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From the first paragraph, the story took flight and didn’t slowdown until page 308. Then after taking a breath, it took off again. With twists and turns aplenty, just when I was sure I had it figured out, I didn’t.
Brown continues to create setting and motion that draws the reader in and allows clear visualization. His use of Dante and other works inspired by “The Divine Comedy,” are cleaver and move the story forward. Though some of the characters are stereotyped, they play their roles and keep things moving.
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.
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. ~ Doubleday
Brown’s “Inferno” examines the issue of world overpopulation and what some people believe should be done to cull the problem. Throughout history there have been sects that believe in survival of the fittest, creating a superhuman race, cell alteration to snuff out “imperfection.” With the introduction to the head of the World Health Organization and our antagonist, the debate begins regarding what is responsible vs. what is insanity.
Robert Langdon is pulled into the story at the point where events have become critical. Unfortunately, he is suffering amnesia. He has to sort out a riddle while on the run and attempting to sort out how he became a part of a nightmare.
I’ve read some reviews panning Dan Brown’s latest Robert Langdon adventure. For me, Brown takes a master creation, Dante’s Inferno, and weaves it into a modern day mystery. Anyone who loves Art, Mythology, History, Science, Conspiracy Theory, or a good who-done-it, will probably find something worthy in this one.
At the end, I found myself questioning the plausibility of the outcome. Is it too far fetched? (I hope so.) Like good sci-fi, Brown’s story pushes the limits. This is Fiction, after all… Very entertaining Fiction!
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