Saturday, June 7, 2014

From the Shelf: Inferno

Title: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Suspense, Historical Fiction, Thriller
Type of book: Hardbound
Date read: April 9, 2014
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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 InfernoAgainst this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered

My Review: (also in goodreads)

I am once again trapped into a world of power and deceit as I enjoy the 4th installment of the Robert Langdon series, Dan Brown's 'Inferno'. This novel now takes a path in understanding Dante's 'Divine Comedy'. Sounds familiar? I also loved a trilogy which references Dante but in its romantic take on the Divine Comedy. This, however patterned Dante's famous work into a suspense plot. Robert Langdon, after surprisingly wakes up at a hospital in another country. And the weird thing was he doesn't remember anything that has transpired in the last few days, apparently he has retrograde amnesia. The only clue he has are the weird hallucinations and the fact that he was in Florence thus his adventure to find out the truth begins there. Once again, the author had the same formula of an out of the country adventure, mind-boggling clues and an intelligent partner in crime. I finally read what everyone is ranting about: 'The Gates of Hell' scene. As a Filipino, am I offended? Well, is it bad for me to be alright with it because its beneficial to the story? Nope, I'm not offended and yes, I think its beneficial to the story after all fiction is fiction and I'll just leave it at that. All in all I enjoyed this book (yes, I read it in a day...I still got it) and I can say it has played me like a nauseating rollercoaster ride. Everytime I would conclude a clue, the author gives a twist. That was great. As for my rating? 'Angels and Demons' still got my number 1 having 'Inferno' come in a close second followed by 'The Last Symbol' and 'Da Vinci Code' tying for the third spot.

Till the next read...

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