Inferno: A Novel by Dan BrownInferno: A Novel by Dan Brown

Inferno: A Novel

byDan Brown

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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, 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 place 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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Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including the recent record-breaking The Lost Symbol, which had the biggest one-week sale in Random House history for a single title.  His previous title, The Da Vinci Code, has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making it one of the bestselling novels of all time. In ...
Title:Inferno: A NovelFormat:Paperback | Large PrintDimensions:752 pages, 9.16 × 6.08 × 1.38 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Diversified PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable for Readers of his previous works Very typical Dan Brown, not to say I didn't enjoy it but probably for the first time ever in a book I knew exactly where the clues led to. So it was a little predictable for me. Nevertheless I love that these books always go to places I too have visited on past holiday's, without the murders and constant threat of death ( thankfully) .
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking page-turner I read this book on a long car ride and I can not say I was disappointed! There was plenty of action and Brown writes in such a clear way that I was able to picture each scene vividly. There are many twists and turns to keep you guessing through the whole book and the ending is pleasantly unexpected. Love it!!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible!!! As for all of Dan Brown's books...this one does not leave you disappointed. Page turner right from the start! The way he dicribes every detail is incredible, makes you feel and see what the character is going through. I have all his books and this one is just as amazing as the rest!! Highly recommend!!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I have enjoyed all the Dan Brown books but they are all kind of the same.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wild ride Such a page turner! Had me hooked from the start!
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved the ending. I will honestly say that this is by far not my favourite Langdon novel but I did really enjoy how it ended.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very average Don't expect this to be the best book you've ever read.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Inferno Good book. Features around Dante's Inferno. Followup to the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. Inferno takes us through Florence and provides a glimpse of Renaissance culture.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All-Time Favourite I'm a big fan of Dan Brown, I have read all of his books to date and this is by far my favourite. He writes fascinating characters, and this book was a real page turner. I love how history and facts are woven throughout his fictional stories. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book Love the Robert Langdon books
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thirilling I got so involved in the story that I couldn't put the book down for 3 days
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! So perfectly detailed and rich in information, culture and knowledge. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Hey, if I wanted to kill the majority of the world, I would just release this air borne virus instead of making an elaborate plot to do it. Average.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from in love with dan brown, and robert langdon i love most of dan brown book that i have read, starting with the da vinci code. that was the first book i ever read by this author and i was fascinated. i fell in love with the way he is writing his stories, and the best part is that even if his books are fiction, they hold some factual information. i totally totally loved it and would highly recommend it .
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of suspence A fantastic book that will keep your attention!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from inferno Well written. Symbolist Robert Langdon, waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams with a doctor hoping to recover his memories, while trying to stop the clock on a madman from unleashing a virus upon the world. The movie is very riveting.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh. I found this to be the least interesting of the Robert Langdon books. There may be a spoiler here so proceed with caution. There is much history in the descriptions of various locations in Italy and Turkey and that is okay, but sometimes it seems like filler. There is a plot twist that I don't think makes much sense and the ending is, well, okay. It just kind of ends. In other books Robert Langdon actually does something. In this book, the end result would have been the same with or without Robert. And what is the entire point of the book, meaning the plot? Why would someone intent on creating the "device" make a way for it to be discovered in such a convoluted way? The dude would have created the device then set it off and probably would live to see the results. One could do that and not even make it known to the world. And the creator would probably have set some off in multiple locations as it was basically undetectable under normal circumstances. Why not place a few in various airports around the world? And why suicide? Just make it, spread the virus without letting people know, sit back and watch if the world catches on. Oh well.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Typical Robert Langdon Don't get me wrong it has all the great elements of Robert Langdon novel that all the previous ones had, but for some reason I didn't find it as compelling as the previous ones. Maybe because I waited so long to read it and had unusally high expectations. Otherwise, fast-paced thrilling as always. Great Read
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love! So, my title says it all: I LOVED this book. I found myself googling all the places mentioned so I could see what the characters were seeing. This was such a page-turner, and I couldn't wait to see how it would all end up. I finished this in a day, and I can't wait for his next one!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read Despite mediocre prose, painful dialogue and incurable unoriginality, Dan Brown's latest Robert Langdon novel is as gripping as his previous works. What makes this particular novel better than most is the central bio-ethical topic of overpopulation that are far more relevant than we care too admit. After reading this book you will gain a greater understanding of human weakness, a history defined by our neutrality in times of moral crises caused by our aptitude for denial.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read but a tad 'wordy' in places.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read but a tad 'wordy' in places.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read but a tad 'wordy' in places.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read but a tad 'wordy' in places.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read but a tad 'wordy' in places.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read but a tad 'wordy' in places.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! As always, he keeps you on your toes! What a page turner
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I love Dan Brown books, and this one was one of my favourites. A must read!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great thriller entertaining from beginning to end !
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad but not great either Book lack the same suspense and rich storytelling when you compare the other books based on the Robert L. character...bit of miss...
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read. I was a big fan of this novel. I really like Dan Brown's style of writing, and his storytelling for this Robert Langdon adventure is on par with the rest. His weaving of history and narrative makes for a great page-turner. I look forward to his next iteration. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to Put Down I bought this book on pre-order one week before it was released. I read it in 2 days. His books are always interesting to read, and very hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Another AMAZING READ from Dan Brown. Keeps you guessing right to the end.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book ! I am a huge fan of Dan Brown's, and this book definitely does not dissapoint ! From the first page all the way to the last, Mr.Brown held my attention, and I wasn't bored at all reading this book. Love the Robert Langdon series.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Typical Dan Brown book The story starts a bit slower than the usual Dan Brown books, and I almost put it down, which never happened before. But I kept going and oh I wasn't disappointed. It is a bit more twisted than his other books, but it is making us think and we need that!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read It was fast paced, enjoyable and mysterious. If you like Dan Brown you will like this one.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ending! Love Dan Brown, so knew I'd love Inferno too. The ending had a great twist and like other books in the Robert Langdon series, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inferno I'm not entirely sure why people feel the need to bash Dan Brown's writing. He is MUST better than someone like E.L. James or Stephanie Meyer. His books are full of easily accessibly information and history, the story was as enjoyable as all of his books and you can kind of jump in anywhere in the series and know what is going on with Robert Langdon.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book! Love Dan Brown books, this one has a big message and is well written. I love learning while being entertain. This book is original and important. Loved it and read cover to cover as fast as i could! lol
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fan! Another great book from Dan Brown! love it!!!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, I could not put it down. With so many twists and turns you were blindsided by what was revealed at the end. Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors, any book he write never disappoints, and always keeps you thinking.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story. Loved the inclusion of Dantes Inferno vs all the religious aspects of the previous novels. It is still there but a nice new twist and an exciting read. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page-turner If you're a fan of other Dan Brown books, you'll enjoy this one too!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoyed reading it but it wasn't as exciting as the other Robert Langdon novels. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad... A typical Robert Langdon story - very fast paced with short chapters and a wild ride through Europe. Not impressed with the ending, but a decent story.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inferno This book was amazing. I truly loved it along with Dan Brown's other books. I recently read the book for a second time and could not put it down both times. Very well written and keeps you on your toes.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot stop reading As usual, a beautiful story with the ecstatic suspense, having amazing lessons and morals behind. Not to mention how much to learn from the historical settings chosen.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Apt title, relevant. Storyline was interesting and well presented. Writing style was excellent and in Author's best tradition. However, narrative found to be tedious and often repetitive. Couldn't wait to finish reading and be done with it.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great novel by Dan Brown A great story of mystery, intrigue and world travel as Langdon and Sienna Brooks follow clues found in great works of art. They're trying to save the world.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Read Inferno is non stop excitement that you can't put down. Dan's writing style easily makes you feel there.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Besta This is an amazing book, strongly recommend you to read this. Never a disappointment by this author!
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best This is an amazing book, strongly recommend you to read this. Never a disappointment by this author!
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another epic quest for Langdon.. Pretty good read. Good ups and downs as Langdon weaves his way around Europe again. Makes we wonder where he will be for the next book.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movies This is nothing like the movie. Must read. Great! Will read again when I have extra time. Buy it now!
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Twists and turns and back around. Great story; intriguing, captivating plot. Awesome read. So looking forward to the film adaptation!
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unnerving As usual for his writing style I am challenged to remember it is fiction. I can see how it could be truth. Excellent read.
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not his best It was a fairly decent read, though I had higher expectations from his previous work. Just got a little boring in parts because it was way overly descriptive and repetitive with it.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INFERNO Intreging, suspensful, I couldn't put it down, and I felt like I was traveling with Robert Langdon!!
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inferno The mix of fiction and non fiction is balanced taking you to a world of long ago while reminding of the present and giving you thought for the future.
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inferno Dan Brown has another hit. Very intriguing. He keeps you guessing. Looking forward to the next Robert Langdon story with anticipation.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inferno This book is a great read. Well written so that you don't notice the pages going by. Wonderful historic facts and places! Really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping!! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I feel like I had a special place in my heart for this book because I've been to all of the locations that Landon went throughout the tale, but I loved every page! I will read anything that Dan Brown writes!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just finished Inferno... Great book, love the way Dan Brown writes. Hmmm, what should I read next?
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool book It is a good book but it could be a little better.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Timely This novel raises awareness of the present day's overpopulation complexities. The pseudo science may not be too far off into the future
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inferno Love it! There is some inconsistencies in the story, but Dan Brown always keep me at the edge. It will make a great movie
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Decent Read - But Not His Best After having read his previous novels, the formula he employs to construct his stories begins to wear thin after a while, which felt even more so apparent with Inferno. Although I was kept moderately captivated - a questionable ending, uneven pacing (the plot only truly starts to pick up with 100 pages left) and the predictability of some of the events that occur tarnished the otherwise charm of the novel that you can come to expect from a Dan Brown novel as he rather cleverly fuses art history with elements of conspiracy and cryptography once more.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Another great adventure! I always enjoy how Dan Brown weaves fact and fiction into his stories, introducing controversial ideas and leaving us guessing every step of the way. I really enjoyed everything about this book: the art, the cities, the plot, the characters, and regardless of whether you agree or disagree with how the book ends you're left thinking about what you've just read. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Typical This is the fourth Dan Brown novel I have read. In the past the trouble with his books was I could not put them down. I did not have that problem this time. While I enjoyed it, it was a tad boring at times. If you are a Dan Brown fan, read it otherwise take a pass.
Date published: 2013-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy read Fast paced, easy read, very descriptive. Enjoyed the "tour" of Florence and Venice. Interesting twist on bio-terrorism, definitely a political statement.
Date published: 2013-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, easy to read and even educational I don't have much to say. I still think his first book was the best (Angels and Demons), but Inferno is definitely an enjoyable "chase and learn" book. I read it while on vacation, and it was very easy to read and even somewhat educational - though I sometimes felt that Brown's need to use each and every thing that Langdon encounters in his chase of the "bad guy", as a learning opportunity for the audience - well that became a little tiresome, and I admit I skipped over some parts. All in all, it is classic Brown, and absolutely go ahead a read is interesting and entertaining.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boy am I Glad it's Over! This book isn't exactly what I expected. Although the storyline was interesting enough, I found the book long and boring. It took me almost 2 1/2 months to read this book and I have to say boy am I glad it's over! I've read other Dan Brown books that were fairly interesting and kept me reading, but this one, I don't was just not worth my time.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What you expect from Dan Brown Much better than his previous book. By now we think we know all of Dan Browns tricks, however he still has a few left up his sleeve. The narrative keeps you guessing and the story makes you think about world problems.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected Fun read but same ol' same ol' DB. I did enjoy ready about the locations though. GK
Date published: 2013-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He's Back! After the last novel, the lost symbol, i was sure that this book was going to be a big disappointment... But i have to say that i loved this book and Dan Brown writes a story of great interest and suspense. It's not as good as Angels and Daemons or the DaVinci Code, but it's a lot more interesting than The Lost Symbol. The Plot is very interesting and is of current events. The Story takes place in places like Venice, Florence and Istanbul, so if you have ever visited any one of these cities you will feel right at home. They have already confirmed that Tom Hanks will be playing the role of Robert Langdon and that the movie is expected in 2014. A must for the Dan Brown fans!
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Glad to Finish This One Dan Brown is in a decline. After being disappointed by his last novel, Lost Symbol, I was hoping for a solid rebound with Inferno but I was left disappointed again. The story dragged in parts and he had too much 'filler' in this one. His endless descriptions of the city and pictures and meanings behind things took away from the plot and made it actually boring in parts. The main story was good but his book could have been 100 pages shorter and told the story just as well. I wouldn't say this is a bad book but it doesn't live up to the standards that he has set with 'Angels and Demons' and that 'other' famous book of his. Too bad.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story line but......... The story begins with Harvard Professor Robert Langdon waking up in a hospital in Florence with amnesia. With the help of a doctor Sienna Brooks, he flees away to her apartment only to discover that his jacket has been stitched with a device with biohazard warning based on Dante's Divine Comedy. With few clues from the device, Langdon and Sienna travels across the globe in order to unravel the mystery. Despite Langdon's proficiency in art history and Sienna Brooks with an IQ of 208, they find themselves entangled in a mystifying situation. Like in any other Dan Brown's book, the reader is taken for a ride for twists and turns which appears to be so convoluted. While executing the plots, Dan Brown alerts and reminds the readers with few global issues such as overpopulation and trans-humanism. Inferno is for sure a page turner, but then a detailed description of the attractions of Florence, Venice & Istanbul diverts and disturbs the reader from the main plot. Many a times it was like reading a travelogue of some of the European cities. As always, Dan Brown deserves much acclaim for his vast research on art history, symbols, geometric progression, human population growth, trans -humanism and so on… But then I was a bit disappointed when he misquoted the Hindu God Vishnu as a destroyer. According to Hindu scriptures, Vishnu is a protector and Shiva is a destroyer. Will Dan Brown reread the Hindu scriptures thoroughly before venturing out into his next book. Overall, it was a good story but definitely the writing and editing could have been much better….
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Dan Brown’s latest adventure has our favourite Harvard University professor matching wits with a genius obsessed with the divine-comedy “Dante’s Inferno”. The pace was a bit slow to start but picks up quickly and revs up to a stellar finale. The story lacks the little trivia nuggets that I’ve grown to love but there is a great deal of historical information on poet Dante Alighieri. The museums and churches of Italy come to life with vivid detail and the characters are captivating. It’s a mystery worthy of Robert Langdon.
Date published: 2013-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it but ... This is the fourth Dan Brown I have read and I always enjoy them, but he seriously needs to get a decent editor. He is a great storyteller but unfortunately not a great writer. His constant plot reminders are annoying and somewhat insulting and his use of italics to show each character's 'thoughts' are cringe-making. Brown is the literary equivalent of a MacDonalds burger - it feeds a craving, but ultimately leaves you unsatisfied. If all you want is a very quick interesting tale then his books are ideal, but have a well-written book lined up to read next. Will I read his next offering? Probably, he is somewhat of a guilty pleasure despite his many annoyances.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Art-history 101 I gave this book 4 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson I got about Dante, Dante's Divine Comedy, and Florence. I love reading fiction set in places I love to visit. On this note, Dan Brown did not disappoint. For the most part, I don't read his books for the plot, but more for the well-researched art history lessons imparted in such an entertaining way. The story itself is probably only worth about 3 stars. There was a bit too much dashing about and being chased, seemingly without a purpose known to the reader; followed by alot of "wrapping up" type of summarizing the events one couldn't possibly piece together on one's own. The ending also left something to be desired. All that said, I was entertained throughout, I learned a few things, the writing style was very accessible, and I would recommend Robert Langon's latest adventure to anyone who has ever visited (or wanted to visit) Florence, Venice, and Istanbul.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Truly Infernal... A badly-written travelogue. It's as if every other page were lifted from Fodor's Florence, or istanbul, or wherever else the action ---I use the word loosely---is taking place. Because not much ever DOES take place. I have never liked Dan Brown's writing, but in the past I have soldiered through the end-of chapter cliff-hangers, the formulaic Oh-gosh-NOW-look-what's-happening! moments of tell, not show.... simply because his storylines have been intriguing. I confess to imagining Tom Hanks speaking Langdon's dialogue, and that helps a great deal. But nothing could save this one. The characters are wooden, the plot thin and unconvincing, the denouement contrived. Perhaps Brown is simply running out of ideas, or enthusiasm. I am fond of Robert Langdon as a character. I hope Brown gives him something more enticing and mystical and intellectually challenging to do in the next book. Otherwise, we shall part ways.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre I was disappointed in Dan Brown's new book. I love his lessons in architecture, art, etc. But the book started out very similar to all the others. Langon and a girl on the run hiding from people at some point or another. Plot lines are similar, not the same but similar. Dante is an interesting subject but....I was bored with all the running and hiding going on. Same ole, same ole. Angels and Demons is by far his best book. I think he researches his books and the details are amazing but frankly I was a little bored with this book. Next book I'll wait for the reviews to start coming in before I buy it. I would wait for it to hit the sale table and I got it for 45% off. Not a waste of time, just nothing new.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Robert Langdon #4 “Inferno” sucked me in at page one. I love Dan Brown’s books. He takes me completely away into another world of adventure…and puzzles. The most lovely thing about reading this book is that Florence is one of my favourite cities. I’ve been to many places mentioned in the novel…and had a the most ultimately amazing hot chocolate at Caffe Rivoire in the Piazza della Signoria…a café that Langdon mentions. I’ve heard “Inferno” described as a scavenger hunt…which is extremely accurate! Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Another great Robert Langdon book.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great at Storytelling, Bad at Endings Another disappointment Mr. Brown! He is an exceptional storyteller and in this book does his usual to grab the reader's attention from the very first page. However, the ending lacks the finesse and flare of the content leading up to the finale. I found the same disappointment with The DaVinci Code and The Lost Symbol. Disappointing endings :( I'd buy used or borrow from the library, regretting having paid full price.
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another phenomenal book from Dan Brown! Not only is this another amazing lesson on history, literature and architecture, but it touches on a very current and highly troubling societal issue. And of course, the fast pace and surprise points in the novel are in keeping with Dan Brown's well-loved style. Personally, I loved all of Dan Brown's books and this one was no exception: an awsome journey from the first page to the last!
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! The wonderfully worded illustrations of Florence, Dante et al was refreshing to read. Brown brought all the subject matter to life. As I read through the book, I could visualize Tom Hanks in the leading role and it made the read even more enjoyable. Hopefully a movie will also be produced starring Hanks!
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very entertaining read! A bit more science and a little less mysticism than Dan Brown's other novels but still a great read.
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Dan Brown's best I thoroughly enjoyed the book in the beginning. His descriptions of Florence and Venice made me feel like I was back there taking in the sights. Maybe it is because I have read all his novels that I was expecting more. While reading the final chapters I was anticipating a big twist but it didn't happen. Angels and Demons is still his best!
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent reading This book was great! Non stop action, very interesting, could not put it down. Can' wait for his next book!
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "Not" Brown's best by Far! I was disappointed in this book as it seems Dan Brown wrote this book for the sake of writing one (probably pushed by his publishers). His 4 previous books I could not put down and was always seating of the edge. This book is very precitable and unsuspenseful. However, it was very apparent that the research into the science and history of Dante were thorough and deep, which will create an interest in Dante, Florence and Venice.
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh This book has substance, but not as good as what we've seen. There was more about the science and less about the mysetery/problem solving that kept us interested in previous books. I would suggest getting the ebook, borrowing from a friend or waiting for paperback. Not worth the full cover price of the hardcover.
Date published: 2013-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This book was enjoyable, and in typical Dan Brown fashion, it is hard to put down. However, it has really lost the magic of the first two novels. I felt as if it were written with the specific purpose of being made into a movie, rather than as a book for itself. You will likely not be raving about this book, but you won't hate it!
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Deception point Although it is true that one of Dan Brown’s strength as an author is his “postcard style” writing that always leave you on the edge of your seat at every chapter end making it a page-turner, here the whole story plot is nothing but the same old recipe that has been applied to his previous novels. The result is a highly predictable story where the magic of his other books doesn't work as well as before. This may be due to the fact that Langdon’s amnesia, although it makes him appear more human and more vulnerable that in his three last adventures, has a tendency to slow down the rhythm of the story to the point of overstretching it. Moreover, the coincidences become too numerous making everything that happens appear too easy as if it had all been prearranged. Furthermore, unlike his past novels where the story revolved around a mystery with roots that were set deep into the past and which had a secret society linked to it, here the story plot is entirely contemporary aside solely for the reference to Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno and all the artwork that it inspired. Even his view on the subject of the global problem that is overpopulation (which isn't often openly spoken of) and its imagined mean to attend to it is tinted with a moralistic, if not condescending, tone. Ergo the point that he tries to make of its importance goes unnoticed. All in all, if you liked Dan Brown’s other books and are a die-hard fan of his work, you may have a good time reading this one as it is exactly like his others. As for me, it’s a miss. For more about this book and others, visit my blog at:
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Naysayers Beware. This book is a great ride through Dante's Inferno and it delivers. Robert Langdon is once again a great hero for the times and you will be reading this book non-stop. No need for plot spoilers. It is entertaining, suspenseful and a huge improvement from Dan Brown's last outing. I already cannot wait for his next book.
Date published: 2013-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great book from Dan Brown While Angels and Demons is STILL my favorite in the series, this title ranks right up there with The Davinci Code. After the let down I got from the Lost Symbol, I was wary to try this book, but the same time, super excited, and I'm glad it didn't let me down. Right from the start the book was packed full of action and it never stopped until you reach the end of the book. Twists and turns all over the place. Just a really, really great read.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brown sure does his research! Dan Brown's ability to envision a complicated plot and weave it through gorgeous locales, and to relate it to the first part of Dante's "Divine Comedy", Inferno, is amazing. Hero, Robert Langdon, is thrust into a madman's solution to world overpopulation. Not knowing who to trust, he must try to find and neutralize that before it is too late. Too bad there aren't pictures of the stunning buildings he races through, and the art he encounters. Though I must admit that, at times, my mind wandered since some parts are more travel brochure than story. The ending lacked the drama it seemed headed toward. However,mostly an enjoyable read. And I really want to visit Florence, Italy!
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's quite the ride! I'm a huge Dan Brown fan, so receiving this book for Mother's Day, had me anxiously waiting for it's release. True to Mr. Brown's style of writing, he weaves a wonderful story of intrigue and mystery that keeps you turning the pages. What I absolutely LOVED about this story is that it takes place in cities/countries that I have recently visited in the past 3 years. The whole story played out in my mind, actually seeing all the landmarks he describes. This was such a vistual book for me. I waited until this past long weekend to allow myself to be absorbed into the history of this book. (I might ready Dante next!!) If I had to be critical about anything...the end result/outcome of the story, although very plausible, left me emotionally distressed that resulted in more questions rather than letting the story find a natural ending. Still... a fantastic read!
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A MUST READ FOR DAN BROWN FANS Robert Langdon wakes up in a Florence hospital … a bullet wound to his head, IV tubes sticking out of him, machines beeping and absolutely no memory of the last 48 hours other than he feels a need to apologize, muttering “very sorry, very sorry” over and over again. As he tries to clear the fog in his head a black clad intruder breaks into his hospital room, shoots his doctor … and the chase is on. Racing against the clock (isn’t he always?) he must decipher a series of secret messages left for him to stop a world-wide pandemic from being released. After hearing the news that this book was coming out (I was quite thrilled) and learning that it was based on Dante’s Inferno I felt that I should try to read Dante’s work so I could have a firmer grasp on the references in Mr. Brown’s Inferno. True confession time – I just couldn’t get through it. I tried. I really did try. Nope – couldn’t do it. But to any of you out there who, like me, are not much into classic epic poetry, no worries, you can get through Dan Brown’s book just fine! I’m not even going to get into a discussion about “literature” vs. “pop fiction”. I read for enjoyment so can find redeeming qualities in all kinds of books in all kinds of genres and yes, I think best sellers deserve 5 stars too. The bottom line is I enjoyed this book, as I did all his other books. I like Langdon as a character because he has an “absent minded professor” feel to him. He’s a brilliant symbologist who likes his quiet Harvard life and he is always boggled by how he gets into all these sticky situations but then manages to plod through by putting one foot in front of the other. Are the situations a little unbelievable … of course! Its an action thriller fiction book. Some of the negative criticisms of Mr. Brown’s book stem from the fact that he stops the action sometimes to offer Professor Langdon a chance to do mini-lectures on either his surroundings or the art work that is prevalent in all his books. These little mini-lectures are part of the appeal of the books for me. I have never been to Florence, or Rome, or Venice or Istanbul so the description of the artwork; the history and the architecture enthrall me. I’ve even googled things in the books to get a visual about what he is talking about. Okay, I’m a geek. Not only that, but OMG, there was even some scientific “stuff” in this book that was thought provoking, a little scary and posed a moral dilemma for not only the book’s characters but in my mind as well. If that’s not an all around good read, what is?
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wild ride! A great read! One could liken it to waiting in a train station and jumping onto a train that's already travelling at 200kph. However, just as you gain your balance and and adjust to the speed, the train takes a few sharp bends and thrashes you about the bar car. Read this one with an internet accessible device to search the location and art described in the book for a truly interactive experience.
Date published: 2013-05-19

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Chapter 1The memories materialized slowly . . . like bubbles surfacing from the darkness of a bottomless well.A veiled woman.Robert Langdon gazed at her across a river whose churning waters ran red with blood. On the far bank, the woman stood facing him, motionless, solemn, her face hidden by a shroud. In her hand she gripped a blue tainia cloth, which she now raised in honor of the sea of corpses at her feet. The smell of death hung everywhere.Seek, the woman whispered. And ye shall find.Langdon heard the words as if she had spoken them inside his head. “Who are you?” he called out, but his voice made no sound.Time grows short, she whispered. Seek and find.Langdon took a step toward the river, but he could see the waters were bloodred and too deep to traverse. When Langdon raised his eyes again to the veiled woman, the bodies at her feet had multiplied. There were hundreds of them now, maybe thousands, some still alive, writhing in agony, dying unthinkable deaths . . . consumed by fire, buried in feces, devouring one another. He could hear the mournful cries of human suffering echoing across the water.The woman moved toward him, holding out her slender hands, as if beckoning for help.“Who are you?!” Langdon again shouted.In response, the woman reached up and slowly lifted the veil from her face. She was strikingly beautiful, and yet older than Langdon had imagined—in her sixties perhaps, stately and strong, like a timeless statue. She had a sternly set jaw, deep soulful eyes, and long, silver-gray hair that cascaded over her shoulders in ringlets. An amulet of lapis lazuli hung around her neck—a single snake coiled around a staff.Langdon sensed he knew her . . . trusted her. But how? Why?She pointed now to a writhing pair of legs, which protruded upside down from the earth, apparently belonging to some poor soul who had been buried headfirst to his waist. The man’s pale thigh bore a single letter—written in mud—R.R? Langdon thought, uncertain. As in . . . Robert? “Is that . . . me?”The woman’s face revealed nothing. Seek and find, she repeated.Without warning, she began radiating a white light . . . brighter and brighter. Her entire body started vibrating intensely, and then, in a rush of thunder, she exploded into a thousand splintering shards of light.Langdon bolted awake, shouting.The room was bright. He was alone. The sharp smell of medicinal alcohol hung in the air, and somewhere a machine pinged in quiet rhythm with his heart. Langdon tried to move his right arm, but a sharp pain restrained him. He looked down and saw an IV tugging at the skin of his forearm.His pulse quickened, and the machines kept pace, pinging more rapidly.Where am I? What happened?The back of Langdon’s head throbbed, a gnawing pain. Gingerly, he reached up with his free arm and touched his scalp, trying to locate the source of his headache. Beneath his matted hair, he found the hard nubs of a dozen or so stitches caked with dried blood.He closed his eyes, trying to remember an accident.Nothing. A total blank.Think.Only darkness.A man in scrubs hurried in, apparently alerted by Langdon’s racing heart monitor. He had a shaggy beard, bushy mustache, and gentle eyes that radiated a thoughtful calm beneath his overgrown eyebrows.“What . . . happened?” Langdon managed. “Did I have an accident?”The bearded man put a finger to his lips and then rushed out, calling for someone down the hall.Langdon turned his head, but the movement sent a spike of pain radiating through his skull. He took deep breaths and let the pain pass. Then, very gently and methodically, he surveyed his sterile surroundings.The hospital room had a single bed. No flowers. No cards. Langdon saw his clothes on a nearby counter, folded inside a clear plastic bag. They were covered with blood.My God. It must have been bad.Now Langdon rotated his head very slowly toward the window beside his bed. It was dark outside. Night. All Langdon could see in the glass was his own reflection—an ashen stranger, pale and weary, attached to tubes and wires, surrounded by medical equipment.Voices approached in the hall, and Langdon turned his gaze back toward the room. The doctor returned, now accompanied by a woman.She appeared to be in her early thirties. She wore blue scrubs and had tied her blond hair back in a thick ponytail that swung behind her as she walked.“I’m Dr. Sienna Brooks,” she said, giving Langdon a smile as she entered. “I’ll be working with Dr. Marconi tonight.”Langdon nodded weakly.Tall and lissome, Dr. Brooks moved with the assertive gait of an athlete. Even in shapeless scrubs, she had a willowy elegance about her. Despite the absence of any makeup that Langdon could see, her complexion appeared unusually smooth, the only blemish a tiny beauty mark just above her lips. Her eyes, though a gentle brown, seemed unusually penetrating, as if they had witnessed a profundity of experience rarely encountered by a person her age.“Dr. Marconi doesn’t speak much English,” she said, sitting down beside him, “and he asked me to fill out your admittance form.” She gave him another smile.“Thanks,” Langdon croaked.“Okay,” she began, her tone businesslike. “What is your name?”It took him a moment. “Robert . . . Langdon.”She shone a penlight in Langdon’s eyes. “Occupation?”This information surfaced even more slowly. “Professor. Art history . . . and symbology. Harvard University.”Dr. Brooks lowered the light, looking startled. The doctor with the bushy eyebrows looked equally surprised.“You’re . . . an American?”Langdon gave her a confused look.“It’s just . . .” She hesitated. “You had no identification when you arrived tonight. You were wearing Harris Tweed and Somerset loafers, so we guessed British.”“I’m American,” Langdon assured her, too exhausted to explain his preference for well-tailored clothing.“Any pain?”“My head,” Langdon replied, his throbbing skull only made worse by the bright penlight. Thankfully, she now pocketed it, taking Langdon’s wrist and checking his pulse.“You woke up shouting,” the woman said. “Do you remember why?”Langdon flashed again on the strange vision of the veiled woman surrounded by writhing bodies. Seek and ye shall find. “I was having a nightmare.”“About?”Langdon told her.Dr. Brooks’s expression remained neutral as she made notes on a clipboard. “Any idea what might have sparked such a frightening vision?”Langdon probed his memory and then shook his head, which pounded in protest.“Okay, Mr. Langdon,” she said, still writing, “a couple of routine questions for you. What day of the week is it?”Langdon thought for a moment. “It’s Saturday. I remember earlier today walking across campus . . . going to an afternoon lecture series, and then . . . that’s pretty much the last thing I remember. Did I fall?”“We’ll get to that. Do you know where you are?”Langdon took his best guess. “Massachusetts General Hospital?”Dr. Brooks made another note. “And is there someone we should call for you? Wife? Children?”“Nobody,” Langdon replied instinctively. He had always enjoyed the solitude and independence provided him by his chosen life of bachelorhood, although he had to admit, in his current situation, he’d prefer to have a familiar face at his side. “There are some colleagues I could call, but I’m fine.”Dr. Brooks finished writing, and the older doctor approached. Smoothing back his bushy eyebrows, he produced a small voice recorder from his pocket and showed it to Dr. Brooks. She nodded in understanding and turned back to her patient.“Mr. Langdon, when you arrived tonight, you were mumbling something over and over.” She glanced at Dr. Marconi, who held up the digital recorder and pressed a button.A recording began to play, and Langdon heard his own groggy voice, repeatedly muttering the same phrase: “Ve . . . sorry. Ve . . . sorry.”“It sounds to me,” the woman said, “like you’re saying, ‘Very sorry. Very sorry.’ ”Langdon agreed, and yet he had no recollection of it.Dr. Brooks fixed him with a disquietingly intense stare. “Do you have any idea why you’d be saying this? Are you sorry about something?”As Langdon probed the dark recesses of his memory, he again saw the veiled woman. She was standing on the banks of a bloodred river surrounded by bodies. The stench of death returned.Langdon was overcome by a sudden, instinctive sense of danger . . . not just for himself . . . but for everyone. The pinging of his heart monitor accelerated rapidly. His muscles tightened, and he tried to sit up.Dr. Brooks quickly placed a firm hand on Langdon’s sternum, forcing him back down. She shot a glance at the bearded doctor, who walked over to a nearby counter and began preparing something.Dr. Brooks hovered over Langdon, whispering now. “Mr. Langdon, anxiety is common with brain injuries, but you need to keep your pulse rate down. No movement. No excitement. Just lie still and rest. You’ll be okay. Your memory will come back slowly.”The doctor returned now with a syringe, which he handed to Dr. Brooks. She injected its contents into Langdon’s IV.“Just a mild sedative to calm you down,” she explained, “and also to help with the pain.” She stood to go. “You’ll be fine, Mr. Langdon. Just sleep. If you need anything, press the button on your bedside.”She turned out the light and departed with the bearded doctor.In the darkness, Langdon felt the drugs washing through his system almost instantly, dragging his body back down into that deep well from which he had emerged. He fought the feeling, forcing his eyes open in the darkness of his room. He tried to sit up, but his body felt like cement.As Langdon shifted, he found himself again facing the window. The lights were out, and in the dark glass, his own reflection had disappeared, replaced by an illuminated skyline in the distance.Amid a contour of spires and domes, a single regal facade dominated Langdon’s field of view. The building was an imposing stone fortress with a notched parapet and a three-hundred-foot tower that swelled near the top, bulging outward into a massive machicolated battlement.Langdon sat bolt upright in bed, pain exploding in his head. He fought off the searing throb and fixed his gaze on the tower.Langdon knew the medieval structure well.It was unique in the world.Unfortunately, it was also located four thousand miles from Massachusetts.Outside his window, hidden in the shadows of the Via Torregalli, a powerfully built woman effortlessly unstraddled her BMW motorcycle and advanced with the intensity of a panther stalking its prey. Her gaze was sharp. Her close-cropped hair—styled into spikes—stood out against the upturned collar of her black leather riding suit. She checked her silenced weapon, and stared up at the window where Robert Langdon’s light had just gone out.Earlier tonight her original mission had gone horribly awry.The coo of a single dove had changed everything.Now she had come to make it right.Chapter 2I’m in Florence!?Robert Langdon’s head throbbed. He was now seated upright in his hospital bed, repeatedly jamming his finger into the call button. Despite the sedatives in his system, his heart was racing.Dr. Brooks hurried back in, her ponytail bobbing. “Are you okay?”Langdon shook his head in bewilderment. “I’m in . . . Italy!?”“Good,” she said. “You’re remembering.”“No!” Langdon pointed out the window at the commanding edifice in the distance. “I recognize the Palazzo Vecchio.”Dr. Brooks flicked the lights back on, and the Florence skyline disappeared. She came to his bedside, whispering calmly. “Mr. Langdon, there’s no need to worry. You’re suffering from mild amnesia, but Dr. Marconi confirmed that your brain function is fine.”The bearded doctor rushed in as well, apparently hearing the call button. He checked Langdon’s heart monitor as the young doctor spoke to him in rapid, fluent Italian—something about how Langdon was “agitato” to learn he was in Italy.Agitated? Langdon thought angrily. More like stupefied! The adrenaline surging through his system was now doing battle with the sedatives. “What happened to me?” he demanded. “What day is it?!”“Everything is fine,” she said. “It’s early morning. Monday, March eighteenth.”Monday. Langdon forced his aching mind to reel back to the last images he could recall—cold and dark—walking alone across the Harvard campus to a Saturday-night lecture series. That was two days ago?! A sharper panic now gripped him as he tried to recall anything at all from the lecture or afterward. Nothing. The ping of his heart monitor accelerated.The older doctor scratched at his beard and continued adjusting equipment while Dr. Brooks sat again beside Langdon.“You’re going to be okay,” she reassured him, speaking gently. “We’ve diagnosed you with retrograde amnesia, which is very common in head trauma. Your memories of the past few days may be muddled or missing, but you should suffer no permanent damage.” She paused. “Do you remember my first name? I told you when I walked in.”Langdon thought a moment. “Sienna.” Dr. Sienna Brooks.She smiled. “See? You’re already forming new memories.”The pain in Langdon’s head was almost unbearable, and his near-field vision remained blurry. “What . . . happened? How did I get here?”“I think you should rest, and maybe—”“How did I get here?!” he demanded, his heart monitor accelerating further.“Okay, just breathe easy,” Dr. Brooks said, exchanging a nervous look with her colleague. “I’ll tell you.” Her voice turned markedly more serious. “Mr. Langdon, three hours ago, you staggered into our emergency room, bleeding from a head wound, and you immediately collapsed. Nobody had any idea who you were or how you got here. You were mumbling in English, so Dr. Marconi asked me to assist. I’m on sabbatical here from the U.K.”Langdon felt like he had awoken inside a Max Ernst painting. What the hell am I doing in Italy? Normally Langdon came here every other June for an art conference, but this was March.The sedatives pulled harder at him now, and he felt as if earth’s gravity were growing stronger by the second, trying to drag him down through his mattress. Langdon fought it, hoisting his head, trying to stay alert.Dr. Brooks leaned over him, hovering like an angel. “Please, Mr. Langdon,” she whispered. “Head trauma is delicate in the first twenty-four hours. You need to rest, or you could do serious damage.”A voice crackled suddenly on the room’s intercom. “Dr. Marconi?”The bearded doctor touched a button on the wall and replied, “Sì?”The voice on the intercom spoke in rapid Italian. Langdon didn’t catch what it said, but he did catch the two doctors exchanging a look of surprise. Or is it alarm?“Momento,” Marconi replied, ending the conversation.“What’s going on?” Langdon asked.Dr. Brooks’s eyes seemed to narrow a bit. “That was the ICU receptionist. Someone’s here to visit you.”A ray of hope cut through Langdon’s grogginess. “That’s good news! Maybe this person knows what happened to me.”She looked uncertain. “It’s just odd that someone’s here. We didn’t have your name, and you’re not even registered in the system yet.”

Editorial Reviews

"Jampacked with tricks...A BOOK-LENGTH SCAVENGER HUNT that Mr. Brown creates so energetically."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times "AS CLOSE AS A BOOK CAN COME TO A SUMMERTIME CINEMATIC BLOCKBUSTER…Brown builds up Langdon's supporting cast, which is the strongest yet."--USA Today "FAST, CLEVER, WELL-INFORMED…DAN BROWN IS THE MASTER OF THE INTELLECTUAL CLIFFHANGER."--The Wall Street Journal "BROWN IS AT HIS BEST when he makes readers believe that dusty books and musty passageways are just covers for ancient global conspiracies."--The Washington Post "A DIVERTING THRILLER…Brown stocks his latest book with all the familiar elements:  puzzles, a beautiful female companion, and hints of secret conspiratorial agendas.""Brown gives us lots of history and culture…but he puts the story first. INFERNO IS THE KIND OF SATISFYING ESCAPIST READ THAT SUMMERS WERE MADE FOR."--The Boston Globe"HARROWING FUN threaded with coded messages, art history, science, and imminent doom."--Daily News (New York)