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Lovers of Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Angels and Demons might come away a little disappointed by Dan Brown’s Inferno. Like his previous novels, Brown intertwines historical facts as told by his protagonist Robert Langdon with a nail-biting scavenger hunt. The treasure at the end? In this book, a plague that has been nicely compacted and is set to be released at a predetermined time…unless Langdon and the WHO can find it first. The premise of the book is overpopulation, and I can appreciate Brown using this global inevitability as the impetus for his novel. This is one of the reasons I love his books, because facts are always the basis for what he writes. I felt like this book missed the mark.
Without spoiling it, let’s just say there are numerous times when situations coincidentally “work out.” This happens often and I found myself thinking, “Oh how convenient [for this character]!” Also, Brown spent more time than usual describing the scenery, the architecture, the decor. It became overbearing, let’s get on with it. The book is 560 pages and I venture to say only about half is action. The rest a lot of adjectives and (in my opinion, since this is my blog) unnecessary information.
All this being said, Brown is brilliant. The amount of knowledge that goes into each of his novels, this one being no exception, is so vast. And the intricacies of his stories make me wonder how he writes. This leads to this, that then leads to that. I get lost in his novels because of how cleverly he weaves them. So, I’ll have to let you be the judge. Not my favorite Brown novel, but not a waste of a read either. Here are my favorite quotes.
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
“Remember tonight…for it’s the beginning of forever.”
“The ends justify the means.”
“Only one form of contagion travels faster than a virus. And that’s fear.”