A Novel

Brown, Dan

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"--as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0385537859
Characteristics: x, 461 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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Jan 15, 2015
  • frostykid12 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Dan Brown didn't disappoint. Like all of his books, there was a twist and even if it's expected, it still made for a good read. The formula he uses to write all his novels make for great page turners that are hard to put down. I was engrossed in this novel and the way he fused the culture and history of the Renaissance and the modern day problems and scientific issues made for a great statement and an excellent read.

Jan 02, 2015
  • dwu10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Exciting, suspenseful read. Like most (or possibly all) of Dan Brown's novels, there are plot twists and suspense taking place in a beautiful, real world and there are lots of vivid descriptions.
I liked this book more than The Lost Symbol, but find it less exciting than Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code.


Oct 05, 2014
  • sharon711 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A page turner, like all of Brown's books. I liked the twist at the end, as I personally feel that the problem it addresses is a serious concern for the health of our planet.

Sep 21, 2014
  • rpavlacic rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I did like reading this book, although it wasn't spectacular. A great education in the Renaissance, but the usually sure-minded Robert Langdon looks like a foot in cold water in this book. When you don't know who the protagonist's true friends and enemies are it doesn't always bode well for the plot line as a whole, unless you're hiding the true antagonist behind the element of surprise. J.K. Rowling is masterful at throwing off the reader like that while keeping his or her attention. Dan Brown's approach to this, usually assured, came off as a bit sloppy here.

Sep 08, 2014
  • wilqser rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thriller from the same guy who wrote the Da Vinci Code. I like this book very much; it is written much like an Indiana Jones odyssey. The novel is about a professor who wakes up in a hospital not knowing how he got there. He then sees one of his doctors being shot, and then novel then gets really going when he finds out he has a secret code that he doesn't decipher it could lead to a world plague. The novel takes us into the horrors of overpopulation, foreign lands, secret codes, art, history, deception and delivers the story at a fast pace from the start. Very good.

Aug 06, 2014
  • laksad rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Dan Brown has done it again. It made me a great fan of Dante. I like the ending it is very different from his other novels. Did not expect the greatest twist at the end. I was so glued to the book that I finished it in 3 days.

Jul 21, 2014
  • alkabhushan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this one for the description and details for amazing places. I couldn't keep it down.

Jul 15, 2014
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very predictable but with interesting world topics and history in the midst of entertaining drama.

Jul 10, 2014
  • KerstinM rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Predictable? Yes, definitely. But easy summer read. Hard to put down.

Jun 15, 2014
  • sarakoske rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Formulatic? Of course. But face it, Dan Brown's is a really fun formula. This book fit that perfectly-- an adventure through European history, art, & literature that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Granted, don't try to read more than 2 Dan Brown books in any 6 month period, but as long as they're spaced out, his books are such exciting reads, and Inferno is no exception.

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May 25, 2014
  • pbrichstein rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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.”

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

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


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


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Mar 28, 2015

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Nov 18, 2013
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Apr 28, 2014

Renowned Harvard professor Robert Langdon is once again put into a web of another art conspiracy scheme, this time done by a mysterious virologist who wants to hide his plot to destroy the world in Dante's The Divine Comedy.

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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