Rating: 4/5

Title: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction, Adventure
Pages: 528
Publisher: Random House
ISBN-13: 9780593072493

After 'The Lost Symbol' I was a little skeptical about buying this book, but I went ahead and bought it anyway in the slight hope that it might have something interesting inside. Dan Brown didn't disappoint me this time.

The story unfolds with the famous Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon, waking up in a hospital having absolutely no memory of his whereabouts. He soon finds out that he is in Florence and is still in a confused state when an attempt to assassinate him is made. With only Dr. Sienna Brooks by his side and a vivid memory of a silver haired woman telling him to 'seek and find', Robert Langdon has to unravel the mystery behind all the chaos occurring around him. As clues lead him from Florence to Venice and then to Turkey, he realizes he has only a little time left to save the world from an irreversible transformation. All this based on Dante's epic poem - Inferno.

The narration is excellent but what caught my attention was the detailed explanation about the places in the story, especially Florence. It made me want to visit the place and experience first hand what has been so beautifully described. I'm sure the Italian government is thanking Mr. Brown for the increase in tourism with this book's release! As for the major characters, Dr. Brooks is portrayed as one of a counterpart to Langdon. Then there is Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the WHO head, who is revealed in the latter part of the story but somehow not prominent enough. Lastly the trouble maker, Bertrand Zobrist, is that twisted character who leaves clues for Langdon to follow.

The plot is similar to the author's previous books but catchy enough. It is quite a big story with loads of historical information especially about Dante, his works and his homeland, Florence. Definitely recommended for readers interested in historical art.

Overall, a fast paced thriller packed with factual information about middle age Italian art and history. A thumbs up for this one!


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