Inferno by Dan Brown – A Review from Booktopia’s Andrew Cattanach

Booktopia’s Andrew Cattanach has thrown himself into Dan Brown’s latest blockbuster. Read what he thought of all the hype .

(Scroll to the bottom to see the three lucky people receiving copies signed by Dan Brown).

How peculiar a world that seems content to throw billions of dollars at Adam Sandler dressing up as a woman to play his twin sister, yet derides an author because they offer more substance than style.

As an author Dan Brown has made no secret of being an excellent maths teacher. Where other writers of similar ilk go on speaking tours and blog about their genius, Dan Brown has chosen a life away from his millions of fans. To the outsider he appears nearly embarrassed at the juggernaut he’s created, one of the few authors without the names “E.L” and “James” to constantly be a hot topic of mainstream media everywhere.

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Cover for Dan Brown’s upcoming blockbuster ‘Inferno’ revealed

UPDATE: Now that the book is out, read our review here.

Publisher Random House has promised “…the most thrilling secrets remain locked inside”.

Exciting news for Dan Brown fans today as the cover for his early anticipation new novel Inferno was unveiled today.

Collectors of his previous bestsellers The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons and the record-breaking The Da Vinci Code won’t be left disappointed, with Inferno carrying much the same design as the rest of his catalogue.

A clue to the city where long-time protagonist Robert Langdon will match wits is featured prominently, along with the mysterious outline of a face at the top of the cover. What links the haunting image has to the story we can only guess, but it’s sure to have some huge twists and turns to the very last page.

It’s Dante’s famous work Inferno that is at the center of Brown’s latest novel of the same name.

“Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world,” Brown said in a statement. “With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm … a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways.”

You can check out the details of the book here.

And go to Dan Brown’s author page here

BREAKING NEWS – Dan Brown’s new novel Inferno due for release on May 14. Pre-order from Booktopia today.

UPDATE: Now that the book is out, read our review here.

Click here to pre-order Dan Brown's new book 'Inferno'

FROM RANDOM HOUSE:

Dan Brown’s new novel, the eagerly awaited follow-up to his No.1 international blockbuster, The Lost Symbol, will be published on the 14th of May this year.

The new book features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe. There, he is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.

The announcement was made today in London by Bill Scott-Kerr, Dan Brown’s long-term publisher at Transworld who said:

“I’ve been working with Dan Brown for over a decade now and every time he delivers a new novel, he never fails to surprise. As a storyteller, he has the great gift of being able to take you on a breathtaking rollercoaster ride at the same time as offering a fresh perspective on what he’s showing us along the way. This brilliant new Robert Langdon thriller is no exception – in Inferno he returns to the heart of old Europe and to the territory so compellingly occupied by The Da Vinci Code. It’s another star turn from start to finish.”

Dan Brown said, “Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm…a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways.”

Brett Osmond, Marketing and Publicity Director at Random House Australia said, “There’s no better guarantee of reading enjoyment than a new Dan Brown novel and the breaking news of Inferno is going to be sweet music to the ears of his legion of Australian fans. On 14 May we all get to re-ignite our passion for his thrillers as we join Robert Langdon, once again, on another unforgettable and relentless journey of intrigue and mystery. “

Click here to pre-order Dan Brown’s new book ‘Inferno’.

The Da Vinci Code is one of the bestselling novels in paperback in Australia since records began. The book spent more than a year on the bestseller lists and sold 1.7 million copies.

The Lost Symbol is one of Australia’s bestselling adult hardcover novels since records began, with current sales in excess of 650,000 copies (in both hardcover and paperback). There are 190m copies of Dan Brown’s books in print worldwide. Dan Brown’s novels have been translated into 51 languages.

Following the publication of The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s earlier novels, Digital Fortress, Deception Point and Angels and Demons have all gone on to become multi-million copy international bestsellers.

Click here to pre-order Dan Brown’s new book Inferno from Booktopia,
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What our customers think of Popular Penguins

One week down and three weeks to go in our fantastic Popular Penguin promotion and up for grabs are four Popular Penguin libraries. Yep, one set of 20 books of your choice are going off each week.

All the details are here. It is not too late to enter the competition.

Meanwhile, here are some comments from  some of our entrants so far. Having read through all of their wishlists, I reckon I should be curled up with one of those orange and cream beauties rather than writing this now! What a way to whet my appetite!

So the question Booktopia readers were asked was “which Popular Penguin book are you most looking forward to reading?” Continue reading

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