Author: Dan Brown
Published by Doubleday; First Edition (May 14, 2013)
Number of Pages: 480
Backup References: Amazon, Goodreads
Theme: Novel, Thriller
Not what I expected. Inferno’s plot is a rewritten version of all previous books Dan Brown has written. His main character, Robert Langdon, has to solve one or two mysteries relaying on his computerized-mind-archive. Hunted down by a secretive organisation (nobody knows about) he magically provides information (honouring David Copperfield’s better years) and goes about saving the world aided by his partner which, lo and behold, happens to be a female with her own set of superpower skills.
If you’re trying to, frantically, save the world there is no reasonable way to find the presence of mind for explaining in full detail your surroundings (from the way it looks to its extensive history) and not get lost in translation. Bullets are shot at him, people are running and following his every move and yet there is time for his mind to take in and process unbelievably beautiful structures and well groomed gardens. Thus, the reader spends half of the time wondering if he’s been persuaded by a tourist guide or enlightened by a worldwide known Harvard professor obsessed with his “Mickey Mouse watch”.
Epic Misstep: How would you explain the fact that Langdon’s nemesis leaves precise clues as in a “puzzle with directions”? Yes, bad guys do that! They elaborate cryptic clues, put them in the right places and sends the intel through Federal Express to the right person with the sole intent to get caught as quickly as possible. Either that or he extrapolates information using his mind-reading-capabilities from the grave.
Dan Brown uses the same formula, same plot, same characters, and same style in different locations. The story unfolds in the city of the cunningly incestuous Borgia family, the all too powerful Medici, the cold and calculating Machiavelli, artists such as Dante, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, even the doomed prophet Savonarola and Brown came up with a bland and forgettable tale.
– Fast Paced
– All iconic places, mentioned in the book, are brilliantly described.
P.S.: there is something wrong with some orthographic characters. Tried everything and nothing worked. Sorry about that. Thank you for reading!