Dante's gates of hell

The latest thriller from Dan Brown Inferno is as usual in his inimical style, very racy and action packed with all the incidents occurring within a frame of a few days.

Published: 18th June 2013 08:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2013 08:14 AM   |  A+A-

The latest thriller from Dan Brown Inferno is as usual in his inimical style, very racy and action packed with all the incidents occurring within a frame of a few days.

Obsessed with Christian symbols and renaissance artists, Brown once again takes you on a roller coaster ride from Florence to England where the characters excluding American Professor Robert Langdon, switch sides now and then, turning from baddies to good characters.

The description of the ‘gates of hell’ in this book is very vivid and gripping and catches the attention and interest of the reader.

Based on the theme of over population and the scientific world grappling with this issue, the book unveils a world set in Dante’s inferno which makes an effort to tackle the issue of trans-humanism, a touchy topic that usually offends many.

Although a well researched book, Brown’s earlier book The Da Vinci Code was more profound and made for a better reading.

Most of the time, the ideas are repetitive and one can even guess his plots and how the characters are developed in the coming chapters.

In the heart of Italy, this Harvard professor of symbology, 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, The Divine Comedy, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

The plot is pretty unbelievable as the professor, sprints from a hospital bed with amnesia and hops from situation to situation and action to action tackling misguided scientists and mysterious assassins and strives to save the world from the virus which turns out to be a sterility causing microorganism.

One feels as if Brown has perfected the technique of formula writing by incorporating a particular sequence of Christian history that is mix-matched with the problems of the modern era by portraying a rogue character who is out to ‘save’ the Planet Earth from destruction while the hero who is Robert Langdon, an American as usual, fighting to save the humanity from such villains and vamps.

The fourth book in the series with the Harvard professor makes for an interesting read who is interested in those detailed descriptions of the past symbols and heritage but on the whole, the book is predictable, repetitive and disappointing.


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