From IMDB 1996 cast list
Inferno by Dan Brown is the 4th novel chronicling the life of Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of symbology. The story begins in a hospital in Florence, Italy with Robert waking up with no recollection of how he got there. Almost immediately, he is immersed in a whirlwind of conspiracy, political pressures, and assassination attempts. As he works in collaboration with a woman named Sienna to decipher a puzzle, and he uncovers more than he bargained for. Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital after he suffered a concussion from being a grazed with a bullet. He has been unconscious for quite some time and has no recollection of the events that brought him to Florence, Italy. Soon after his awakening, the hospital is infiltrated by an assassin, Vayentha, who begins to make her way towards Langdon’s room. Luckily a friend of Robert’s, Sienna, grabs him, and the two make their way to her apartment.
At the apartment, Robert begins searching for clues to determine how he arrived at his current predicament. Upon searching his jacket, he finds a canister with biohazard markings. Concerned, Robert phones the U.S. consulate who informs him that they have been searching for him. He provides them with an address close to Sienna’s apartment and awaits their arrival, watching out the window. Shortly after ending his phone call with the consulate the contract killer, Vayentha arrives at the address Robert provided them. He realizes that the U.S government wants him killed, so he investigates the canister further. Upon opening it, he finds that it is a high-tech device outfitted with a medieval bone cylinder that projects Botticelli’s ‘Map of Hell.’
Suddenly, the apartment building is raided by soldiers, forcing Sienna and Robert to flee. After escaping, Robert suggests that they should head towards The Old City, believing that the projection of Botticelli’s map has something to do with Dante’s Inferno. Along the way, they encounter a police blockade of officers searching for the two of them. They evade the blockade and uncover another clue concerning the meaning of the puzzle. This new clue directs them to the Palazzo Vecchio, where a painting by Vasari is located, ‘ The Battle of Marciano.’ The soldiers appear again, and Langdon and Sienna narrowly escape their grasp, eventually making it to the Old City.
In the Old City, they visit the Palazzo and speak with the director of the museum, Marta Alvarez. She mentions that he had been there the previous night to see Dante’s death mask with a man named Ignazio Busoni. Upon attempted viewing of the mask, they find that it has disappeared and go to look at the security footage. The footage reveals that Langdon and Busoni had stolen the mask, prompting the museum guards to attempt the arrest of Sienna and Robert, who manage to escape. At this moment, Robert receives word that Ignazio has passed away from a heart attack but left him a message saying only “Paradise 25.”
He links this cryptic message to the Florence Baptistry, where he and Sienna find the mask and another clue to the mystery from the current owner, a geneticist named Bertrand Zobrist. A man named Jonathan Ferris arrives who claims to be from the WHO (World Health Organization) and helps them evade the soldiers who have mysteriously located them again. They escape to Venice, but unfortunately, Jonathan falls unconscious, and the soldiers capture Robert. Luckily, Sienna can escape capture and disappears.
The novel provides many twists and turns that will leave the reader curious and be itching for more. The book is riddled with deceit and secrecy, with many shocks and surprises that will stun you. Dan Brown provides the reader with elaborate descriptions of the places and cities visited by Langdon, allowing the reader to envision the scenery accurately. As a result, this creates a subtle tension as it draws the reader away from the story at times of tense and exciting development points.
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