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A Novel
Brown, Dan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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.
Authors: Brown, Dan, 1964-
Title: Inferno
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2013
Characteristics: x, 461 p. :,ill., ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dan Brown
ISBN: 9780385537858
Branch Call Number: FICTION BROWN 2013
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Report This Mar 11, 2014
  • royyap1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Pretty typical Dan Brown writing, quite a few plot twist and the usual character development and our standard favorite Professor Langdon as our hero. Dan brown definitely changed the heroine Sienna Brooks this time around, a little less on the romantic tension between Professor Langdon and Sienna. Dan Brown did a very good research I believe on the Dante's Inferno and the whole mystery chase to find Dante's Inferno and in the end it actually addressed a very poignant point about the whole human over population. I'd definitely recommend this as a read if you're into fiction with a splash of action adventure / mystery solving and Dan Brown's beloved Professor Langdon.

Report This Feb 01, 2014
  • patty_at_thelibrary rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this book - was pleasantly surprised, given all of the hype and media attention. Found myself looking up the physical locations mentioned in the story online. Good story.

Report This Jan 31, 2014
  • M_K_F rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A quick and entertaining read.

Expected more from a Dan Brown book. The premise is interesting enough, global overpopulation, but I found that I skimmed throught the book. This book was not enough to hold my attention!

Report This Jan 28, 2014
  • ravishri rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good book.. definitely worth reading.. Pros: 1. The story has some very surprising twists & turns ... I am impressed! 2. It successfully fuses sci-fi with ancient christian symbology which I feel is a great achievement 3. It actually had me so involved in the story that I would google the many art masterpieces referred for better comprehension. This also leads to a 'con' point.. see the section below 4. the story is great... but it also makes you appreciate the art providing a deeper context behind it... this especially resonates with the reader if they have visited the refereced locations in the past and didnt care to do the research beforehand Cons: 1. Causes the reader to stop reading intermittently to look up the referenced art pieces 2. I found a loophole in the story ... without ruining the fun for you guys here is my analysis ... Langdon is able to crack the case by following 'breadcrumbs' left by the 'bad guy'. However, there is no logical reason for the bad guy to leave these breadcrumbs in the first place... this is a big loophole coz the bad guy is really focused on not being found right from the start. This is the reason why I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5

Report This Jan 19, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Most enjoyable . Very interesting hypothesis on the problem of population control.Tying it all in by means of Dante's Inferno and all the travel involved in consequence made for a very visual read. It will make an excellent film.

Report This Jan 11, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow! Just Wow! Could be his best yet. All the information he researched and incorporated was incredible.

Report This Jan 06, 2014
  • Memawrayne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another excellent read by Dan Brown. He presents a thought-provoking theme that is a world-wide concern.

Report This Jan 05, 2014
  • M_ALCOTT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Population control through germ warfare? In this Dan Brown novel, symbologist Robert Langdon is racing against the clock (typical Langdon) to prevent a potential pandemic, when a brilliant scientist, inspired by Europe's Black Plague and Dante's Divine Comedy, decides the only way to save mankind from itself is to release a plague on the world's population. Now, I know this is just a novel. But, the topics of over population, finite resources, disease,and climate change are real issues facing humanity. Over population being the main cause of depleting natural resources, disease,and climate change. How we go about addressing the issue of over population, however, is the moral dilemma. The antagonist 's solution to over population, in this novel, is extreme and pretty terrifying considering the medical/ technological advances that exist today. With that said, I did enjoy reading this new Dan Brown novel.

Report This Dec 18, 2013
  • modis01 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Less compelling than his prior books. If you can get through the beginning, the end isn't bad. Interesting concept of dealing with overpopulation, but some of the science is questionable (an asthma medication that can make you infertile?)

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Report This Jun 21, 2013
  • andrewgraphics rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Internationally renowned and hunky Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is once again at the center of an art-related plot, this time by a narcissistic virologist who has hidden his plan to destroy humanity in the seminal work of Dante. Oh, stop, you know you want to read this. Unfortunately, like most of Brown's other books, this is quite short on plot and heavy on running. One thing I noticed is Brown paces his books like really long TV shows: each chapter is a short scene which ends with a little cliff-hanger. Would only recommend this to people who *really* like Brown's books.


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  • omahagtgrad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: multiple killings


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Report This Sep 18, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Consider this. It took the earth’s population thousands of years — from the early dawn of man all the way to the early 1800s—to reach one billion people. Then, astoundingly, it took only about a hundred years to double the population to two billion in the 1920s. After that, it took a mere fifty years for the population to double again to four billion in the 1970s. As you can imagine, we’re well on track to reach eight billion very soon. Just today, the human race added another quarter-million people to planet Earth. A quarter million. And this happens every day—rain or shine. Currently, every year, we’re adding the equivalent of the entire country of Germany.”

Report This Sep 18, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“He once described himself as being trapped on a ship where the passengers double in number every hour, while he is desperately trying to build a lifeboat before the ship sinks under its own weight.” She paused. “He advocated throwing half the people overboard.”

Report This Sep 18, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dante: The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.


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