Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Inferno by Dan Brown

Title:  Inferno
Author:  Dan Brown
Series:  Robert Langdon #4
Published:   May 14th 2013 by Doubleday
Page Count:  464
Genre:  Suspense
Shelf: Books I Bought
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

Through Inferno Brown brings Robert Langdon back to the forefront in yet another thrillingly suspenseful novel. This novel has more focus on suspense than on religious and art symbolism as compared to the previous Robert Langdon stories. That said, the character and story do still hold true to expectation, for the most part anyways.

Brown doesn’t just use symbolism as subject matter but also as a way to draw his readers in and to form connections between otherwise unrelated items and events. Through this he takes the world as we know it and shows us how it is, how it was, and how it could be. I love how Brown melds history, reality, art, geography, and suspense together to form an amazingly enthralling tale. One also cannot help but admire the amount of time and effort that went into the research behind this novel. s

Brown’s use of short chapters make the novel seem even more fast paced than it already is. He knows exactly where to divide events to heighten the reader’s response and draw them further and further into the story. He also employs breathtaking descriptions that are so lifelike that you feel like you are running through Florence (and a myriad of other cities and cathedrals) right along with the characters. the sheer realistic possibilities that this story brings to the forefront add yet another layer to the suspense of the novel. It all combines to create a wild ride that you can barely put down.

Now, I feel that the ending of this novel deserves its own review. Although the novel as a whole was an enjoyable and intricately crafted read, the ending left me wanting. Brown left me speechless and staring at the wall, and not in a good way. Not only is there a gaping loose end (that could be leading to a future novel) but I feel that the ending as a whole was a huge let down). Up until the last 50 or 60 pages this was a 5 star novel, however, the ending itself was a 2 or 3 star ending. Once I’d completed the novel I found myself wondering why I’d started. For me, the ending completely negated the story itself. I do believe that I actually yelled at the book. Because of this I had to think long and hard about my rating for the book as a whole. I thoroughly enjoyed the bulk of it, would have even put it on my 6 star shelf, but with the ending that Brown chose I just couldn’t.

Robert Langdon has quickly become irreplaceable in my library. Through this character Brown combines a myriad of my favourite things into a very thrilling and impeccably well written ride.

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