Author: Dan Brown
First Published: May 14th 2013
Series: Robert Langdon #4
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical Copy
My Overall Rating: 8/10
Luckily for me, the Robert Langdon series is written so that you don't have to begin from book one to understand what it going on. Each book is a separate mystery/adventure, and the only recurring character is Robert Langdon himself - obviously.
Onto the plot. Basically, Robert wakes up in Italy with retrograde amnesia, with no memory what he is doing there. Only Sienna Brooks, a young doctor, helps him out. Running for their lives against many enemies, there is only limited time before horrors are unleashed onto the world, and the human race is stake. Sounds ominous, right? I can't say much about the plot without ruining the whole story, so I'll stick to the basics.
I really liked how the whole mystery was spun around Dante's Inferno and works based on that as well, like Botticelli's Map of Hell and works like that. Again, luckily for me (and us all), Dan Brown gives us the history and backstory behind each work, so we don't have to look them up ourselves. Phew! But back to my point, which is all the references to Inferno, and after reading this book, I feel slightly more educated on Dante and his works. Just a little more educated. I'm sure I'll understand a lot more if I read the actual one, but ha, maybe later.
Robert and Sienna make a good team: the professor and the doctor (with exceptionally high IQ). They help each other out and solve the clues at an impressive speed. They are good friends at the end of the book, despite *spoiler alert* Sienna (kind of) betraying him and ending up being someone we thought she wasn't, but luckily she saw that Zobrist's methods weren't humane and helped Robert in the end. *spoiler over*
If you like a good mystery and action book, this is the one for you! It isn't a murder mystery or anything, but the kind of mystery that you have to solve or else the whole world goes crashing down. Yes, it does seem a little melodramatic, but that is the plot :)
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