My rereading of the Langdon series is nearly complete now that I finished the fourth installment, Inferno. I am getting to the point where I am starting to see the similarities in each of the books, with Langdon coming across some type of clue that leads to a race against the guys to find the answer. This is usually when I give up on a series so I am glad there is only one more left to read.
With that being said, Inferno is somewhat different than the others in that it opens with Langdon waking up in a hospital room in Italy with no idea how he got there. Before he can figure it out, he is on the run with the doctor that was in charge of his case because an assassin is trying to kill him. Then he finds a biochemical containment device sewn into the seam of his tweed jacket. When he opens it, he discovers that it is a clue that references Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, the first of the three sections of The Divine Comedy.
Langdon soon learns that there is a plot by a scientist to kill off a third of the human population, similar to that of the Black Plague, in an effort to quell population numbers. Langdon must follow the clues from Inferno left by the scientist to find the plague he has created before it is released on a specific date.
Once again, Brown has set up a fast-paced adventure that sets religion and science against each other. This time, the reader must ask themselves: Should we have the power to kill off some of the population in order to save ourselves from extinction? Is that playing God? What is the alternative?
I like the set up of this plot because it is set up around Dante’s Inferno. The reader not only gets a history lesson but also a mini biography about Dante’s life in Italy, why he wrote the Divine Comedy as well as a breakdown of the epic poem and the symbols and themes that are contained within. I liked how the reader’s journey is set to follow Dante’s footsteps in order to find the clues that could help save the humanity.
And it wouldn’t be a Brown novel without some unthinkable and unexpected twists and turns that leaves you shocked. As always, you are forced to sit and think about something that is totally relevant to today but not something you would have ordinarily thought about.
Now I can’t wait to read the final installment. I can’t even guess what Langdon will have to deal with at this point. What other questions will Brown force us to consider?