Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

After reading Inferno by Dan Brown for something like 3 weeks or so, I finally finished it up yesterday.

I’m a huge fan of Dan Brown and own all of his books, most of which I devoured in a few days from starting.   My opinion on the books are all favorable from the action and the mystery which makes it all the more intriguing.  Inferno is the followup after The Lost Symbol on Robert Langdon’s many adventures into the world of symbolism and history.  Lets start with a little synopsis!

inferno book coverWaking up in a hospital with no recollection of what happened in the past few days, Robert Langdon soon finds out that he is in Italy treated for a bullet wound to his head. The questions now are how did he get there and what happened leading up to his injury.  Shortly after, a mysterious woman appears and tries to kill him. His doctor, a young and intelligent Sienna Brooks, helps him to escape.  However as the night goes further, they realize that as the puzzle pieces click together, they are lead into his footsteps of the last few days and to a bigger and possibly deadly plan.

This is a thriller and I’m not going to tell you about what anything in detail is.  Why? Because the least you know before you enter any Dan Brown novel, the better and more impact you will feel.  The more thrills and guesses you will have as to what could happen.  This one really goes on a global level and even spirals way out of control.  I actually like it when it does spiral in that unexpected direction.  For that, its one of the reasons I liked the second half of the book a lot more than the beginning.

Although, you have to admit, any novel series hitting its 4th novel or something has got to lose steam eventually, right? Maybe its because I’ve read a lot this year.  Whatever the reason was, I didn’t find this one as entertaining as the previous ones.  All his novels have been a page-turner and for this one,  I remembered falling asleep at the beginning.  It does build itself up as the plot thickens. The story here is on an immense global scale and it utilizes Dante’s Inferno, which I know nothing about (except for in video games prior to this) to weave the codes and clues so it made it interesting to learn about.  And that ending was pretty awesome.

If you are a Dan Brown fan or into these mystery thrillers, I’m sure you’ll find enjoyment with it, even if it isn’t right off the start.  The good stuff is there, but you just need to tough it out in the slower beginning. Its worth the wait as it really gives you a few pretty outstanding twists that make it all worth it in the end.  Of course, if you haven’t read the previous books, its not a big deal as Inferno doesn’t have any connection except for Robert Langdon himself.

Are you a fan of Dan Brown? How about thrillers/mysteries novels? Any that you’d like to suggest?