Before commencing the review, let me get a few things straight. Is this book related to Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno”? Yes. Is it related to hell or related subjects? Yes. Is it anything like Angels and Demons or The Da Vinci Code? Yes. Does Robert Langdon feature in it? Yes. Is it anti-Catholic? No, it’s more like pro-Catholic. Is it disturbing or horrifying? I didn’t think so.
Lastly, should you read it? You bet!
Dan Brown - an author credited for exactly five novels in the Fiction category, of whom this female fan just cannot get enough of and whom the world is forever indebted for his writing, is back with a heart-wrenching, disturbing tale of the Underworld.
Not THE Underworld, but the literal Underworld. In one word, hell.
Tartarus. Enfer. Infierno. Inferno. Narak. Duzakh. Ad. Whatever you decide to call it, hell remains the same-unforgiving and lethal.
Irritated by this irritating condition, which Langdon found so - due to the marvels of his eidetic memory -he wakes up in a hospital with searing pain erupting in his skull.
He traces recent stitches on the back of his head which, he is later told, is due to a bullet wound. Somebody tried to kill him. As much as it was difficult for Langdon to digest this fact, he somehow fought his drugs to keep him conscious.
And as he answered the doctor’s regular amnesia questions, he found them surprised. As he lay asleep and felt the drugs kicking in after the irritating questioning, he is surprised to see a sight from his window- a sight he recognized.
Unfortunately, this “sight” was over four thousand miles away from where he was supposed to be. And there, the ugly spiral begins. He is assisted by Sienna Brooks, the miraculous, talented, firm and intelligent doctor who treats him.
As a world-class pro assassin tries to kill them both, the task ahead of them seems all too clear. First, find what had happened two days ago. Second, try to make it right.
But it was not so easy. Incidentally, when Langdon stepped into the hospital several hours ago, he was muttering a few words which were recorded by the staff. He seemed to be saying “Ve…sorry, Ve…sorry”. Now Langdon is terrified as to what crime he had committed that he seemed to be apologizing to someone.
He only prayed that it wasn’t something too horrible and that he wouldn’t be held behind bars. After all, even his Government had turned against him and sent a lethal killer behind him.
Trying to save his life from the unknown and treading carefully but quickly, for time was precious; Langdon tries to rewind, to start from square one. But he recollects nothing. This absolutely frustrates him. Imagine having to not remember a couple of days of your life and you were err…, clearly, not drunk (wink).
Now the stakes is just his memory, soon it will be his freedom and then, it will be his life. And in that order, he presumed. Having only Sienna to support him and with a few meager clues, Langdon sets on a mission to prove his innocence.
Bertrand Zobrist, a germ-line engineer is the root to his problems. He has these end-of-the-world, infernal opinions about Earth and her lives. And he is a man on a mission. He believes that a massive epidemic could cure this planet of its overpopulation risks.
Elizabeth Sinskey, Director of the World Health Organization, is unfortunately the person who has to deal with this psychotic freak. And eventually, she catches up, but not before her adversary decides to suicide.
From then, everything is as we know. Langdon, suffering with amnesia; Sienna, suffering with an amnesia patient and trying to protect her identity from her days on the wrong side of the law; Sinskey, trying to decipher what end-of-the-world demise Bertrand had planned before his death and over and out.
From Italy to Istanbul, from cathedrals to cisterns, from spies to assassins, Langdon and Sienna find themselves in an ugly fight to reach hell-metaphorically, of course. And Dan Brown gives us- Inferno.
With amazing and intellectual references made to Dante’s work and other art on hell, the undaunted author provides his readers with an endearing tale of drama, life, suspense and tragedy. Fighting the highest battle-of life- and with the stakes stacked against them, will Langdon succeed like always? Or is there a twisty turn, in this highway to Hell? Ciao!