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Inferno-coverReviewed by Sara Drake

Robert Landon (hero of The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol) returns for another adventure. He wakes in a hospital with no memory of why he is in Italy or what day it is – then someone comes to kill him. Racing through Italy, Robert attempts to solve the mystery of his lost memories, avoid those trying to find him, and save humanity. Of course, he has help. The beautiful and mysterious Dr. Brooks.

Dan Brown offers another book with all his trade mark charm. Like most Dan Brown books, you will either enjoy this fast paced adventure or you will hate it. In Inferno, Dan Brown shifts his focus to overpopulation while chasing the symbology found in art and Dante’s Divine Comedy. The insights into Divine Comedy were absolutely fascinating and held my attention throughout. The exotic backdrops and constant action keep the reader turning pages.

Mr. Brown turns the table on the readers two-thirds of the way through the book in a move that would have been stunning if it had worked. Not only wasn’t I convinced by the turn-around, I thought it took a great deal of the suspense from the book, leaving the last portion of the book boring and unsatisfying. Mostly, it felt like a cheat. It seemed like Mr. Brown got so far with the book and couldn’t figure out how to keep it exciting, so he took a short cut. I would explain more but I really don’t want to spoil anything. Fans of Dan Brown will read the book regardless of any review and I would hate to be the one to take the fun of the ending away from them.

I enjoy Mr. Brown’s books, even the ones I roll my eyes at, because he has unique style and voice. All of his books make me pause at least once to actually think about something – which may be why I continue to read them. I enjoyed this one, too, reading it straight through. I’m just not yet willing to forgive him for the ending, so feel free to ignore my complaints.

Overall, Mr. Brown gives us detailed descriptions of foreign destinations, a chance for the reader to travel there in their own minds. I have previously visited many of the locales he describes and enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I could almost taste the cappuccinos. At times, the layers of descriptions felt distracting and I had to fight the urge to skim.

I am sure I’ll pick up the next book he writes. He’s written worse books than this one and much better books. Overall, if you’re a Dan Brown fan, read this book.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Sara Drake has been an avid reader since a young age. She has both a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in History.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Doubleday. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.