Review | Inferno by Dan Brown

20 October 2013


Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages: 480

‘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.

I have always loved Dan Brown's Robert Langdon books, I have read them all and found each one hard to put down. I always need to know what's next and how Robert will solve the puzzle in front of him. Inferno was no different, from the first chapter I was hooked and routing for Robert to save the world. 
As always, Robert has an accomplice in his search for answers, Sienna Brooks, Sienna is with Robert when he wakes up confused and with amnesia. Sienna guides and helps him through the puzzles he is facing and to try figure out who his adversary is. 
I have always loved  Robert and the way he works, but it was even better this time because he was as in the dark as the person who has hired him. I think this scares Robert at first but he shines through and manages, in the end to figure out what's happening. Even when everything he's been told flips upside down he faces it and tries to help any way he can.
Inferno wasn't perfect for me, at the end I wish I got to find out how everything ended and the outcome of what Robert was fighting, we didn't get to see a bit of the after. I also think in this book there were a few too many additional characters. Towards the end the book became a bit too full, there were too many people involved in the finale which got a bit confusing but all in all I liked the book and would read another of Robert Langdon's adventures.

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