Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)Inferno by Dan Brown (Originally Reviewed on 10 July’13 on goodreads)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Inferno, as one can guess from the name, revolves around Dante’s The Divine Comedy. It is the fourth book by Dan Brown which portrays Robert Langdon as the protagonist. Here, the book starts with Robert finding himself in a hospital bed in the beginning, having forgotten all the events of the previous two days because of the retrograde amnesia.

And then as usual follows a fast running tale into another world where there is a conspiracy, there are officials, some good and some bad and our hero is running to stop a catastrophe(in this case, plague) within a single day. You then get to travel to certain culturally-affluent locations to solve the riddle, which is necessary for the mission. In simple words, the plot line of this book is very similar to that of other such creations by Dan Brown.

Positive Points:-

1. The author took a slightly different turn in the starting.

2. The writing-style is quite good. The book indulges the reader to continue till the very end.

3. There were certain good thriller and suspense parts.

4. There are no brutal murders of priests/scientists in the book.

Negative Points:-

1. It is nothing new; it is now quite boring to read through the usual general plot.

2. The symbolic references in the book are very rare. This was one aspect I was looking forward to in the book but I was disappointed in the end.

3. Robert Langdon’s character sketch has really gone morbid.

4. The female lead of the novel is a worthless character. Her attributes are not at all clear.

Overall, it was not a bad read. But again, it was nothing new. The story was alright but there were many things that a reader could easily figure out even before the conception of related events in the story. I would recommend it in case you are impressed with Dan Brown’s writing skills and particularly for those who haven’t read other books by the author; I guess they will enjoy it.

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