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Monday, 19 August 2013

Dan Brown - Inferno

reviewed live on the bookshow by Brian Lowen on 15th August 2013
Another epic saga from DB featuring Professor Robert Langdon, the famous art historian, who is an expert at deciphering ancient hieroglyphics.

The story centres around the fact that the World’s population is increasing at such a dramatic speed that within a few decades there will not be enough food to feed them all.

An eminent medical scientist has decided to save the world and comes up with a novel, but terrifying way of reducing the world’s population.

The whole book involves the chase across Europe to attempt to stop the release of the Professor’s ‘solution’ before it is too late.

The leader of the World Health Organisation, an attractive mature lady, is leading the search and has enrolled Robert Langdon to help identify where the Professor’s lethal ‘solution’  has been hidden. Also involved is a young doctor who was helping the professor initially but now realises the foolishness of her ways.

The chase starts in Florence, where we are treated to a tourist type tour of the city as they continue their search through all the historic buildings, looking for clues, only to realise that they should be looking in Venice, so off we go there for another trip round this

city’s important buildings, only to find that what they seek is really in Istanbul, which is where the action reaches its climax, but not after several twists and unexpected turns in the story.

I am sure if you have been to Florence then you would enjoy this part of the story more, as I did with the part that features Venice.

I enjoyed the book even though it does seem excessively long. DB is very good at holding your attention during the story and building up a good plot but the story does keep referring to Dante’s poem, the Divine Comedy, which deals with the nine stages of the progression into hell until you reach the inferno, and this tends to get rather depressing after a while.

I expect it will make another good film though with some great scenic venues.

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