Robert Langdon is back, and on the run again. But those stories that used to be so exciting and entertaining turned into something that is mainly annoying and tedious. Although this so-called thriller takes off in Florence and moves on to one of the other beautiful Italian cities and although the first chapter is really witty, things turn out completely different after this puzzling start.
Robert Langdon wakes up in hospital after being shot in the nightly streets of Florence, but unfortunately he can’t remember a thing and while he tries to retrieve his memory the black-leathered female killer is after him again. Luckily a young doctor helps him to escape the hospital and start looking into the previous events. Apparently Langdon had to look into a mysterious message that includes Dante’s Inferno because a wicked scientist seems to have plans for a huge catastrophe, but there are clues (and I have to admit that I still don’t get the reason for those clues, but hey, it’s fiction, so who cares).
And now the well-known Dan-Brown-plot starts because Langdon and his female friend discover those riddles and travel from one place to the next. I used to be thrilled by these searches (especially in Angels & Demons) but this search turns out to be quite annoying. Why? Italy is great, Dante is fascinating and the problem about overpopulation is well thought-off. But Brown couldn’t decide whether he wanted to be an entertainer or a teacher. And this book is nothing more than a lecture written by a writer who wants to show off. There is a hardly a person, building, occasion or whatever that isn’t described very thoroughly. And OMG, this really slows down the rest of the story. In addition there are several substories that could have been interesting, but there are still very superficial. What a shame?
But to be honest, the final clue and the final position of all evil, is very easy to decipher. Whoever likes James Bond and „From Russia with Love“ will recognize the last hiding place right away after the referring clue is mentioned. This really is prove that Dan Brown only wants to show off but even an ordinary movie-lover like me could find out what he wanted to kept hidden till the end.
Furthermore I would have loved to meet less two-dimensional characters. Better next time? Well, I guess, without me, Dan!