Inferno: A Novel by Dan Brown
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Inferno: A Novel Audiobook by Dan Brown is a mystery thriller book published in 2013. It is the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series. The story opens with Robert Langdon in a hospital in Florence. He is suffering from a head injury and does not have any memory of the last few days. Dr. Sienna Brooks tells him he is suffering from amnesia. A lady assassin Vayentha storms into the hospital looking to kill Langdon. Sienna helps him escape.
They flee to Sienna’s apartment. Langdon finds a cylinder with a biohazard sign. He calls the U.S. consulate and he is told that the consulate has been looking for him and ask his address. On Sienna’s advice, Langdon gives them an address nearby Sienna’s apartment. He is shocked to see the female assassin Vayentha turn up at the address given by him to the consulate.
Langdon is convinced that the consulate plans to kill him. He then decides to open the cylinder. Inside there is a bone cylinder fitted with a projector which projects Botticelli's Map of Hell, based on Dante’s Inferno. It is a slightly altered form of Botticelli's map of the nine circles of hell.
Langdon also discovers that a famous scientist Bernard Zobrist had his fears that humanity will become extinct due to overpopulation. To address his fears, Zobrist had created a new kind of plague before committing suicide. He had planned to reduce the human population to half using his virus. Langdon is now pitted against time in his race to discover and destroy the virus and prevent mass genocide. Langdon travels to various locations like Florence, Venice, and Istanbul where mysterious events unfold.
Inferno: A Novel Audiobook by Dan Brown received mixed reviews from critics. It was number one on the New York Bestseller List. The story builds up swiftly like usual Dan Brown novels. The twists and turns occur frequently and the readers will keep guessing the plot.
Dan Brown develops the characters and the story and uses the locations to good effect. The travel of Langdon has been depicted in a picturesque manner and the readers will be able to visualize the locations. The readers will enjoy the thrill ride which Dan Brown takes them on. Inferno is a recommended read and more so for the Dan Brown fans.