By: Dan Brown
Robert Langdon series Book 1
I liked this one, the second one, a bit better.
Also, for the record, this is indeed the SECOND book in this series. It’s the more famous one, yes, but it’s the second, both in terms of setting and publication date.
And while I did find this one more entertaining, I will say that being a sequel was a major flaw for this book. It feels a little like a repeat of the first. One night of intense treasure hunting to save the world. The book references this fact briefly, with a kind of “Geez, I feel like I was just doing all of this” line from Robert Langdon. But still….
There’s no Illuminati this time. Instead, it’s Opus Dei, a lesser known but equally as real brotherhood.
Vittoria is gone and replaced with yet another femme fatale for Robert to fall head over heels for in all of one night. Eye roll.
And Robert Langdon himself is back in action. The man who can solve centuries old riddles that no one else can touch. Double eye roll.
But don’t get too caught up in comparing the two. I did. Brown is savvy enough not to write exactly everything the same.
And this one seems smoother. Less outrageous somehow. It’s still a lot of eye-rolling macho nonsense, but it’s a little more fun.
What do you think? Which one is your favorite?
What about Inferno? Is it worth a read?
See the Angels & Demons review for suggestions on what to read next.
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