Inferno – Dan Brown
About the Author
Dan Brown is an American author of thriller novels, most notably the Robert Langdon stories: Angels & Demon, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno and Origin. His other books include Deception Point and Digital Fortress. He is mostly known for the book The Da Vinci Code. Three of his books, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and Inferno have been made into successful films.`
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist 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 The Inferno.
Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.
After every Dan Brown book I read, I feel it’s the best one by him. And damn, Inferno is without a doubt, the best Dan Brown book I ever read.
The story-line of the book is fast-paced, exhilarating, unputdownable and frankly exhausting. The temporary amnesia story-line enabled an even bigger suspenseful arc and a past story-line that, as revealed to fill in bits of the confusing timeline, revealed at the perfect time, made the book all the more awesome.
The writing style of the book was that of the classic Robert Langdon novel. Detailed, focusing more on behind the scenes and inside the characters. And as fellow book-lovers, character insight is something that everyone loves.
Unlike the other books, the one’s villain was very much more complicated and quite very much a mystery until the end, shrouded by misconceptions of his identity. His reason, his character arc, made it very hard to see him as a villain. His character arc was the most insightful in many things, madness, genius, philosophy and most importantly, our future as a species.
Inferno was, like any other Dan Brown book, very much unique. The best thing about the book, which sadly, I cannot explain without spoilers, was the most surprising. Apart from waking up with temporary amnesia, this part of the book has been a one-time show in the Robert Landon series, and frankly, I do not like that.
This book was super-entertaining, it’s a must buy if you like crime-drama, a must-buy if you have never read books ever. Another masterpiece in the immortal Robert Langdon series.
Writing – 9.5/10
Story – 10/10
Cover & Title – 9/10
Total – 9.5/10
Tanmay Jain is a blogger, book reviewer, writer and bibliophile from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has been reading books since he was a child and hasn’t stopped since. He started his first blog in 2016 and since that, after many unsuccessful attempts at managing a successful blog, he landed on his current and most successful blog, Scion of Society. Tanmay dabbles mostly in fiction writing but sometimes wanders off to poetry, book reviewing and writing tips. He is an editor for his school magazine, X-rays. He’s a teenage writer, aspiring author, and a budding blogger.