Inferno – Dan Brown Review

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)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.

The trouble with the Robert Langdon books is that they’re extremely formulaic. In every one of his books there is someone who has died, which leads to Robert Langdon being tasked to solve the mystery of the death and getting involved in a massive conspiracy with a shadowy organization. He runs around using his his knowledge about art, history, and literature while narrowly escaping from previously mentioned shadowy organization with a beautiful woman that he just met. If Robert Langdon is not successful in his quest to solve the mystery, then something horrific will happen and change the world completely. This beautiful woman will be invaluable in solving the mystery, but at the end, she will figure into the conspiracy in an integral manner. There is also going to be a twist ending.

There. I’ve ruined every Robert Langdon book (possibly every Dan Brown book, I don’t know).

All right, now practically speaking, is this a bad formula? No. It’s worked for Dan Brown and made him a best selling author and The Da Vinci Code is still one of the most successful books of all time. The problem is that the plot of the book(s) is(are) dull because I’ve already read this before. In fact, I’ve read it previously three different times. The only reason why I keep coming back to reading Dan Brown books is because I’m interested in the organizations, literature, art, and history he talks about. Dan Brown always has extremely well researched novels, which is the part I’m interested in.

In this novel, I enjoyed learning about Dante, The Divine Comedy, and the history of the Italian cities. I also appreciate the truth of the matter about overpopulation. However, that didn’t stop me from being bored. Very very bored.

Not his best work. I don’t think he’ll ever be able to top The Da Vinci Code.

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