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In the 4th installment of the adventures of symbology professor Robert Langdon, the reader finds him waking up in a hospital in Florence, Italy, with a wound to his head and no recollection of how he got there. However, there’s no time to rest because dangerous people will stop at nothing to kill him. With the help of the doctor treating him – a mysterious woman with a past – Langdon tries to outrun his captors in order to find answers. An object sewn into his jacket offers clues related to Dante and his famous work the Divine Comedy. It soon becomes clear that if Langdon can’t crack the codes the world will be headed for the gruesome hell that Dante envisioned. The issues of genetic engineering, population control, politics and of course the city of Florence are front and center. I found this book exciting and a nonstop read (I finished it in 3 days). However, I found that I was a little disappointed that there was not as much puzzle solving (which has always been my favorite part of this series) as there has been in previous books. But as with all his books it has wanted me to explore further—particularly the city of Florence and Dante’s Divine Comedy. A solid 4 out of 5 stars.
posted May 29, 2013 at 3:50PM
Laura P. said:
This is another book I listened to. I find myself continuing to listen to books I would probably have set aside if I were reading. This is definitely the weakest entry in the Robert Langdon books. Robert wakes up in a hospital suffering from amnesia after an apparent gunshot wound to the head. When he finds himself in danger he runs out of the hospital accompanied by a doctor. However, after some initial headaches etc. absolutely no further mention is made of any more affects from the wound. He goes running, jumping, climbing etc. with no problem. The first half of the book is fairly interesting as Robert and Sienna follow clues to why someone is chasing them and what Robert did during the time he can’t remember. The only annoying things are the imbedded lectures and Brown’s tendency to melodrama as he ends each of his chapters (over 100!) with cliffhangers and hyperbole. Then, suddenly everything changes in the story in such a way that made me say "Oh come on!" (Probably aloud. I think I got some funny looks on the bus). The second half is kind of a bust and the ending a disappointment. As usual, though chasing around with a woman through the whole book he’s kind of a eunuch. Has he never had a significant other? After four books I don’t feel like I know this character at all.
posted Apr 14, 2014 at 1:46PM
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Harvard specialist on religious symbols; awakens in a hospital with a memory loss of two days; learns he has survived an attempted murder.