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First edition cover Author(s) Country Dan Brown United States United Kingdom English Robert Langdon #4 Mystery, Detective fiction,Conspiracy fiction, Thriller Doubleday May 14, 2013
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following Angels & Demons. 2013 by Doubleday. one of the doctors tending .The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. The book was released on May 14. e-book 480 pages 0385537859 OCLCNumber 824723329 Preceded by The Lost Symbol Inferno is a 2013 mystery thriller novel by American author Dan Brown and the fourth book in his Robert Langdon series.Media type Pages ISBN Print. but he quickly realizes that he is now in Florence. Sienna Brooks. His last memory is walking on the Harvard campus. Contents [hide] 1 Plot 2 Characters 3 Marketing 4 Reception 5 Commercial performance 6 Companion books 7 References 8 External links Plot Harvard University professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with a head wound and no memory of the last few days.
.S. Robert finds a cylinder with a biohazard sign in his jacket and decides to call the U. soldiers raid Sienna's building. After Sienna recounts the details of his admission to hospital. Robert decides to open the container and finds a medieval bone cylinder fitted with a hi-tech projector that displays a modified version of Botticelli'sMap of Hell. tells him he suffered a concussion from being grazed by a bullet.S. Robert gives them a location across the street from Sienna's apartment per Sienna's guidance and to avoid getting Sienna more involved in his mysterious situation than she already is. Suddenly.to him. Vayentha. an assassin who has been following Robert. shoots the doctor in charge of Robert's care. He is told that they are searching for him and want his location. Sienna and Robert narrowly escape. Robert sees an armed Vayentha pull up to the location Robert gave the consulate. government wants to kill him. Soon. At this point Robert believes the U. breaks into the hospital. and approaches Robert's room. Suddenly. and had stumbled into the emergency ward.consulate. Sienna grabs Robert and they flee to her apartment. At the bottom of the illumination are the words "The truth can be glimpsed only through the eyes of death".
Marta tells Robert that she showed them Dante's death mask the previous night. and that the layers have been rearranged. Robert recognizes these are the same words on the painting The Battle of Marciano by Vasari. They look at . A custodian sees Robert snooping around and gets the director of the museum in the Palazzo Vecchio. Marta takes Robert and Sienna to the mask who find that it's gone. However. and Robert realizes the top of the stairs is on the same level as the words "cerca trova" in the The Battle of Marciano painting. which sits in a room down the hall from the Battle of Marciano painting. Marta Alvarez. they find that Florentine police and Carabinieri officers have sealed the bridges and are searching for them. believing the cylinder must have something to do with Dante. Robert and Sienna manage to evade the soldiers and get into the Old City using the Vasari Corridor. the director of Il Duomo. where Robert illuminates the modified "Map of Hell" again and observes letters have been added to the ten layers of the Malebolge. Robert stands in front of The Battle of Marciano trying to figure out where to go next by connecting the "eyes of death" phrase in the modified "Map of Hell" with his location. Marta recognizes Robert after he and Ignazio Busoni. located in the Palazzo Vecchio. had met with her the previous night. Moving them back to the order in the original Botticelli "Map of Hell" yields the words "CERCA TROVA". She leads Robert and Sienna up a set of stairs by The Battle of Marciano. Robert realizes he is retracing his own steps from last night. They run into a construction site near the Boboli Gardens.Palazzo Vecchio of Florence Robert and Sienna head toward the Old City.
Ignazio's secretary calls Robert and tells him that he died of a heart attack. where Sienna pushes Vayentha to her death. and his last words were "Paradise Canto 25". who committed suicide the week . At this moment. where Jonathan suddenly falls unconscious. Robert connects the phrase "Paradise 25" to the Florence Baptistry. the directorgeneral of the WHO. The museum guards turn on Robert and Sienna. and is given an explanation of what is going on: Zobrist. with a large bruise on his chest which he hides from the two. where he and Sienna find the Dante mask along with a riddle from its current owner. claiming to be from theWorld Health Organization. They cross the attic over the Apotheosis of Cosimo I. but the soldiers arrive. a billionaire geneticist named Bertrand Zobrist. comes and helps them escape the soldiers.security footage and see Robert himself and Ignazio stealing the mask. A man named Jonathan Ferris. Robert is captured by the black-clad soldiers while Sienna escapes. They follow the riddle to Venice. Gates of Paradise atFlorence Baptistery Robert and Sienna escape the guards. Robert is taken to Elizabeth Sinskey.
They gave Robert drugs to erase his short-term memory.S. The leader of The Consortium. Elizabeth raided Zobrist's safe deposit box. They kidnapped Robert after the meeting with Marta and Ignazio. found the cylinder.before. Sienna goes rogue and The Consortium realizes she was a secret supporter and lover of Zobrist. and Jonathan are all actors working for The Consortium. and flew Robert to Florence to follow the clues. was a mad scientist and Dante fanatic who engineered a new strain of the Black Death to cleanse the world of overpopulation. However. Zobrist had paid a shadowy consulting group called The Consortium to protect the cylinder until a certain date. When Elizabeth took it away. created a fake head wound. the call to the U. having become aware of the bioterrorism plot. and the WHO feared he betrayed them and was working with Zobrist to unleash the plague. Tomb of Enrico Dandolo. but Robert hadn't yet solved the whole riddle. has agreed to cooperate with the WHO. they were obligated to protect whatever the bone cylinder pointed to. and staged every event up to this point so that Robert would desperately solve it. Sienna. at the Hagia Sophia. She learned . Robert stopped calling in after meeting with Marta and Ignazio. Vayentha. consulate was also staged. The soldiers were the WHO's SWAT team and never meant to kill Robert.
the WHO. and The Consortium team up to stop her by going to the riddle's actual location: Istanbul. Sienna receives amnesty in exchange for working with the WHO to address the crisis. Inside Basilica Cistern. It is also discovered that Sienna was trying to stop the virus herself. and . Robert and the others find the plague is in the Cistern. but didn't trust the WHO because samples of the virus would certainly find their way into weapons research. The bag that holds the plague has been broken. which causes panic among the tourists who stampede out into the city. since she is a medical doctor and transhumanist writer.where the plague is being kept after Robert solved the riddle. but is caught later by Turkish police. meaning that the whole world has already been infected. At the Hagia Sophia. Sienna runs out of the Cistern screaming. It is implied that The Consortium will be investigated and ruined. where Enrico Dandolo is buried. The virus employs DNA modification to cause sterility in humans. infecting all the tourists inside. The leader of The Consortium tries to escape WHO custody with help from disguised underlings. It is discovered Sienna didn't puncture the bag. and resolves to unleash it by herself. but discover that Sienna is already there. with water below and tourists above. it was water soluble and had dissolved one week previously in the Cistern waters. The virus has no cure. Robert.
. he is intent on solving the world's overpopulation problem by releasing a virus. changing the human genome back would be hazardous. A genius scientist and a madman who is obsessed with Dante's Inferno. She also worked for The Consortium. She believes the World Health Organization will cooperate with other government agencies to use Zobrist's new virus for weapons. Characters Robert Langdon: A professor of symbology at Harvard University and the protagonist of the novel. The human race. She uses The Consortium and Robert to follow the Map of Hell and get to ground zero before everyone else. She was a loyal disciple of Zobrist until she reads his last letter and decided to get his new technology before it can fall into the wrong hands.even with future technology. therefore. She helps Langdon find the virus Zobrist created. but she realizes that Zobrist had set off a futile search as he released his virus well beforehand. but her past relationship with Zobrist makes her loyalty to Langdon suspicious until the end of the novel. Felicity Sienna Brooks/FS-2080: A doctor and Zobrist's former lover. Bertrand Zobrist: The main antagonist of the novel despite not appearing physically for most of the novel because of his suicide in the prologue. has been forced into a new age of selfunderstanding. Elizabeth Sinskey: The head of the World Health Organization who hires Langdon to find Zobrist's virus.
he was able to hide the death mask and pass a secret message to his secretary for Robert. The Consortium decided to prevent Dr. Vayentha's second mistake was that Robert and Ignazio saw her following them a couple of hours later. Vayentha was always a loyal worker for The Consortium. The Consortium . When he learns that he was helping Zobrist in a bioterrorist attack. Before Ignazio died of a heart attack. When Dr. Sinksey from following the Map of Hell. and they decided to try to lose her by splitting up. he helps the World Health Organization to find the cure despite being arrested at the end of the novel. Sinskey and the World Health Organization found Zobrist's safety deposit box with the projector/map earlier than Zobrist intended. Sinskey what she needed to know about the map. . Robert and his friend Ignazio found and stole Dante's death mask. She is killed by Sienna in the Palazzo Vecchio. Sinksey found anything or b) prevent Robert from telling Dr.attempted to either a) get back the map's projector before Robert or Dr. In this time away from Vayentha. The provost tells Robert that Vayentha made critical mistakes in her mission for The Consortium. Consortium's provost: The head of The Consortium and the secondary antagonist.through Vayentha . He tries to accomplish Zobrist's wishes by securing the location of the virus from Langdon and Sinskey and to divulge a video Zobrist made before his death to the media. she lost Robert for a couple of hours around the Piazza della Singnoria as a result of a "cooing dove". Vayentha: The Consortium's agent in Florence with orders to follow Langdon. First.
Vayentha followed Robert and decided to pull him in for "interrogation". and staged events to make Robert trust Sienna and effectively be under The Consortium's control instead of working for the World Health Organization. Jonathan Ferris/Marconi: An agent of The Consortium who pretends to be in league with the World Health Organization. Ignazio Busoni: The director of Il Duomo in Florence who assists Langdon with Dante's death mask. and then made it seem like she was sent by the US consulate to Robert's location. She is pregnant with her first child. After letting Robert see her show up at the location he gave the US consulate. her third mistake. according to the provost of The Consortium. Sinskey. so they gave Robert drugs to erase his short-term memory. Christoph Brüder: Head of the SRS team (part of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) who is ordered by Sinskey to find Langdon after she lost contact with him. Marconi at the beginning of the novel. He used fake eyebrows and a mustache to pretend to be Dr. At this point The Consortium realized Robert didn't know anything that could help Dr. . Vayentha staged an assassination attempt of Robert in the hospital. To attempt to remedy her mistakes. He succumbs to a heart attack prior the events of the novel. created a fake head wound. Marta Alvarez: An employee in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence who assists Langdon with Dante's death mask. The Consortium told Vayentha they did not need her services anymore.
Turkish. Reception Inferno received mixed reviews from critics. Ettore Vio: The curator of St. and revealed the cover in late February of 2013. He also published the first chapter of Inferno along with a free ebook of The Da Vinci Code on March 17. Dutch. Brown creates so . and worked intensively under strict security and secrecy. Marketing Brown released the book's title on his website on January 15. Swedish and Danish for simultaneous release. have also released the official book trailer through YouTube. the official UK publisher of Dan Brown books. Italy. after prompting readers to help reveal a digital mosaic using social media posts. Italian. 2013. Finnish. Mark's basilica in Venice. Spanish. The publishers hired a team of 11 translators who worked on the project at the headquarters of Mondadori in Milan between February and April 2012. Mirsat: A guide of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Inferno has been translated into French. They were reportedly sequestered in a basement. 2013. Norwegian. German. Google Play and Barnes & Noble until March 24. The cover depicts the famous Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore located in Florence. The ebook was distributed for free to readers worldwide through online e-book stores like Amazon. Transworld publishers. Portuguese. Catalan. The New York Times praised the book as being "jampacked with tricks" and said that Langdon is on "one of those booklength scavenger hunts that Mr.
energetically"  Daily News (New York) reviewed the book favourably. writing: "Brown's fusion of gothic hyperbole with a pedant's tour-guide deliberately restrains the imagination through its awkward awfulness. but noted that "Brown’s art reigns over boredom.  Commercial performance . art history. and deemed it "the kind of satisfying escapist read that summers were made for." The Boston Globe's Chuck Leddy compared the book favourably to Brown's previous works." Other reviews were more negative." Samra Amir of The Express Tribune was critical of the novel's predictability and malapropism. while ignoring the role of large corporations with truly unsustainable production techniques. James Kidd of The Independent panned Brown's awkward prose but expressed approval of book's plot. It is argued that the book's tone supports conservative arguments that criminalize and attack the "poor and overpopulating masses" as the culprits. and imminent doom. Peter Conrad dismissed the book's content as "conspiratorial farrago" and further elaborated: "Inferno is also dreadful." Some reviews have criticized the novel's implicit views on population growth as the fundamental cause behind economic and environmental sustainability issues. abounding in malapropisms and solecisms. He manages to keep the reader glued. science. leaden restatements of the obvious and naive disinformation about the reality outside the batthronged belfry that is Brown's head." Writing for The Guardian. calling it a book of "harrowing fun threaded with coded messages.
Inferno initially sold 369. selling 228.000 copies at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan. which posted a debut of 91. Despite slipping 42% in its second week. Dan Brown's Inferno remained #1 on Nielsen BookScan for the week ending May 26.000. Another book has been announced for publication in June of 2013.000 copies. titled Templar Inferno: Knights of Rebellion.961 copies.000 copies and bringing its two-week total to 580. . selling 211. titledInferno Decoded. Inferno far outpaced the #2 book. Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed. Companion books One companion book to Brown's Inferno novel has already been published. It debuted as the #1 bestselling book in the USA and was also atop the UK's book charts in its first week in shops.