When you think of Dan Brown novels, you probably think of convoluted plot lines, people not being who they appear to be, descriptions of art and artifacts and a dramatic reveal towards the end. Inferno follows that tradition as another Robert Langdon novel hits the shelves. Not cheap at £20 for the rrp for the hardback, I managed to get it for £10 in W. H. Smith with a further £5 off because I bought other novels that day or I would have waited until the paperback came out.
Disappointingly, the Kindle version wasn’t much cheaper and when you consider how much each version costs to produce and that you will pass on a book to someone else when you’ve finished but you will not pass on a Kindle version this is an argument against buying blockbusters in Kindle format.
Inferno begins with a traumatised Langdon in Florence who has no memory of leaving the US and as he has a head wound and kept repeating “Very sorry” before a medical procedure thinks he must have done something wrong before being attacked. The novel takes us by way of the Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio and lagoons at breakneck speed on the hunt for clues about what had brought Robert to Florence in the first place. Throw in unidentified soldiers, embassies who seem to be working against him, female assassins, talk of plague and a now dead genius who had access to unlimited funds to realise his warped dreams and you have a plot driven narrative which will probably keep you turning page after page.
Having been to several of the locations mentioned in the novel I found it entertaining and a good summer read but someone else mentioned that they found it very confusing and they had put it down part way through.
My main criticism is that it is a bit preachy but I’m sure Dan Brown would argue that the topic itself is one that is now too important to continue to overlook.
This Wiki link gives away the whole plot so don’t click it unless you wish to avoid reading the novel for your own enjoyment.