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In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces--Dante's "Inferno"--as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385537858
Branch Call Number: FIC BROWN, DAN
Characteristics: x, 461 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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pacl_teens Mar 05, 2021

"Inferno is a novel from 2013 written by Dan Brown. It is the fourth book written based on the main character, Robert Langdon. In this book, Robert Langdon wakes up in Florence, Italy with retrograde amnesia from an apparent bullet wound to his head. As he wakes up, a female assassin starts pursuing him, but his doctor, Sienna Brooks, helps him escape. He then goes on an adventure full of Dante Alighieri references to find a bag with a plague in a hidden location and learn the truth about the people involved with it.
Inferno, along with the other Robert Langdon books (Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Origin) are very fun to read as they are full of puzzles, adventure, and historical references. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery/adventure/historical thrillers giving this book a 4.4 out of 5 stars." -Nikolai, Grade 8

Brown has an annoying tendency to over-explain historical locations where many of his readers have already travelled. Great plot twists as usual and a fast read.

Jan 05, 2018

Another good read by Mr. Brown

Nov 22, 2017

I took out this book for my husband to read while I accompanied him on my kindle version. I can not comment on the quality of the illustrated edition due to this. He found this one much better than the third book in the series. He enjoyed the plot much more and the ending was not as contrived. He seemed to really connect with the character of Zobrist as he was in agreement with his plan and ideals. I as well found this one in general more enjoyable however found that there were less puzzles than the previous books, and less interesting diagrams on the pages.

May 15, 2017

great book haven't even read it ,lol

Dec 09, 2016

Awesome book. I'm not even done reading it! Ignore the negative comments. The story is very interesting, and it is very hard to put the book down. 5 stars

Oct 15, 2016

Dan Brown...long may you write!

Oct 12, 2016

This was okay but nothing more. Brown seems to be stuck in the "one trick pony" trap and continues to write the same books as his bestseller The DaVinci Code.

ArapahoeKati Oct 07, 2016

The illustrated edition makes this a much more fun read, plus we've got issues of bioterrorism, a new direction for Dan Brown that disturbs you, although it's a little discordant from Dante. I found the dialogue rough and in need of a serious edit to take out all the uses of "?!" to express shock, disgust, and rage.

Aug 19, 2016

How many esoteric art history thriller plots can one guy cram into the old cities of Europe? Answer: still just the one. Brown's novels are nicely researched, and I always learn a lot. But the execution and writing style are so very 'meh.' It's a page turner because I end up skimming...

As a side note, the Langdon character's got a photographic memory: what's with "suddenly remembering" stuff? Brown pulled that mess more than once in 'Inferno.' Boooo.

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Jul 04, 2015

"When every province of the world so teems with inhabitants that they can neither subsist where they are nor remove themselves elsewhere ... the world will purge itself."

Jul 03, 2015

The truth can be glimpsed only through the eyes of death

May 25, 2014

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.

Sep 18, 2013

“Consider this. It took the earth’s population thousands of years — from the early dawn of man all the way to the early 1800s—to reach one billion people. Then, astoundingly, it took only about a hundred years to double the population to two billion in the 1920s. After that, it took a mere fifty years for the population to double again to four billion in the 1970s. As you can imagine, we’re well on track to reach eight billion very soon. Just today, the human race added another quarter-million people to planet Earth. A quarter million. And this happens every day—rain or shine. Currently, every year, we’re adding the equivalent of the entire country of Germany.”

Sep 18, 2013

“He once described himself as being trapped on a ship where the passengers double in number every hour, while he is desperately trying to build a lifeboat before the ship sinks under its own weight.” She paused. “He advocated throwing half the people overboard.”

Sep 18, 2013


The darkest places in hell
are reserved for those
who maintain their neutrality
in times of moral crisis.


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Nov 22, 2017

Robert Langdon wakes up in Italy with severe amnesia after it is thought that he was shot. It appears as if a secret agency is after him in order to prevent him from solving a puzzle related to Dante's Inferno and the luminated map found sewn into his jacket. He joins forces with a doctor that helped him to unravel the mystery which seems to point to a plague being released into the atmosphere in order to curb population growth on Earth. Langdon is thrown into a series of puzzles he must follow in order to find the contagion and prevent its release. Once they figure out the location and manage to get there they realize that the disease has actually been released a week before, and the creator Zobrist had intended this. They also discover that the disease is really a fertility blocker intended to reduce the amount of offspring people can have. Langdon eventually finds out that the secret organization really didnt shoot him and they were trying to get him to save the world, if in a confusing manor.

Apr 28, 2014

Renowned Harvard professor Robert Langdon is once again put into a web of another art conspiracy scheme, this time done by a mysterious virologist who wants to hide his plot to destroy the world in Dante's The Divine Comedy.

Jun 21, 2013

Internationally renowned and hunky Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is once again at the center of an art-related plot, this time by a narcissistic virologist who has hidden his plan to destroy humanity in the seminal work of Dante.
Oh, stop, you know you want to read this. Unfortunately, like most of Brown's other books, this is quite short on plot and heavy on running. One thing I noticed is Brown paces his books like really long TV shows: each chapter is a short scene which ends with a little cliff-hanger. Would only recommend this to people who *really* like Brown's books.

Mar 18, 2013

The Prologue and Chapter One are now online:


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