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Inferno: (Robert Langdon Book 4) [Hardcover]

Dan Brown
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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (14 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593072499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593072493
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,424 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

Book Description

The astonishing new thriller from the bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.

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276 of 304 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inferno 21 May 2014
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Loved it from start to finish, the book draws you into to the story I could see every action they made.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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161 of 190 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
1.0 out of 5 stars ... Turgid... seen it before 26 Feb 2014
By S. Mill
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I remember really enjoying The Da Vinci Code when it was released but maybe it's the fact I'm a few years older but Dan Brown is actually a terrible writer. No idea how I didn't realise it back then.
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64 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars contrived device-ridden tripe 21 Jun 2013
By eddie
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I started this book with an open mind, expecting a routine thriller with some twists. What I got was a plotline that was so contrived and unconvincing that the publishers either did not read it or just reckoned that it would float on previous sales by Dan Brown.
The characters are two-dimensional, poorly developed and completely implausable. For more mature readers think of the Dallas Bobbie Ewing "I am not dead, I was just having a shower for the last 26 episodes" and that will give you an idea of how absurd the plot lines are in the book.
I must admit that I did laugh out loud at some points, so I did get some enjoyment from the book. How when swerving to a stop sitting on a motor trike between two parked cars. His pursuers flash past from the direction facing him. They dont see him but as they roar past he not only sees a woman looking drugged between two men, but also can describe her and the jewellery that she is wearing!
Or that his mensa companion never works out anything before him.
The amount of padding in the book would be enough to keep you warm on a chilly night, with paragraph after paragraph of descriptions of the history of buildings, even those just "on the way" to another building.
It is a good job Dante is long gone otherwise he would be asking for royalties for the repetitive use of whole sections of his work.
I could go on but I don't want to give away more of the paperthin plotline for those of you who, as some form of
punishment, still feel you are obliged to read this drivel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dan Brown
As his previous books were, this is another clever, tense, and exciting novel. With short, uptempo chapters that always end on cliffhangers, it is almost impossible to put down.
Published 19 hours ago by Thomas Carney
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start, dubious finish
This is the first Dan Brown novel I have read, encouraged mainly by my enjoyment of the two films based on his books The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great book from Dan brown.
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Typical Dan Brown fantastic
Published 1 day ago by slums
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book from Dan Brown
Another fantastic book from Dan Brown. Once you start reading its very hard to put down. I now have the full collection of his books
Published 1 day ago by Phil Reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, disappointing ending.
Really disappointing end to a promising idea. Loved the history and romantic settings but it started to go downhill fast with the revelation of the contents and effects of the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Claire Hackney
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Another great Dan Brown read. Ignore his detractors, I couldn't put it down!
Published 1 day ago by Wetjob3
5.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
Good read up to the usual Dan Brown standards
Published 1 day ago by A M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read but for part it had a lull and then took up the usual fast pace.
Published 2 days ago by K J STAPLETON
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book! The story is fabulous & exciting & I learned so much about the city of Florence which I adore too!
Published 2 days ago by Nicola Daly
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