Monday, 28 July 2014

The Fast Paced Thriller: Dan Brown's Inferno

When Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed in Florence with a head wound and no recollection of the past three days the last thing he expects is to be hunted by an armed killer who wants something that Robert has possession of. Robert discovers Dante's Inferno holds the answers to the high-stake riddle he finds himself drawn into.

Fans of the Robert Langdon books are really going to enjoy this book, as Dan Brown once again delivers another fast-paced thriller, this time using city of Florence as the backdrop and Dante's Inferno poem and artworks dedicated to it as the clues that Langdon must use to solve a riddle that could cost human kind dearly.

As much as I did enjoy reading this , at times it feels very similar to Brown's previous books Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code as the formula of the books feels like it is repeated for the third time. This time Da Vinci has been replaced with Dante as the American professor uses clues from the artwork and poetry of Renaissance Italy instead to guide him on his quest. After three books Professor Langdon doesn't offer much as a character, he comes off as more of a blank page than a mystery.

That being said if what you are after is pure escapism and you fancy a bit more of what Dan Brown has to offer than this fast paced thriller would be a great easy holiday read. The backdrop of Florence is easy to get lost into with Langdon and Brown weaves the artwork and story surrounding Dante's work Inferno in a very enjoyable way.

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