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Inferno [PDF / Epub] ☉ Inferno By Dan Brown – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Dan Brown s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history s mo Dan Brown s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpiecesAs Dan Brown comments Although I studied Dante s Inferno as a student, it wasn t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante s work on the modern world With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm a landscape of codes, symbols, and than a few secret passageways.

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  • Inferno
  • Dan Brown
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  • 14 July 2019

About the Author: Dan Brown

Dan Brown is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars Brown s novels are published in languages around the world with million copies in printIn , Brown was named one of the Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with keeping the publishing industry afloat renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history spiking tourism to Paris and Rome a growing membership in secret societies the ire of Cardinals in Rome eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it a flood of historical thrillers and a major motion picture franchise The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writingBrown is currently at work on a new book as well as the Columbia Pictures film version of his most recent novel.



10 thoughts on “Inferno

  1. Ashley Ashley says:

    I guess this will fulfill my yearly quota for Mickey Mouse watch clad academics who solve ancient conspiracy filled puzzles Updated 5 31 Sometimes, I feel like Dan Brown is my nemesis In interviews, he comes off as a smart, earnest guy if a bit of an academic dweeb who has an obsession for puzzles, old art and conspiracy theories, but also as a guy who has no idea how to laugh at himself He seems to take his own work very seriously, and gets his feelings hurt by even the eensiest tee I guess this will fulfill my yearly quota for Mickey Mouse watch clad academics who solve ancient conspiracy filled puzzles Updated 5 31 Sometimes, I feel like Dan Brown is my nemesis In interviews, he comes off as a smart, earnest guy if a bit of an academic dweeb who has an obsession for puzzles, old art and conspiracy theories, but also as a guy who has no idea how to laugh at himself He seems to take his own work very seriously, and gets his feelings hurt by even the eensiest teeny baby criticism He writes the same four or five characters over and over in every book he s ever written He writes books that have sold millions of copies but he has no idea how to write a character that doesn t flounce around his stories like a puppet with his hand up its ass He seems to enjoy writing books that will make people tear their hair out in fits of aplopleptic rage Once, I m pretty sure he compared himself to Shakespeare, but I can t find the article right now so you ll just have to trust me, I guess He completely disavows the notion that he writes with a formula The public image he s created for himself sometimes gives me a strong urge to chew up nearby scrap paper and then spit it at the back of his head And I ve never hocked a spitball in my life I say this as a former academic dweeb myself, so don t go crying into your Cheerios, Dan. The Dan Brown Formula Something mysterious creepy violent potentially life changing happens, setting into motion a chain of events that can only be stopped uncovered for what they really are by our Protagonist, an intelligent middle aged gentleman who happens to be an expert in his field, but also in the specific areas necessary to saving the world uncovering a mystery solving puzzles laid out for some unknown reason by a shady Antagoniston him later Protagonist is always handsome, extremely well educated, and single He purposesly sets himself apart from the main populace, observing the common culture and placing it historical context rather than participating Protagonist has one or two defining traits that will be mentioned over and over again in lieu of characterization Protagonist, with the help of a beautiful usually young woman who finds him handsome and is generally impressed by him, solves a series of mysteries puzzles in order to accomplish a goal Protagonist is in constant danger from shady Antagonist, who usually has issues of his own, probably psychological, usually also sexual and religious Antagonist always seeks to change the world in a negative way, either by altering the world s perception of something it holds dear, or by endangering lives Protagonist is nearly always fooled by the presence of a Traitor, who hides in plain sight as a kind, intelligent, and resourceful person until it is time to do the betraying There are five million plot twists Protagonist saves the world with his brain never his brawn Protagonist and Girl ride off into sunset this part is metaphorical The End. His books are similarly easy to riff on, and Inferno is no exception Actually, as the fourth Robert Langdon book, it s the easiest, because it s becoming increasingly obvious through repetition what his limited repertoire of tricks consists of Namely Repetitive plot, repetitive characters, the traitor, the global organization, the puzzle plot for no reason at all in this one seemingly , etc, etc See above formula But the Langdon books in particular have their own special vocabulary For Langdon himself, you can t go two pages without one of the following being mentioned the Harris Tweed that he wears in apparent defiance of the establishment which scorns the apparel as nerdy , his Mickey Mouse watch, the fact that he is in exceptional shape for his age because he swims every morning, his great head of hair something always noted by other characters, not Langdon himself , having characters applaud or notice how handsome Langdon is, young chicks falling for him all the time, and my personal favorite, how the only thing he thinks about besides his scholarly pursuits is that one time as a child he got stuck in a well, and apparently he never really left It s apparent to me that Dan Brown clearly works out his own fantasies, desires, and frustrations in the pages of his books Bottom line there s a lot to criticize in a Dan Brown book HOWEVER This is where this review will take a 180 and flip positions, so if you re one of those people who are uncomfortable admitting that even the worst written book might have something worthwhile to offer THE PLEBES AND THE STUPIDS LIKE IT SO I MUST NEVER back out from this page slowly and go elsewhere on the interwebs Here is my point to counteract or maybe encompass is the better word the points above Even if the above points are true, and I believe they are, they do not affect my enjoyment of the book Look, you don t read a Dan Brown novel for great writing You just don t You read a Dan Brown novel to be carried along on a plot going the same exact speed of one of those fancy foreign high speed trains You read a Dan Brown book to see historical facts and famous pieces of art placed in new context, or maybe just to learn something You read it for the secrets and the conspiracies and the ridiculously high stakes the plot hinges on You read it for the red herrings and the betrayals If you re like me, you also read it so that every time Dan Brown writes something with a Dan Brown flair, you can shake your head or laugh loudly or use whatever sort of exclamations you prefer Oh, Dan Brown, you say, mentally patting him on the head with simultaneous affection and frustration You read it to find out what crazy thing he s written about next, and to find out just how many and what types of people he s going to piss off next You read it to be fucking entertained In that respect, this book is pretty much a success Also, for as much shit as people give Dan Brown, I think he s good at quite a lot of things that get overlooked most of the time He s really good at research, for one thing the wealth of historical detail he uncovers in his books is extremely thorough, and I d be willing to bet the amounts of information he uncovers that he doesn t put in his books is rather large I also think it s notable that the historical and artistic bits he does include are nearly always very interesting For another thing, in terms of the genre he s writing in the thriller , his writing is top notch I ve read a lot of thrillers by other authors, and in comparison, Dan Brown is something of a wordsmith On a related note, the purpose of the thriller is to thrill to create suspense So while one might consider his short chapters that 99% of the time end in cliffhangers as hacky, you might also want to consider them effective They serve their purpose they get you to turn the page And finally, and maybe most significantly, Dan Brown has a definite talent for finding our cultural panic buttons and then pushing on them real hard The effect of this is that he works through in his novels issues that we face every day, and he does so in a venue that can be sold candy coated to a consumer mass public that would otherwise barf up similar information in reflexive panic The last thing I want to say about Dan Brown and this book is the reason that I ended up giving it four stars instead of three That reason is ballsiness He tries to break up his formula in this one, and in some ways he succeeds It was an interesting experiment in Inferno to have the plot start with Langdon unable to recall where he is or why he s in Italy, with a gunshot wound to the head From there, he has to piece together his recent past and solve a mystery he s already solved once before all over again This adds an extra layer of confusion to the plot that his previous three Langdon books were missing He also shakes up his infamous traitor plot a little, but I won t say too muchabout that just in case you re going to read it for yourself But the most significant reason I say he has balls is the ending to this book view spoiler In thrillers like this one, the hero always saves the day The world is returned to its status quo, maybe a little richer, maybe a littlecynical, depending on whose book it is you re reading But he always succeeds in whatever madcap tomfoolery he s been participating in But in this one Uh, he doesn t Langdon and his associates attempt to stop the mass dispersal of a virus that will sterilize 1 3 of the world s population for all time, and they fail This means that any future Langdon book will take place in a world that has been irrevocably changed hide spoiler I mean, that s just unheard of in this genre I won t get into the politics of it, but in terms of story, I really think that ending saved this book I could probably go on, but as this is my 52nd review of the year and it s almost 2,000 words, I think I ll just leave it at that I still kind of want to throw spitballs at the back of Dan Brown s thick head of hair Anybody know if he s doing a signing in AZ

  2. Jennifer Fidler Jennifer Fidler says:

    Instead of reading anyDan Brown books, I m just going to complete the following Mad Lib with my sister Feel free to play along.UNTITLED DAN BROWN BOOK MAD LIB1 a number ______2 month that has at least 28 days __________________3 adverb that denotes stress ____________________4 pick a European cityany European city _______________________5 title given to a respected educator or professional _____________________6 first name ___________________________7 pretentious last name bo Instead of reading anyDan Brown books, I m just going to complete the following Mad Lib with my sister Feel free to play along.UNTITLED DAN BROWN BOOK MAD LIB1 a number ______2 month that has at least 28 days __________________3 adverb that denotes stress ____________________4 pick a European cityany European city _______________________5 title given to a respected educator or professional _____________________6 first name ___________________________7 pretentious last name bonus points if synonym for Brown _______________________8 prestigious museum or institute located in city chosen for 4 __________________________9 famous work of an artistic or religious nature _____________________10 any old secret organization or cult you feel like picking on this week _________________________11 social or political cause du jour __________________________12 adverb that indicates someone is an idiot ____________________13 founding member of christianity and or a member of Aerosmith ______________________ 14 a bad way for humanity to come to end ___________________________________15 list 5 cities in the world you ve ever wanted to visit___________________________________16 list 10 works of art literature connected to or presently located in the cities from 15 __________________________17 a number less than 48 ______________18 a fraction ______________19 a person with a genetic malformity ___________________20 a number over 100 ____________21 word that means all or every feel free to use either or both ______________22 activity that humans do just because they like to or want to ________________________23 nonsensical word that means pretty swell _______________________ ROBERT LANGDON, ___ 1 Late one night in _________ 2 , Robert Langdon finds himself _____________ 3 running through the streets of ______________ 4 having recently been contacted by _________________ 5 ____________ 6 _____________________ 7 of the _____________________________ 8 ________________ 6 has contacted Langdon to decipher clues discovered in _______________________ 9 Before he has a chance to fully devote his attention to the task at hand, a fanatic from the __________________________ 10 attacks Langdon and his host, revealing a conspiracy to violently end ____________________________ 11 Although Langdon has fallen victim to this same plot twist numerous times and by the same formulaic plot and characters, he once again _______________ 12 follows a new sidekick who will ultimately betray Langdon and or turn out to be the last descendent of _______________________ 13 In the process of saving everyone from __________________ 14 , Langdon visits ______________________________________________________ 15 and sees ___________________________________ 16 Within less than _________ 17 hours, Langdon manages to solve __________ 18 riddles, be nearly killed by ____________________ 19 , and mentions his Mickey Mouse watch at least ________ 20 times Meanwhile, the reader has seen pretty much ____________ 21 plot twist or surprise thrown his her way And at no point does Langdon ever _____________________ 22 In the end, Langdon returns to Harvard knowing that symbols are truly ____________________________ 23 So there it is The formula which is what I hope Brown names his next Langdon book If we re lucky, it will also have at least 100 chapters, each one ending on a note that makes us think of SNL s Really with Seth and Amy skits I haven t read The Lost Symbol, but that book must have been horrendous considering how many reviews of this one that start out by saying, At least it was better than his last book OFFICIALLY NEVER READING THE LOST SYMBOL Good night, and may you not wake up with amnesia in Italy tomorrow

  3. Hussain Elius Hussain Elius says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Allow me to summarize every Dan Brown novel ever An unsuspecting but intelligent protagonist is called up in the middle of the night Someone very powerful and possibly related with the authorities needs his expertise that only the protagonist can provide A well known figure has died and that started a chain of events with catastrophic consequences The authorities need our protagonist s help to solve a puzzle left by our instigator just before he died, which has some clue in to the nature of Allow me to summarize every Dan Brown novel ever An unsuspecting but intelligent protagonist is called up in the middle of the night Someone very powerful and possibly related with the authorities needs his expertise that only the protagonist can provide A well known figure has died and that started a chain of events with catastrophic consequences The authorities need our protagonist s help to solve a puzzle left by our instigator just before he died, which has some clue in to the nature of our ticking time bomb.Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him, a secret organization has dispatched an assassin who must fulfill tasks that would have huge social ramifications all throughout the world What the assassin and the secret organization don t know is that the purpose of the assassin secret organization and the purpose of the person directing the assassin secret organization, which is our antagonist, is entirely different.While our protagonist is running from the assassin and solving said puzzle which has to be solved within 24 hours , he is joined by a young, beautiful and intelligent woman related somehow with dead man instigator At the very last moments of the book we have a final reveal the protagonist knew the antagonist from the very start He was being manipulated the whole time The book ends with the antagonist succeeding somehow The protagonist and the readers are left with a moral question on whether the antagonist is truly the villain or did he do something that actually benefits the whole world Is Inferno different from other Dan Brown books you ask No it s not There are minor variations to Brown s tried and tested formula, but it will not add anything to your reading experience The book is recycled to its core In fact, depending on how many of Brown s books you have read, you can see the twists coming based on the number of pages left.tl dr Don t waste your time

  4. Jayson Jayson says:

    B 74% More than Satisfactory NotesLucky Robert Langdon, always adventuring with sexy, brainy women awed by his knowledge of art and symbology.

  5. Mohammed Arabey Mohammed Arabey says:

    The most Dangerous, Different trip with Robert Langdon with Brilliant Twist ending That the Movie re twisted into a normal boring Hollywood ending that blow mind of how bad the novel turned into clich d stop the bomb movie.It starts with Inferno NightmareWaking up in Florence far from home,not knowing how he even got hereWith a head wound and a hellish nightmare of inferno to comeAnd by trying to solve the codes puzzles of his chaotic situation, he find out that he must travel againand agai The most Dangerous, Different trip with Robert Langdon with Brilliant Twist ending That the Movie re twisted into a normal boring Hollywood ending that blow mind of how bad the novel turned into clich d stop the bomb movie.It starts with Inferno NightmareWaking up in Florence far from home,not knowing how he even got hereWith a head wound and a hellish nightmare of inferno to comeAnd by trying to solve the codes puzzles of his chaotic situation, he find out that he must travel againand againAlthough authorities and assissants hired by mysterious Consortium trying to catch him and have all the means to track him, What s worst that they don t hesitate to shooting pullets on him..And This time all that is not for the sake of Vatican Cardinals, or to unlock a code kept hidden by secret successors of the Knights Templar, or saving The Mason s Secrets..This time it s for the sake of the GlobeThe World we re living in The Plot Based on a hell of a theory by 19th century Malthus , predicted the real current chaos of the global over population and its hell of consequences, the story get its hell of plot, which as I saiddangerous,really darker than ever and evenconfusing For me the light Dan shed on this problem really scared the hell out of me.and encrusting it with Dante s Inferno wasn t really helping but to increase the fear of the futureActually that made me a bit confused and somehow taking side with the villain in this novelit was a serious dilemma , I didn t know how I really want this novel to end..But Dan Brown really know how to make a suitable ending, as I loved his ending in his Debut Novel Digital Fortress cause let s admit that ending a bomb in the last 3 seconds is silly ending unless it s done smartly and perfectI won t sayabout the plot, since I think telling even the tiniest bit of it would be a bit of spoiler of the thrilling novel The Symbols Though it s different since the very early beginningas Dan Brown choice was of work of literal, as he said at the Illustrated Edition preface..Yet it still packed with Historical, Symbols and Art references The splendid tour chase in the early morning of Florence..The amazing perfect choice of Venice to be a metaphor for the crises of over population Venice hosted a staggering number of tourists every year an estimated one third of 1 percent of the world s population some twenty million visitors in the year 2000 With the additional billion added to the earth s population since that year, the city was now groaning under the weight of three milliontourists per year Venice, like the planet itself, had only a finite amount of space, and at some point would no longer be able to import enough food, dispose of enough waste, or find enough beds for all those who wanted to visit it Even the small glimpse of Philippines with the metaphor of the inferno of Malthus Theory.And that other great metaphor of the New met the Old, East met the West , the Christian art met the Islamic symbols..the End of our Journey here..Turkey All these secret places, and marvellous golden Art , Halls and Buildings..Mixing that all as usual with the thriller packed novel..The Characters Characters here was perfect too the special mind of Sienna Brooks leads Robert Langdon just as Vargil leads Dante through his Inferno The Silver Beauty of Life and Health verses the Mask of Deaththe Transhumanist ambitious..who turned manic Again I can t blame him much, I almost turned one like him reading this novel.Those characters will help in other kind of references, science, medical information, trivial ones about how mind work and the conversion from dark topics like this novel to lighter ones ,say Cute Cats Videos. Even highly intellectual users displayed an instinctual tendency toward denial According to the study, the vast majority of university students, after clicking on a depressing news article about arctic ice melt or species extinction, would quickly exit that page in favor of something trivial that purged their minds of fear favorite choices included sports highlights, funny cat videos, and celebrity gossip And of course Every Character is deep enough and surprises are always guaranteed with Dan Brown. view spoiler The shocking scene of the gay love scene and the characters reverse is really mind blowing, loved it sooo much hide spoiler The Ending These are dark times my friends, dark times And I believe That a story like this required too much efforts to make a good ending..Yet It s perfect to me as satisfying as having a watch for Christmas of my favorite character As I said I was facing the same mixing feeling about how I wanted his Debut Novel Digital Fortress would end..And same here. and Dan Brown really made it right.It s a great story , a great enriching journey That s why I recommended the Illustrated Edition at my pre review here view spoiler Jan.2015Proudly Present my Second copy of the Illustrated Edition ,This one is a gift, AND SIGNED August 2014 The Wait is almost over..WoohOOO Will be out by 11 11 Finally , Can t wait, I may read it finally by Christmas or the new year, or may be at Angel Demons My Reading Anniversary next Feb October 2013 More Temptations No Word yet for an Illustrated Ed., And the worst part now is THE ARABIC ED IS OUTWhich is mean for me ONE THINGAnd BAM the same bookstore I first saw the book at doing this MASSIVE DISCOUNT I really don t know what can I do 8th May Well Again Dan Brown s Novel make a Hell of Mixed Reviews..Some Loved it..Some just liked it..Some Hated it..and some think it s just a. Well It s Inferno..What do ya think It must be a Hell of A ReadAs It became a hell of Reviews..Still Waiting any news about the Illustrated Edition Update about Illustrations from Inferno Spoiler Free 14th May Dear God ,give me strength..I was in Cairo for business and It s at only one of the famous bookshops in Egypt at the same worldwide release day..It was still early morning and it was just thereI was checking my facebook mobile on the way,and Dan Brown s page announcing this God, When you see the book s adorable ,mystic cover..holding it..Oh how I Adore when I hold the book itself, flesh and blood Cover and Papers I must try to start on my Lost Symbol as soon as possible,That may slow me down till the Illustrated Edition is out There s some Illustrations from the Inferno on Mr Dan Langdon Brown on his face book page Wish to those who start the book full entertainment and enjoy the readingThank you 8th May Don t know should I order it, as regular Hardcover or wait for the Illustrated Edition release The problem is that s no any Info or news about it.I finished Da Vinci Codeand Angels and Demons with Illustrated edition,and got very obsessed with it,was a great help actuallyMy Library of Dan Brown s Illustrated books ,with my other favorite books so I ordered Lost Symbol and just got itSo should I wait for Inferno s Illustrated or not and start order it Can t decide 10th Feb Can t wait I just start at Angels and Demons as soon as I hear that book is coming up I loved the two movies for Robert Langdon already but now I see the 1st novel is way better and much detailed hide spoiler That would make your journey easier than searching while reading, yet you ll find the craving forpictures and videos and may be a visit for these places..That got me a big respect for the author who take all that time to make a Novel that perfectly written..Also by the end , after the hell of adventureyou ll find your mind desperately in need for something funny as I said before like Funny Cats Videos. after this Orwellian NovelThe Hell of A Read..Mohammed ArabeyFrom 16 Feb 2015To 25 Feb 2015

  6. Jane Jane says:

    CHAPTER 1Obscure reviewer Jane Steen sat in her modest study in cozy suburban Illinois and stared with horror at the object she held in her hands Measuring nine and a half by six and a quarter by one and a half inches, the object was encased in a shiny substance the overweight reviewer knew to be plastic A book of some kind.To the little known reader s brilliant mind and eidetic memory, identifying the book was a simple task The labels affixed to the spine proclaimed its origin the library I CHAPTER 1Obscure reviewer Jane Steen sat in her modest study in cozy suburban Illinois and stared with horror at the object she held in her hands Measuring nine and a half by six and a quarter by one and a half inches, the object was encased in a shiny substance the overweight reviewer knew to be plastic A book of some kind.To the little known reader s brilliant mind and eidetic memory, identifying the book was a simple task The labels affixed to the spine proclaimed its origin the library It was adorned with the terrifying profile of a red cheeked man in a red cap and red cloak, surmounted by a series of concentric circles RedThe color of blood And those circle things look like a target.The reviewer s hands trembled as her fingers traced the bold lettering on the book s cover DAN BROWNINFERNO I have to review this The reviewer knew that Dan Brown born June 22, 1964 is an American author of thriller fiction who is best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown s novels are treasure hunts set in a 24 hour period, and feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories His books have been translated into 52 languages, and as of 2012, sold over 200 million copies Two of them, The Da Vinci Code and Angels Demons, have been adapted into films I copied that straight out of Wikipedia.CHAPTER 2 I am holding Inferno by Dan Brown and I have to review it, the plump, somewhat scruffily dressed, middle aged woman recapped Terror made her nauseous, but she bravely looked at her Goodreads updates to refresh her memory, reading the scathing comments she had left only days ago on the popular readers Web site Dan Brown is going to kill me The female reviewer recalled that Dan Brown is currently the twentieth highest selling author of all time and with only six books, he has achieved these sales writing fewer books than anyone above him on the list The Robert Langdon series is currently the seventh highest selling series of all time Like Dan Brown, I do most of my research on the Web Not the Internet Dan Brown likes to talk about the Web It sounds spidery.The married reviewer felt an instant spark of attraction toward the sandy haired author, who always seems to be wearing a tweed jacket in his photo shoots Could he be Robert Langdon in disguise CHAPTER 3Overreacting wildly, the obscure critic overreacted for a few minutes, then got a grip on herself and scanned her updates She noted that renowned author Dan Brown tends to get his tenses confused, loves to put identifiers in front of his characters names, and is inordinately fond of ellipses and loud punctuation such as exclamation points, question marks and interrobangs Why is that Oh yes, and he loves italics, which pop up all over the place, not always readily identifiable with one particular character.CHAPTER 4The practically unknown reviewer picked up her copy of Inferno by Dan Brown, scanning its mysterious cover with the picture of the sage she now knew to be internationally famous poet Dante c 1265 1321 , who was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages His Divine Comedy, originally called La Comedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature Gad, I love Wikipedia.She remembered that bestselling author Dan Brown frequently recaps the previous action near the beginning of a chapter, and that his bestselling prose is scattered with information dumps so densely constituted that they resemble the excreta of the famed Friesian horse, a creature mentioned in the bestselling novel Inferno.The reviewer s eidetic memory roamed over the plot She recalled that Robert Langdon, granite jawed Harvard professor of symbology and art historian specializing in iconography, wakes up in Florence to find that he remembers nothing, people are apparently trying to kill him, and he is carrying a suggestively shaped container that contains a mysterious object He is helped by pretty blonde ponytailed genius IQd Sienna Brooks, who has the hots for him And his confused memories recall a mysterious silver haired attractive older woman who wants him to seek and find, and who undoubtedly will have the hots for him too.Meanwhile, on the mysterious ship The Mendacium, facilitator Knowlton has just watched a video that isterrifying than the most terrifying thing you can possibly imagine Dan Brown is fond of making his characters react with terror in the hope that the reader will also be terrified What is this book CHAPTER 5 Ah yes the clinically obese woman derided, not knowing that deride must have an object She recalled that most of the plot of Inferno consisted of Langdon and Sienna running around famous tourist spots finding clues, while being chased by a leather clad woman who turns out to be superfluous to the plot, a bleeding strangely dressed man who also, honestly, didn t have much of a role except to increase dramatic tension, and some black clad soldiers who weren t really necessary either, except that they get to do all the dirty work like good little minions As they pass various monuments, Langdon recalls large indigestible lumps of architectural and historical detail.As the story lumbers to its end it picks up speed, with one quite nice bit of misdirection but otherwise the usual thriller fare of all the important stuff being packed into the last few pages so that the reader feels like a lot went on And then there was the ending .CHAPTER 6I was outraged,the reviewer recalled, outraged How could everyone suddenly decide that the Evil Plan may, in fact, be a Jolly Good Thing Why was the Evil Villain s Number One not banged up in jail but instead allowed to work for the good guys And didn t Dan Brown think through what he was proposing as Quite A Good Thing, Really The reviewer ran her hands over the shiny cover of the bestselling novel Inferno by Dan Brown She recalled that Langdon rides off smugly into the sunset of a brand new world without any thought for the social, economic, and religious consequences of what just happened Not to mention the fact that a small bunch of white people take it upon themselves to re engineer the fate of mankind without consulting the rest of the world And that s supposed to be OK because they re white, rich, and brilliant.CHAPTER 7The overweight woman gnashed her teeth dramatically and then, like renowned professor of symbology Robert Langdon, decided to settle down with a good book Sensing it was time to wrap up her interminable review, there was one thought that still haunted her Dan Brown knows exactly what he s doing.The frequent recaps so the reader doesn t lose his waythe italics that also serve as simplified reminders of what s going onthe way the action takes place in tourist spots that are easily visited and quite easy to researchthe very short chaptersthe dropping of brand namesHe s manipulating the Baby Boomers The reviewer realized that for an audience accustomed to a diet of CSI and the Discovery Channel, Dan Brown s storytelling style is accessible and informative Used to being given the potted version of history by talking heads as the camera zooms around in a dizzying series of filler shots, the average reader of Brown s books will sink into a TV induced like stupor and, instead of thinking about the plot or the writing, will simply enjoy the experience and come back forAnd that, thought the reviewer, is why Dan Brown is the novelist of the future.Sensing it was time, really, to revert to a state of denial before that last thought took hold in her brain, the reviewer took one last look at the cover of the bestselling novel Inferno and sighed I can return it to the library and forget this ever happened .

  7. Sarah (Presto agitato) Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

    Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch entrate. Or something Statue of Dante by Enrico Pazzi, Piazza Santa Croce, FlorenceWhen I took this picture a couple of months ago, I thought Dante s dour expression must be because he was pondering the horrors of hell Now I think it s because he was dwelling on the ignominy of having his masterpiece turned into this Dan Brown novel.By the fourth book in the series, the formula has been well established Robert Langdon, the intrepid Harvard professor and symb Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch entrate. Or something Statue of Dante by Enrico Pazzi, Piazza Santa Croce, FlorenceWhen I took this picture a couple of months ago, I thought Dante s dour expression must be because he was pondering the horrors of hell Now I think it s because he was dwelling on the ignominy of having his masterpiece turned into this Dan Brown novel.By the fourth book in the series, the formula has been well established Robert Langdon, the intrepid Harvard professor and symbologist, must race against the clock to decode a series of obscure clues left by a madman to save humanity from destruction The only thing surprising is that Langdon continues to be dumbfounded when he finds messages from shadowy cabals hidden in the pockets of his Harris Tweed You d think he d be used to it by now Unfortunately, the book reads as part dressed up travelogue, part Wikipedia entry On the plus side, much of the discussion is about Florence, one of my favorite cities Brown does name check some good places I d agree with him that No trip to the piazza della Signoria was complete without sipping an espresso at Caff sic Rivoire The problem is that these observations about Florentine tourist destinations are interspersed with scenes of our valiant heroes racing through the narrow streets, fleeing heavily armed paramilitary operatives who want to kill them Langdon is never too distracted to pontificate about history and Renaissance art, but it s probablylikely that he would give the Frommer s a rest during this particular tour view spoiler hide spoiler Brown seems fixated on this statue of Hercules in the Palazzo Vecchio It is rather gripping Picture hidden in spoiler because NSFW Not safe for anybody really.The real disappointment, though, is in the lost opportunity A Dante inspired thriller has a lot of possibilities, but this novel is strangely bloodless It s just a prolonged scavenger hunt view spoiler that turns out to be pointless hide spoiler designed to show off all the places Brown researched I m sure he had fun doing the research, but he never gives usthan any decent guidebook would Brown has so much potential material, with the city of Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, the Medici, and Savonarola What he comes up with, though, is bland and forgettable His bad guy doesn t come close to stacking up against either history s bad guys or Dante s imagination I don t think anyone reads Dan Brown s books expecting literary masterpieces, but a little excitement and unpredictability wouldn t hurt anyone.I did read, though, that they locked the translators for this book in a secret bunker in Milan while they toiled at their work It s perhaps a bit too easy to draw an analogy between that and The Divine Comedy, so I ll refrain, but maybe it could be the seed for Brown s next book Death mask of Dante Alighieri, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence Pivotal to the story view spoiler Or it would have been if Langdon s clue decryption actually made any difference to the outcome hide spoiler

  8. Willow Willow says:

    This is my first Dan Brown book and what can I sayit pretty much sucked I was kind of shocked Yes, I had read a lot of disparaging comments about Brown s writing, but I pushed them aside, figuring his books must be at least entertaining Otherwise, why would he be so popular And I rather like cheesy books This one had a condescending tone though that grated on my nerves and sapped all the fun right out of the story It was a tedious read.First off, Brown s characters are boring There s This is my first Dan Brown book and what can I sayit pretty much sucked I was kind of shocked Yes, I had read a lot of disparaging comments about Brown s writing, but I pushed them aside, figuring his books must be at least entertaining Otherwise, why would he be so popular And I rather like cheesy books This one had a condescending tone though that grated on my nerves and sapped all the fun right out of the story It was a tedious read.First off, Brown s characters are boring There s no depth or nuisance Everybody talks and thinks alike Their dialogue has no individuality There are no intricate, personality conflicts Brown also has the annoying tendency to tell you how brilliant and amazing his characters are ALL THE TIME, but he never really shows you why they are extraordinary Then there are the endless info dumps OMG Brown gives a Humanities lecture for every museum Langdon goes to even when his characters are running for their lives They re not short little vignettes either that give character and life to a place No, they re long dry passages that seem to be cut and pasted straight from a travel brochure Brown will use half a page to describe a statue that has NOTHING to do with the plot I found his description on Botticelli s Map of Hell to be somewhat questionable too My God Langdon s hand trembled slightly as he absorbed the macabre scene projected on the wall before him No wonder I ve been seeing images of death.At his side, Sienna covered her mouth and took a tentative step forward, clearly entranced by what she was seeing The scene projected was a grim oil painting of human suffering thousands of souls undergoing wretched tortures in various levels of hell The underworld was portrayed as a cutaway across section of the earth into which plunged a cavernous funnel shaped pit of unfathomable depth This pit of hell was divided into descending terraces of increasing misery, each level populated by tormented sinners of every kind Dark, grim, and terrifying Botticelli had crafted his Map of Hell with a depressing palate of reds, sepias, and browns What the hell is Brown talking about The people are teeny weeny How could Langdon and Sienna even see them Yes I know it s a nit But it made me wonder were all of Brown s boring info dumps crap They better not be, damn it To be honest, I didn t bother to check But if you re going bore the snot out of me, at least make sure you re boring me with accurate information.The plot is probably the best part of this book There were some twists and turns I didn t see coming, and Brown practically ends every chapter in a cliff hanger, so the book kept moving There are so many plot holes though, it was like a sponge If you think too much about it, you ll spend all your time rolling your eyes and fall out of your chair.In the end, I m amazed that Brown is a bestselling author His writing is terrible He tells instead of shows He repeats everything at least twice, sometimes three or four times He describes three amazing European cites, but doesn t bring any of them to life And his story starts up an interesting conversation about population and the apocalypse, but Brown never gives it any real thought The ending was so sanctimonious and preachy, I wanted to toss the book across the room Maybe without the book s snooty tone, this could have been a fun and cheesy read, but Brown takes himself way too seriously I give 1 stars Are all Brown s books this bad

  9. Deska Deska says:

    I really enjoyed this book Thou personally I think it s a bit different than the other previous three books The other three books have similarities in having a story plot that creating a really blur line between history and fiction But in this fourth book, the history is like the inspiration of the fiction story, but I still liked it and gave it 3.5 stars.I really enjoyed the thrill and excitement of Langdon adventure And as a former international security student, I have an understanding re I really enjoyed this book Thou personally I think it s a bit different than the other previous three books The other three books have similarities in having a story plot that creating a really blur line between history and fiction But in this fourth book, the history is like the inspiration of the fiction story, but I still liked it and gave it 3.5 stars.I really enjoyed the thrill and excitement of Langdon adventure And as a former international security student, I have an understanding regarding on security threats and this book is really interesting especially in that part We all know about biological weapon and act of terrorism, but this book offers something that I haven t thought about before regarding on that issue And it is so exciting.Overall, it is such an enjoyable read and very easy to digest Thou it s not amazing, but still worth to read I am just wishing that this book will be better than The Lost Symbol. That one was a major fail of the series. Hope it ll be amazing.

  10. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch intrateorAbandon all hope, ye who enter here Dante and Virgil approach the entrance to Hell From the WorldofDante.org The heat is on There is, of course, a deadline A mad scientist of a Dante super fan, who takes theatrical delight in referring to himself as The Shade, would like to bring about a great renaissance for humanity, a reawakening similar to the one that occurred following the Black Plague As with that earlier event, The Shade, a Batman villain if Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch intrateorAbandon all hope, ye who enter here Dante and Virgil approach the entrance to Hell From the WorldofDante.org The heat is on There is, of course, a deadline A mad scientist of a Dante super fan, who takes theatrical delight in referring to himself as The Shade, would like to bring about a great renaissance for humanity, a reawakening similar to the one that occurred following the Black Plague As with that earlier event, The Shade, a Batman villain if ever there was one, would like to cull the world s population by, oh, say, a third Malthus lives, and has spawned a group of die hard Transhumanists who think we and our planet would be a lot better off were there significantly fewer of us using up space, air, water, et al, and hogging the remotes Robert Langdon, returned to duty after sundry life threatening adventures in Angels Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol, has been called in to decipher the clues to where and how Mister Zobrist, we can t call him The Shade for 463 pages, can we conveniently dead in the opening, has set his viral bomb to go off Or was he Langdon wakes up in an ER, with a head wound, a distinctly fuzzy recollection of the recent past and thinks he is back in Massachusetts Brunelleschi didn t design any buildings in New England That large dome you see out the window means you are in Florence Oops And, by the way, there is a well armed, nicely leather clad biker person heading down the hall, weapons blazing Check please He and Doc McSmokin , a 208 IQ, blonde, pony tailed physician, named Sienna Brooks, dash out ahead of the ordnance and the game is afoot This offers an example of something that is entirely depressing Had that been an American hospital there is no way he could have gotten out without having to sign insurance forms or promissory notes, guns blazing or not Mister Langdon We need you to sign here, here, here, and initial here, here and here You, with the gun, take a number and have a seat Woodward and Bernstein, in All the Presidents Men, report on G Gordon Liddy holding his hand over a flame at a dinner party to impress someone or other He held it long enough to singe himself, and cause alarm in those present When he was asked What s the trick he answered, The trick is not minding Reading a book of Daniel Brown s is a far cry from holding one s hand over an open flame But there are elements to reading his work that are certainly painful There are benefits to be had, things to be learned, issues to be raised, but there are clich s to be endured, characterizations to be tolerated, dei ex machina to be ignored I suppose one might think of it as a form of Purgatory You can certainly enjoy the good while putting up with the bad The trick is not minding the latter.One does not descend into reading Dan Brown s infernal novel expecting literary power There are certain formulae at work, and if you are not prepared to be led along, keeping the blinders firmly affixed for the duration, you might do better to read something else with the several hours it takes to work your way through the levels in Inferno Yes, there are some We do not expect to find work similar to that of, say, Louise Erdrich, or Ron Rash, and it would be unfair, not to say unkind, to apply to Brown the metrics applied to writers ofserious fiction But then, what standards should we apply There are two general qualities that merit our attention here, andspecific elements within each Is it entertaining Is it informative EntertainingDoes the story engage out attention Or do we find ourselves wandering off Is it fast paced Do we care about the characters Is it fun In short, does this make a good beach read InformativeDoes it teach us something new Is the information interesting Does it address some larger issue, one of actual significance Does it make sense ENTERTAINMENTDoes the story engage our attention Sure While not, for me at least, as engaging as The DaVinci Code, I kept turning all 463 pages, eager to find out what there was to be found, info and plot wise But I was not exactly panting to get back to the book at every free moment Is it fast paced Is the Pope Argentinian This is what Brown does Aside from the sort of occasional interruptions that might give the wearer of a pace maker the sweats, noted indetail below he keeps things moving along I was reminded of an old 1912 adventure tale, A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs That book was also a series Battle, capture, rescue, escape, repeat, with bits of information about some underlying subject in the book tossed in to grease the narrative wheels Ditto here.Speaking of greasing, you will need to have some eye drops handy to avoid chafing from frequent eye rolling It seems that every time there is a need to gain access to some large institution, Brown trots out what seems almost a running joke of Robert Langdon having some relationship with the person in charge I bet if Langdon needed 3am access to the UFO museum in Roswell, we would learn that he had tracked aliens with the museum director and had contributed a live specimen from the Crab Nebula at some time in the not too distant past The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets It wasn t Washington who poohed there, or presented a monograph at the esteemed institution that resulted in such a large inflow of contributions that the institution was flush for a considerable period In a related matter, I was reminded of two cinematic clich s in particular In one, the hero and heroine pause as the world collapses around them to engage in a lengthy soulful smooch Pay no attention to that incoming missile Enjoy In the second, a child dashes back to the burning building or alien infested spaceship to retrieve her choose one favorite stuffy, kitten, puppy, photo of long dead but really only missing mother or father Brown spares us kittens and overlong liplocks, for the most part, but while Langdon and this volume s Bond girl are dashing from persistent threats like a Florida race track rabbit, who are those dogs Brown pauses the action every so often, inserts himself and his research into the narrative Bob, Si, relax We ll pick this up again after lunch , and offers up the occasional art history lesson I m not saying that these are not informative and sometimes fun as in the case of a particularly organ rich Plaza della Signoria The Fountain of Neptune from The Museums of Florencebut it does alter the flow in a breathlessly paced novel to um take a breather All right guys, up and at em Ready, set, flee Do we care about the characters Truthfully, it is tough not to care about a character that has the face of Tom Hanks ironed onto it, but yeah, I guess, although a lot less than a whole lot of other fictional people It is fun to see Langdon attempting to recover his memory and figure out who that mysterious woman he keeps seeing in vision flashes might be Sienna Galore has a pretty interesting back story, a large brain, and the usual physical assets required for Brown s kicked up Bond girl roles So sure, why not Aside from those two, only a little here and there Character is not the thing in Dan Brown books Is it fun As a straight up read, forgetting for the moment one s analytical inclinations, yes Brown does revel in puzzles and there aresecrets embedded in Inferno than there are candied items in a fruit cake And some are quite delicious OK, I hereby out myself as a weirdo who likes fruit cake Unlike one s experience with fruit cake, however, you will miss out on that weighty feeling of having ingested a brick Literarily, Inferno is a lotlike chiffon cake than its denser cousin Also there are enough twists to keep the cap machines at the Nogara Coke bottling factory busy for a long time Does it make a good beach read AssolutamenteINFORMATIONDoes it teach us something new Si We learn of a mysterious transnational entity, that Brown swears is based on a real organization, that smoothes out the curves so that people of questionable motives, but certain resources, can go about their business unimpeded The head of this group might have been well served with a fluffy white kitty and a pinky ring Brown offers some nifty tour guides to this and that location in several cities, and a fair bit of history on Dante and his most famous bit of writing He offers some illuminating details on this or that building, painting and sculpture, including where it might have traveled over the centuries well, not the buildings, of course and whether the version we see today is a fully original specimen He also gives us a very good reason to take a tour of the secret passageways in Old World cities The Vasari Corridor from Wiki commons Is the information interesting Leaving aside prophets and their like, before there were mononymous sorts like Liberace, Elvis and Madonna, even earlier than sorts like that English playwright, there was Durante degli Aligheri, known to a certain childhood acquaintance, Beatrice, as that boy who wouldn t stop staring at her, known to certain priors in Florence as the guy who refused to pay his fine and was thus banned for life, and known to us in the 21st century as Dante Dante and His Poem by Michelino from WikimediaIf you find Dante and his best known work of interest, and really, you should, this book is a lot of fun Of course what constitutes interesting is almost always in the eye of the beholder If your thing is video games, well then not so much on the other hand, there actually is a lot here that does remind one of video game action, so I take that back But if you are fascinated with old world history, art and architecture, Dante, the Black Death, Malthusian concerns, and the potential impact of a large human die off, then Si, molto Does it address some larger issue, one of actual significance Sicuramente Two in fact One of the major elements in the story is the determination by our psycho scientist billionaire sort that human population is about to reach a dangerous level, one which is likely to trigger all sorts of catastrophes There are various ways one can address this concern, but the underlying concern is quite real Brown does us all a service by bringing it to the attention of millions of readers Another element here is the notion of Transhumanism Basically this entails humans taking charge of our own evolution and using all the technology available to us to ensure maximization of our physical and intellectual capacities Whether one sees this as a Satanic plot, yet another opportunity for the haves to have even , or the beginning of a new human renaissance, the subject is worth checking out Does it make sense In some ways yes and in some ways no There is validity to the underlying science But would the baddie really leave a breadcrumb trail for potential foilers to his big bang That said, it can be fun to descend into the bowels of the earth, or the watery substructures of ancient architectural marvels, however many levels down you care to go Whether you think that Dan Brown belongs in literary heaven, Hades or somewhere in between, he makes a wonderful Virgil, leading us on an interesting journey, and showing us some things we might not have ever imagined It may not qualify as a divine book, but Inferno is one hell of a read.PS One must note that the end of all three parts of Dante s Commedia the Divine was added later end with the word stars Brown does not disappoint on that score And I am sure there is significance to the fact that there are 104 chapters in the book, plus a prologue and an epilogue, so 106 but I have not been able to suss out exactly what There are 99 cantos in the Commedia, maybe a couplewith this or that added, but I do not know how one can fluff that up to 106 Yet, I am sure there is an explanation When if I find it I will include it here.WB2051This review is cross posted at Coots Reviews EXTRA STUFFApparently the city of Manila took umbrage at a negative characterization in the bookAn interesting discussion of Dante s workWiki article on transhumanism Washington Post review Janet Maslin s NY Times review, which includes a wonderful observation re the book s publication dateWSJ piece on how Dan Brown kept the wraps on his story lest copycats scoop himFor some nice images and info on the Vasari Corridor If you get the urge, you can read Dante s masterpiece for free thanks to the Gutenberg project If you believe that Dan Brown should be relegated to one of the lower levels of hell, you might enjoy this piece in The Daily Beast, by Noah Charney, who clearly enjoys pointing out all the things Brown got wrongGR friend Connie reminds us that there is a wonderful piece by Rodin, The Gates of Hell, that is worth a look.Here is a nice QA piece with Brown from the June 20, 2013, NY Times, part of their By the Book seriesSome interesting images and notions on Dante s hell, on a web post called The Topography of Hell12 3 13 The results are in and Inferno was voted the Goodreads Choice Award winner in the Mystery Thriller category

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