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Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Inferno.

Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.

463 pages, Hardcover

First published May 14, 2013

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Dan Brown

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Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”

The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing.

Brown is currently at work on a new book as well as the Columbia Pictures film version of his most recent novel.

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Profile Image for Ashley.
2,653 reviews1,688 followers
December 26, 2019
I guess this will fulfill my yearly quota for Mickey Mouse watch-clad academics who solve ancient conspiracy filled puzzles.

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Updated 5/31: Sometimes, I feel like Dan Brown is my nemesis.

In interviews, he comes off as a smart, earnest guy (if a bit of an academic dweeb*) who has an obsession for puzzles, old art and conspiracy theories, but also as a guy who has no idea how to laugh at himself. He seems to take his own work very seriously, and gets his feelings hurt by even the eensiest teeny baby criticism. He writes the same four or five characters over and over in every book he’s ever written. He writes books that have sold millions of copies but he has no idea how to write a character that doesn’t flounce around his stories like a puppet with his hand up its ass. He seems to enjoy writing books that will make people tear their hair out in fits of aplopleptic rage. Once, I’m pretty sure he compared himself to Shakespeare, but I can’t find the article right now so you’ll just have to trust me, I guess. He completely disavows the notion that he writes with a formula**. The public image he’s created for himself sometimes gives me a strong urge to chew up nearby scrap paper and then spit it at the back of his head. And I’ve never hocked a spitball in my life.

*I say this as a former academic dweeb myself, so don’t go crying into your Cheerios, Dan.

**The Dan Brown Formula: Something mysterious/creepy/violent/potentially life-changing happens, setting into motion a chain of events that can only be stopped/uncovered for what they really are by our Protagonist, an intelligent middle-aged gentleman who happens to be an expert in his field, but also in the specific areas necessary to saving the world/uncovering a mystery/solving puzzles laid out for some unknown reason by a shady Antagonist (more on him later). Protagonist is always handsome, extremely well-educated, and single. He purposesly sets himself apart from the main populace, observing the common culture and placing it historical context rather than participating. Protagonist has one or two defining traits that will be mentioned over and over again in lieu of characterization. Protagonist, with the help of a beautiful (usually young) woman who finds him handsome and is generally impressed by him, solves a series of mysteries/puzzles in order to accomplish a goal. Protagonist is in constant danger from shady Antagonist, who usually has issues of his own, probably psychological, usually also sexual and religious. Antagonist always seeks to change the world in a negative way, either by altering the world’s perception of something it holds dear, or by endangering lives. Protagonist is nearly always fooled by the presence of a Traitor, who hides in plain sight as a kind, intelligent, and resourceful person until it is time to do the betraying. There are five million plot twists. Protagonist saves the world with his brain (never his brawn). Protagonist and Girl ride off into sunset (this part is metaphorical.) The End.

His books are similarly easy to riff on, and Inferno is no exception. Actually, as the fourth Robert Langdon book, it’s the easiest, because it’s becoming increasingly obvious through repetition what his limited repertoire of tricks consists of. Namely: Repetitive plot, repetitive characters, the traitor, the global organization, the puzzle plot (for no reason at all in this one seemingly), etc, etc. See above formula. But the Langdon books in particular have their own special vocabulary. For Langdon himself, you can’t go two pages without one of the following being mentioned: the Harris Tweed that he wears (in apparent defiance of the establishment which scorns the apparel as ‘nerdy’?), his Mickey Mouse watch, the fact that he is in exceptional shape for his age because he swims every morning, his great head of hair (something always noted by other characters, not Langdon himself), having characters applaud or notice how handsome Langdon is, young chicks falling for him all the time, and my personal favorite, how the only thing he thinks about besides his scholarly pursuits is that one time as a child he got stuck in a well, and apparently he never really left. It’s apparent to me that Dan Brown clearly works out his own fantasies, desires, and frustrations in the pages of his books. Bottom line: there’s a lot to criticize in a Dan Brown book.


(This is where this review will take a 180 and flip positions, so if you’re one of those people who are uncomfortable admitting that even the worst written book might have something worthwhile to offer (THE PLEBES AND THE STUPIDS LIKE IT SO I MUST NEVER) back out from this page slowly and go elsewhere on the interwebs.)

Here is my point to counteract – or maybe encompass is the better word – the points above. Even if the above points are true, and I believe they are, they do not affect my enjoyment of the book. Look, you don’t read a Dan Brown novel for great writing. You just don’t. You read a Dan Brown novel to be carried along on a plot going the same exact speed of one of those fancy foreign high-speed trains. You read a Dan Brown book to see historical facts and famous pieces of art placed in new context, or maybe just to learn something. You read it for the secrets and the conspiracies and the ridiculously high stakes the plot hinges on. You read it for the red herrings and the betrayals. (If you’re like me, you also read it so that every time Dan Brown writes something with a Dan Brown flair, you can shake your head or laugh loudly or use whatever sort of exclamations you prefer – Oh, Dan Brown, you say, mentally patting him on the head with simultaneous affection and frustration.) You read it to find out what crazy thing he’s written about next, and to find out just how many and what types of people he’s going to piss off next. You read it to be fucking entertained. In that respect, this book is pretty much a success.

Also, for as much shit as people give Dan Brown, I think he’s good at quite a lot of things that get overlooked most of the time. He’s really good at research, for one thing – the wealth of historical detail he uncovers in his books is extremely thorough, and I’d be willing to bet the amounts of information he uncovers that he doesn’t put in his books is rather large. I also think it’s notable that the historical and artistic bits he does include are nearly always very interesting. For another thing, in terms of the genre he’s writing in (the thriller), his writing is top notch. I’ve read a lot of thrillers by other authors, and in comparison, Dan Brown is something of a wordsmith. On a related note, the purpose of the thriller is to thrill — to create suspense. So while one might consider his short chapters that 99% of the time end in cliffhangers as ‘hacky,’ you might also want to consider them ‘effective’. They serve their purpose — they get you to turn the page. And finally, and maybe most significantly, Dan Brown has a definite talent for finding our cultural panic buttons and then pushing on them real hard. The effect of this is that he works through in his novels issues that we face every day, and he does so in a venue that can be sold candy-coated to a consumer mass public that would otherwise barf up similar information in reflexive panic.

The last thing I want to say about Dan Brown and this book is the reason that I ended up giving it four stars instead of three. That reason is ballsiness. He tries to break up his formula in this one, and in some ways he succeeds. It was an interesting experiment in Inferno to have the plot start with Langdon unable to recall where he is or why he’s in Italy, with a gunshot wound to the head. From there, he has to piece together his recent past and solve a mystery he’s already solved once before all over again. This adds an extra layer of confusion to the plot that his previous three Langdon books were missing. He also shakes up his infamous traitor plot a little, but I won’t say too much more about that just in case you’re going to read it for yourself. But the most significant reason I say he has balls is the ending to this book. I mean, that’s just unheard of in this genre. I won’t get into the politics of it, but in terms of story, I really think that ending saved this book.

I could probably go on, but as this is my 52nd review of the year and it’s almost 2,000 words, I think I’ll just leave it at that.

(I still kind of want to throw spitballs at the back of Dan Brown’s thick head of hair. Anybody know if he’s doing a signing in AZ?)
Profile Image for Jennifer Fidler.
23 reviews13 followers
June 6, 2013
Instead of reading any more Dan Brown books, I'm just going to complete the following "Mad Lib" with my sister. Feel free to play along.


1) a number ______
2) month that has at least 28 days __________________
3) adverb that denotes stress ____________________
4) pick a European city...any European city _______________________
5) title given to a respected educator or professional _____________________
6) first name ___________________________
7) pretentious last name (bonus points if synonym for "Brown") _______________________
8) prestigious museum or institute located in city chosen for #4 __________________________
9) famous work of an artistic or religious nature _____________________
10) any old secret organization or cult you feel like picking on this week _________________________
11) social or political cause du jour __________________________
12) adverb that indicates someone is an idiot ____________________
13) founding member of christianity and/or a member of Aerosmith ______________________
14) a bad way for humanity to come to end ___________________________________
15) list 5 cities in the world you've ever wanted to visit___________________________________
16) list 10 works of art/literature connected to or presently located in the cities from #15 __________________________
17) a number less than 48 ______________
18) a fraction ______________
19) a person with a genetic malformity ___________________
20) a number over 100 ____________
21) word that means "all" or "every" (feel free to use either or both) ______________
22) activity that humans do just because they like to or want to ________________________
23) nonsensical word that means "pretty swell" _______________________



Late one night in _________(2), Robert Langdon finds himself _____________ (3) running through the streets of ______________(4) having recently been contacted by _________________ (5) ____________ (6) _____________________ (7) of the _____________________________(8). ________________ (6) has contacted Langdon to decipher clues discovered in _______________________ (9). Before he has a chance to fully devote his attention to the task at hand, a fanatic from the __________________________(10) attacks Langdon and his host, revealing a conspiracy to violently end ____________________________(11). Although Langdon has fallen victim to this same plot twist numerous times and by the same formulaic plot and characters, he once again _______________(12) follows a new sidekick who will ultimately betray Langdon and/or turn out to be the last descendent of _______________________(13). In the process of saving everyone from __________________(14), Langdon visits ______________________________________________________(15) and sees ___________________________________(16). Within less than _________(17) hours, Langdon manages to solve __________ (18) riddles, be nearly killed by ____________________(19), and mentions his Mickey Mouse watch at least ________(20) times. Meanwhile, the reader has seen pretty much ____________(21) plot twist or surprise thrown his/her way. And at no point does Langdon ever _____________________(22). In the end, Langdon returns to Harvard knowing that symbols are truly ____________________________(23).


So there it is. The "formula" (which is what I hope Brown names his next Langdon book). If we're lucky, it will also have at least 100 chapters, each one ending on a note that makes us think of SNL's Really!?! with Seth and Amy skits.

I haven't read The Lost Symbol, but that book must have been horrendous considering how many reviews of this one that start out by saying, "At least it was better than his last book..." (OFFICIALLY NEVER READING THE LOST SYMBOL)

Good night, and may you not wake up with amnesia in Italy tomorrow.
Profile Image for Hussain Elius.
124 reviews94 followers
December 4, 2013
Allow me to summarize every Dan Brown novel ever:

An unsuspecting but intelligent protagonist is called up in the middle of the night. Someone very powerful and possibly related with the authorities needs his expertise that only the protagonist can provide. A well-known figure has died and that started a chain of events with catastrophic consequences. The authorities need our protagonist's help to solve a puzzle left by our instigator just before he died, which has some clue in to the nature of our ticking time bomb.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him, a secret organization has dispatched an assassin who must fulfill tasks that would have huge social ramifications all throughout the world. What the assassin and the secret organization don’t know is that the purpose of the assassin/secret organization and the purpose of the person directing the assassin/secret organization, which is our antagonist, is entirely different.

While our protagonist is running from the assassin and solving said puzzle (which has to be solved within 24 hours), he is joined by a young, beautiful and intelligent woman related somehow with dead man/instigator. At the very last moments of the book we have a final reveal: the protagonist knew the antagonist from the very start! He was being manipulated the whole time!

The book ends with the antagonist succeeding somehow. The protagonist and the readers are left with a moral question on whether the antagonist is truly the villain... or did he do something that actually benefits the whole world.


Is Inferno different from other Dan Brown books you ask? No it's not. There are minor variations to Brown's tried and tested formula, but it will not add anything to your reading experience. The book is recycled to its core. In fact, depending on how many of Brown's books you have read, you can see the twists coming based on the number of pages left.

tl;dr: Don't waste your time
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Will Byrnes.
1,295 reviews120k followers
October 22, 2020
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here
Doré, Gate of Hell
Dante and Virgil approach the entrance to Hell
From the WorldofDante.org

The heat is on. There is, of course, a deadline. A mad scientist of a Dante super-fan, who takes theatrical delight in referring to himself as The Shade, would like to bring about a great renaissance for humanity, a reawakening similar to the one that occurred following the Black Plague. As with that earlier event, The Shade, a Batman villain if ever there was one, would like to cull the world’s population by, oh, say, a third. Malthus lives, and has spawned a group of die-hard Transhumanists who think we and our planet would be a lot better off were there significantly fewer of us using up space, air, water, et al, and hogging the remotes. Robert Langdon, returned to duty after sundry life-threatening adventures in Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and The Lost Symbol, has been called in to decipher the clues to where and how Mister Zobrist, (we can’t call him The Shade for 463 pages, can we?) conveniently dead in the opening, has set his viral bomb to go off. Or was he? Langdon wakes up in an ER, with a head wound, a distinctly fuzzy recollection of the recent past and thinks he is back in Massachusetts. Brunelleschi didn't design any buildings in New England. That large dome you see out the window means you are in Florence. Oops. And, by the way, there is a well armed, nicely leather-clad biker person heading down the hall, weapons blazing. Check please. He and Doc McSmokin’, a 208 IQ, blonde, pony-tailed physician, named Sienna Brooks, dash out ahead of the ordnance and the game is afoot. This offers an example of something that is entirely depressing. Had that been an American hospital there is no way he could have gotten out without having to sign insurance forms or promissory notes, guns blazing or not. (Mister Langdon. We need you to sign here, here, here, and initial here, here and here. You, with the gun, take a number and have a seat.)

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones as Robert Langdon and Felicity Jones as Sienna Galore - image from RogerEbert.com

Woodward and Bernstein, in All the Presidents Men, report on G. Gordon Liddy holding his hand over a flame at a dinner party to impress someone or other. He held it long enough to singe himself, and cause alarm in those present. When he was asked “What’s the trick?” he answered, “The trick is not minding.” Reading a book of Daniel Brown’s is a far cry from holding one’s hand over an open flame. But there are elements to reading his work that are certainly painful. There are benefits to be had, things to be learned, issues to be raised, but there are clichés to be endured, characterizations to be tolerated, dei ex machina to be ignored. I suppose one might think of it as a form of Purgatory. You can certainly enjoy the good while putting up with the bad. The trick is not minding the latter.

One does not descend into reading Dan Brown’s infernal novel expecting literary power. There are certain formulae at work, and if you are not prepared to be led along, keeping the blinders firmly affixed for the duration, you might do better to read something else with the several hours it takes to work your way through the levels in Inferno. (Yes, there are some) We do not expect to find work similar to that of, say, Louise Erdrich, or Ron Rash, and it would be unfair, not to say unkind, to apply to Brown the metrics applied to writers of more serious fiction. But then, what standards should we apply?

There are two general qualities that merit our attention here, and more specific elements within each. Is it entertaining? Is it informative?

Does the story engage out attention? Or do we find ourselves wandering off?
Is it fast-paced?
Do we care about the characters?
Is it fun?
In short, does this make a good beach read?
Does it teach us something new?
Is the information interesting?
Does it address some larger issue, one of actual significance?
Does it make sense?
Does the story engage our attention?
Sure. While not, for me at least, as engaging as The DaVinci Code, I kept turning all 463 pages, eager to find out what there was to be found, info and plot-wise. But I was not exactly panting to get back to the book at every free moment.
Is it fast-paced?
Is the Pope Argentinian? This is what Brown does. Aside from the sort of occasional interruptions that might give the wearer of a pace-maker the sweats, (noted in more detail below) he keeps things moving along. I was reminded of an old (1912) adventure tale, A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. That book was also a series. Battle, capture, rescue, escape, repeat, with bits of information about some underlying subject in the book tossed in to grease the narrative wheels. Ditto here.

Speaking of greasing, you will need to have some eye drops handy to avoid chafing from frequent eye-rolling. It seems that every time there is a need to gain access to some large institution, Brown trots out what seems almost a running joke of Robert Langdon having some relationship with the person in charge. I bet if Langdon needed 3am access to the UFO museum in Roswell, we would learn that he had tracked aliens with the museum director and had contributed a live specimen from the Crab Nebula at some time in the not too distant past. The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets? It wasn’t Washington who poohed there, or presented a monograph at the esteemed institution that resulted in such a large inflow of contributions that the institution was flush for a considerable period.

In a related matter, I was reminded of two cinematic clichés in particular. In one, the hero and heroine pause as the world collapses around them to engage in a lengthy soulful smooch. (Pay no attention to that incoming missile, kids. Enjoy.) In the second, a child dashes back to the burning-building or alien-infested-spaceship to retrieve her (choose one - favorite stuffy, kitten, puppy, photo of long dead (but really only missing) mother or father). Brown spares us kittens and overlong liplocks, for the most part, but while Langdon and this volume’s Bond girl are dashing from persistent threats like a Florida race track rabbit, (who are those dogs?) Brown pauses the action every so often, inserts himself and his research into the narrative (Bob, Si, relax. We’ll pick this up again after lunch), and offers up the occasional art history lesson. I’m not saying that these are not informative and sometimes fun (as in the case of a particularly organ-rich Plaza della Signoria)

The Fountain of Neptune from The Museums of Florence

but it does alter the flow in a breathlessly paced novel to…um…take a breather. All right guys, up and at ‘em. Ready, set, flee.
Do we care about the characters?
Truthfully, it is tough not to care about a character that has the face of Tom Hanks ironed onto it, but yeah, I guess, although a lot less than a whole lot of other fictional people. It is fun to see Langdon attempting to recover his memory and figure out who that mysterious woman he keeps seeing in vision-flashes might be. Sienna Galore has a pretty interesting back-story, a large brain, and the usual physical assets required for Brown’s kicked-up Bond-girl roles. So sure, why not. Aside from those two, only a little here and there. Character is not the thing in Dan Brown books.
Is it fun?
As a straight up read, forgetting for the moment one’s analytical inclinations, Si! Brown does revel in puzzles and there are more secrets embedded in Inferno than there are candied items in a fruit cake. And some are quite delicious. (OK, I hereby out myself as a weirdo who likes fruit cake). Unlike one’s experience with fruit cake, however, you will miss out on that weighty feeling of having ingested a brick. Literarily, Inferno is a lot more like chiffon cake than its denser cousin. Also there are enough twists to keep the cap machines at the Nogara Coke bottling factory busy for a long time.
Does it make a good beach read?

Does it teach us something new?
Naturalmente! We learn of a mysterious transnational entity, that Brown swears is based on a real organization, that smoothes out the curves so that people of questionable motives, but certain resources, can go about their business unimpeded. The head of this group might have been well served with a fluffy white kitty and a pinky ring. Brown offers some nifty tour guides to this and that location in several cities, and a fair bit of history on Dante and his most famous bit of writing. He offers some illuminating details on this or that building, painting and sculpture, including where it might have traveled over the centuries (well, not the buildings, of course) and whether the version we see today is a fully original specimen. He also gives us a very good reason to take a tour of the secret passageways in Old World cities.

The Vasari Corridor from Wiki commons
Is the information interesting?
Leaving aside prophets and their like, before there were mononymous sorts like Liberace, Elvis and Madonna, even earlier than sorts like that English playwright, there was Durante degli Aligheri, known to a certain childhood acquaintance, Beatrice, as that boy who wouldn’t stop staring at her, known to certain priors in Florence as the guy who refused to pay his fine and was thus banned for life, and known to us in the 21st century as Dante.

Dante and His Poem by Michelino from Wikimedia

If you find Dante and his best-known work of interest, and really, you should, this book is a lot of fun. Of course what constitutes interesting is almost always in the eye of the beholder. If your thing is video games, well then not so much. (on the other hand, there actually is a lot here that does remind one of video game action, so I take that back) But if you are fascinated with old world history, art and architecture, Dante, the Black Death, Malthusian concerns, and the potential impact of a large human die-off, then Si, molto.
Does it address some larger issue, one of actual significance?
Sicuramente. Two in fact. One of the major elements in the story is the determination by our psycho-scientist billionaire sort that human population is about to reach a dangerous level, one which is likely to trigger all sorts of catastrophes. There are various ways one can address this concern, but the underlying concern is quite real. Brown does us all a service by bringing it to the attention of millions of readers. Another element here is the notion of “Transhumanism.” Basically this entails humans taking charge of our own evolution and using all the technology available to us to ensure maximization of our physical and intellectual capacities. Whether one sees this as a Satanic plot, yet another opportunity for the haves to have even more, or the beginning of a new human renaissance, the subject is worth checking out.
Does it make sense?
In some ways yes and in some ways no. There is validity to the underlying science. But would the baddie really leave a breadcrumb trail for potential foilers to his big bang?

That said, it can be fun to descend into the bowels of the earth, or the watery substructures of ancient architectural marvels, however many levels down you care to go.

Irrfan Khan as Harry Sims, head of The Consortium - image from NDTV movies

Whether you think that Dan Brown belongs in literary heaven, Hades or somewhere in between, he makes a wonderful Virgil, leading us on an interesting journey, and showing us some things we might not have ever imagined. It may not qualify as a divine book, but Inferno is one hell of a read.

PS - One must note that the end of all three parts of Dante’s Commedia (the Divine was added later) end with the word “stars.” Brown does not disappoint on that score.

And I am sure there is significance to the fact that there are 104 chapters in the book, (plus a prologue and an epilogue, so 106) but I have not been able to suss out exactly what. There are 99 cantos in the Commedia, maybe a couple more with this or that added, but I do not know how one can fluff that up to 106. Yet, I am sure there is an explanation. When (if) I find it I will include it here.


This review is cross-posted at Coots Reviews

==========In the summer of 2019 GR reduced the allowable review size by 25%, from 20,000 to 15,000 characters. In order to accommodate the text beyond that I have moved it to the comments section below in comment #11.

Profile Image for Mohammed Arabey.
709 reviews5,618 followers
July 7, 2017
The most Dangerous, Different trip with Robert Langdon with Brilliant Twist ending.

That the Movie re-twisted into a normal boring Hollywood ending that blow mind of how bad the novel turned into clichéd stop the bomb movie.

It starts with Inferno Nightmare

Waking up in Florence far from home,not knowing how he even got here

With a head wound and a hellish nightmare of inferno to come
And by trying to solve the codes & puzzles of his chaotic situation, he find out that he must travel again...and again

Although authorities and assissants hired by mysterious 'Consortium' trying to catch him and have all the means to track him, What's worst that they don't hesitate to shooting pullets on him..

And This time all that is not for the sake of Vatican Cardinals, or to unlock a code kept hidden by secret successors of the Knights Templar, or saving The Mason's Secrets..
This time it's for the sake of the Globe...The World we're living in.

The Plot

Based on a hell of a theory by 19th century Malthus , predicted the real current chaos of the global over population and its hell of consequences, the story get its hell of plot, which as I said more dangerous,really darker than ever and even more confusing.

For me the light Dan shed on this problem really scared the hell out of me.
and encrusting it with Dante's Inferno wasn't really helping but to increase the fear of the future...

Actually that made me a bit confused and somehow taking side with the 'villain' in this novel...it was a serious dilemma , I didn't know how I really want this novel to end..
But Dan Brown really know how to make a suitable ending, as I loved his ending in his Debut Novel 'Digital Fortress' cause let's admit that ending a bomb in the last 3 seconds is silly ending unless it's done smartly and perfect...

I won't say more about the plot, since I think telling even the tiniest bit of it would be a bit of spoiler of the thrilling novel.

The Symbols

Though it's different since the very early beginning...as Dan Brown choice was of work of literal, as he said at the Illustrated Edition preface..

Yet it still packed with Historical, Symbols and Art references
The splendid tour/chase in the early morning of Florence..

The amazing perfect choice of Venice to be a metaphor for the crises of over population.

Venice hosted a staggering number of tourists every year—an estimated one-third of 1 percent of the world’s population—some twenty million visitors in the year 2000. With the additional billion added to the earth’s population since that year, the city was now groaning under the weight of three million more tourists per year. Venice, like the planet itself, had only a finite amount of space, and at some point would no longer be able to import enough food, dispose of enough waste, or find enough beds for all those who wanted to visit it.

Even the small glimpse of Philippines with the metaphor of the inferno of Malthus' Theory.

And that other great metaphor of the New met the Old, East met the West , the Christian art met the Islamic symbols..the End of our Journey here..Turkey.

All these secret places, and marvellous golden Art , Halls and Buildings..

Mixing that all as usual with the thriller packed novel..

The Characters

Characters here was perfect too... the special mind of Sienna Brooks leads Robert Langdon just as Vargil leads Dante through his Inferno...
The Silver Beauty of Life and Health verses the Mask of Death...the Transhumanist ambitious..who turned manic - Again I can't blame him much, I almost turned one like him reading this novel.

Those characters will help in other kind of references, science, medical information, trivial ones about how mind work and the conversion from dark topics -like this novel- to lighter ones ,say Cute Cats Videos..

Even highly intellectual users displayed an instinctual tendency toward denial. According to the study, the vast majority of university students, after clicking on a depressing news article about arctic ice melt or species extinction, would quickly exit that page in favor of something trivial that purged their minds of fear; favorite choices included sports highlights, funny cat videos, and celebrity gossip.

And of course Every Character is deep enough ...and surprises are always guaranteed with Dan Brown..

The Ending

These are dark times my friends, dark times...

And I believe That a story like this required too much efforts to make a good ending..

Yet It's perfect to me ... as satisfying as having a watch for Christmas of my favorite character :)

As I said I was facing the same mixing feeling about how I wanted his Debut Novel 'Digital Fortress' would end..And same here.. and Dan Brown really made it right.

It's a great story , a great enriching journey ...That's why I recommended the Illustrated Edition at my pre-review "here --->
That would make your journey easier than searching while reading, yet you'll find the craving for more pictures and videos and may be a visit for these places..
That got me a big respect for the author who take all that time to make a Novel that perfectly written..

Also by the end , after the hell of adventure...you'll find your mind desperately in need for something funny as I said before like Funny Cats Videos.. after this Orwellian Novel...
The Hell of A Read..

Mohammed Arabey
From 16 Feb. 2015
To 25 Feb. 2015
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Author 10 books821 followers
August 13, 2013

Obscure reviewer Jane Steen sat in her modest study in cozy suburban Illinois and stared with horror at the object she held in her hands. Measuring nine-and-a-half by six-and-a-quarter by one-and-a-half inches, the object was encased in a shiny substance the overweight reviewer knew to be plastic.

A book of some kind.

To the little known reader’s brilliant mind and eidetic memory, identifying the book was a simple task. The labels affixed to the spine proclaimed its origin: the library. It was adorned with the terrifying profile of a red-cheeked man in a red cap and red cloak, surmounted by a series of concentric circles.

Red . . . The color of blood. And those circle things look like a target.

The reviewer’s hands trembled as her fingers traced the bold lettering on the book’s cover. “DAN BROWN . . . INFERNO.”

I have to review this?!

The reviewer knew that Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction who is best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. Brown's novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour period, and feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into 52 languages, and as of 2012, sold over 200 million copies. Two of them, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, have been adapted into films.

I copied that straight out of Wikipedia.


I am holding Inferno by Dan Brown and I have to review it, the plump, somewhat scruffily dressed, middle-aged woman recapped. Terror made her nauseous, but she bravely looked at her Goodreads updates to refresh her memory, reading the scathing comments she had left only days ago on the popular readers’ Web site.

Dan Brown is going to kill me!

The female reviewer recalled that Dan Brown is currently the twentieth highest selling author of all time and with only six books, he has achieved these sales writing fewer books than anyone above him on the list. The Robert Langdon series is currently the seventh highest selling series of all time.

Like Dan Brown, I do most of my research on the Web. Not the Internet. Dan Brown likes to talk about the Web. It sounds more . . . spidery.

The married reviewer felt an instant spark of attraction toward the sandy-haired author, who always seems to be wearing a tweed jacket in his photo shoots.

Could he be Robert Langdon in disguise?


Overreacting wildly, the obscure critic overreacted for a few minutes, then got a grip on herself and scanned her updates. She noted that renowned author Dan Brown tends to get his tenses confused, loves to put identifiers in front of his characters’ names, and is inordinately fond of ellipses and loud punctuation such as exclamation points, question marks and interrobangs.

Why is that?!

Oh yes, and he loves italics, which pop up all over the place, not always readily identifiable with one particular character.


The practically unknown reviewer picked up her copy of Inferno by Dan Brown, scanning its mysterious cover with the picture of the sage she now knew to be internationally famous poet Dante (c. 1265–1321), who was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called La Comedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

Gad, I love Wikipedia.

She remembered that bestselling author Dan Brown frequently recaps the previous action near the beginning of a chapter, and that his bestselling prose is scattered with information dumps so densely constituted that they resemble the excreta of the famed Friesian horse, a creature mentioned in the bestselling novel Inferno.

The reviewer’s eidetic memory roamed over the plot. She recalled that Robert Langdon, granite-jawed Harvard professor of symbology and art historian specializing in iconography, wakes up in Florence to find that he remembers nothing, people are apparently trying to kill him, and he is carrying a suggestively shaped container that contains a mysterious object. He is helped by pretty blonde ponytailed genius-IQd Sienna Brooks, who has the hots for him. And his confused memories recall a mysterious silver-haired attractive older woman who wants him to seek and find, and who undoubtedly will have the hots for him too.

Meanwhile, on the mysterious ship The Mendacium, facilitator Knowlton has just watched a video that is more terrifying than the most terrifying thing you can possibly imagine.

Dan Brown is fond of making his characters react with terror in the hope that the reader will also be terrified?

What is this book?!


“Ah yes!” the clinically obese woman derided, not knowing that “deride” must have an object. She recalled that most of the plot of Inferno consisted of Langdon and Sienna running around famous tourist spots finding clues, while being chased by a leather-clad woman who turns out to be superfluous to the plot, a bleeding strangely dressed man who also, honestly, didn’t have much of a role except to increase dramatic tension, and some black-clad soldiers who weren’t really necessary either, except that they get to do all the dirty work like good little minions. As they pass various monuments, Langdon recalls large indigestible lumps of architectural and historical detail.

As the story lumbers to its end it picks up speed, with one quite nice bit of misdirection but otherwise the usual thriller fare of all the important stuff being packed into the last few pages so that the reader feels like a lot went on.

And then there was the ending . . .


“I was outraged,” the reviewer recalled, outraged. How could everyone suddenly decide that the Evil Plan may, in fact, be a Jolly Good Thing? Why was the Evil Villain’s Number One not banged up in jail but instead allowed to work for the good guys?

And didn’t Dan Brown think through what he was proposing as Quite A Good Thing, Really?!

The reviewer ran her hands over the shiny cover of the bestselling novel Inferno by Dan Brown. She recalled that Langdon rides off smugly into the sunset of a brand new world without any thought for the social, economic, and religious consequences of what just happened. Not to mention the fact that a small bunch of white people take it upon themselves to re-engineer the fate of mankind without consulting the rest of the world.

And that’s supposed to be OK because they’re white, rich, and brilliant.


The overweight woman gnashed her teeth dramatically and then, like renowned professor of symbology Robert Langdon, decided to settle down with a good book. Sensing it was time to wrap up her interminable review, there was one thought that still haunted her.

Dan Brown knows exactly what he’s doing.

The frequent recaps so the reader doesn’t lose his way . . . the italics that also serve as simplified reminders of what’s going on . . . the way the action takes place in tourist spots that are easily visited and quite easy to research . . . the very short chapters . . . the dropping of brand names . . .

He’s manipulating the Baby Boomers!?!

The reviewer realized that for an audience accustomed to a diet of CSI and the Discovery Channel, Dan Brown’s storytelling style is accessible and informative. Used to being given the potted version of history by talking heads as the camera zooms around in a dizzying series of filler shots, the average reader of Brown’s books will sink into a TV-induced-like stupor and, instead of thinking about the plot or the writing, will simply enjoy the experience and come back for more.

And that, thought the reviewer, is why Dan Brown is the novelist of the future.

Sensing it was time, really, to revert to a state of denial before that last thought took hold in her brain, the reviewer took one last look at the cover of the bestselling novel Inferno and sighed.

I can return it to the library and forget this ever happened . . .
Profile Image for Sarah (Presto agitato).
123 reviews162 followers
March 15, 2015
Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate. Or something.

Statue of Dante by Enrico Pazzi, Piazza Santa Croce, Florence

When I took this picture a couple of months ago, I thought Dante’s dour expression must be because he was pondering the horrors of hell. Now I think it’s because he was dwelling on the ignominy of having his masterpiece turned into this Dan Brown novel.

By the fourth book in the series, the formula has been well-established: Robert Langdon, the intrepid Harvard professor and “symbologist,” must race against the clock to decode a series of obscure clues left by a madman to save humanity from destruction. The only thing surprising is that Langdon continues to be dumbfounded when he finds messages from shadowy cabals hidden in the pockets of his Harris Tweed. You’d think he’d be used to it by now.

Unfortunately, the book reads as part dressed-up travelogue, part Wikipedia entry. On the plus side, much of the discussion is about Florence, one of my favorite cities. Brown does name-check some good places (I’d agree with him that “No trip to the piazza [della Signoria] was complete without sipping an espresso at Caffè [sic] Rivoire.”) The problem is that these observations about Florentine tourist destinations are interspersed with scenes of our valiant heroes racing through the narrow streets, fleeing heavily armed paramilitary operatives who want to kill them. Langdon is never too distracted to pontificate about history and Renaissance art, but it's probably more likely that he would give the Frommer’s a rest during this particular tour.

Brown seems fixated on this statue of Hercules in the Palazzo Vecchio. It is rather. . . gripping. Picture hidden in spoiler because NSFW. Not safe for anybody really.

The real disappointment, though, is in the lost opportunity. A Dante-inspired thriller has a lot of possibilities, but this novel is strangely bloodless. It’s just a prolonged scavenger hunt designed to show off all the places Brown researched. I’m sure he had fun doing the research, but he never gives us more than any decent guidebook would. Brown has so much potential material, with the city of Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, the Medici, and Savonarola. What he comes up with, though, is bland and forgettable. His bad guy doesn’t come close to stacking up against either history’s bad guys or Dante’s imagination. I don't think anyone reads Dan Brown's books expecting literary masterpieces, but a little excitement and unpredictability wouldn't hurt anyone.

I did read, though, that they locked the translators for this book in a secret bunker in Milan while they toiled at their work. It’s perhaps a bit too easy to draw an analogy between that and The Divine Comedy, so I’ll refrain, but maybe it could be the seed for Brown’s next book?

Death mask of Dante Alighieri, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence. Pivotal to the story.
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Author 8 books16k followers
March 31, 2019

علينا أن نعترف بشيء
روايات دان براون تحمل غالبا قيمة أدبية محدودة
وأنت تنشدها طلبا للمتعة والمعرفة
وهذه اللذة العقلية التي تتمثل في محاولاتك المتكررة
لحل اللغز تلو اللغز
والصحبة الممتعة للغاية مع روبرت لانغدون
‏ بساعته الميكي ماوس وقلبه الطيب وعقليته الفذة‏

كل ذلك في إطار مشوق مبهر‏
‏ غني بالمعلومات مصقولة الأحداث بالعلم والتكنولوجيا والأساطير والتاريخ‏
هذه هي ميزة براون الكبرى


يعتمد براون دائما على ثقافة مضاعفة المفاجئة
وقد تعامل معها هنا ببراعة حقا
لم أخمن ما سيقوم به خصوصا بما يتعلق بسيينا

وهذه المرة
يأخذك في رحلة مشوقة بين شوارع روما ‏
ويحيل روايته إلى مرجع حقيقي عن البلدة وآثارها العظيمة
كم المعلومات بالرواية مذهل

كان من الممكن أن تكون الرواية أفضل بكثير‏
صدقني أنا أعرف ذلك جيدا
ومن قرأ دافنتشي بالذات يعرف مثلي ‏
أن دان براون يستطيع صنع ما هو أفضل من إنفيرنو بكثير
كان من الممكن أن يصنع لشخصياته تاريخا يثري الرواية – ‏
كان من الممكن أن تكون المفاجئات أكثر إدهاشا‏
بدلا من الطريقة التي اعتمدها هنا ‏
واعتماده الغير مبرر على الرغي و"الهري" اللامجدي عن اللاشيء‏


هناك شيء أخير يجب أن أذكره
كلما قرأت كتابا لبراون تمنيت أن يكون روبرت شخصية حقيقية‏
بل تمنيت –ولا تضحكوا مني
تمنيت أن أقرأ لروبرت لانغدون
نعم تمنيت كثيرا أن أطلع على مؤلفاته ومتأكدة أنها ستكون من مفضلاتي

هل تراني تماديت؟
لا بأس أنا لا أخجل من حلمي

ما أعرفه يا أصدقاء هو أنني دوما سأقرأ جديد براون
آملة أن أجد متعة توازي متعتي مع شيفرة دافنتشي

أنتظرها بلهفة
وكما ذكر براون مرارا
من يبحث،،يجد

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234 reviews98 followers
March 15, 2019
This is my first Dan Brown book and what can I say...it pretty much sucked.

I was kind of shocked. Yes, I had read a lot of disparaging comments about Brown’s writing, but I pushed them aside, figuring his books must be at least entertaining. Otherwise, why would he be so popular? And I rather like cheesy books. This one had a condescending tone though that grated on my nerves and sapped all the fun right out of the story. It was a tedious read.

First off, Brown’s characters are boring. There’s no depth or nuisance. Everybody talks and thinks alike. Their dialogue has no individuality. There are no intricate, personality conflicts. Brown also has the annoying tendency to tell you how brilliant and amazing his characters are ALL THE TIME, but he never really shows you why they are extraordinary.

Then there are the endless info dumps. OMG! Brown gives a Humanities lecture for every museum Langdon goes to (even when his characters are running for their lives). They’re not short little vignettes either that give character and life to a place. No, they’re long dry passages that seem to be cut and pasted straight from a travel brochure. Brown will use half a page to describe a statue that has NOTHING to do with the plot. I found his description on Botticelli’s Map of Hell to be somewhat questionable too.

My God! Langdon’s hand trembled slightly as he absorbed the macabre scene projected on the wall before him. No wonder I’ve been seeing images of death.

At his side, Sienna covered her mouth and took a tentative step forward, clearly entranced by what she was seeing.

The scene projected was a grim oil painting of human suffering—thousands of souls undergoing wretched tortures in various levels of hell. The underworld was portrayed as a cutaway across section of the earth into which plunged a cavernous funnel-shaped pit of unfathomable depth. This pit of hell was divided into descending terraces of increasing misery, each level populated by tormented sinners of every kind. Dark, grim, and terrifying … Botticelli had crafted his Map of Hell with a depressing palate of reds, sepias, and browns.”

What the hell is Brown talking about? The people are teeny weeny! How could Langdon and Sienna even see them? Yes I know it’s a nit. But it made me wonder… were all of Brown’s boring info dumps crap? They better not be, damn it! (To be honest, I didn’t bother to check). But if you’re going bore the snot out of me, at least make sure you’re boring me with accurate information.

The plot is probably the best part of this book. There were some twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and Brown practically ends every chapter in a cliff hanger, so the book kept moving. There are so many plot holes though, it was like a sponge. If you think too much about it, you’ll spend all your time rolling your eyes and fall out of your chair.

In the end, I’m amazed that Brown is a bestselling author. His writing is terrible. He tells instead of shows. He repeats everything at least twice, sometimes three or four times. He describes three amazing European cites, but doesn’t bring any of them to life. And his story starts up an interesting conversation about population and the apocalypse, but Brown never gives it any real thought. The ending was so sanctimonious and preachy, I wanted to toss the book across the room. Maybe without the book’s snooty tone, this could have been a fun and cheesy read, but Brown takes himself way too seriously.

I give 1 ½ stars.

Are all Brown’s books this bad?
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528 reviews25 followers
December 4, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. Thou personally I think it's a bit different than the other previous three books. The other three books have similarities in having a story plot that creating a really blur line between history and fiction. But in this fourth book, the history is like the inspiration of the fiction story, but I still liked it and gave it 3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed the thrill and excitement of Langdon adventure. And as a former international security student, I have an understanding regarding on security threats and this book is really interesting especially in that part. We all know about biological weapon and act of terrorism, but this book offers something that I haven't thought about before regarding on that issue. And it is so exciting.

Overall, it is such an enjoyable read and very easy to digest. Thou it's not amazing, but still worth to read. :)


I am just wishing that this book will be better than The Lost Symbol.. That one was a major fail of the series.. Hope it'll be amazing..
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709 reviews5,618 followers
September 20, 2017
أقرأها قبل الفيلم الذي قام بتحويل نهاية الرواية الكابوسية العبقرية إلي نهاية هوليوودية نمطية

الأمر خطير هذه المرة، تخيل إنك صحوت مفزوعا من كابوس جحيمي

لتجد نفسك في بلد أخر، ويومان مُسحا من ذاكرتك

بل ويجب أن تسابق الزمن والسفر فرارا لوقف جحيم حقيقي

صدقني الأمر أخطر والوقت ضيق فلن أبدأ الريفيو زي شفرة دافنشيو ملائكة وشياطين و الرمز المفقود كالعادة وأقول أن الرواية دي لو حابب تتمتع وانت بتقرأها ليها حل من اتنين
Illustrated Edition أن تقرأ النسخة المصورة

أو تفتح جوجل صور للبحث عن كل عمل فني مذكور، وكل مبني وميدان في فلورنسا، فينيسيا وتركيا زاره لانجدون او ذكره في الرواية وقت قراءتها سواء المبني او المتحف من الخارج أو من داخله ودهاليزه الخفية التي ستتعرف عليها مع لانجدون

ولكن لا وقت فعلا لأقول كل هذه الثرثرة ... نحن علي أعتاب جحيم حقيقي

لا نظرية مؤامرة ولا جماعات سرية هذه المرة
لا شفرة عن الأديان وتاريخها ولا عن الماسون
بل جو ديستوبيا واقعية..جحيم حقيقي نحن علي شفاه
جحيم اجتماعي خطير

الأمر لا يتعلق بجحيم دانتي فحسب، وإنما جحيم نظرية سياسي واقتصادي من القرن التاسع عشر أسمه توماس روبرت مالتس
عندك فكرة عن نظرية ملتس؟-


ملتس يا أستاذ , الخط البياني للإزدياد الكبير في عدد النسل يهدد بظاهرة خطيرة , هي تضاعف عدد السكان في أقل عدد ممكن من السنين

نقول كمان , يزداد عدد السكان بشكل متوالية هندسية في متوالية عددية كل فترة زمنية ,بمعني أن العشرة مليون في ظرف 5 سنوات يبقوا 20 مليون , ال20 مليون في ظرف 5 سنوات يبقوا 40 مليون , ال40 مليون في ظرف 5 سنوات يبقوا 80 مليون ,ال80 مليون في ظرف 5 سنوات يبقوا 160 مليون وهكذا هكذا دواليك دواليك دواليك
من هنا كانت الخطورة

ياسلام بقي هو ده بقي ملتس-

ايوة , زيادة النسل بهذا الشكل الرهيب يترتب عليه نكبات اجتماعية خطيرة , -زيادة في الإستهلاك , نقص في المواد الغذائية, النتيجة الحتمية لذلك مجاعة .. مجاعة يا حضرت مجاعة

وتخيل بقي لما يكون الكلام ده قالته الفنانة القديرة نعيمة وصفي للفنان القدير فؤاد المهندس في فيلم أجازة غرام انتاج 1967

لكن الواضح لما وصلنا 90 مليون في مصر حاليا، ووصل ل7 مليار عالميا، أن النكبات الأجتماعية الخطيرة ليست في نقص المواد الغذائية فقط ولا أنحسار الأراضي الزراعية مقابل زحف السكان، ولا نقص مياه الأنهار، أو زحف الشواطئ ولا حتي زيادة السيارات والأزدحام والتلوث الناتج منها فزاد ثاني اكسيد الكربون والأوزون يعاني من التلوث.. ليس كل هذا فحسب


التكدس السكاني صاحبه جرائم أخلاقية رهيبة، نظرة في صفحات الحوادث بالجرائد تجعلك تعرف أننا نعيش في أحلك درجات الجحيم، أنتشار الرذائل والخطايا، أبن يقتل ذويه وسيدة تقتل زوجها، حالات أنتحار لصعوبة العيش...وملايين اﻷشقاء يتقاتلون ﻷتفه المكاسب

لكن أيه اللي جاب ملتس لدانتي لفؤاد المهندس لروبرت لانجدون ؟
وايه اللي وصلنا لتركيا؟

نبدأ ب
** الأحــداث **

هذه المرة تبدأ بدون ربط الأحزمة لأن لانجدون لن يذهب لأي مكان، ��ل سيستيقظ من كابوس جحيمي الطابع في مستشفي بفلورنسا

لا يعلم كيف جاء من أمريكا، ولا سبب أصابته في رأسه ،وكيف مر يومان لا يتذكر عنهم اي شئ
وما سر تلك الصور المفزعة الغريبة بحلمه...حلم عن جحيم حقيقي..طاعون، دماء .. وأمرأة غامضة

وبمساعدة دكتورة نابغة "سيينا بروكس" سيمكنه الهروب من مطارديه الذين لا نعرف سبب مطاردتهم له من الأساس

ليكتشف أنه كان يحمل عمل فني مخبأ معه بحرفية قبل أصابته ، صورة لجحيم دانتي
الجحيم الذي قد ينتظر لوقت قصير ليبدأ في الأنت��ار في العالم إذا لم يفك لانجدون حل رموز جحيم دانتي

الميزة هنا أن أولا البداية مثيرة ومختلفة تماما عن بداية أي روايات لروبرت لانجدون سابقة، فتبدأ اﻷحداث مباشرة ليجد لانجدون نفسه في بداية جحيم لا يعرف كيف وصل أليه ولا كيف يخرج منه

الهدف أيضا أكبر، ليس انقاذ باباوات الفاتيكان ، او فك شفرة فنان تنويري لحل سر فرسان الهيكل ، او انقاذ سمعة الماسون
الهدف هو إيقاف خطر داهم قد يعيد للبشرية وباء خطير كطاعون أوروبا الرهيب، صممه عالم مجنون يري أننا رجعنا للعصور المظلمة بسبب تزايد السكان
الجحيم الذ�� تنبأ بها ملتس قد تؤدي لجحيم كالذي تنبأ به دانتي

هذه المرة لانجدون ليس مطاردا من السلطات فحسب، بل ضف عليها منظمة سرية تخصصت في الخديعة ، والأخطر أن كلا مطاردي لانجدون لا يترددون في اطلاق الرصاص عليه وقتل من يقف بطريقهم
مطاردة أخطر و رحلة بحث عن خطر أكبر

وشخصية الدكتورة سيينا أيضا شخصية مثيرة وذكية من أفضل "الشخصيات الجانبية" لروبرت لانجدون حتي الأن

فقدان يومين من الذاكرة جعل الأثارة في أقصاها
ولا يمكنني التدخل أكثر من ذلك كي لا احرق لك الأحداث
ولكن دعني أوضح لك أمرا هاما جدا

منذ منتصف الأحداث ستجد نفسك تنبأت بالكثير كيف ستنتهي هذه اﻷحداث... فهي كأي فيلم هوليوودي يحترم نفسه ستنتهي بأيقاف القنبلة قبل انفجارها بثلاث ثواني
ولكن صدقني أنه دان براون .. المؤلف الذي برع في حبك المفاجأت وقلب الأحداث

والأهم كانت الأحداث بلا أي أبتذال أدبي، فمثلا أذا ما وجدت مشهدا يقلب لك الأحداث أذا ما قمت بأعادة قراءة ماقرأت سابقا علي ضوء ما عرفت ستجد أنه ملائم..لم يكن هناك خداع هنا

دان براون فعلا يملك خيوط روايته..وهذا واضح ، يكفي أنه يتأخر كل هذا الوقت لأصدار رواية جديدة .. ليخرج العمل الأدبي بأكمل وجهة وملئ بالمعلومات الثرية
كما في هذه الحالة

-- الأثراء الأدبي --
في بداية النسخة المصورة يعترف دان براون هذا الأعتراف
أنه أعتمد في كل رواياته السابقة علي تسليط الضوء علي أعمال فنية شهيرة ، أعمال دافنشي وفناني النهضة ، أشهر الأثار الفنية بالفاتيكان أو أشهر الأثار الفنية للماسون وتاريخهم بأمريكا
هنا يسلط الضوء علي عمل أدبي ﻷول مرة ... دانتي وجحيمه .. الكوميديا اﻷلهية

وبالرغم من أنه محفز لقراءته ألا أنه يمكنك متابعة الرواية نفسها دون أن تكون أطلعت عليها فسيقدم لك دان براون تلخيصا لما تحتاج معرفته لمتابعة روايته

ولكن الأمر ليس فقط مقتصرا علي عمل دانتي الأدبي الأشهر
بل ومدينته فلورنسا وتاريخها وأماكنها الأثرية والتي ستتمشي بها في صباح ذلك اليوم مع لانجدون

والأعمال الفنية والأدبية والمستوحاه أو المبنية علي جحيم دانتي التي ستفاجأ عندما تعرف عددها الضخم ، فضلا عن اﻷسماء اللامعة في مجال اﻷدب، الرسم والنحت والموسيقي الذين أستوحوا أعمالهم من هذا العمل اﻷدبي الخالد

فمزج دان بروان من خلال الرواية معلومات أدبية فنية وتاريخية كعادته
وراعي أن تكون المعلومات الأدبية هنا فعلا محفزة لقراءة عمل دانتي الرائع الكوميديا الألهية والبحث عن المزيد

بالأضافة طبعا للأثراء السياحي الذهبي .. تلك المعالم الذهبية الخلابة بفلورنسا وقاعة الخمسمائة

أو بوابات الجنة

وفي سان مارك بفينيسيا وتلك القاعة الذهبية

وتركيا والمزج الفريد بين التراث الأسلامي والمسيحي

ولكن أيضا تفوق هنا في جزء معلومات مختلفة، وهي

-- الأثراء العلمي ، الطبي والنفسي --

بهذا الجزء أيضا معلومات مختلفة عن العلوم, الجينات وأدوية غريبة وأثار فقدان الذاكرة المؤقت
بالأضافة لجماعة "الأنسان القادم,الفائق" وهدف هذه الجماعة وبحوثها

أبحاث ملتس الرهيبة سابقة الذكر، وربط كل هذه المعلومات بقدرة العقل البشري علي اﻷنكار ليمكنه من استكمال العيش
حالة الأنكار العقلي أيضا جزء مثير في التعرف عليه وستتعرف عليها في الأحداث، وأرتباط أبحاث أكاديمية بينها و بـفيديوهات القطط الصغيرة

ومزج كل هذه المعلومات بحرفية رائعة في جوانب الرواية نفسها,بل ومفاجأتها
وساعد علي كل تلك المعلومات الطبية وجود مميز لـ

** الشخصــيات **

من تلك الجميلة ذات الشعر الفضي التي تطارد هلوسات روبرت لانجدون
لتكتشف أنها رئيسة منظمة الصحة العالمية

إلي العَالِم المجنون ، المهتم ب"الأنسان الفائق" والأبحاث التي تساهم في تحقيق هذا الحلم
الحلم الذي سيقضي عليه ذلك التزايد الرهيب في سكان العالم...فيلجأ لمواجهة تلك السيدة ، رئيسة المنظمة ويتهمها أنها ممن أتخذوا القرارات الحيادية في ظل أحلك الأزمات الأخلاقية
تلك الخطيئة التي تضمن لها مكانا خاصا في الجحيم الذي رسمه دانتي في رائعته الأدبية

ستري كيف تحول ذلك العالم من عالم وقور إلي مجنونا عندما لايجد من يستمع أليه..وينبذه البعض ويراه البعض الأخر مجنونا بالرغم من أن حلولهم للأزدياد السكاني لا يتعدي فكرة "غزو وأستعمار المريخ"!!!؟

وهناك العميد، رئيس منظمة خداع كبري يستخدمها الأغنياء وحتي حكومات العالم كلها تقريبا لوهم البشر بأي هدف .. من إخفاء عالم مجنون ليقوم بتجربته الجهنمية دون أن تلاحظه السلطات، إلي مساعدة حكومات كبري لحبك خديعة علي العالم كمثلا اقناع العالم أن العراق يخفي أسلحة كيماوية

والأهم هناك دكتورة سيينا...رفيقة لانجدون في هذه الرحلة الخطيرة
ستتعرف علي ماضيها ومعانتها بسبب تفوقها وذكائها برسم رائع للشخصية وتطوراتها

كل هؤلاء بالأضافة طبعا لدكتور لانجدون...صاحب المؤلفات التي تقلب العقل في الرموز في تاريخ الحضارات في العالم, من قبل الميلاد ,الحضارة الأسلامية وحتي حضارات عصر النهضة
والذي هذه المرة متورطا بشكل لافرار منه في تلك المغامرة فيشبه نفسه بصائدي القريدس الذين يسبحون في نفق مظلم تحت اﻷرض، وصل لنقطة اللاعودة ببداية اﻷحداث بهذا الجزء... وعليه الخروج من هذا النفق المظلم قبل أنقطاع أنفاسه...قبل الخطر الأكبر الذي يواجهه هو جميع الشخصيات..الجحيم الذي صوره المؤلف بطريقة جذابة هذه المرة بأستخدام

** الأمـــاكن **

فينيسيا ، أو البندقية ، مدينة أيطالية سياحية هامة، عائمة ومهددة بالغرق التدريجي
تخيل لو تضاعف عدد السياح الزائرين لها, فعلا وصل الأمر لأزدحام مروري في القناة الكبري بها, الجندول والمراكب والتاكسي النهري ازدادوا لدرجة أختناقات مرورية..حتي وصل الأمر أيضا لعدم توافر أماكن مؤقتة لمبيت السياح سواء بالفنادق او غيرها

هذه المدينة ساعدت في رمزية الرواية
هكذا يصور لك دان براون كوكب الأرض..مكان محدود ، يتزايد السكان به, بموارد محدودة , الطب تقدم ومتوسط العمر زاد..والأرض تغرق فعلا
لأول مرة تقريبا يستخدم المؤلف الأماكن كرمز للموقف الأجمالي ككل بالأضافة للأسلوب المعتاد لوصف الأماكن و للأسف سيكون النسخة المصورة في تلك الحالة غير كافية ، يجب أن تبحث أكثر لتستمتع بالأماكن بها

لا أنكر أني شعرت بقليل من الملل في جزء فينيسيا , حيث يشرد روبرت لانجدون كثيرا هنا ليحدثك في تاريخ المدينة وكل تفصيلات مبانيها ، ولكن هذه هي طبيعته ، ربما فقط الوقت في نصف الأحداث لم يكن ملائم لكل هذا الشرود والذي دائما ينبهه له مرافقته في الأحداث كأنه صوتك أنت شخصيا تقول له ، دعك من هذا الشرود.. فالنركز في القنبلة..اليوم علي وشك الأنتهاء

ألا أن حديث المؤلف عن تركيا ، والرموز الدينية الأسلامية والمسيحية والتناقض الرائع الممتزج سويا في أسطنبول كان أكثر من رائع

ولا عجب أن يكون في رحلتك الاخيرة لهذا المكان المتناقض بين دينية وعلمانية، شرقية وغربية ، أسيا و أوروبا والحضارة القديمة والمعاصرة ستجد النهاية لكل الأحداث التي بالتأكيد ستشعر بأن مشاعرك متناقضة نحوها
كيف تود أن تكون النهاية
أي جحيم نختار ليكون النهاية ؟

بالنسبة لي ظللت أشعر أن الهدف الأكبر من وراء الجحيم قد يكون ملائم..شعرت أن العبقري المجنون محقا... ولكن دان براون نجح في النهاية في جعل النهاية مرضية بشكل كبير

** النــهايـة **

الأمر خطير...ونحن فعلا علي شفا حفرة من الجحيم .. فقط عقلنا في حالة أنكار

دعونا نتفق أننا نتجه لمنحني خطير جدا بزيادة السكان ، لقد ظللت طوال الأسبوع الماضي ووقت قراءة الرواية في عشر أيام أهذي حول نظرية ملتس كالفيلم السابق الذكر

لا أقول أن الحل هو الطاعون الذي يقضي علي ثلث السكان كما في القرن الثالث عشر هو حل صائب, بل هو حل مجنون... كما أن فالنتفق أن تكون الرواية مبنية علي فكرة القنبلة التي سيتم أيقافها قبل 3 ثوان من أنفجارها بنهاية الأحداث هي رواية ليست بهذه القوة، بل مكررة وسخيفة

ودعونا نتفق أن بالرغم من أن دان براون قام بفعل مثل تلك النهاية في روايته الأولي الحصن الرقمي ألا أنه قدم بها نهاية ذات حبكة بالرغم من تقليديتها

أما هنا فإذا ما تكرر الأمر سيكون سخيفا بحق ، ألا أذا كان المؤلف يملك القدرة الأدبية علي منح القارئ متعة ومفاجأت

وقد قدم لي دان براون نهاية أكثر من مرضية
لكل الشخصيات ، لكل الأحداث والأهم الحدث الأكبر
وأن كانت نهاية أورولية...قاتمة

ولكنك ستخرج من الرواية علي الأقل بشعور جيد..ورحلة متميزة
فنيا، أدبيا وعلميا

أعتبر تلك الرواية في مكتبتك تذكرة طيران لفلورنسا، فينيسيا وتركيا
مع مرشد متخصص في الاثار والفن والرموز
وشخصيات متخصصة في الادب والعلم
ليست مجرد 'أدب تجاري' وإلا لوجدنا دان براون يخرج علينا كل سنة أو أثنان بعمل ينقصه الكثير...فهو يتروي ليقدم عملا ثريا ذو حبكة متقنة


هذا من وجهة نظري ،ليست رواية، بل تذكرة طيران كما قلت ، أو عذرا، نظرا لبداية اﻷحداث فلنعتبرها 'خبطة في الرأس' تنقلك لتلك الرحلة .. رحلة الجحيم

محمد العربي
من 16 فبراير 2015
إلي 25 فبراير 2015

الرحلة القادمة ,يجب أن تليق بحالة الأنكار التي يجبرنا عليها العقل, وبالرغم من بدئي في الكوميديا الألهية ,سأقرأ بجانبها شيئا خفيفا مألوفا بالنسبة لي ومسليا أكثر من فيديوهات القطط الصغيرة

في 16-10-16 : ريفيو الفيلم
هل تذكر كل ماقلت حول النهاية العبقرية؟
أنساها تماما مع الفيلم
الفيلم يصلح ليحل محل النسخة المصورة فحسب..أنت تشاهد الأماكن بسحرها التي دارت بها الرواية ، بشكل متسارع للأسف ، موسيقي ممتازة لهانز وأخراج مشاهد عبقرية لرون هاورد
وأداء ممتاز لتوم هانكس كالعادة والذي أضاف عمقا حقيقيا لشخصية لانجدون ، وحتي بين فوستر في دور زوبريست العالم المجنون
الفيلم يستحق المشاهدة فقط أنس النهاية...وإن لم تعجبك نهاية الرواية الصادمة..ربما اعجبتك نهاية الفيلم الهوليوودية التقليدية
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August 4, 2016
Aaron turned on his computer and opened it to Goodreads.com, a widely used website for books. It was time. He looked around to be sure he was alone, and started writing ... his review of Dan Brown's Inferno.


Aaron looked at the screen, wondering how best to approach the review. He had to be quick about it.

"There's no time!" he shouted even though no one else was around.

They could be here at any minute, and he had to hurry. He had to make sure he went fast, because of the time constraints. Speed was of the utmost importance.

But ... how to start? While it was true that he had enjoyed the facts listed in the book, he wasn't sure this was enough to warrant a good review.

"Lists of facts do not a novel make," he chuckled to himself, very very proud of this turn of phrase. Again, to be clear, no one else was around. He was alone and talking to himself.

He started writing his review. The first thing he pointed out was that no one in the book spoke like a human being.

"More like anthropomorphic Wikipedia entries," he chuckled again, remembering how essentially the characters only speak to each other when they have knowledge to share. Except at least Wikipedia entries straight-up tell you what you want to know, instead of posing everything as a Jeopardy question and lording the answer over you when you don't get it right. But then Aaron started hurrying again because of how fast he definitely needed to be going because of the vague and undefined threat listed earlier in this review.

Suddenly, Aaron was reminded of something from his past. He leaned back in his chair and just kind of stared into space for a whole chapter (so about 2 or 3 pages) remembering every single word from a speech he gave like 10 years ago. Luckily, that speech has the answers to everything he'll ever need to do to stop his vague and undefined enemies, so this is not strictly a waste of time.

Aaron looked up from his computer. Was that a sound that he'd heard? Probably. Sounds happen all the time. Wait! There it was again! He tried to slam the laptop closed to hide his work, but it was too late. They were here.


Aaron tried to run, but as he got up a hand grabbed him from behind and pushed him back into his chair. He turned around. Above him stood a beautiful woman, with many attractive features that you, the male reader, would probably enjoy.

"Aaron Burdette!" she shouted. "I'm such a huge fan of yours! I just came by to tell you that I mostly exist to tell you how smart and attractive you are. I probably have some sort of surface-level trait like 'I'm really smart' or 'I'm barren' to inform my 'character', but really I'm just totally into you."

"Thank you human woman," Aaron replied. "But... aren't you here to... kill... me?"

"No!" she said, her golden hair glistening or something. "There are no real threats in this story! Just things that SEEM like threats, but then end up being fine."

"Oh, good. I love a story with net zero stakes."

"Then you're gonna love this."

And then, the woman who we all thought was beautiful and smart and cool, pulled a gun on Aaron Burdette.


"Just kidding!" shouted the woman, immediately throwing her gun in the nearby Hudson River. The Hudson River is a 315-mile (507 km) watercourse that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York State in the United States. The river originates at Henderson Lake in Newcomb, New York, in the Adirondack Park, flowing southward past the state capital at Albany, and eventually forming the boundary between New York City and the U.S. state of New Jersey at its mouth, before emptying into Upper New York Bay. The official hydrologic source of the Hudson River is Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondack Mountains.[4] The lower half of the river is a tidal estuary[5] occupying the Hudson Fjord, which formed during the most recent period of North American glaciation, estimated at 26,000 to 13,300 years ago.[6] Tidal waters influence the Hudson's flow from as far north as Troy, New York.

"Sorry, what did you say?" Aaron asked. "I was just thinking about the Hudson River."

"I said 'Just kidding,'" said the mysterious woman whose name we still don't know. "Because I'm not really going to kill you."

"Oh, that's good. I guess I will have no emotional reaction to any of this."

"Me neither."

They shook hands. Then the woman left.

"I never found out her name," Aaron said out loud. "I bet since that sort of information is being withheld, it will really be a big shock later in the story when her name is finally revealed. Like, I should've known who she was all along or something."

Nope, that woman's name was Amber Smith and you have never met her before. There is no discernible reason to have withheld her name.

"Oh," Aaron said. "Well at least this will be the only time that happens."

If only Aaron could know ... how wrong he truly was.


"I have to hurry, remember?!" Aaron shouted. For you see, Aaron had to release his review soon. He had to. Because ... if he didn't ... the whole world might end... up reading Inferno. It was on Aaron, a humble book reviewer on a social media site, the kind of guy that you would never, ever think would end up in a world-saving scenario, to stop everyone on earth from reading a book.

"Just read a non-fiction book about Florence or Venice or Renaissance Art!" he cried to the heavens/empty room. "That's the only good stuff in here anyway!"

He rapidly pushed the keys on his keyboard, making them make the words pop up on the screen thanks to various input codes sent from the keyboard to the computer. Finally, he finished. With the simple click of a mouse, he would release his warning to mankind. Only time would tell ... if it worked.

THE END... ? ...
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Inferno (Robert Langdon #4), Dan Brown

Inferno is a 2013 mystery thriller novel by American author Dan Brown and the fourth book in his Robert Langdon series, following Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.

The book was published on May 14, 2013, ten years after publication of The Da Vinci Code (2003), by Doubleday. A film adaptation was released in the United States on October 28, 2016.

Harvard professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with a head wound and no memory of the last few days.

He last remembers walking on the Harvard campus, but he quickly realizes that he is now in Florence, Italy.

Dr. Sienna Brooks, one of the doctors tending to him, reveals that he is suffering from amnesia.

When Vayentha, a female assassin, shows up in the hospital and kills Dr. Marconi, Brooks helps Langdon escape, and they flee to her apartment. ...

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: از روز دوازدهم ماه مارس سال 1014میلادی تا روز دهم ماه آوریل سال 2014میلادی

عنوان: دوزخ؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: مهرداد وثوقی؛ تهران، افراز، 1392؛ در 620ص؛ شابک 9786003260337؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا - سده 21م

عنوان: دوزخ؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: فرزام حبیبی اصفهانی؛ تهران، بهنام، 1392؛ در 653ص؛ شابک 9789645668981؛

عنوان: دوزخ؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: حسین شهرابی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1392؛ در 704ص؛ شابک 9786001820991؛ چاپ دوم و سوم سال1392؛

عنوان: دوزخ؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: سعید سرایی اصل؛ تهمینه مظفری تهران، نگارینه، 1392؛ در 574ص؛ شابک 9789642300419؛

عنوان: دوزخ؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: منیژه جلالی؛ تهران، البرز، 1392؛ در 634ص؛ شابک 9789644428647؛

عنوان: دوزخ؛ نویسنده: دن براون؛ مترجم: سارا زرگر؛ کرج، در دانش بهمن، 1393؛ در 756ص؛ شابک 9789641741640؛

داستان چهارمین رمان، از سری داستانهای «رابرت لانگدون»، اینبار در «ایتالیا» می‌گذرد، و در آن «لانگدن»، وارد دنیایی هراسناک میشود، تا پای قدیمی‌ترین، و ماندگارترین شاهکار ادبیات را، به میان کشد؛ «دن براون» می‌گویند (هرچند در دوران دانشجویی «دوزخ» «دانته» را خوانده بودم، اما تا همین اواخر، متوجه تاثیر ماندگار آن، بر دنیای مدرن نشده بودم؛ در این رمان خویش، بسیار هیجان‌زده بودم، تا خوانشگر را به دنیایی اسرارآمیز ببرم...؛ دنیای رمزها، نمادها و ده‌ها گذرگاه مخفیانه.)؛ «اسکات سیمون»، خبرنگار «رادیو ملی امریکا»، به بهانه ی انتشار این رمان، مصاحبه‌ ای با «دن براون» انجام داده، گزیده‌ ای از آن پرسش و پاسخ را به نقل از هفته‌ نامه خبری - تحلیلی کتاب، با عنوان «سام» می‌خوانید

س: درباره الهام از «دانته» در نوشتن رمان «دوزخ» بگویید
ج: چیزهای زیادی درباره ی هنر کلاسیک دیده بودم، ولی هیچ وقت درباره هنرهای ادبی چیزی نخوانده بودم که به نظرم «دانته» در اوج این هنر قرار دارد؛ همان‌طور که می‌دانید مثل «مونالیزا»، «کمدی الهی، دانته» نیز، یکی از شاهکارهای هنر انسانی، محسوب می‌شود، که تقریبا به سنگ محک فرهنگ، و تاریخ بخشی از انسان‌های روی زمین، تبدیل شده است؛ بهتر است کمی مثل «رابرت لانگدن» احساس کنیم

س: به نظرم بیشتر تحقیقات خود را در «ایتالیا» انجام داده‌ اید، به نظر کار مفرحی می‌آید؟
ج: البته از گفتن این جمله نفرت دارم، ولی باید اعتراف کنم، که به واسطه ی رمان «رمز داوینچی»، به جاهایی دسترسی پیدا کردم، که قبلا خوابش را هم نمی‌دیدم؛ برای نویسنده‌ ای همچو من، که همیشه سرم توی کاغذ بوده، دیدن این جاهای فوق‌العاده، جذاب و جالب بود؛ همیشه دوست داشتم مثل پلیس‌ها یک رازی داشته باشم؛ هیچگاه نمی‌خواستم مردم بفهمند می‌خواهم درباره ی چه، داستان بنویسم؛ در بازدید از مکان‌های مختلف، سئوالی از کسی نمی‌پرسیدم؛ به همین دلیل، خود، تحقیقاتم را انجام می‌دادم، و این کار برایم جذابیت داشت؛ همیشه سئوال‌های بی‌ربطی از متصدیان موزه‌ ها می‌پرسیدم، در غیر اینصورت می‌فهمیدند که چه ایده‌ ای دارم...؛ جالب‌ترین شخصیت‌های شرور، کسانی هستند که کارهای نیک را براساس نیت‌های منفی یا کارهای منفی را با نیت مثبت انجام می‌دهند؛ من همیشه منطقه خاکستری بین منفی و مثبت را دوست داشتم

س: چقدر طول کشید «دوزخ» را نوشتید؟
ج: تقریبا سه سال، البته در این سال‌ها، فرآیند نوشتن، همراه تحقیقات صورت گرفت؛ همیشه دوست داشتم وقتی تحقیق می‌کنم و به چیزی جدید دست پیدا می‌کنم، سریع آن را روی کاغذ بیاورم

س: یک بار گفته بودید نوشتن را دوست ندارید و اصلا نیازی به نوشتن دوباره ندارید، چرا دوباره این کار را کردید؟
ج: البته نوشتن، یک فرایند بسیار سخت است، ولی من همیشه نوشتن را دوست دارم چون تحقیق کردن را دوست دارم. بیشتر از همه اینها، دوست دارم هیجان‌هایی را که از این تحقیقات الهام می‌گیرم، به دیگران نیز انتقال بدهم؛ مثل این است که بخواهید درباره ی شور و اشتیاق «دانته» در «فلورانس» تحقیق کنید، و با آن شریک شوید، و بخواهید ایده‌ های بزرگی درباره ی اتفاقات آینده بدهید

س: چگونه تصمیم گرفتید از روی «دانته» داستان بنویسید؟
ج: من همیشه می‌دانستم روزی درباره ی او مطلب خواهم نوشت؛ ولی هیچ وقت نمی‌خواستم درباره ی خودش داستان بنویسم، چون وقتی کسی مثل او، این‌گونه جهنم را به صورت زنده و روشن تعریف می‌کند، اختراع یک «جهنم» دیگر برای خواننده ی اثر او بسیار مفید است؛ به نظر من «دانته» بر اساس گناه جهان را اختراع کرد

س: «دانته» فکر می‌کرد غرور بزرگ‌ترین گناه است، نظر شما چیست؟
ج: به نظر من «تنبلی و بیکاری» گناه بزرگی است، شما تنها یکبار فرصت دارید به دنیا بیایید، و یکبار فرصت دارید زندگی کنید، پس بهتر است در زندگی خود کاری بکنید؛ نیاز به کار و معاشرت با دیگران دارید، و کسانی که این کار را نمی‌کنند دچار همان غرور شده‌ اند

س: سخت‌ترین چیز درباره ی خلق یک داستان مهیج، چه چیزی می‌تواند باشد؟
ج: برای من این چیز سخت، مربوط به دنیای واقعی، و ارتباط آن با داستان است، من برای داستان‌هایم از تاریخ واقعی، مکان‌های واقعی، علوم واقعی و هرچیزی که در واقعیت وجود دارد، استفاده می‌کنم، و به همین دلیل ارتباط دادن این واقعیت‌ها با سیر داستان، کار سختی است؛ در حقیقت تبدیل واقعیت‌ها به شخصیت‌های داستانی همیشه کار سختی محسوب می‌شود

س: و بالاخره اینکه جایگاه شما در دنیای ادبیات چه نوع جایگاهی است؟
ج: البته خنده‌ دار است بگویم که خودم هم نمی‌دانم کجای سرزمین ادبیات قرار گرفته‌ ام؛ من تنها کتابی را می‌نویسم که همیشه دوست دارم بخوانم؛ من کسی هستم که بیشتر از داستان و ادبیات، نمادها و کدها را دوست دارم، و عاشق این هستم که این نمادها را در هنر و معماری و هر کار شاهکار دیگر پیدا کنم؛ همه اینها را می‌توانید در داستانهای «رابرت لانگدن» پیدا کنید

تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 26/07/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 15/06/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
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282 reviews504 followers
February 23, 2022
"I think I see natural light!"

"So, we're looking for a doge who committed an act of treachery."

I had almost given up on this series after reading The Lost Symbol, since plots were getting to the point of annoyingly repetitive. But things are finally looking up! I was delighted to see Brown taking such a shift from the previous books with this fourth RL installment.

"We've moved into uncharted territory."

One would easily point out that there's still nothing new about the plot, with having a techie type villain and a young female sidekick yet again, but that's where the similarities end in my opinion. By deciding to drop some very subtle hints from the very beginning as to who the real villain is, Brown handles the thread lines by adapting a fill-in the gaps kind of approach to ensure proper suspense throughout. And as always, there's no lack of mystery, code-breaking as well as the occasional humor to make the reading immersive.

"There's a reason evolution is a gradual process."

At this point I've grown accustomed to the author's use of multiple languages for conversations (or tolerate them better), and going to stop complaining about it. Other than that, I actually have nothing to criticize here! I honestly did not believe the series could make a come back after third book, but luckily, Brown has managed to outperform himself with Inferno. I will even go as far as to say this is probably the best one in the series up to now.

"Compassion is a universal language."
21 reviews7 followers
June 19, 2013
June 18, 2013
This book has Dan Brown written all over it. Just like the previous stories in this series, the entire book is about 24 hour long mystery/thriller. Robert Langdon wakes up at a hospital with no recollection of how he got there and as he starts to figure out what's going on, he starts getting deeper into a dangerous event that is about to take place. From the very first page, a chain of events starts to take place at a very fast pace.

Loved reading the book, just like Robert Langdon's previous journies. At the beginning I found it a little bit annoying when every single details of various Italian tourist spots were being described. Some of them were so descriptive that at times it felt like reading a brochure. The description of various historic places probably could've been shortend a little bit.

The thriller never ends though. A lot of twists as the story progresses and that's what keep you turning the pages. It's a fast pace story, as mentioned and the story telling style of Dan Browne is absolutely amazing, as usual. A great read overall.

January 15, 2013
It's coming out on May and I can't believe this book wasn't added to Goodreads already. Couldn't find it in Goodreads and so I added the book. Can't wait for it to come out!!!
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Author 5 books64 followers
June 2, 2013
I've spent the past few years writing a book on Inferno, immersing myself in Dante's Commedia, and was looking forward to a fun read. While the book is decent it's still a disappointment. Despite having quite a few issues with Da Vinci Code, it was nevertheless a fun trip through the world of art and puzzle solving. Unfortunately Inferno reads more like a movie treatment with some factoids thrown in. At times it reminded me of the old Batman episodes with the caped crusader pulling off an implausible escape from the bad guys every 5 minutes.

On the plus side, Brown does give Dante a pretty good treatment for the reader not familiar with the Commedia. I also enjoyed the whirlwind tour of the city (having visited Florence last year). Inferno continues to follow Brown's style of page-turning, very short chapters and I have to admit I got sucked in.

On the minus side, the book is replete with the usual anti-Catholic bigotry (although not as bad as Da Vinci Code). And of course, there's the writing. Brown's writing isn't as bad as some of the critics say (including some readers of this site), but Brown certainly isn't writing literary fiction either.

I'm not a Brown hater, but I have to wonder what Dante's Inferno would have looked like in the hands of Umberto Eco.

Afterlife: An Introduction to Dante's Inferno
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210 reviews
June 10, 2013
I considered giving this two stars but then I realized there really wasn't anything I liked about it. It was so boring and it took me more than a week to get through. I know it's too much to ask that Dan Brown scale the heights of Angels & Demons or even The Da Vinci Code once again but I'm somewhat baffled as to how his writing has taken a turn for the worse and it started with that blasted The Lost Symbol.

There's nothing much to say about this to be honest. The plot was kind of intriguing mostly because it raised ethical questions and provided food for thought but the characters were so underdeveloped and felt really flat. As a result of this, I wasn't invested in any of them or the story. It all just plodded along with me quirking an eyebrow here and there and wondering when it was going to end. I certainly don't understand why it took so many pages to tell this very mediocre story. As it usually goes with Dan Brown books this read like a tour of ancient buildings in ancient cities and while these would have been great to explore on a tour in person or even read in a guide book, Brown does a terrible job of interweaving the story and these 'attractions'

Would I recommend this to anyone? Not really. There's nothing to see here so I would encourage you to keep it moving.
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1,145 reviews2,176 followers
July 15, 2022

I loved reading almost all the Robert Langdon books written by Dan Brown. If you had asked me which is my least favorite book in this series, I would have picked this book. I felt that the author lacked creativity here, even though this book's historical and symbology aspects are great like most of his other books.

After the pandemic, I decided to read this book one more time. Even now, I can't call this book a perfect one. I was still surprised to notice the author's precision, sharpness, and creativity, which I missed in my initial read. The way he used Dante Alighieri's The Inferno to craft this novel will give you an overall great reading experience.
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1,072 reviews233 followers
May 21, 2013
"Abandon hope all ye who enter here"
~ Dante's Divine Comedy.

(Oh, Mr.Brown...the irony and the accuracy)

The last Dan Brown novel that I recall reading and enjoying to the hilt was Angels & Demons. So, when I proudly hefted his new tome INFERNO home from the book store, I was all:

And then, barely twenty pages had passed by and my buoyant emotions pretty much went The Little Mermaid Way:

The author has decided to morph into a dry-as-day-old-bread version of Wikipedia. And also, into a closet tourist guide - a tourist guide who will bore the sweaty and itchy tourists into a rigid stupor as he drones on, ad nauseum, about every gilt-edged pillar and every conspiracy-ridden niche that the museums of Italy seem to be overflowing with.

And might I add that the plot was non-existent.
So my reaction at the complete absence of a storyline began at a mild:

laboured along at a steady:

and eventually escalated into a full-blown:

But wait, there was more…

200 Pages on and we are still sifting through a sea of unnecessary facts, vapid musings of the characters and brick-by-brick descriptions of Italy’s hotspots.
And still, no plot.

I am getting a tad snitty and mighty snotty now, Mr.Brown.
Take it from here, Miss.Pony:

I’m trying to keep an open mind. I’m trying to remember that one day, I will write a book and I will not want reviewers to tear it to soul-destroying shreds. I remind myself that Dan Brown is an articulate man with a brilliant mind.

But a description of Gondolas? Which, for the record, wasn't essential to the plot. REALLY, Mr.Brown?!?

AND, if I have to hear about the Provost’s deeply tanned face or his sun drenched visage one more time:

And then, a faint glimmer of hope.
THE PLOT! It exists! It’s alive!!


But wait, I spoke too soon.

What you saw and read and believed is NOT what you saw and read and believed.
Yes, big shock there, Prof.Langdon.

On a parallel (but seemingly wholly unrelated) note, is the plot progressing?

Nope. No sir. Not at all. It’s just more pages of lectures and descriptions and yes, lectures.

Stop it, Mr.Brown!
Stop it.
I am getting big imaginary welts on my forehead with all these big imaginary medieval *headdesks*

It’s not right.
I want to stop. But I have paid a third-cousin-twice-removed-duke’s ransom for this book.

I must finish it.
I must.
I will see the promised land.

But it’s a lonely path. And it’s dark.


Why is it not ending?


Mr.Brown. STOP. Please.

For the love of Angels & Demons, STOP.

oh look, I'm done.

Deep in my heart, having emerged from INFERNO with my wallet lighter, my head throbbing and my spirit chafed, I only have to say this:

To summarize,
I broke my rule of writing scathing reviews because:
a) An interesting premise could have avoided a long and messy demise, had the book been 200 pages long. 200 pages. Not 400 agonizing, brain-numbing pages long.

b) Reputed and respected Prof.Langdon is facing what could probably be the biggest catastrophe of his life. And his reactions? Dry chuckles. Startled asides. The occasional uppity smirk.
Kristen Stewart. Rejoice. YOU have more expressions than Robert Langdon.

c) Sienna Brooks was a huge disappointment. And really, were her actions justified? I think not. Prof.Langdon, stop acting all noble and understanding. You just want to, excuse the crudeness, get into her pants.
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45 reviews3 followers
May 14, 2013
To all the folks who rate a book before they've read it, skewing the ratings for everyone...go to Amazon with all the other flamers. Leave our ratings alone.
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Author 6 books13.6k followers
January 12, 2022
“Just because the human mind can't imagine something happening, doesn't mean it won't.”

Another typical Dan Brown book. It's been on my to-read list for ages, so is The Lost Symbol still. Now that the film will be released soon, I needed to get a grip and read it. And I, too, decided to skip Book 3 and move straight on to this one.
My expectations are fulfilled. Mysteries, art, intruige, a race against time. But since I last read a Dan Brown novel a few years have passed and I've read lots of amazing books. I'm not as easily impressed as I was then. I have some points that I want to talk about, things that bugged me in the novel.

1. Lacking character-depth and stereotypes. Sienna Brooks is a cliché. She is supposed to be one of the smartest people alive, IQ-wise. But apart from the fact that - mild spoiler - she is a scientist and had a difficult childhood because of her high intelligence, the is no trace of said IQ. Dan Brown is no expert when it comes to writing women.
2. Overused plot line. Langdon + female sidekick + famous city/cities + hidden messages and riddles + scavenger hunt + chase. It's a story that made millions of dollars for Dan Brown, so of course he would be stupid not to try it again and again. I, however, got tired of it after the first 150 pages.
3. The riddles and Inferno-references were no doubt very intruiging, but also immensely repetitive. With all due respect to Dante, why didn't he just go to hell - pun intended. But what did I expect when I decided to read a book called Inferno, really.

In a nutshell: Nice read, nevertheless disappointing for many reasons. Hope the film will be better(though the trailer destroyed my hopes already).

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Author 19 books3,575 followers
August 24, 2017
Read this years ago... it's a great story and an intense and complex read. I preferred Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code; however, this is a very close third as the concept of Dante and the fiery gates of hell are also quite good. Dan Brown doesn't let you down and you should definitely keep reading this series -- especially with the movie now coming out! What I love most is the back and forth point of view, unsure how everyone is connection, and who will figure out the end game first. It's a puzzle... and one I can do over and over again.

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488 reviews89 followers
December 5, 2013
Making this as read just so I can do a stupid review....I made it all the way to 37% I deserve a medal.....

okay....I just can't finish it....it started with this paragraph at about 12%

"She knew it was probably just the adrenaline, but she found herself strangely attracted to the American professor. In addition to his being handsome, he seemed to possess a sincerely good heart. In some distant, alternate life, Robert Langdon might even be someone she could be with."

From then on all I could think of was what a complete sell out Dan Brown was. I mean, this isn't even an original love twist...it's so overused....so overdone. I made it all the way to 37% before I just am done...I'm over it...kaput...no more....

So far Langdon has escaped several assassination attempts. He has managed to escape several times from places that were inescapable. So we're suppose to believe he is insanely clever, right? WRONG!!!!! When he meets up with a lady he met the night before (he has short term amnesia ...ufffta.... how very original) he has to ask her half a dozen times, "You did, I must have overlooked that" when she points out that they discussed it the night before. Hello! If you're trying to act like you don't have amnesia, don't question every thing she tells you from the night before, moron!

I just can't take it anymore....

I honestly feel that Brown has just totally sold himself out here....He has not only recycled generic writing themes, he has used boring, unimaginative ones to boot! At this point, I can't help having visions of Harrison Ford (Indian Jones) and Matt Damon (Jason Bourne) running through my head. Where the hell is Robert Langdon? I just can't picture him. There is no clear picture of him or his personality. How dare Dan Brown assume that everyone has read the previous books. As an author I would think that you can never assume that your reading audience has read your other books. This might be the very first time they have picked up one of your novels. Yet, Brown gives us no insight to who Langdon is. What makes him tick? There simply is no inner workings to his mind or his personality here. So very disappointed....I seriously wanted to finish this book, but I've been debating with myself the entire time from that stupid paragraph until now....I mean, seriously, I'm in the middle of a paragraph and ask myself, "Connie, how much longer are you going to go on with this rubbish?"....guess I finally answered myself....zipt...psssfffttt...done.... adios.....
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592 reviews828 followers
January 26, 2021
أول مرّة أقرأ لدان براون، الرواية تجعلك تلهث وأنت تجري خلف الأحداث المسرعة وخلف حلّ الرموز العسيرة .. تتسائل في نفسك كيف لشخص مُصاب بخدش رصاصة، لديه جرح وغرز خياطة في رأسه يستطيع الركض والتفكير وحل الشيفرات والرموز !! طبعاً هنا تكمن براعة الكاتب في أن يثير التساؤلات والتكهنات في عقل القارئ كي لا يدع الكتاب إلى أن يكمله. قصة جميلة أخذتنا في رحلة علمية سياحية فلسفية عبر المدن الجميلة التي وصفها الكاتب بكل دقة.


“ساليدجيا” إنها كلمة لاتينية ابتكرها الفاتيكان في العصور الوسطى لتذكير المسيحيين بالخطايا السبع المميتة.
“ساليدجيا”: الكبرياء، الجشع، الشهوة، الحسد، الشراهة، الغضب، الكسل.

لا يمكن لمح الحقيقة إلّا عبر عيون الموت.

حين تسبح في نفق مظلم، فستصل إلى نقطة اللاعودة; عندما يصبح نفَسك غير كافِ لتعود أدراجك. عندئذٍ، سيكون خيارك الوحيد هو السباحة نحو المجهول … والصلاة لإيجاد مخرج.

الطريق إلى الجنة يمر مباشرة عبر الجحيم. هذا ما علّمنا إيّاه دانتي.

أحلك الأماكن في الجحيم
هي لأولئك
الذين يحافظون على حيادهم
في الأزمات الأخلاقية.
من قصيدة دانتي أليغييري

أنا أكسب رزقي بالكذب.
وأزوّد الناس بالمعلومات الخاطئة.

سواء كان الهدف دعم سوق أو بورصة، أو تبرير حرب، أو الفوز بالإنتخابات، أو استدراج إرهابي للخروج من مخبئه، فإنّ سماسرة السلطة في العالم يعتمدون على معلومات مضلّلة هائلة للمساعدة على خداع الرأي العام.

كل إنهيار يرجع إلى لحظة واحدة؛ لقاء صدفة، أو قرار خاطئ، أو نظرة في غير محلها.

النشيد الأول من تحفة دانتي: وجدت نفسي في غابة مظلمة، وذلك لأنني أضعت الطريق المستقيم.

أسوأ أشكال الوحدة هو العزلة التي تنجم عن سوء الفهم. بإمكان هذا الشعور أن يجعل الناس يفقدون إحساسهم بالواقع.

تذكّر آراء الفلاسفة والإغريق الأوائل في الشهرة. لقد وجد الحياة الدائمة. فما دام اسمك يُذكر، فلن تموت أبداً.
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10 reviews5 followers
May 28, 2013
i think amazon and Google play need to sort out pricing on ebooks they are both asking £8.99 ,with no overheads, no printing costs no,logistics and all they have to do is store it on a server and let customer's download it. why am I kicking off you might ask yourself well its quite simply because i have just ordered the hard back copy from asda.co.uk for £9.00 so for 1 penny I get real paper real hard cover and delivery to my front door on day of release. and they say ebooks are the future, not at asda .

update 14,05,2013
it arrived this morning ,I don't think it's going to fit in the sd card slot on my kindle and how come you can never find a bookmark when you need one.
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189 reviews843 followers
June 15, 2022
Último tercio del libro interesante, el resto me aburrió.

De momento, de los cuatro libros que he leído de Dan Brown, este es el que más me ha aburrido. Pienso que para disfrutar completamente de los libros de este autor se necesita sentir interés por aquel aspecto histórico presentado, de lo contrario no viviremos una experiencia tan agradable. Esto lo menciono porque todos los libros de esta saga se parecen muchísimo; presentan escenas similares de acción, de escape, peligros, capítulos cortos, etc. Sin embargo, a pesar de la cantidad de clichés, mientras te ofrezcan datos interesantes sobre temas conspiracionales siempre vas a querer leer una página más. Temas como El Vaticano, la historia de Jesús con María Magdalena, e incluso la controversial ciencia noética, fueron temas que me gustaron mucho en los volúmenes anteriores y me generaron bastante interés para seguir buscando sobre ellos. Pero aquí, sinceramente, nunca sentí curiosidad por la vida de Dante Alighieri, personaje histórico principal sobre el cual gira la novela.

Lo mejor ha sido el último tercio del libro, mejoró considerablemente, pero teniendo en cuenta mi aburrimiento en la mayor parte de la obra, he decidido calificarlo con tres estrellas. Igualmente, esperaré mínimo seis meses para leer el quinto libro de la saga: no quiero arriesgarme a sentirme aburrido por la repetición de detalles que seguramente encontraré.

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174 reviews152 followers
June 14, 2020
در آن وقت که هر ایالت در هر کشوری از جهان، چنان از [جمعیت] مَملو شود که خلق نَه بتوانند در زادگاه خویش امرار معاش کنند و نه بتوانند جای دیگری بروند... جهان خود را می پالاید. ص153

جان مایه یِ رُمانِ 704 صفحه ای حاضر، کشاکشِ لحظه به لحظه یِ دو تفکرست، دو تفکری که سرنوشتِ دنیا را در چنگ دارند. هر دو خوش نیت اَند با این تمایز که یکی بر خلافِ دیگری، مجهز به هوشِ سیاهی ست که مقدمه ای رازآلود و تراژیک را برایِ برآورده کردنِ قصدِ بشردوستانه اَش ناگزیر می داند. یکی، تلاشِِ محققی سوییسی برای نازا کردنِ بخشی از مردمِ دنیا از طریقِ انتشار ویروسی همه گیر، جهتِ کنترلِ رشدِ تصاعدیِ جمعیت، و دیگری تلاشِ "رابرت لنگدان" برای جلوگیری از شیوعِ ویروس که بناست به یک " پَندِمی " منتهی گردد
رابرت، استادِ نماد شناسی، تاریخِ هنر و ادیانِ دانشگاه هاروارد، با همراهی تنی چند از کسانی که در این مسیر به واسطه یِ تسلطِ او بر نمادها-هر یک به نیتی-، به وی مراجعه کرده، درگیرِ ماجرا می شوند. "سییِنا" و "الیزابت"، دو زنِ داستان، هر دو با مَکتوماتی در دِل، و با دو نیتِ مختلف، بِدو می پیوندند و مابقی داستان که قرار است خودتان بخوانید

دَن براون، نویسنده یِ مشهوری است که آثارش همیشه فروش ده ها میلیونی داشته است. وی به پیروی از سبکِ همیشگی، از نمادها و اسطوره ها می گوید. او استاد سبکِ تعلیق است و تا صفحه یِ آخر، بَلکه حتی تا جمله یِ آخرِ پاراگرافِ پایانی هم، برایتان سورپرایز دارد و داستان را تا بِدان جا زنده نگه می دارد
وی با مهارتی کم نظیر، معجونی خواندنی و جذاب از جای گذاری یِ نمادها، توصیفِ بدیعِ آثارِ هنری، خیالِ خَلاق و های تِک می سازد. مشخصاََ در این کتاب، وی برایِ افسونِ هرچه بیشترِ مخاطب، از تَسلُطش بر مواردی چون روایتِ افسانه ها، اسطوره ها و قصه هایِ الهیات مسیحی، وَیا توصیفِ زیبایی شناختی-تاریخی یِ سَبک و پیشینه یِ معماری یِ شهرهای فلورانس، ونیز و استانبول، استفاده هایِ دَرخوری می کند
آثار او استعدادِ سینمایی یِ عجیبی برای دیده شدن رویِ پرده یِ نقره ای دارند. جالب تر اینکه، در اکثرِ رمان هایِ براون، "شخصیتِ دوم"، خواب و کابوس، کُدگشایی و مهم تر از همه، چالشی خاص برایِ نوعِ بشر، جایگاهی ویژه دارند

:قبلاََ فقط یک کتاب از براون خوانده ام، "پیدایش". ریویویِ آن در لینک زیر

سبک و زبانِ ترجمه یِ "حسین شهرابی"، در نگاهی به نوعٍ داستان هایِ دن براون، چونان دَری ست که با تخته جور شده و توصیفِ موقعیت های هیجانی-رازآلود در بِزنگاه ها را، به خوبی از زبانِ مبدا، بازنشانی می کند
بهترست که در خواندنِ این اثر، از مطالعه یِ کاملِ عباراتِ ایتالیایی و تُرکی، نامِ اماکن، رسومات و شخصیت های تاریخی به دقتی برابر با خواندنِ مابقی یِ متن، خودداری کنید، چراکه می تواند اندکی از سرعت مطالعه و علاقه خواننده بکاهد

نمی دانم چه زمانی این ریویو را می خوانید، اما من این چند خط را در میانه یِ جولانِ ویروسِ عالم گیرِ "کووید19" نوشته اَم که داستان ظهورش با موضوع اصلی این رُمان، شباهت هائی انکار ناپذیر دارد، فلذا توصیه میکنم فصول33 و 50این رمان را در ارتباط با کروناویروس بخوانید

:و در پایان، دو بُریده متن از کتاب

ظُلمانی ترین مکان ها در دوزخ از آنِ کسانی است که در زمانه یِ بی اخلاقی، بی طرف می مانند. ص11

هََرس، نظمِ طبیعی خداوند است. همه از خود می پرسیم که پس از مرگ سیاه چه آمد؟ جُملگی به پاسخش آگاهیم. رُنِسانس. نوزایی. همواره به دنبال مرگ، زایش است. برای رسیدن به بهشت باید از میان دوزخ گذشت. ص72
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374 reviews406 followers
July 6, 2017
من فلورنسا وكنائسها الرائعة ولوحاتها الشهيرة وانفاقها، الى البندقبة وكنائسها وساحاتها وتماثيلها الى تركيا ومتحف أيا صوفيا والقصر الغارق.
قدرة هائلين لبراون لاستغلال هذه اللوحات والتحف ليمتعنا بمغامرة رائعة.
وكالعادة استغلال الإثارة والتشويق في الاكتشافات وانتقال الحدث من موقع الى اخر لترك القاريء متلهفا لمعرفة الأحداث.
وكالعادة فالأماكن واللوحات والتماثيل والمواقع حقيقية ومن الأفضل استخدام محرك البحث اثناء القراءة والاطلاع على المواقع للتمتع بما يكتبه هذا المؤلف العبقري.

القصة تدور حول دانتي الشاعر الايطالي الشهير واستخدام تحفته "الكوميديا الإلهية" التي يستخدمها احد العلماء لإطلاق فايروس وعلى لانغدون اكتشاف موقعه من خلال الرموز وتحليل ابيات الشعر .

يجب ان اقرأ الكوميديا الإلهية
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1,219 reviews8,828 followers
December 4, 2016
Kinda blah after the other Langdon entries. Getting a little used to the Langdon formula. Also, in the end it was not all that great of a story (in my opinion). Honestly, hard for me to believe they got another movie in the series out of this (I hope they changed a lot of it to make it more interesting! Hard to believe I just said I hoped they changed the story when making a movie - SACRELIDGE! )
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