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Dan Brown
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14 May 2013 Random House Large Print
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

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.

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  • Paperback: 730 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Lrg edition (14 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804121060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804121064
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,090 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and creative writing. He lives in New England. Visit his UK website at

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"Fast, clever, well-informed.Dan Brown is the master of the intellectual cliff-hanger" (Wall Street Journal)

"Jam-packed with tricks. A book length scavenger hunt that Mr Brown creates so energetically" (New York Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The global bestseller of 2013 by one of the world's most popular writers --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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244 of 268 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We've Been Here Before... 25 May 2013
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I actually wasn't going to buy Inferno given how woeful I considered The Lost Symbol to be; however, I received a copy of the book as a gift and plunged in, consuming the book in a matter of a couple of days. Whilst my earlier review of The Lost Symbol was quite positive in terms of what Brown was trying to do, large parts of my criticism of that book also apply here. The novel opens with an amnesiac Langdon waking up in a hospital room after apparently being shot in the head - we're not in Cambridge anymore Toto. I actually consider the opening of the book quite fresh; taking away Langdon's memory proves a successful literary technique for Brown, allowing him to effectively retrace Langdon's footsteps (and his own work in previous novels).

What follows is more of the same types of shenanigans we read about in Brown's previous efforts. There's a biological weapon (Angels & Demons), an assassin tracking Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), a litany of literary/art references (The Da Vinci Code) and a professor who seems far too in control. Part of what I loved about the early Langdon books was that they always showed Langdon as being out of his depth, a humble academic sucked into a situation he doesn't fully understand. He survived and saved the day through using his intellect and his instincts, making him a sort of bookish Indiana Jones. In short, he was a very good hero for the series. You'll note I'm using past tense for this; it's because he now has transformed into caricature. Everyone knows Langdon; museum curators, security guards, the Director of the World Health Organisation; basically wherever Langdon goes, he is known, accommodated, and assisted in his exploits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Regurgitation if ever I've seen it... 20 Nov 2013
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To put it bluntly, we've heard it all before. Throughout the whole book I felt like I'd already read it. The same pattern follows time after time after time in all of the Langdon books:
Langdon discovers an unexplainable object/piece of information-----him and his new found partner (whoever it may be that is conveniently a well connected and resourceful genius) run to an ancient city, not really knowing where they need to be in the hope of evading the various assassins/authorities that are after him (not sure how I would fare up trying to escape an armed assassin AS WELL AS an SAS team after waking up with a bullet wound and amnesia, Langdon is obviously a better person than I!).......Whilst on the run Langdon has a sudden epiphany of where he needs to be and what the clue means......They get there.....New method of epiphany. And so the cycle continues through every single one of the 462 pages.

Despite the repetitiveness I was enjoying the story until I reached an incredibly disappointing and not very well thought out ending. Should have stopped at Angels and Demons, and at the very least, The Lost Symbol.
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154 of 182 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 17 May 2013
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Writing a review for a Dan Brown book is not an easy thing, he is one of the biggest selling authors out there. His Da'Vinci code achieved almost a cult following status, to even attempt any sort of critic would bring down the wrath of the Brown followers. (but what the heck)

For me personally the book has its good points as well as its bad points. There is a good plot buried within this book, but the book inst an over all great book.

I love thrillers filled with action and quirky unknown symbolism or archeology, and Robert Langdon should be able to deliver that. At times he does, at times I feel educated and feel the pace of the plot building. Then out of the blue Dan Brown decides to take on the role of Florentine, Venetian tour guide, or Dante Historian. Its not that I mind being educated, in fact I love learning this stuff, I really want to visit Florence now. BUT: the stories pace and power and writing style changes as the author introduces this stuff. All of a sudden I feel like I'm starting again, the brakes have been slammed on to the tension and it's lost, the pace is gone, and the purpose of the thriller writer is wasted, for the role of tour guide.

If you read a book by for example Andy McDermott, you will get explosive action, highs and lows and a continual build of tension through to a dramatic conclusion. This dramatic and heart pounding conclusion gets lost with Inferno because of all the tour guide info, and because of the style of its delivery. If the same info had been delivered as part of the narrative at a higher level and with the full content in authors notes at the end....? well this may have been a reading hit as much as it will sell just fr having Dan Browns name on the cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Elaborate 2 Feb 2014
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Disappointing, reads more like a travelogue and a lecture on art than a thriller, not as good as his previous Robert Langdon books
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As a tourist guide, Dan Brown's Inferno surpasses Fromers any day. Anything you ever wanted to know about Florence and Venice is described in brilliant detail, leaving nothing to the imagination. As a gripping yarn, however, Inferno is miles off course. It's riddled with repetition, leaving readers with the distinct impression that Mr. Brown was struggling to find content for the publisher. Without wishing to ruin the story for fans of Dan Brown, the plot follows Robert Langden's efforts to thwart a mad scientist hell bent on infesting the human race with an ingenious pandemic virus. The plot twists here, vaults there and re-writes itself more than once. Inferno is a far cry from Dan Brown's earlier efforts, making me wonder if his writing career has peaked early.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Inferno here!
Having read several of Dan Brown's books before, Angel and Demons being the best, I waded in. I'm afraid the storyline is all too familiar and found at times it stretched even the... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Sarah B
2.0 out of 5 stars dull
long winded, lacks pace, proof if you needed it that dan browns books are getting progressively worse. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Wexten001
2.0 out of 5 stars Towser T
This is the fourth Dan Brown book I have read & sadly does not square-up. It does not seem to know whether it is a travel guide, ancient history and mythology treatise, or a novel. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Stephen Timms
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Typical dan brown, enjoyable and informative always manages to make you feel like you've visited where they are. Good stuff
Published 1 day ago by dln
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read...
This book has attracted some criticism for being dull, but I would disagree. The long sections devoted to art history go a long way to setting the context and are interesting in... Read more
Published 1 day ago by E. Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dan Brown - Somewhat far fetched in parts but all the better...
Classic Dan Brown - Somewhat far fetched in parts but all the better for it. If you like The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons then you have got to read this.
Published 1 day ago by Els
5.0 out of 5 stars Inferno
A descriptive novel with plenty of twists and turns throughout the book. I have not travelled to Venice but feel I know it a little better. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Tricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat it!
As per usual with a Dan Brown novel, there is intrigue and suspense which takes you through to the end. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ann Walpole
5.0 out of 5 stars Inferno
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a twist as the end was not what you expected. Dan Brown manages to mix history with a thriller really well without boring you to tears.
Published 3 days ago by fiona bush
3.0 out of 5 stars a yarn too far
This is s story with an improbable beginning and an interesting philosophical end point. In between, it is a ripping yarn that never quite had me on the edge of my seat. Read more
Published 3 days ago by DennisF
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