Inferno - Dan Brown

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“Seek and ye shall find”

Publishing details: 14.05.2013
Transworld Publishers –London
First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Bantam Press – an imprint of Transworld Publishers.

Inferno (2013) is a breathless race-against-time thriller by America’s renowned author Dan Brown. Dan Brown was born in a family of three, brought up by a great mathematics teacher and a church organist, his parents in New Hampshire, USA. Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination for science and religion which paved way for the art of writing as these themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Philips Exeter academy. Dan Brown is the of “The Da Vinci code,” one of the most widely read novels of all time, as well as two other international best sellers featuring Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon, “The lost symbol” and “Angels and demons”. He lives in New England with his wife, Blythe. “Inferno” is the underworld as described in Dante Alighieri’s epic poem “the divine comedy”, which portrays hell as an elaborately structured realm populated by souls trapped between life and death. All artwork, literature, science, and historical references in this novel are real emphasizing Brown’s intelligence in which way he relates these true facts to his thriller that will grab you from page one and not let you go until you’re done with the book! The book opens with the suicide of famous genetic engineer Bertrand Zobrist, a scientific genius who jumps to his death from a historical building in Florence. After a few days, eminent Harvard Symbologist, Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed in Florence, with mild amnesia, no recollection of where he is or how he got there. A killer immediately breaks in the hospital to finish him, and Langdon escapes with the enigmatic doctor Sienna Brooks with whom he solves hidden mysteries, connecting the dots of symbology, just in the nick of time to ward off an apocalypse plotted by crazed men. The story is all about Langdon unravelling a mystery, as Elizabeth Sinskey, The head of the World Health Organization hires Langdon to find Zobrist's virus. The only hint is a high-tech biohazard container, and inside, an optical device that projects the “Map of Hell” – Botticelli’s Abyss of Hell, inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Swiss Billionaire transhumanist, Dante fanatic, and genetic research genius Bertrand Zobrist, is said to have had the mind of a futurist, eyes that could see down the road in ways few others could even imagine. He had created an apparently deadly plague to be released the very next day as he was obsessed with the global population explosion. The story gradually triggers the hyper button of the reader by questioning if Robert Langdon and his saviour, the attractive young blonde genius Dr. Sienna Brooks find the location and stop Zobrist’s plan to release the virus before it is too late? As usual Brown’s hero, Langdon has to decipher various clues, codes, and cryptic symbols to find the location where Zobrist had planned to release his deadly disease. “Dearest God, I pray Mankind will understand the gift I leave behind. My gift is the future. My gift is salvation.

My gift is Inferno.”

Brown’s books are often famous for wonderful details, and intricate view of the artistic world and for science-religious correlated facts. Inferno is not an exception as it fits into the mould in a beautiful manner. Brown beautifully portrays the artistic works of Renaissance and Medieval European art - many of the usual Florentine attractions, through the illusive Vasari corridors, its hidden entrance in the Boboli gardens, Pallazio Vecchio and famed hall of five hundred and much more; highlighting and certainly helping to revive tourism in Florence - tempting the readers immensely. At times, one might feel that Dan Brown brags too much and is kind of boring, drawn out and spending so much time focusing and giving...
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