With this being the fourth in the series of Robert Langdon books, I contemplated during the build up for it’s release how Dan Brown would make his newest installment different from the rest. Then I read the first 20 pages and my worries for the story line were immediately replaced with worries about Langdon, as he wakes up with amnesia 4000 miles away from home. From the outset, it’s clear that Brown has done it again.
It takes only two chapters for this book to get into full adventurous swing, as a gun wielding assassin storms into the Harvard symbologist’s hospital room and guns down his doctor. After making a quick and fortunate get away, Langdon finds himself at the center of a worldwide threat, with no idea how he’s gotten there. Nonetheless, it’s up to his impressive mind and unimaginable luck to discover what dangers are lurking in the very near future, and how he will manage to stop them before it’s too late (DUN DUN DUN).
Brown will leave readers in awe (as per usual) with his unfathomable knowledge of history, art, geography and culture, as each page holds beautifully intrinsic details of things normal readers would never feel the need to bother comprehending, such as Dante Alighieri’s famous poem “Dante’s Inferno” (which holds a running theme within Brown’s book).
What is even more impressive is that Brown manages to write a 461 page book, focusing solely on one single day (with the odd flash back every now and again). This gives Brown the room he needs to go into a near bottomless pit of detail of the artwork, the surroundings and the deep, calculated thoughts of each character in the novel.
In typical Dan Brown style, there are a plethora of jaw dropping twists which even the most hardened of Brown fans would not see coming. Just when you think everything has been explained and makes sense, your world is turned upside down as Brown does the impossible and rearranges an already intricate story line to have a total new outcome.
I feel it’s safe to say that the ending of the book will leave people a little perplexed, finishing in perhaps not the cleanest of fashions. However, when you rethink all of the possible outcomes, it’s clear that this is the one that would predominately keep the masses happy.
As detailed and in depth as the book is, Brown still manages to give the readers complete clarity by the end, with no “but what happened to him?” or “he never told us what that was for”. Believe me, everything will be covered with crystal clear precision.
A faultless book by a genius author.