Florence and other historical sites and a ongoing lecture about the imminent dangers caused by overpopulation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I likedthis book, but at times it was very confusing. I felt like I was blindfolded and riding a rollercoaster...just this absolute feeling of disorientation. It did get better towards the middle, but getting there was...rough. Definitely wasn't able to put it down. I think his other books are more engrossing, and the plot twists are easier to follow. These gave me whiplash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the premise interesting but got bogged down in all the traveloge type narration about the locations. I have read several book lately where the author keeps repeating the same details throughout the book. For example what the character experienced in the past or events from earlier in the book. The book was no exception. The repetition began to feel like filler. I kept thinking I got it the first time, move on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to this book for a long time and boy was I disappointed. I went to art school and the art history teachers made art history more exciting then this book. It reads like a tour guides book to Florence, done as a car chase. It kind of reminds me of the old movie if its Tues day it must be Belguim. There is no great concept in this book for the mytery part either, just another doomsday story which if you read his other books is the pattern. It seems to me Da Vinci code may have been his one hit wonder because this is a major disappointment, I have had to force myself to finish the book and others I have talked to have said the same thing just a boring chase book with so much repetition that I just began to skim over the pages were it began getting to me. I know Dante was expelled from Florence but how many times does Brown need to remind us after the 10 th time I got the message Dante was expelled okay already.
cooknbooks More than 1 year ago
Typical Dan Brown, same blueprint as the Da Vinci Code. Fast pace thriller with some historical facts and a puzzle to be solved. A highly entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG... I have to re read again with Google, first to brush up on my Italian and THEN... go to the places on the map to see the art....and the story was not that bad.... cant wait for the movie.... again, worth the wait...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, Dan Brown does not disappoint -- IF you understand Dan Brown. I have read all his books, and enjoy the fast paced thrilling ride he takes us on from the very first page. Interestingly, I read a newspaper review complaining that Inferno goes into too much explanation about art, architecture, geography, etc. I totally disagree! I found myself going back and forth between my Nook and the internet to "see" the places he was so beautifully describing. Even so, I finished the book in two days. Brown's books translate well into the illustrated versions for obvious reasons, and I will be adding this one to my collection when it is released. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because of Brown's continued formulaic writing, successful though it may be. But then -- I knew that going in.
Hampshire More than 1 year ago
One long chase scene. Not anywhere as interesting as the DaVinci code. Maybe I'm just tired of watching Langdon race thru historic monuments. Why do so many authors just repeat their formula over and over? 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not Dan Brown's Best. I usually fly through his books and was excited he wrote another Robert Langdon novel; however, INFERNO was a let down. It is weighted down by too many details and flips back and forth between too many characters. I like when Brown's books volley between the two main characters, the bad guy and Langdon. The reader is smacked around the court in every direction but over the net. The story line is good. The book is poorly executed. I'm saddened even more, because I have a true fondness for books that take place in Italy and Dante's THE DIVINE COMEDY. Sorry Mr. Brown, INFERNO was a miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan Brown's books are very formulaic, but I still am eager to read each one. Good storytelling, amazing visual descriptions, and still great twists/turns. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and am hopeful that Mr. Brown writes another. The ideas behind the book are so...shocking, yet they bring some serious issues to light. I always enjoy reading his books and the conversations they elicit with my fellow readers after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, so does anyone ever need to sleep or eat (or pee for that matter) in this novel? Langdon has a brain injury and yet has no problem stopping his meds cold and then pops some No Doze and is good for 36 straight hours of high intensity adventure? Does Langdon ever learn from his past experiences? I'm willing to go on the ride but you gotta make me believe in the experience too. Robert walks right into the same traps that he always does. And just how many inept professional killers are there? I was really looking forward (like 3 years) to this book but I couldn't hop on board this one. I'm usually an easy voyeur but this one lost me early. I really want to visit Venice and Florence now but this wasn't a travel book.... or was it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good travel guide. That's not what I look for in a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other reviewers were right, not a good book. Page after page of travel narrative with very little happening. Been a long time since I failed to finish a book, but this is one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The actual story was about 30 pages and the rest of the book was a travelog. Very boring unless you are interested in descriptions of buildings etc. Had to do a lot of skimming and was thrilled when I was finished!
AThinkTank4u More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to its release and ended up feeling burdened by my commitment to read through until the end. It read like a third rate travel guide. Detailed descriptions of each and every museum and historical monument didn't contribute anything to the telling of the story. In fact, the story (as disjointed as it was) felt like a secondary or tertiary goal of the writer. With close to 600 pages, it was about 400 pages too long. I felt no investment in the characters and even less in the storytelling itself. There a many great books out. This was not one of them.