Inferno

Inferno

Robert Langdon Series, Book 4

eBook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780385537865
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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csrestall
Nov 22, 2017

I took out this book for my husband to read while I accompanied him on my kindle version. I can not comment on the quality of the illustrated edition due to this. He found this one much better than the third book in the series. He enjoyed the plot much more and the ending was not as contrived. He seemed to really connect with the character of Zobrist as he was in agreement with his plan and ideals. I as well found this one in general more enjoyable however found that there were less puzzles than the previous books, and less interesting diagrams on the pages.

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Kevinshi20021118
May 15, 2017

great book haven't even read it ,lol

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dmaspoch
Dec 09, 2016

Awesome book. I'm not even done reading it! Ignore the negative comments. The story is very interesting, and it is very hard to put the book down. 5 stars

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rene1951
Oct 27, 2016

Spoiler warning: the reduction caused by the virus means that instead of doubling the population (arbitrary numbers) in 30 years it will take 40 years. I would render 50% of females or 90% of males infertile with the virus non effective in 20-40 years.

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talktimereader
Oct 15, 2016

Dan Brown...long may you write!

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rahmmie
Oct 12, 2016

This was okay but nothing more. Brown seems to be stuck in the "one trick pony" trap and continues to write the same books as his bestseller The DaVinci Code.

AL_KATI Oct 07, 2016

The illustrated edition makes this a much more fun read, plus we've got issues of bioterrorism, a new direction for Dan Brown that disturbs you, although it's a little discordant from Dante. I found the dialogue rough and in need of a serious edit to take out all the uses of "?!" to express shock, disgust, and rage.

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1tarheel
Aug 19, 2016

How many esoteric art history thriller plots can one guy cram into the old cities of Europe? Answer: still just the one. Brown's novels are nicely researched, and I always learn a lot. But the execution and writing style are so very 'meh.' It's a page turner because I end up skimming...

As a side note, the Langdon character's got a photographic memory: what's with "suddenly remembering" stuff? Brown pulled that mess more than once in 'Inferno.' Boooo.

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sarahlrobb
Aug 06, 2016

Fantastic, was a joy to read another of Brown's works with some great locations. He sticks to his art history and suspense which I have enjoyed in all of his novels.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 29, 2016

Inferno along with ALL of Brown's other books are over hyped and the story literally doesn't make sense. I don't get why people like these book. I hear "the shootout was awesome". Maybe. But the other 455 pages leading up to the shootout didnt even make sense. The story is full of plot holes. Horrible book (classic Brown I guess.)

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CALUSER
Jul 04, 2015

"When every province of the world so teems with inhabitants that they can neither subsist where they are nor remove themselves elsewhere ... the world will purge itself."

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CALUSER
Jul 03, 2015

The truth can be glimpsed only through the eyes of death

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pbrichstein
May 25, 2014

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

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jimg2000
Sep 18, 2013

“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.”

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jimg2000
Sep 18, 2013

“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.”

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jimg2000
Sep 18, 2013

Dante:

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

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LibraryUser53
Aug 03, 2013

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

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Nov 22, 2017

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Mar 28, 2015

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Nov 18, 2013

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csrestall
Nov 22, 2017

Robert Langdon wakes up in Italy with severe amnesia after it is thought that he was shot. It appears as if a secret agency is after him in order to prevent him from solving a puzzle related to Dante's Inferno and the luminated map found sewn into his jacket. He joins forces with a doctor that helped him to unravel the mystery which seems to point to a plague being released into the atmosphere in order to curb population growth on Earth. Langdon is thrown into a series of puzzles he must follow in order to find the contagion and prevent its release. Once they figure out the location and manage to get there they realize that the disease has actually been released a week before, and the creator Zobrist had intended this. They also discover that the disease is really a fertility blocker intended to reduce the amount of offspring people can have. Langdon eventually finds out that the secret organization really didnt shoot him and they were trying to get him to save the world, if in a confusing manor.

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Trailblazer1527
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.

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andrewgraphics
Jun 21, 2013

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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RonNasty64
Mar 18, 2013

The Prologue and Chapter One are now online: http://issuu.com/tescobooks/docs/inferno_preview?mode=mobile&embedId=0/1782914

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