Author: Dan Brown
It’s a Dan Brown with a twist. Being a fan of the author, (have finally read all his books! May see Dan Brown’s book reviews here), his introduction this time is different. He started it at the middle part of the plot, with a little drama – Robert Langdon has an amnesia. He doesn’t have any recollection of the last two days of his stay in Italy. Turns out he has been shot in the head by his alleged enemies. Sure, there’s a lot of twist and turns towards the end that I don’t want to spoil.
Having read Brown’s other books and interviews, he’d always say that he loves to create a villain that usually does the wrong things for the right reason. So, this novel’s villain is no different. He is “The Shade” – the man who wears a mask with green eyes and bleakly nose. He is an avid fan of Dante Alighieri’s works, Divine Comedy – Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise).
The setting of this novel is mostly in Italy. The same birthplace of Dante Alighieri.
It was exhausting to read, not because it wasn’t good but because it was written in a way that you’d feel you are watching a 3D film. While they were running around Italy, you were also out of breathe, especially when Robert Langdon was almost caught by his adversaries. You’d be on your toes!
Let me also express my joy and anxiety about the inclusions of my country – Philippines in this story. It was nice that Philippines was included (most of the books I’ve read in the last few months has included Filipinos/Filipino words) because it has been an honor to know that our country exist in his imagination however, it was a bad publicity this time. Because it was the country that gave Sienna (Langdon’s most trusted ally) her most traumatic experience. She was almost raped and witnessed a blood shed killing, in that setting. I hope that readers wouldn’t judge our country base from it. Philippines is still a beautiful country after all. Nevertheless, still thanking Brown for including our country in this book. 🙂
Inferno is another breathtaking read and by far the next Brown book that I’d rank after Angels and Demons.
Here’s my ranking from the best to the least.
1. Angels and Demons (I have not reviewed it here in this blog and is planning to re read this book)
2. Inferno (Rating 5/5)
3. The Da Vinci Code (Rating 5/5)
4. Deception Point (Rating 4/5)
5. Lost Symbol (Rating 3/5)
6. Digital Fortress (Rating 2/5)
It is a complex tale in very interesting language, which was excellent from the start to the end. Dan Brown uses a lot of history and art into the story, which in a way feels like having an art lesson at house. The interesting subject, compelling characterizations, an appealing plot that moves easily from one scene to the next, also remind me of thinking about the world where we live in.
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