Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dan Brown's Inferno - It's Dante, Italy, and Mystery!

As I mentioned on Monday, I've decided to review adult and nonfiction books in addition to my normal Bookanista features. Today, I am gushing over Dan Brown's latest thriller, INFERNO. I am a HUGE Dan Brown fan. From his first, relatively unknown book, DIGITAL FORTRESS, to the ground-breaking DaVINCI CODE, to this latest book, INFERNO, Dan Brown always takes me on a ride that ensnares my mind, delights my senses and keeps me engaged from the first page to the end. He researches his material and presents a familiar thriller arc in a way that never bores me. Maybe it's the settings he so carefully describes, or the research he includes, but every book leaves me better than before I read it. He is, in many ways, the type of author I strive to be one day.

Release Date: 11/21/2011

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)
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.
Why I liked it: 

In INFERNO, Brown brings his character Robert Langdon back to Italy with a story heavily influenced from the symbolism of Dante. The story examines ethics in the modern world, confronting the question of how we will use some of our newest medical and scientific discoveries. It is the melding of the Classics and the Modern that I love in this book. That, and the setting.

I was fortunate enough to visit Florence, Venice, and Istanbul several years ago, and these cities have a carved a forever-beloved place in my heart. His descriptions throughout the book took me back to those cities. I felt as though I was standing where he was, living the story he was telling. And yes, that made me connect to the story all the more.

So, if you love mysteries, are into well-researched stories that make you think, then get yourself a copy of INFERNO!

And don't forget my Bookanista Buddies that are sharing these reviews today:

Rebecca Behrens leaps over THE MOON AND MORE by Saran Dessen

Elana Johnson has props for THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
Tracey Neithercott croons about CROAK by Gina Damico
Kimberly Sabatini delves into THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle
Corrine Jackson touts TEMPEST

What are you guys reading?

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