Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

I love Dan Brown books. I’ve read every one of them, and I think he is an amazing writer. I also believe that he must put a huge amount of research into writing his books, since there is so much historical background and factual information used within each one. When I saw that he had released a new book a couple of months back, to say I had very high expectations of it is an understatement! Happily, the book did not disappoint!


This is Dan Brown’s 4th book starring Robert Langdon, a professor of Symbology at Harvard. As always, Robert is in a foreign country racing against time to solve a mystery that could lead to a very gruesome end to the world. His had been enlisted to help the World Health Organisation to solve a series of mysteries presented to them by a mysterious person, in the hopes that they can stop the release of a plague. His task is to work through the history and symbology surrounding the great literary work, Dante’s Inferno, written in the 14th century by Dante Alighieri, a challenge created by the mystery man.

To make it even more suspense filled, he only has a day to solve the mystery. That and he wakes up in a hospital not knowing how he even got to be overseas or anything else that had happened in the last 2 days, and then finds out that he’s been shot in the head and has a mysterious organisation, that may be part of the US government, trying to kill him while he seeks the answers needed to save the world.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I have to say this book is well worth the read! It has also piqued my interest in Italy again, and I now have an urge to start a scrapbook of our time there in 2010. On a side note, I also have an urge to read Dante’s Inferno now to see what all the fuss is about, since its used as the inspiration behind so many works of art, books, movies and such.



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