Have you ever read a book that captivated you, so strongly you didn’t want to put it down? When, if you were reading it, your eyes decided its time to sleep you’d force them open so you could continue reading because you couldn’t bear not knowing what will happen next? Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno, is that kind of book.
The last book I read for Dan Brown was “The Lost Symbol” and I didn’t like it at all. I can’t even find a review of it in my blog. However, five minutes after I picked up this book on the day it was released -I was lucky to be in London, it’s not available in Kuwait yet- I went to the nearest Starbucks and read the prologue and I knew, just knew, this book is going to be good and much better than The Lost Symbol. I decided then I wanted to read it uninterrupted and never had the chance to do so until last week, and I’m glad I did.
Professor Robert Langdon wakes up disoriented and with amnesia in a hospital bed in Florence with no recollection of why and how he got there, he discovers that he is in danger when he is all but killed in the hospital and he flees with the help of his doctor. When he discovers a strange and ominous object hidden in his jacket, he keeps running around the historic monuments of Florence trying to elude his killers and decipher the clues left in his way in a race against time to save humanity from a terrible fate.
The book is really good, laden with historical facts and clues as any other previous Dan Brown book. Inferno is almost as good as The Da Vinci Code. The ending of The Da Vinci Code is striking, the ending of inferno kind of stretches along plus inferno deals with real time crisis that can effect the planet rather than trying to life the veil of an old secret. In inferno, you the reader are as baffled about what’s going on as Robert Langdon since his amnesia prevents him from knowing what is going on and who to trust so together, you and Robert discover that things are not what they seem to be, or as Dante would put it ‘O you possessed of sturdy intellect, observe the teaching that is hidden here… beneath the viel of verses so obscure.’
Highly recommended and would proudly reside on my books shelves.I could almost imagine Tom Hanks acting out the scenes as I was reading, I can’t wait for the movie. You may want to have google ready by your side so you can see what the book is talking about. By the way when you are done reading, notice that the last word of inferno is “stars”. You’ll know what I mean when you are done.