Inferno by Dan Brown(Bantam)
… And this time, it’s a case of life and death.

 “Inferno” appears to be a, you either love or hate it kind of novel with a plot twisted to reveal a theory on controlling population growth.

Langdon wakes groggily from a nightmare in a hospital in Italy, with no memory of how he got there and told by doctors that he was attacked. He has amnesia from a gunshot wound to his head.

While he tries to piece the memory puzzles together he is interrupted by another attempt on his life. He escapes with an attractive, blonde doctor (Brown refers to her as slender 3 times on one page) and they are on the run.

He finds a small cylindrical object in a hidden compartment in his jacket, and they begin to put the pieces of an Armageddon-type plot together.

Langdon’s recurring nightmares serve as a hint to what he must save the world from. The villain in the book is a mad-scientist, whose intentions are as genius as they are crazy.

You’ll need to follow shootouts, poisonings, shifty looks and secret passages with plenty of references to art pieces and statues. The graphs used to show population growth is actually quite scary.

For me, Inferno is a well-written and well-researched novel. Brown respects his source material enough to give it an enjoyable credibility.

With all of this said, The Da Vinci Code still offers more thoughts to ponder upon. But Inferno was a great read.

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