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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552169587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552169585
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684 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 www.danbrownofficial.co.uk.

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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)

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297 of 325 people found the following review helpful By Mark F. Davies on 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Gee on 9 Oct. 2013
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The critics, especially here in Britain, have been hyper-dismissive of INFERNO. Echoing Dan Brown's previous Robert Langdon adventures, it's easy to read - and easy to forget.

The medieval poet Dante provides the book with its title and most of the 'symbology' which is Brown's hallmark. He injects lumbering quantities of guidebook history in Florence and Venice and the city (I won't spoil the surprise) where the story reaches its climax. What he doesn't inject is very much originality. The plot is as threadbare as an early episode of DR WHO.

The critics are right to lambaste the author.The writing is pitifully bland. 'There are probably endless possibilities,' Langdon says at one point: nobody in his editorial team (he thanks them all by name) spotted the tautology? If Brown thinks that repeated use of the word 'chthonic' (relating to the Underworld) gives his book a touch of class, he is mistaken. At the end our hero and heroine are 'locked in an embrace that neither seemed willing to end' - there's a line Barbara Cartland would be (and probably is) proud of!

The law of diminishing returns is applying to Dan Brown's books. For all the hoopla, THE DA VINCI CODE wasn't as original or as pacy as ANGELS & DEMONS, Langdon's first foray; this latest episode (and THE LOST SYMBOL) would not have made it past the publisher's slush pile from an author without his track record. But Mr Brown rightly feels free to ignore his critics: like Liberace, he's laughing all the way to the bank.

[Reviewer is the author of SHAIKH-DOWN]
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. on 14 July 2013
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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M Cook on 12 Sept. 2014
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In the acknowledgements of this book Dan Brown thanks a Dr for spending so much time with them bringing the cities art and architecture to life. You feel that he also owed thanks to every guide book going and Wikipedia.

I really struggled reading this book. For the first time in a very long time I nearly gave up two thirds of the way through. Dan Browns style has understandably been criticised in the past, but whilst not mind blowing I have enjoyed his previous outings, for what they are, an easy read to pass commutes, or an hour on the sofa, albeit in a seemingly decreasing manner.

Inferno is a whole different level. The actual plot of the book is weak and full of holes, but it could have been written into an enjoyable easy reading book, apart from constant and needless descriptions of art, history and location which completely destroyed any enjoyment.

I realise you want a bit of context and background to what is happening and that Dan Brown does more of this than most, but his sheer ingenuity of coming up with more reasons for Langdon to explain in such detail, the architecture or art etc to his accomplices is to be applauded. Oh, and when he can't think of a reason for Langdon to need to explain something, he just smirks inwardly and thinks it, or has a flashback to a previous visit/lecture, and you still get a page about something which in no way has anything to do with the plot.

Let's not even get started on starting another book by stating a 'fact' about an organisation that definitely does exist in the real world.

My last foray into Dan Brown's/Robert Langdon's world.

As others have posted. Would this book have been published if it was by a newcomer? I seriously doubt it would have got past a first read by any publisher.

Still, he's made a few quid by making what should be 20% of a book into a full one by intertwining it with tourist guides so fair play to him
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