Inferno

Robert Langdon is back in Dan Brown’s Inferno. Art, history and a global threat all coalesce together to form a suspenseful story that will keep you engrossed. A madman obsessed with Dante and his epic poem, The Divine Comedy, is working on a cure to solve humanity’s greatest threat: overpopulation. The cure? A plague. Through a series of clues, it’s up to Langdon to track down the plague and save the world. But will he be able to do it in time?

Like the previous Langdon novels, Dan Brown interweaves a lot of history and art into the story. In a way, it’s like taking a vacation and an art history class without ever leaving your house. One of the central locations throughout the book is Florence, Italy. From the Boboli Gardens, the Pitti Palace, the Palazzo Vecchio, to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, there’s much to discover. Each stop brings new snippets of history and more tastes of various artwork. And yet all of it ties back to Dante. The entire story revolves around him and his influence. As the story reveals, Dante may very well be one of the most influential figures in history. At least Inferno makes a good case for it.

Outside of all the fun and intriguing glimpses at art and history, the story tackles a very real global threat: overpopulation. Without becoming too preachy, the book paints a picture of how serious an issue overpopulation is. It also shows how shockingly it is increasing. Most important of all, it asks what we can do about it. While the solutions presented in the book might not be the best answers to the problem, it does bring the issue to the public eye.

Amid these aspects are some very entertaining characters. As always, there’s Robert Langdon, the art historian who is constantly being thrust into dangerous situations where his unique skills are needed to save the day. Aside from Langdon is a cast of mysterious characters who are anything but straightforward. There’s the elusive man known only as the provost who runs a secret organization that helps those with enough money disappear. There’s the strange, silver haired woman who haunts Robert Langdon’s dreams with an ominous request to seek and find. And then there’s Sienna Brooks, a gifted doctor who gets caught up in Langdon’s mess and the people that are after him. It’s up to her to help Langdon sort through the chaos he’s been plunged into if they have any hope in solving the mystery of Dante’s Inferno and the radical plan of a madman.

If you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, then you’ll most definitely want to check out Inferno. It’s a great story with intriguing characters, twists and turns that will compel you to reread previous chapters, and tantalizing pieces of history and culture which will spark your desire to learn more. As the fourth Robert Langdon book, Dan Brown shows that there is still plenty of adventure left for the character. The combination of history and fiction is a fascinating way to tell a story. It’s also a formula for success. I give Inferno a five out of five metal bikinis. This one deserves a place on your must read list.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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