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Book review: Inferno
Shibani Bedi, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 01, 2013
First Published: 01:01 IST(2/6/2013)
Last Updated: 01:01 IST(2/6/2013)
Dan Brown's 'Inferno'. Photo: AFP

From the cryptic vaults of American author Dan Brown’s mind, comes another mystery-thriller in the Robert Langdon series. What started with the legendary Da Vinci Code, followed by Angels and Demons and the Lost Symbol, comes to a repetitive halt with his latest, Inferno.

Not that the book lacks research or a plot which can keep the reader hooked, but flipping through Inferno gives one a sense of déjà vu which one can’t shrug off, what with Brown’s penchant for the Vatican, biblical and Renaissance art, and foes in the garb of friends and vice versa.

Except that in Inferno, unlike the books that preceded it, Langdon is not only being chased by various bounty hunters, but is also retracing his steps to solve the mystery which eventually unravels as his assignment to save the world. All in all a one-time read, mainly if you are a Dan Brown fan, but definitely not his best.

Book: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Publisher: Bantam Press
Price: R750


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