Book Review: "Inferno" by Dan Brown


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Review by Francis Moul

Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Doubleday

"Inferno" by Dan BrownIt takes place mostly in one day, with quick travels from Florence and Venice in Italy to Istanbul, and eventually to Geneva. There are flashbacks to earlier times and situations, but the typical Dan Brown frenzied activity is pretty well contained in 24 hours in his latest book.

And what a jam-packed day it is. Robert Langford, Brown’s erstwhile hero in hugely popular books (see “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”), is here caught up in Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, “The Divine Comedy.” This is another blockbuster novel by Brown, sure to leap atop the best-seller list.

What is most unusual about this book, however, is its take on the world’s primary problem, global climate change, and the one unerring cause of that problem, overpopulation of the human race and its steady destruction of the Earth’s natural resources of land, air and water.

Yes, Dan Brown has become a crusader, in his own inimitable way, and he actually presents a believable and attainable solution to this, our most vexing difficulty.

Within those 24 hours, Langford must find an extremely dangerous biological agent that will devastate the world like the Black Plague that instituted the Dark Ages. He has help, of course, but can he trust those who help him the most?

This is a marvelous novel, full of action, a revealing analysis of Dante’s great literary feat and well-drawn characters. Above all, however, this is a novel to make people really, really think.

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