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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.
The beginning was kind of boring for a Dan Brown "Langdon" book. It took awhile to get into it, but I enjoyed the middle a lot (end was a bit too contrived for me). The concept, though, really grabbed me and I find myself thinking about the issues presented in this book more often than I would have expected. The idea behind it was smart and relevant, but it just got mired down in lame shout-outs to the Langdon character (the tweed jacket, the mickey mouse, watch, etc. etc. yawn)
Once again, our beloved professor embarks on a journey involving solving mysterious puzzles and symbols as well as a scavenger hunt for some artifacts in Florence. If you have read any of Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, or Lost Symbol, you will find nothing new in this book. It was very disappointing. It is as though Dan Brown decided to stick to one template and is making copies of it left right and center. The only positive thing about the book is that it does take you on a tour in Florence and introduces Dante's Divine Comedy. (Which you should definitely read.)
There is something that kept bothering me throughout the book: If you are an evil genius who wants half the world population dead and have just created a plague to do so, why tell your enemies about it? More than that, why leave clues lying around? Why try recruit the director of the WHO; the very person who said you are a madman? If you've been reading Dan Brown since he started writing and found yourself not enjoying Lost Symbol, you will NOT like this at all. I was expecting something original this time. All I got was more of the same!