In December my father finished reading Inferno by Dan Brown and so I finally got my hands on it. I didn’t wait long to start it as I thought it would be a perfect read for the Christmas and New Year holiday.
Inferno re-unites us with Brown’s well loved protagonist Robert Langdon as he awakes in a Florence hospital with a head wound and no memory of the last two days. When a highly trained assassin comes shooting their way into the hospital Robert is forced to flee with the help from a young doctor Sienna Brook. In Robert’s pocket is a strange device that is inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Following these clues seems like Robert’s best chance of finding out what has happened to him, and so starts an adventure through Florence’s streets, palaces, churches, gardens, history and art.
Robert Langdon has appeared in three of Brown’s previous novels; The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol. Robert is a symbolist professor at Harvard University, USA. Robert is in his forties, intelligent, cultured and let’s face it rather geeky; for which I love him. In the film adaptations Tom Hanks was cast as Robert and while Hanks is not the right height he does suit the character very well. I must admit through out this book I was picturing him. Then we also have Robert’s new, young and beautiful companion Sienna who is rather a mystery. She’s adds a lot interest and offers something different to previous female companions.
I have read two of Brown’s previous thrillers led by Robert Langdon; Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol. Both were gripping thrillers although the American setting of The Lost Symbol didn’t grab my imagination as much as the Rome setting of Angels and Demons. Knowing this you may well guess how pleased I was that this new novel took us back to Italy this time to Florence; a setting full of history, drama, art and beautiful architecture. As Brown describes the Medici’s residence Palazzo Pitti with the Boboli Gardens, the covered Ponte Vecchio, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo I could picture it all; and I really want to go to see it all myself!
Inferno is another gripping thriller that follows Professor Robert Langdon through the history, art and symbols of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy to a dramatic climax. I highly recommend to Brown/Langdon fans. Great read.
Have you read this? Are you a fan of the Langdon thrillers?