The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
I begin with this quote because it sets the theme for the entire book. Professor Langdon is at it again, he is back in Italy, racing down decorated cobblestones and in the same breath mesmerizing and in cases overwhelming readers with his vast knowledge of just about everything. The book clues (Robert is a symbologist after all) are centered around the works of Dante, to be precise The Divine Comedy which describe the authors journey through the three stages of hell; Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso.
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here
Another of Dan Brown’s masterpieces in the Robert Langdon mystery thrillers (The fourth actually). A book so enjoyable there is no conceivable way to stop reading once you’ve turned the very first page. The sightseeing possibilities will keep you turning the pages, hungry for more.
Professor Robert Langdon woke up in the hospital with a head injury with no idea how he got there. It got stranger when he looks out the window only to realize where he was just moments before the killer return to finish the job. What follows is a mad rush through the Italian city with the blond Doctor, Sienna Brooks. ‘A madman’ quoting the famous lines of Dante’s Inferno is on the loose and Robert has just about 24 hours to not only figure out the aim of Bertrand Zobrist but he is forced to do it without his favorite tweed jacket oh and his memory to boot.
WHAT I REALLY THOUGHT
Did you find yourself adding places to your bucketlist as Robert races through the picturesque city and historical monuments in Venice and Istanbul? That dear reader was because the novel read like a Tourist attraction piece camouflaged as a mystery thriller. While very educating in some aspects in others it was just too wordy and overwhelming. Information overload and some I could live without knowing. Langdon more or less remains the same from previous books, most recently Angel and Demons. He is pretty much, still a boring chap. I mean the man is enamored with pavements and phallic statues in a city that he visits countless times and in instances will pause between running to save the world to admire a bridge. The book could’ve been shorter by a half. Most of it felt a lot like stuffing to actually get to the good stuff. The end left me feeling robbed. The buildup was too magnificent for the letdown that followed.