Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) - Review

Inferno by Dan Brown Book Cover

Author: Dan Brown
Publisher:  Bantam Press
Publication Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780593072493
Pages: 463

Inferno is the fourth installment in the Robert Langdon series. The Harvard Smbologist wakes up in a hospital bed and has no recollection of how he got there. He has no explanation of the macabre object found in his belongings. But one thing is clear. His life is in threat.

He along with a young doctor are propelled by the events into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. To guide him, he has a few lines of Dante’s epic piece Inferno. He must decipher and reveal the mysteries solving one piece of the puzzle at a time to save the world from a terrifying threat.

I was amazed at how differently Inferno began. It was clearly a refreshing start keeping the previous three books – The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol in mind. The events were truly thrilling and it kept me reading. Robert Langdon with short term memory loss? It had to be good. I was definitely hooked up and anticipated one hell of a read.

Sadly, the pace and the thrill factor dropped down majorly in between of Inferno. Things seemed repetitive as Robert Langdon along with Sienna Brooks (the doctor) was always running from someone or the other. I didn’t like how extensively the locations and the facts were penned down by Brown even though most of them had no link up to the story and were starkly useless.

Then, it picked up again in the last 100 pages or so. I was hooked up again and was pretty much interested in reading what will happen next. So, if I have to divide Inferno, I would divide it in three halves. The first and the last halves are truly engaging and thrilling. The last half comes in with a lot many surprises and revelations. It is the middle section that is a letdown and dull at many places.

The concept that Dan Brown has picked up for Inferno and the way he has connected it with Dante’s Inferno is simply awesome. If I speak more, it might prove as a spoiler. But I sincerely loved the concept. This is a real crisis we are facing in today’s world and we must do something before it’s too late.

Overall, Inferno is worth a read especially if you are a fan of Dan Brown. I love his books but this was the weakest in the Robert Langdon series unfortunately. However, like I said, it has an amazing concept.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Bertrand Zobrist

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June 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM delete

Good review, Anmol.
I have simply read the 1st book of his :)

Anmol Rawat
June 5, 2014 at 2:45 AM delete

Thank you :) You should definitely try Angels and Demons too :)


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