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Inferno: Special Illustrated Edition : Featuring Robert Langdon

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<b>With the publication of his groundbreaking novels <i>The Da Vinci Code</i>, <i>The Lost Symbol</i>, and <i>Angels &amp; Demons</i>, Dan Brown has become an international bestselling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of readers around the world. Now, with this stunning special illustrated edition of his record-setting <i>Inferno</i>, brought to life by more than 200 breathtaking color images, Dan Brown takes readers deep into the heart of Italy . . . guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.<br /></b> <br /> <b>&quot;THE DARKEST PLACES IN HELL ARE RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THEIR NEUTRALITY IN TIMES OF MORAL CRISIS.&quot;</b> <p></p>Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last thirty-six hours, including how he got there . . . or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. <br /> Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist--a genius 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 dark epic poem <i>The Inferno</i>. <br /> Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets, as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth . . . or to devastate it. <br /> In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. <i>Inferno</i> is a sumptuously entertaining read--a novel that will captivate readers with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature . . . while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.

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With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international bestselling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of readers around the world. Now, with this stunning special illustrated edition of his record-setting Inferno, brought to life by more than 200 breathtaking color images, Dan Brown takes readers deep into the heart of Italy . . . guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history's most ominous literary classics.

"THE DARKEST PLACES IN HELL ARE RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THEIR NEUTRALITY IN TIMES OF MORAL CRISIS."

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last thirty-six hours, including how he got there . . . or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist--a genius 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 dark epic poem The Inferno.
Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets, as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth . . . or to devastate it.
In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining read--a novel that will captivate readers with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature . . . while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.With the publication of his groundbreaking novels The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown has become an international bestselling sensation, seamlessly fusing codes, symbols, art, and history into riveting thrillers that have captivated hundreds of millions of readers around the world. Now, with this stunning special illustrated edition of his record-setting Inferno, brought to life by more than 200 breathtaking color images, Dan Brown takes readers deep into the heart of Italy . . . guiding them through a landscape that inspired one of history’s most ominous literary classics.

“THE DARKEST PLACES IN HELL ARE RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THEIR NEUTRALITY IN TIMES OF MORAL CRISIS.”

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last thirty-six hours, including how he got there . . . or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings.
     Langdon’s world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life. Langdon quickly realizes that he is in possession of a series of disturbing codes created by a brilliant scientist—a genius 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 dark epic poem The Inferno.
     Racing through such timeless locations as the Palazzo Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, and the Duomo, Langdon and Brooks discover a network of hidden passageways and ancient secrets, as well as a terrifying new scientific paradigm that will be used either to vastly improve the quality of life on earth . . . or to devastate it.
     In his most riveting and thought-provoking novel to date, Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again. Inferno is a sumptuously entertaining read—a novel that will captivate readers with the beauty of classical Italian art, history, and literature . . . while also posing provocative questions about the role of cutting-edge science in our future.

Specifications

Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
496
Author
Dan Brown
Title
Inferno: Special Illustrated Edition
ISBN-13
9780385539852
Publication Date
November, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
10.30 x 8.47 x 1.27 Inches
ISBN-10
0385539851

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Although often critici...
Although often criticized for his repetition of the same story line, Dan Brown has once again done what he has set out to do, i.e. entertain. As quick paced as his other stories, 'Inferno' was highly entertaining and Brown's intricate story line keeps you guessing until the end.
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Repetitive, dull, sch...
Repetitive, dull, schlock. I happen to love Florence, so that is all that kept me going. Plus I was in flight with a five year old next to me. And since I was reading on a Kindle it was easy to skim and skim and skim. If you are someone who is fascinated by The Divine Comedy, well maybe this would appeal to you. Anyone else ... I'd say skip it.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Although often critici...
Although often criticized for his repetition of the same story line, Dan Brown has once again done what he has set out to do, i.e. entertain. As quick paced as his other stories, 'Inferno' was highly entertaining and Brown's intricate story line keeps you guessing until the end.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Repetitive, dull, sch...
Repetitive, dull, schlock. I happen to love Florence, so that is all that kept me going. Plus I was in flight with a five year old next to me. And since I was reading on a Kindle it was easy to skim and skim and skim. If you are someone who is fascinated by The Divine Comedy, well maybe this would appeal to you. Anyone else ... I'd say skip it.
Although often criticized for his repetition of the same story line, Dan Brown has once again done what he has set out to do, i.e. entertain. As quick paced as his other stories, 'Inferno' was highly entertaining and Brown's intricate story line keeps you guessing until the end.
Repetitive, dull, schlock. I happen to love Florence, so that is all that kept me going. Plus I was in flight with a five year old next to me. And since I was reading on a Kindle it was easy to skim and skim and skim. If you are someone who is fascinated by The Divine Comedy, well maybe this would appeal to you. Anyone else ... I'd say skip it.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Although often critici...

Although often criticized for his repetition of the same story line, Dan Brown has once again done what he has set out to do, i.e. entertain. As quick paced as his other stories, 'Inferno' was highly entertaining and Brown's intricate story line keeps you guessing until the end.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Yes, Inferno is contri...

Yes, Inferno is contrived, unrealistic, corny, clichéd, and probably linguistically inadequate. But it is really good fun. Sure, it doesn't take long for the book to turn into the standard Dan Brown game of cat and mouse. Fortunately, that seems to kind of be his thing, and the book makes for an incredibly entertaining game of cat and mouse. The story revolves around The Divine Comedy, a 14th century work by Dante and, surprise, various pieces of art based on this work. This time it all begins with Mr. Langdon waking up in a hospital without being able to remember how he got there. It takes about one chapter for someone to start shooting at him, and everything escalates from there. It doesn't take long for the story to start moving at an incredible pace, and it's truly impressive how well the tension and drama is sustained for over 400 pages. As one would expect there is a good deal of general trivia about art, symbolism and so on, but only just enough for the atmosphere and tone of the story to be maintained, without distracting from or breaking the pace of the actual events that are taking place. The characters are no less shallow than they need to be to play their part in the story, but honestly, who cares about the lack of character development? Who cares if a bunch of really intelligent people happen to not figure out something trivial until the story calls for it? Who cares if super-elite-infallible-organisation(tm) happens to repeatedly make mistakes when it suits the narrative? That's not the point. Anyone picking up this book seeking intricate relationships, character development, and elaborately constructed sub-plots should (and probably do) know better. Inferno is as formulaic and typical as anyone would hope, anticipate, or fear that it is. Regardless of what one might think of the formula, it is followed with great success. Inferno is certainly more entertaining than The Lost Symbol, and I think it might just have overtaken Deception Point to become my new favourite Dan Brown book. Is this a book I will still be thinking about three days from now? Probably not. Of course, the book ends on the usual pseudo-political food-for-thought kind of note which ties up the story nicely. It works well as the end of the story, and as ten seconds of brain fodder while staring into space. Otherwise Inferno fits well into the category of books that are like firework-displays. It's great while it lasts, intense and colourful enough to make you go "oooooh", and has plenty of loud bangs. Then it is gone, and you realise that it might all have been a bit pointless. Maybe it is all a bit pointless. There is certainly more than enough about this book to dislike and criticise. However, if one is fortunate enough not to care too much about any of its flaws, Inferno is good fun. Really good fun.

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Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Inferno, Dan Browns...

"Inferno," Dan Brown's latest offering is like his other novels, a formulaic who-done-it travelogue through the world of art. This time protagonist Dr. Robert Langdon finds himself - literally finds himself - transported to Florence, Italy where - wait for it - people are trying to kill him for reasons yet unknown. Who would have guessed? It would seem that after the last few novels, professor Langdon would be considering another line of work, but noooo! What fun would that be? In truth, it is a tale well told and worth the price of admission provided you wear your ideological waders to get you through the sermonizing of left-wing, climate change/ over-population dogma interwoven in the text. In this iteration of the formula, Mr. Brown relies heavily on the Deus Ex Machina Company's literary CGI division to deliver improbable twist after improbable twist - literally the CGI equivalent of falling off a three story building; smashing through a glass skylight; then getting up, brushing off (with a grimace or two) and running down the street. The only thing missing is having Dr. Langdon wake up in Bobbie Ewing's shower. "It's not quite that bad but not far from it. Still, the art history - if you can believe it all - was nicely rendered. It's nice to know that Il Duomo is actually the Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiori. All things considered, a nice piece of brain candy, especially for art groupies. Three and half stars from this old codger.

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Inferno4 StarsAnyone e...

Inferno4 StarsAnyone expecting the brilliance of The Da Vinci Code will be disappointed. However, if you are interested in a fast paced, edge of your seat scavenger hunt type thriller with fascinating detail on Dante's Inferno and the art it has spawned then Dan Brown's latest should be right up your alley. The first 80% of the book is a roller-coaster ride of race-against-the-clock intrigue and mystery with a well-developed story line and compelling characterization. The final twist at this point is the result of some brilliant plotting and had me re-reading a number of earlier scenes to see how I could have missed the clues (they are there but very cleverly hidden). Unfortunately, this is also the point at which the story begins to unravel as Brown's resolution attempts to convey a moralistic/humanistic message concerning the fundamental flaws of humanity, and thereby obliterates the tension and suspense that has been building throughout the book. While Inferno is an entertaining read, and the literary and artistic trivia surrounding Dante is exceedingly captivating, there is nothing particularly hearth-shattering or controversial that would make it stand out.

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Exciting book. By the ...

Exciting book. By the end, I knew all of two cities, Venice and Constantinople in addition to all the symbolism contained on the architecture in both. The book would have been a bit better with a little less of the latter. The characters were twisty and you never knew from one page to the next what they were going to do, or in one case, which side she was on. Knowledge of Dante's Inferno would have been a good prerequisite. Typical Dan Brown book and I'm glad that's all there is.

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