This is the first book in the Robert Langdon series, but this is the third one I read. I started with The DaVinci Code and then continued with Inferno, and I found them both entertaining, interesting and perfect for Hollywood movies. This one is no exception.
So why did I give it only two stars? Well, that was exactly part of the problem: this book was just like the others. Exactly like the others. Since I had already read two of his books, the formula felt old and the plot utterly predictable.
The other part of the problem was me. I recently read a fun article in The Millions called “Dumbest Thing Ever”: Scribbling in the Margins of Dan Brown’s Inferno where the author 'defaced' Inferno, with multiple notes on the margin making fun of the book. I still laugh when I re-read the article and unfortunately, I think they 'broke' Brown's book for me. My eyes cannot pass through one of his many ellipses without smiling. I swear, I hadn't notice them before the guy from the article pointed them out. His pacing now exasperated me, and every implausible situation described made me roll my eyes so hard it hurt. There were so many implausible things that by the time Langdon survives a plane crush, I was openly laughing.
It's not you, Dan, it's me. Two stars!