Inferno by Dan Brown
A Novel

63%

90 Critic Reviews

It is easy to see why a maniac might want to cull the population of the world, but why he should do so in the form of this childish game? That’s one thing that is never explained.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

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.

Against 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.
 

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Dan Brown es el autor de múltiples bestsellers internacionales y #1 de The New York Times, incluyendo El código Da Vinci, El símbolo perdido, Ángeles y demonios, La fortaleza digital y La conspiración. Sus libros han sido traducidos a más de cincuenta idiomas en todo el mundo. Brown se graduó de Amherst College y de Phillips Exeter Academy, donde fue profesor antes de dedicarse a tiempo completo a la escritura. Vive en Nueva Inglaterra con su esposa.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Anchor. 578 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Inferno
All: 90 | Positive: 47 | Negative: 43

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 12 2013

Dante’s nightmare vision becomes the book’s visual correlative for what its scientific calculations suggest.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Peter Conrad on May 18 2013

...he adds actual people...to his otherwise phantasmagoric cast; the mixture is not fiction but an intellectual fraud...At its worst, as in Brown's infernal Inferno, it's a lie that expunges the truth and replaces reality with its own demented murk and noxious malarkey.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Steven Poole on May 14 2013

...It made art and poetry seem glamorous, and mixed them with luxury tourism and scenic chases. It spoke with the seductive urgency of a good-looking someone telling you a brainy secret.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Steven Poole on May 13 2013

Brown's prose style retains its much-loved originality...and the story is engineered with miraculous efficiency, a tasty cocktail of high culture and low thrills. The pages fly by.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Peter Conrad on May 18 2013

The man who hallucinated this nonsense would be a harmless crank if he didn't have such a loyal, lucrative following. Like a demagogue, Brown panders to the mass mind with its craving for myths and monsters...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Steven Poole on May 13 2013

The pages fly by. Only lunatics would begrudge the blockbusting bard's determination to popularise great Italian poetry.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 10 2013

Though the prose is fast-paced and sharp, the burdensome dialogue only serves plot and back story, and is interspersed with unfortunate attempts at folksy humor.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Marty Dodge on May 20 2013

Brown fans will be satiated, critics will sneer and Brown will sell oodles of books. The movie will drop in a few years, naturally.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Brian Bandell on Nov 01 2016

It felt like watching a long-awaited, much-touted extreme martial arts match end in a tie. At least I learned something about Dante, Florence, and the H+ movement—and it was more fun than a typical history lesson.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Tom Shippey on May 13 2013

Maybe the best thing about the Langdon books is that Mr. Brown's genuine love of art, and of the places and the history that produced it, shines through.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Tom Shipley on May 13 2013

Maybe the best thing about the Langdon books is that Mr. Brown's genuine love of art, and of the places and the history that produced it, shines through.

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Kirkus

Good
on May 22 2013

Ace symbologist Robert Langdon returns, and the world trembles. Perfect escapist reading for fans.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Joseph Scalise on Jul 10 2013

If you are looking for a good way to spend some time this summer, Inferno is a great option. Not only is it a relatively quick read (with each chapter spanning a few pages) but each chapter is filled with so many questions you won’t be able to help yourself reading further just to find out what happens next.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Sandra Cruz on Jun 04 2013

The in-depth look into Dante’s works is interesting but the ending is a bit of a disappointment.

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Financial Times

Below average
Reviewed by AN Wilson on May 14 2013

It is easy to see why a maniac might want to cull the population of the world, but why he should do so in the form of this childish game? That’s one thing that is never explained.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Brian Bandell on May 14 2013

Just when things seem headed toward an exciting conclusion, the air is let out of the balloon with yet another twist, one that sputters...makes Langdon’s adventure seem like a waste of time.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on May 17 2013

Dan Brown has deftly crafted a novel that will hit home with every reader; the threat is not merely some clandestine religious sects or ancient puzzles but a global event that threatens everyone..

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by David L. Ulin on May 18 2013

Sloppily plotted, turgidly written, "Inferno" is so poorly constructed, so uninvolving...that it makes "The Bridges of Madison County" look like "The Great Gatsby,"...

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Thom Geier on May 15 2013

Those smarty-pants tangents give this diverting thriller the welcome illusion of smarts, like a trompe l'oeil in prose form.

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The Independent

Below average
Reviewed by James Kidd on Jun 01 2013

Sadly, Dante could have used Brown's cloth-eared prose to torture sinners in the ninth circle of hell.

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The Independent

Above average
Reviewed by Boyd Tonkin on May 14 2013

However barmy his premises, however leaden his prose, Brown retains all the advantages of surprise.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Jake Kerridge on May 14 2013

...in the end this is his worst book, and for a sad, even noble, reason – his ambition here wildly exceeds his ability.

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The Telegraph

Above average
Reviewed by Jon Stock on Mar 18 2013

His character descriptions...remain woefully clunky.

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Booklist Online

Above average
Reviewed by Ilene Cooper on Jun 12 2013

...paper-thin characters and windy descriptions. But for those hungry for more Brown, this has some meat on its bones.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Brian Truitt on May 14 2013

Brown has a definite formula in place for putting Langdon through his paces, but watching him go through hell is about as close as a book can come to a summertime cinematic blockbuster.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by Chuck Leddy on May 27 2013

Dan Brown’s “Inferno” is the kind of satisfying escapist read that summers were made for.

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Pajiba

Above average
Reviewed by SorryTelevision on Aug 15 2013

It’s the book to read between The Woman Upstairs and The Silver Star, or after a Dickens, on a really long flight. It’s one you can bring to the beach, and leave behind in your hotel room when you head home. It’s Dan Brown at his finest: highbrow, but not really.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Below average
Reviewed by Rebecca Denova on May 26 2013

By the third or fourth chapter, it is clear that Mr. Brown is "doing Brown" in a pastiche of his style...But again, nevertheless ... "Inferno" can still qualify as vacation reading, redeemed by the sweeping spectacle of the story.

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Express

Good
Reviewed by Neil Norman on May 17 2013

...Brown’s breathless, if not deathless, prose rolls unstoppably onwards. While Brown doesn’t do humour, it’s still damn good fun.

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Tampa Bay Times

Above average
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on May 17 2013

...Inferno left me more often frustrated than enlightened...I longed for a moment for Vito Corleone to show up in Inferno. He knew how to leave a clear, simple message.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Monica Hesse on May 14 2013

As with Brown’s other works, it’s more fun to read “Inferno” when you accept that every whoa-ful tidbit is true. Brown is at his best when he makes readers believe that dusty books and musty passageways are just covers for ancient global conspiracies.

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Patheos

Above average
Reviewed by Susanna Morrill on Jul 16 2013

Critics may skewer him for his writing, improbable plots, and cardboard characters. Still, Brown has an ear for unresolved issues plaguing modern Americans...

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Salon

Above average
Reviewed by GAVIA BAKER-WHITELAW on May 21 2013

...it’s hard to deny that Brown’s writing style reads like a cross between a Wikipedia entry and the internal monologue of an art history professor.

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The National

Good
Reviewed by Nick March on May 15 2013

Inferno is often fantastic fun. Enjoy the thrill of the chase, enjoy the European sights...just don’t question how Langdon always manages to conjure the right answers.

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on May 14 2013

“Inferno” is harrowing fun threaded with coded messages, art history, science and imminent doom. The prediction is that “Inferno” will be the best-selling book of the year.

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Tulsa World

Good
Reviewed by JEAN MARIE BROWN on May 26 2013

Brown's writing is masterful, and the story is thought-provoking. He leaves you wondering if you really read what you read and asking: Exactly what is reality?

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Post and Courier

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 19 2013

...there is the sense of play that saves Brown’s books from ponderousness, even when he is waxing wise about some ancient mystery or architectural wonder.

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Library Journal

Excellent
on May 16 2013

...A high demand for the works of Dante plus a surge in Italian tourism is sure to follow. The king of the historical thriller is back, and this will easily dominate the best-seller lists for quite some time.

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Times Dispatch

Above average
Reviewed by Doug Childers on May 26 2013

“Inferno” isn’t flawless. Brown’s prose style won’t win literary awards, and the book’s paint-by-the-numbers villain makes the bad guys in James Bond films look downright Shakespearean.

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DNA

Below average
Reviewed by Joanna Lobo on May 19 2013

It has none of the tautness and gripping, page-turning ability of Brown’s earlier thrillers. Fans would do well to return to those works to remind themselves that this author once wrote a convincing thriller.

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Mail Online

Above average
Reviewed by A.N. WILSON on May 13 2013

Dan Brown claims to have gone into philosophical, theological and literary history in great depth for his books, but if he has done so, he has left no trace of these in-depth researches in Inferno.

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National Review Online

Good
Reviewed by Stephen W. Smith on May 18 2013

While an entertaining and speedy read, Brown’s book is really much more about “the truth” of the earth’s population problem...than about Dante Alighieri...

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The Coast

Excellent
Reviewed by Brian Kelly on May 24 2013

...Brown laces his text with enough baits-and-switches and red herrings to equip The Mendacium...Such is the brilliance of Brown’s formula...

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Book Forum

Above average
Reviewed by Ara H. Merjian on Dec 24 2013

Brown brings Dante to bear in fits and starts, invoking the poet in ways that at first feel awkward but gain momentum as the plot thickens and Zobrist's Inferno-themed machinations take shape.

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The Spectator

Below average
Reviewed by Ian Thomson on May 25 2013

Where Dante’s Inferno was ‘awful’ in that archaic sense...of inspiring awe, Brown’s is merely awful. Correction: very awful.

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Keizertimes

Good
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on May 28 2013

Fans of “The DaVinci Code” will feel right at home with this book in their hands, and espionage lovers will want to dive right in.

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IBN Live

Above average
Reviewed by Yatin Gupta on Jun 11 2013

Overall, the Inferno by Dan Brown didn't match up to the levels of my favourite works by him but it definitely deserves a place in your reading list.

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Metro

Good
Reviewed by Claire Allfree on May 14 2013

...Inferno contains enough narrative tricks to keep even the most cynical reader guessing, and enough sense of Florence’s ancient mysteries and cultural riches to make you want to book a plane.

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Dawn.com

Below average
Reviewed by SHEHERYAR B. SHEIKH on Jul 28 2013

Inferno takes a completely tangential route, and deals within the frameworks of another classical narrative, and completely misses the goals of a thriller: to keep the reader insatiably flipping pages.

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Bookalicious

Below average
Reviewed by Tara Clark on May 30 2013

...I wanted to like this book. As silly as his others may be, I loved them and was very excited for this novel...this story really didn’t work.

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Digital Journal

Above average
Reviewed by Maria Elisa Anacay on Jun 16 2013

For me, Inferno is a well-written and well-researched novel. As for it being the best Robert Langdon title to date, I'll have to disagree. The Da Vinci Code still offers more thoughts to ponder upon.

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New Zealand Woman's Weekly

Excellent
on May 25 2013

Inferno has all the ingredients to keep Dan Brown fans happy: a fast pace, murder, intrigue, art, architecture, history – and, of course, tweed jackets and a Mickey Mouse watch.

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Hindustan Times

Below average
Reviewed by Shibani Bedi on Jun 01 2013

...in Inferno, unlike the books that preceded it, Langdon is not only being chased by various bounty hunters, but is also retracing his steps to solve the mystery which eventually unravels as his assignment to save the world. All in all a one-time read, mainly if you are a Dan Brown fan, but definitely not his best.

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State Journal-Register

Good
Reviewed by MARTY MORRIS on May 31 2013

Langdon, as a symbologist and art historian, takes us on a tour of Dante's vision that makes this book worthwhile on that score alone. This is a book well worth reading on several levels.

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AZ Central

Above average
Reviewed by Brian Truitt on May 14 2013

Brown has a definite formula in place for putting Langdon through his paces, but watching him go through hell is about as close as a book can come to a summertime cinematic blockbuster.

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Inside Business

Good
on Aug 02 2013

Fans of "The DaVinci Code" will feel right at home with this book in their hands, and espionage lovers will want to dive right in. If that's you, and you crave a good book, "Inferno" is one you should check out this summer.

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The Times

Good
Reviewed by Lebohang Nthongoa on Jun 04 2013

The book has certainly piqued my interest in Dan Brown's previous books. It makes for a great read.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Pyper on May 15 2013

Hardcore puzzlers and conspiracy hounds will no doubt see Inferno as a cruise ship buffet: endless, rich and all-you-can-eat. It may well leave others feeling overstuffed. As compared to Brown’s previous Langdon novels, this one goes to eleven. The same can’t be said of the writing, which is flat and cliched from cover to cover...

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by rhenn12 on Oct 31 2016

At every turn are some of history's most prominent works of art and mysteries. This is a perfect read for Dan Brown fans. For those new to Brown, I highly recommend reading this book before any of his other magnificent works.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Joanna Ammons on Jul 31 2013

One of the best things about Dan Brown's books is that the action takes place in a classic setting as opposed to many of the thrillers on the market today. It makes me feel so well read when I can pull out my knowledge of a classic to follow a literary thriller.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Oscar Crawford on Jul 22 2013

Read Inferno. It is Dan Brown. It is information based thrill fiction based on very real evidence. It just might prompt you to read Dante and review population data developed by the World Health Organization.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Maitreyee Bhattacharya on Jul 01 2013

...all its chapters end in a cliffhanger, adding to the un-put-down-ability (yes a new word that has to be coined for Mr. Brown!) of the book. Very fast reading...

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Luxury Reading

Above average
Reviewed by Sara Drake on Nov 01 2016

I am sure I’ll pick up the next book he writes. He’s written worse books than this one and much better books. Overall, if you’re a Dan Brown fan, read this book.

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Book Review Circle

Above average
Reviewed by Rana Mukherjee on Oct 31 2016

There are purple patches especially when Robert Langdon is giving a speech on ‘Divina Commedia’ or information is exchanged regarding Dante, Botticelli or other past masters and here Brown has stamped his authority as a master of historical thrillers beyond doubt.

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Men Reading Books

Below average
Reviewed by East Coast Don on Dec 06 2013

Others may like it and Brown has legions of fans so I won't begrudge anyone, but I can't waste my time on what I saw as a lazy effort.

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Devourer of Books

Above average
on May 26 2013

A classic Dan Brown, and, I believe, vastly superior to The Lost Symbol. Inferno has a pretty good pace, although it somehow manages to feel less high-stakes that DaVinci Code and a truly improbably number of things happen over the course of the day.

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Reading Lark

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Aug 11 2015

What sets Dan Brown apart is that he is a heck of a researcher. I don't think anyone could dispute that. Not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

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Annette's Book Spot

Excellent
Reviewed by Annette on Oct 31 2013

I recommend these books to everyone, from teens to adults. Inferno, as are all of the Robert Langdon books, is definitely worth your time.

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Reading on a Rainy Day

Above average
Reviewed by Athira on Aug 23 2013

Besides the few new elements, everything else about Inferno is standard Dan Brown fare. It wouldn't be a Dan Brown book if Robert Langdon could get shot in the head and not wake up from it without any repercussions.

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Rated Reads

Good
Reviewed by Nicole Borman on Oct 31 2016

I thought this was a great book. The story and writing are very good...Since so much of what is written in this book is nonfiction, it really helped make the story come alive...

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Women 24

Above average
Reviewed by Nadia Boucher on Aug 16 2016

For me, Inferno is a well-written and well-researched novel. Brown respects his source material enough to give it an enjoyable credibility. With all of this said, The Da Vinci Code still offers more thoughts to ponder upon. But Inferno was a great read.

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Booking in Heels

Good
on May 19 2013

The story itself could stand on its own feet without the references to Dante Alighieri, but the literature twist does give it a nice... sparkle.

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No Charge Bookbunch

Above average
on Oct 31 2016

The action accelerates in the end, with a twist of loyalties, but at times the plot wallows in Brown’s detailed background information. As a good friend advised me – “if you liked his (Brown’s) other books, you’ll like this one” – different setting, exciting chase, lessons on history and art – same storyline.

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http://roofbeamreader.com

Above average
Reviewed by Roof Beam Reader on Jun 18 2013

Ultimately, for most of the book, I felt myself wishing that I were re-reading The DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons, rather than finishing the book in hand.

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Book Him Danno

Above average
Reviewed by TStevens on Dec 16 2013

If you enjoy this author then read the book, just know that the ending will leave you wondering What the Heck happened? That is about all I can say about this thriller…too bad because it had such a good start.

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Life Is Story

Above average
Reviewed by Josh Olds on Dec 29 2013

In the end, Inferno is fun, but it isn’t groundbreaking. Fans of Dan Brown will undoubtedly enjoy it, as will anyone who loves conspiracy theories and mysteries.

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Karan Brooks

Below average
on Aug 14 2013

...this is still a page-turner, even if sometimes I was turning them because I wanted the tale to end. Overall, however, it’s a good holiday, escapist read.

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SamDowning.com

Below average
on May 30 2013

...a dumb thriller has to be the right kind of dumb. Inferno almost is. But that one stupid twist makes it stumble, and it never rights itself.

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Mysteries and More from Saskatchean

Good
Reviewed by Bill Selnes on Nov 16 2013

The book is a breathtaking chase while Langdon determines the meaning of symbols in word, art and sculpture as a looming catastrophe faces the world.

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Carol's Notebook

Above average
Reviewed by Carol on Sep 16 2013

This is not my favorite in the series, but it was enjoyable, no slow spots, the action kept moving along. It’s a Dan Brown book, if you like them , pick it up.

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Collateral Bloggage

Above average
on Oct 31 2016

Inferno takes Dante’s famous work as its backdrop, both the literature itself and the art inspired by it, and uses it to great effect. I’m not sure it’d work so well for someone completely unfamiliar with Dante, but it worked for me since I read it in Masterpieces of World Lit back in my college days.

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Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Above average
Reviewed by Billy on Dec 12 2013

Dan Brown likes to use the same repetitive formula in each new novel in the series, but it seems to work, never getting dull. The new character, well more like an assistant, Sienna, gives a bolt of energy to the clichéd biological terrorism plot. Despite several flaws, Inferno is still a thrilling page turner with several twists and turns.

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Ron Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Ronald on May 18 2013

While certainly a better effort than “The Lost Symbol,” “Inferno” still won’t be making Brown any new fans.

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Tyson Adams

Above average
on Feb 04 2016

For all the book’s faults, Inferno was an entertaining read. Upon picking this novel up I was refreshingly entertained. Worth a read for fans of Brown, Steve Berry, James Rollins, etc.

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Stacy's Books

Above average
Reviewed by stacybuckeye on Jan 30 2014

I thought that by tackling the overpopulation issue Brown moved from the past to the future well...I think this is better than the last one but not back on par with the first two Langdon books.

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Seeley James

Below average
Reviewed by Seeley James on Aug 22 2013

Dan Brown must think we’re really stupid. Maybe Doubleday thinks we’ll buy anything...But this one is terrible.

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http://bookboodle.co.uk

Good
on Aug 06 2014

Is is factually correct, is it historically correct, is it accurate? I don’t know and I didn’t care. I got totally swept along, believed every word and as I’m not a history or classics graduate then I didn’t need to pick it to pieces. It’s just a bloody good story.

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Stardate

Good
on Oct 02 2013

So if you like fast paced books chock full of travel guide information and just enough intrigue to qualify as a semi cardio vascular workout, then by all means read on.

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Reading for Pleasure

Excellent
on May 23 2013

With every new Robert Langdon adventure, Brown continues to raise the stakes, and “Inferno” is his most exhilarating novel to date. A perfect continuation of the series that can also stand alone, “Inferno” is a treat that should be read by all.

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From the Recamier

Above average
Reviewed by Kathryn on Sep 03 2013

The author very cleverly works with Dante and Inferno, and sets up a very convoluted and riveting story, having to do also with mad scientists and the overpopulation of the world. I am very glad to have read this book...

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