Harvard University professor of symbology Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with a head wound and no memory of the past few days. He quickly realizes he is lying on a hospital bed in Florence. Along with Sienna Brooks, one of the doctors attending him, he will try to make sense of the last days, the reason he is in Italy instead of home, and why a professional killer is trying to hunt him down.
There are lots of things one can say about this novel, but you can’t really write a detailed review without spoilers. After all, it is a Dan Brown novel, and everyone who’s read at least one of his books knows that every page hides a surprise. And that is exactly its charm. While reading, I could honestly find no part of the story heading towards boredom. Descriptions of places and items are long enough to help you get a mental glimpse of them but not let you get bored. The characters are intelligent way beyond average. The most important thing, however, is that everything described, from buildings to literature and from culture history to science details, everything is accurate. Brown is famous for always researching before writing and this makes his novels so much more enjoyable. I have found that it is easier to dive into a story when a lot, if not most, of its detailed line is historically and scientifically accurate.
Inferno is part of the writer’s Robert Langdon series, which currently holds 4 novels, among which are The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, both successfully turned into movie adaptations. Sony Pictures has dated a film adaptation to be released for Inferno, on October 14, 2016 , with Ron Howard as director and Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon. The novel was translated into French, Russian, Turkish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish for simultaneous release and has, up to date, sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.
Should you read it? If you are a fan of mysteries, riddles, or thee Robert Langdon series in particular, then yes, definitely! Be prepared for a lot of action and a quickly paced story. And don’t worry, you don’t have to read the previous novels first in order to understand what’s going on – every novel is a new adventure that is self-standing.