Inferno (Dan Brown). Read books online free without registration and downloading. Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history. AS CLOSE AS A BOOK CAN COME TO A SUMMERTIME CINEMATIC BLOCKBUSTER Brown builds up Langdon's supporting cast, which is the strongest yet.
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Inferno by Dan Brown, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. 1 WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past. Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, most recently Inferno . His book The Da Vinci Code is one of the bestselling novels of all time.
View all 72 comments. May 31, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate or Abandon all hope, ye who enter here Dante and Virgil approach the entrance to Hell From the WorldofDante. There is, of course, a deadline. A mad scientist of a Dante super-fan, who takes theatrical delight in referring to himself as The Shade , would like to bring about a great renaissance for humanity, a reawakening similar to the one that occurred following the Black Plague.
As with that earlier event, The Shade , a Batman villain if ev Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate or Abandon all hope, ye who enter here Dante and Virgil approach the entrance to Hell From the WorldofDante. Malthus lives, and has spawned a group of die-hard Transhumanists who think we and our planet would be a lot better off were there significantly fewer of us using up space, air, water, et al, and hogging the remotes.
Or was he? Langdon wakes up in an ER, with a head wound, a distinctly fuzzy recollection of the recent past and thinks he is back in Massachusetts.
Brunelleschi didn't design any buildings in New England. That large dome you see out the window means you are in Florence. And, by the way, there is a well armed, nicely leather-clad biker person heading down the hall, weapons blazing.
Check please. This offers an example of something that is entirely depressing. Had that been an American hospital there is no way he could have gotten out without having to sign insurance forms or promissory notes, guns blazing or not. Mister Langdon. We need you to sign here, here, here, and initial here, here and here.
You, with the gun, take a number and have a seat. Gordon Liddy holding his hand over a flame at a dinner party to impress someone or other. He held it long enough to singe himself, and cause alarm in those present. But there are elements to reading his work that are certainly painful. I suppose one might think of it as a form of Purgatory.
You can certainly enjoy the good while putting up with the bad. The trick is not minding the latter. There are certain formulae at work, and if you are not prepared to be led along, keeping the blinders firmly affixed for the duration, you might do better to read something else with the several hours it takes to work your way through the levels in Inferno.
Yes, there are some We do not expect to find work similar to that of, say, Louise Erdrich, or Ron Rash, and it would be unfair, not to say unkind, to apply to Brown the metrics applied to writers of more serious fiction. But then, what standards should we apply? There are two general qualities that merit our attention here, and more specific elements within each. Is it entertaining?
Is it informative? Entertaining Does the story engage out attention? Or do we find ourselves wandering off? Is it fast-paced? Do we care about the characters? Is it fun? In short, does this make a good beach read? Informative Does it teach us something new? Is the information interesting? Does it address some larger issue, one of actual significance?
Does it make sense? While not, for me at least, as engaging as The DaVinci Code , I kept turning all pages, eager to find out what there was to be found, info and plot-wise. But I was not exactly panting to get back to the book at every free moment. Is the Pope Argentinian? This is what Brown does. Aside from the sort of occasional interruptions that might give the wearer of a pace-maker the sweats, noted in more detail below he keeps things moving along. That book was also a series. Battle, capture, rescue, escape, repeat, with bits of information about some underlying subject in the book tossed in to grease the narrative wheels.
Ditto here. Speaking of greasing, you will need to have some eye drops handy to avoid chafing from frequent eye-rolling. It seems that every time there is a need to gain access to some large institution, Brown trots out what seems almost a running joke of Robert Langdon having some relationship with the person in charge. I bet if Langdon needed 3am access to the UFO museum in Roswell, we would learn that he had tracked aliens with the museum director and had contributed a live specimen from the Crab Nebula at some time in the not too distant past.
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets? In one, the hero and heroine pause as the world collapses around them to engage in a lengthy soulful smooch.
Pay no attention to that incoming missile. In the second, a child dashes back to the burning-building or alien-infested-spaceship to retrieve her choose one - favorite stuffy, kitten, puppy, photo of long dead but really only missing mother or father.
Brown pauses the action every so often, inserts himself and his research into the narrative Bob, Si, relax. Ready, set, flee. Truthfully, it is tough not to care about a character that has the face of Tom Hanks ironed onto it, but yeah, I guess, although a lot less than a whole lot of other fictional people. It is fun to see Langdon attempting to recover his memory and figure out who that mysterious woman he keeps seeing in vision-flashes might be. So sure, why not.
Aside from those two, only a little here and there. Character is not the thing in Dan Brown books. Brown does revel in puzzles and there are more secrets embedded in Inferno than there are candied items in a fruit cake.
And some are quite delicious. OK, I hereby out myself as a weirdo who likes fruit cake. Literarily, Inferno is a lot more like chiffon cake than its denser cousin. Also there are enough twists to keep the cap machines at the Nogara Coke bottling factory busy for a long time. Does it make a good beach read? We learn of a mysterious transnational entity, that Brown swears is based on a real organization, that smoothes out the curves so that people of questionable motives, but certain resources, can go about their business unimpeded.
The head of this group might have been well served with a fluffy white kitty and a pinky ring. Brown offers some nifty tour guides to this and that location in several cities, and a fair bit of history on Dante and his most famous bit of writing. He offers some illuminating details on this or that building, painting and sculpture, including where it might have traveled over the centuries well, not the buildings, of course and whether the version we see today is a fully original specimen.
He also gives us a very good reason to take a tour of the secret passageways in Old World cities. The Vasari Corridor from Wiki commons Is the information interesting? Dante and His Poem by Michelino from Wikimedia If you find Dante and his best-known work of interest, and really, you should, this book is a lot of fun. Of course what constitutes interesting is almost always in the eye of the beholder.
If your thing is video games, well then not so much. Two in fact. One of the major elements in the story is the determination by our psycho-scientist billionaire sort that human population is about to reach a dangerous level, one which is likely to trigger all sorts of catastrophes.
There are various ways one can address this concern, but the underlying concern is quite real. Brown does us all a service by bringing it to the attention of millions of readers. Whether one sees this as a Satanic plot, yet another opportunity for the haves to have even more, or the beginning of a new human renaissance, the subject is worth checking out.
In some ways yes and in some ways no. There is validity to the underlying science. But would the baddie really leave a breadcrumb trail for potential foilers to his big bang? That said, it can be fun to descend into the bowels of the earth, or the watery substructures of ancient architectural marvels, however many levels down you care to go. Whether you think that Dan Brown belongs in literary heaven, Hades or somewhere in between, he makes a wonderful Virgil, leading us on an interesting journey, and showing us some things we might not have ever imagined.
It may not qualify as a divine book, but Inferno is one hell of a read. And I am sure there is significance to the fact that there are chapters in the book, plus a prologue and an epilogue, so but I have not been able to suss out exactly what. There are 99 cantos in the Commedia , maybe a couple more with this or that added, but I do not know how one can fluff that up to Yet, I am sure there is an explanation.
When if I find it I will include it here. Feb 02, Jayson rated it liked it Shelves: Lucky Robert Langdon, always adventuring with sexy, brainy women awed by his knowledge of art and symbology. View all 23 comments. Aaron turned on his computer and opened it to Goodreads. It was time. He looked around to be sure he was alone, and started writing He had to be quick about it.
They could be here at any minute, and he had to hurry. He had to make sure he went fast, because of the time constrain Aaron turned on his computer and opened it to Goodreads. He had to make sure he went fast, because of the time constraints. Speed was of the utmost importance. While it was true that he had enjoyed the facts listed in the book, he wasn't sure this was enough to warrant a good review.
Again, to be clear, no one else was around. He was alone and talking to himself. He started writing his review. The first thing he pointed out was that no one in the book spoke like a human being. Except at least Wikipedia entries straight-up tell you what you want to know, instead of posing everything as a Jeopardy question and lording the answer over you when you don't get it right.
But then Aaron started hurrying again because of how fast he definitely needed to be going because of the vague and undefined threat listed earlier in this review. Suddenly, Aaron was reminded of something from his past. He leaned back in his chair and just kind of stared into space for a whole chapter so about 2 or 3 pages remembering every single word from a speech he gave like 10 years ago. Luckily, that speech has the answers to everything he'll ever need to do to stop his vague and undefined enemies, so this is not strictly a waste of time.
Aaron looked up from his computer. Was that a sound that he'd heard? Sounds happen all the time. There it was again! He tried to slam the laptop closed to hide his work, but it was too late. They were here. He turned around. Above him stood a beautiful woman, with many attractive features that you, the male reader, would probably enjoy. I just came by to tell you that I mostly exist to tell you how smart and attractive you are. I probably have some sort of surface-level trait like 'I'm really smart' or 'I'm barren' to inform my 'character', but really I'm just totally into you.
Just things that SEEM like threats, but then end up being fine. I love a story with net zero stakes. The Hudson River is a mile km watercourse that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York State in the United States. I guess I will have no emotional reaction to any of this. Then the woman left. Like, I should've known who she was all along or something. There is no discernible reason to have withheld her name.
For you see, Aaron had to release his review soon. He had to. It was on Aaron, a humble book reviewer on a social media site, the kind of guy that you would never, ever think would end up in a world-saving scenario, to stop everyone on earth from reading a book. Finally, he finished. With the simple click of a mouse, he would release his warning to mankind. Only time would tell View all 28 comments. Jan 15, Parvez rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Thrillers or Mystery readers.
June 18, This book has Dan Brown written all over it. Robert Langdon wakes up at a hospital with no recollection of how he got there and as he starts to figure out what's going on, he starts getting deeper into a dangerous event that is about to take place.
From the very first page, a chain of events starts to take place at a very fast pace. Loved reading the book, just like Robert Langdon's previous journies.
At the beginning I found it a little bit annoying when every single details of various Italian tourist spots were being described. Some of them were so descriptive that at times it felt like reading a brochure. The description of various historic places probably could've been shortend a little bit. The thriller never ends though. A lot of twists as the story progresses and that's what keep you turning the pages. It's a fast pace story, as mentioned and the story telling style of Dan Browne is absolutely amazing, as usual.
A great read overall. January 15, It's coming out on May and I can't believe this book wasn't added to Goodreads already. Couldn't find it in Goodreads and so I added the book.
Can't wait for it to come out!!! Jan 23, David Lafferty rated it liked it. I've spent the past few years writing a book on Inferno, immersing myself in Dante's Commedia, and was looking forward to a fun read. While the book is decent it's still a disappointment. Despite having quite a few issues with Da Vinci Code, it was nevertheless a fun trip through the world of art and puzzle solving.
Unfortunately Inferno reads more like a movie treatment with some factoids thrown in. At times it reminded me of the old Batman episodes with the caped crusader pulling off an implau I've spent the past few years writing a book on Inferno, immersing myself in Dante's Commedia, and was looking forward to a fun read.
At times it reminded me of the old Batman episodes with the caped crusader pulling off an implausible escape from the bad guys every 5 minutes. On the plus side, Brown does give Dante a pretty good treatment for the reader not familiar with the Commedia. I also enjoyed the whirlwind tour of the city having visited Florence last year. Inferno continues to follow Brown's style of page-turning, very short chapters and I have to admit I got sucked in. On the minus side, the book is replete with the usual anti-Catholic bigotry although not as bad as Da Vinci Code.
And of course, there's the writing. Brown's writing isn't as bad as some of the critics say including some readers of this site , but Brown certainly isn't writing literary fiction either. An Introduction to Dante's Inferno View all 14 comments.
To be very honest, I had a lot of expectations from this book and Dan Brown does not disappoint. I'm not entirely happy with the book; the second half of the book lacked certain things and was not quite as interesting as the first part. The research work for this book is done very painstakingly and it shows.
View all 24 comments. I considered giving this two stars but then I realized there really wasn't anything I liked about it. It was so boring and it took me more than a week to get through. There's nothing much to say about this to be honest.
The plot was kind of intriguing I considered giving this two stars but then I realized there really wasn't anything I liked about it. The plot was kind of intriguing mostly because it raised ethical questions and provided food for thought but the characters were so underdeveloped and felt really flat.
As a result of this, I wasn't invested in any of them or the story. It all just plodded along with me quirking an eyebrow here and there and wondering when it was going to end. I certainly don't understand why it took so many pages to tell this very mediocre story. As it usually goes with Dan Brown books this read like a tour of ancient buildings in ancient cities and while these would have been great to explore on a tour in person or even read in a guide book, Brown does a terrible job of interweaving the story and these 'attractions' Would I recommend this to anyone?
Not really. There's nothing to see here so I would encourage you to keep it moving. View all 34 comments. A film adaptation was released in the United States on October 28, Harvard professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with a head wound and no memory of the last few days.
He last remembers walking on the Harvard campus, but he quickly realizes that he is now in Florence, Italy. Sienna Brooks, one of the doctors tending to him, reveals that he is suffering from amnesia. When Vayentha, a female assassin, shows up in the hospital and kills Dr. Marconi, Brooks helps Langdon escape, and they flee to her apartment.
View all 5 comments. Apr 30, Namratha rated it did not like it Shelves: Oh, Mr. And then, barely twenty pages had passed by and my buoyant emotions pretty much went The Little Mermaid Way: The author has decided to morph into a dry-as-day-old-bread version of Wikipedia. And also, into a closet tourist guide - a tourist guide who will bore the sweaty and itchy tourists into a rigid stupor as he drones on, ad nauseum , about every gilt-edged pillar and every conspiracy-ridden niche that the museums of Italy seem to be overflowing with.
And might I add that the plot was non-existent. So my reaction at the complete absence of a storyline began at a mild: And still, no plot.
I am getting a tad snitty and mighty snotty now, Mr. Take it from here, Miss. I remind myself that Dan Brown is an articulate man with a brilliant mind. But a description of Gondolas? Which, for the record, wasn't essential to the plot.
And then, a faint glimmer of hope. It exists! But wait, I spoke too soon. What you saw and read and believed is NOT what you saw and read and believed. Yes, big shock there, Prof. On a parallel but seemingly wholly unrelated note, is the plot progressing? No sir. Not at all. Stop it, Mr. Stop it.
I want to stop. I must finish it. I must. I will see the promised land. Not agonizing, brain-numbing pages long. Langdon is facing what could probably be the biggest catastrophe of his life.
And his reactions? Dry chuckles. Startled asides. The occasional uppity smirk. Kristen Stewart.
YOU have more expressions than Robert Langdon. And really, were her actions justified? I think not. Langdon, stop acting all noble and understanding. You just want to, excuse the crudeness , get into her pants. View all 36 comments. May 12, Jason rated it liked it. To all the folks who rate a book before they've read it, skewing the ratings for everyone Leave our ratings alone.
View all 4 comments. It's been on my to-read list for ages, so is The Lost Symbol still. Now that the film will be released soon, I needed to get a grip and read it. And I, too, decided to skip Book 3 and move straight on to this one. My expectations are fulfilled. Mysteries, art, intruige, a race against time. But since I last read a Dan Brown novel a few years have passed and I've read lots of amazing books.
I'm not as easily impressed as I was then. I have some points that I want to talk about, things that bugged me in the novel. Lacking character-depth and stereotypes. She is supposed to be one of the smartest people alive, IQ-wise. But apart from the fact that - mild spoiler - she is a scientist and had a difficult childhood because of her high intelligence, the is no trace of said IQ.
Dan Brown is no expert when it comes to writing women. Overused plot line. It's a story that made millions of dollars for Dan Brown, so of course he would be stupid not to try it again and again. I, however, got tired of it after the first pages. The riddles and Inferno -references were no doubt very intruiging, but also immensely repetitive.
With all due respect to Dante, why didn't he just go to hell - pun intended. But what did I expect when I decided to read a book called Inferno, really. You're so hot! Nice read, nevertheless disappointing for many reasons. Hope the film will be better though the trailer destroyed my hopes already. Find more of my books on Instagram View all 11 comments. May 15, Connie rated it did not like it Shelves: Making this as read just so I can do a stupid review I just can't finish it In addition to his being handsome, he seemed to possess a sincerely good heart.
In some distant, alternate life, Robert Langdon might even be someone she could be with. I mean, this isn't even an original love twist I'm over it So far Langdon has escaped several assassination attempts. He has managed to escape several times from places that were inescapable. So we're suppose to believe he is insanely clever, right? When he meets up with a lady he met the night before he has short term amnesia If you're trying to act like you don't have amnesia, don't question every thing she tells you from the night before, moron!
I just can't take it anymore I honestly feel that Brown has just totally sold himself out here He has not only recycled generic writing themes, he has used boring, unimaginative ones to boot! Where the hell is Robert Langdon? I just can't picture him. There is no clear picture of him or his personality. How dare Dan Brown assume that everyone has read the previous books. As an author I would think that you can never assume that your reading audience has read your other books.
This might be the very first time they have picked up one of your novels. Yet, Brown gives us no insight to who Langdon is. What makes him tick? There simply is no inner workings to his mind or his personality here.
So very disappointed I seriously wanted to finish this book, but I've been debating with myself the entire time from that stupid paragraph until now I mean, seriously, I'm in the middle of a paragraph and ask myself, "Connie, how much longer are you going to go on with this rubbish? View all 57 comments. May 04, Metalligazza added it.
View all 26 comments. Aug 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Read this years ago I preferred Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code; however, this is a very close third as the concept of Dante and the fiery gates of hell are also quite good. Dan Brown doesn't let you down and you should definitely keep reading this series -- especially with the movie now coming out! What I love most is the back and forth point of view, unsure how everyone is connection, and who will figure out the end game first.
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All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. View 2 comments. If something in my review is marked with a spoiler tag, it really is a spoiler. If nothing else, Dan Brown's Inferno reminded me that the interrobang?! Also, why use one ellipsis I can't take this book seriously.
It took me over a month to read it, and most of Warning: It took me over a month to read it, and most of that month was spent snickering over what a delicate flower Robert Langdon is. Somewhere in the apartment, a phone was ringing. It was a piercing, old-fashioned ring, coming from the kitchen.
When a ringing phone startles your hero enough to warrant an interrobang, I think it's safe to say the fate of the world is doomed. Inferno is the simple story of one man, a "handsome" Harvard professor of "symbology," who loses his virginity on a wild night and doesn't remember it in the morning. The Mickey Mouse "Timepiece" Langdon is dismayed when he wakes up in a Florence hospital with no memory of getting there and no Mickey Mouse timepiece on his wrist.
For many people, Mickey Mouse symbolizes innocence and paying over-inflated prices for food at a theme park. This is something that a world-renowned symbologist would know. Therefore, Langdon loses his "innocence" before the story ever starts and spends the whole book mourning it.
Somehow, between then and now, he had managed to lose his clothing, his Mickey Mouse watch, and two days of his life.
Dan Brown practically spells it out for us! The Sullying of the Harris Tweed Jacket Langdon is crushed to find that his favorite Harris Tweed jacket what all stereotypical Harvard professors wear has been damaged and dirtied in his forgotten adventures. In fact, the Harris Tweed jacket view spoiler [has a brand new hole in it! Now, one would think that a famed art historian and world-renowned symbologist wouldn't blush at the site of the glorious male appendage of sexing.
But that's only because one doesn't know Bob Langdon. At one point, Bob compares the "classy" Italian graffiti on the back of a Porta Potty to the inferior graffiti in the good ol' U S of A: Most American Porta-Potties were covered with sophomoric cartoons that vaguely resembled huge breasts or penises. You would fixate on the naughty bits, wouldn't you, Bob? Normally, Langdon's visits to the Palazzo Vecchio had begun here on the Piazza della Signoria, which, despite its overabundance of phalluses, had always been one of his favorite plazas in all of Europe.
Really, it's almost like he's going out of his way to be offended by the many peens of Florence. Langdon intentionally ignored the oft-maligned Hercules and Diomedes, whose naked bodies were locked in an awkward-looking wrestling match, which included a creative "penile grip" that always made Langdon cringe.
But one mention of our "penile gripping" warriors isn't enough for Bob. Hercules was holding Diomedes upside down, preparing to throw him, while Diomedes was tightly gripping Hercules' penis, as if to say, "Are you sure you want to throw me? Why is there not a term for a man's virginity? There needs to be a term. I find Dan Brown's writing adorable.
And by "adorable," I mean very naive, bland, and repetitious. He just happily types away at his little mysteries with the same character types in every book, the same things happening, the same inexplicable tendency for ladies to think that Robert Langdon is handsome. Don't worry about losing the plot from chapter to chapter or paragraph to paragraph, because Brown will recap the fuck out of it to such an extent that you'll never forget. Also, prepare to be not very surprised with frequency.
At least we have the travelogue through Florence and other world cities, in which Langdon stops in the middle of a high-speed chase or frantic search for clues to admire the architecture and artwork. Because that didn't get tedious or anything. I will close this review with an observation by Sienna, Langdon's Sexy Sue du jour: The statue before them depicted an obese, naked dwarf straddling a giant turtle.
The dwarf's testicles were squashed against the turtle's shell, and the turtle's mouth was dribbling water, as if he were ill. When it comes down to it, this is my favorite passage from the book.
Google the "Fontana del Bacchino" to see the most glorious statue of all time. View all 52 comments. Jul 06, Matthew rated it it was ok Shelves: Kinda blah after the other Langdon entries. Getting a little used to the Langdon formula. Also, in the end it was not all that great of a story in my opinion.
Honestly, hard for me to believe they got another movie in the series out of this I hope they changed a lot of it to make it more interesting! View all 17 comments. May 15, Darwin8u rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm not sure why I volunteered to jump into another Damned Dan Brown novel. What Circle of Dante's Inferno was designed for a cynical, but weak reader who keeps returning to those crappy, popular authors Damn Brown Brown, Orson Scott Card , Tom Clancy of their youth hoping to drink from the waters of Bimini?
What circle do you consign the novel's author? Look, the novel isn't THAT horrible. He IS as everyone keeps telling me the master of page-turning historical mysteries, but I'm just not sure if that says MORE about page-turning historical mysteries, Damned Dan Brown, or us as readers. To be fair, while I despise Damned Dan Brown's actual words, his style, and his in-artful language, his plotting does somehow turn me on occasionally as a reader. This is the most likely circle 'Inferno' belongs to.
I think Damned Dan Brown's major issue is his self-indulgence. DDB's style is inflated, but doesn't actually inform. His metaphors are swollen. His descriptions are possessed of a majority gristle with very little actual literary meat. Half of the book reminds me of some obscure teenager's fan fiction site cribbing a Lonely Planet Publication's guide to write about Florence , Venice , and Istanbul.
It is obvious why Damned Dan Brown writes this way It reminds me of why I hate it when directors in Hollywood become successful. They stop being interesting and instead become hacks. Real art is not usually bought, real literature is most often ignored I know that is a cliche, but it IS true. The amazing thing is that DDB started in the beginning as a hack and has just perfected hackery to a point where he will certainly be able to print money in 20 years by just publishing an Italian phone book.
No, not really. He is told that they are searching for him and that they want his location. However, when he looks from the apartment window and sees an armed Vayentha pulling up to the location he has given them, Robert realizes that the U. Suddenly, soldiers raid the building. Sienna and Robert narrowly escape. Robert and Sienna head toward the Old City, believing that the cylinder must have something to do with Dante.
However, they find that Florentine police officers and Carabinieri officers have sealed the bridges and are searching for them. The mysterious soldiers appear again. Robert realizes that he is retracing his steps from the previous night. They look at security footage and see Robert himself and Ignazio stealing the mask. The museum guards turn on Robert and Sienna.
Robert and Sienna escape the guards, but the soldiers arrive. They follow the riddle to Venice , where Jonathan suddenly falls unconscious. Robert is captured by the black soldiers, while Sienna escapes.
Robert is taken to Elizabeth Sinskey , the director-general of the WHO, and receives an extensive explanation of what is happening: Zobrist, who committed suicide the week before, was a mad scientist and Dante fanatic who engineered a new strain of the Black Death to cleanse the world of overpopulation.
However, Robert stopped calling in after meeting with Marta and Ignazio, and the WHO feared he betrayed them and was working with Zobrist to unleash the plague. Zobrist had paid a shadowy consulting group called The Consortium to protect the cylinder until a certain date. When Elizabeth took it away, they were obligated to protect whatever the bone cylinder pointed to. They gave Robert drugs to erase his short-term memory, created a fake head wound, and staged every event up to this point so that Robert would desperately solve them.
The leader of The Consortium, having become aware of the bioterrorism plot, has agreed to cooperate with the WHO. Sienna goes rogue and The Consortium realizes she was a secret supporter of Zobrist. She learned where the plague is being kept after Robert solved the riddle, and resolves to unleash it manually.
At the Hagia Sophia , Robert and the others learn that the plague is in the Cistern, but discover that Sienna is already there. The bag that holds the plague has been broken, infecting all the tourists inside. The leader of The Consortium tries to escape WHO custody with help from disguised underlings, but is caught later by Turkish police. It is implied that The Consortium will be investigated and ruined. Sienna receives amnesty in exchange for working with the WHO to address the crisis, since she is a medical doctor and transhumanist writer.
The virus employs DNA modification to cause infertility in one-third of humans. The virus has no cure , and even with future technology, changing the human genome back would be hazardous. The human race, therefore, has been forced into a new age of self-understanding. Robert Langdon: A professor of symbology at Harvard University. Bertrand Zobrist: Sienna Brooks: She also worked for The Consortium. She helps Langdon find the virus Zobrist created, but her past relationship with Zobrist makes her loyalty to Langdon suspicious until the end of the novel.
She was a loyal disciple of Zobrist until she reads his last letter and decides to get a hold of his new technology before it can fall into the wrong hands. She uses The Consortium and Robert to follow the Map of Hell and get to ground zero before everyone else, but realizes that Zobrist had set off a futile search as he released his virus well beforehand.
Elizabeth Sinskey: The Provost: The head of The Consortium. When he learns that he was helping Zobrist in a bioterrorist attack, he helps the World Health Organization find the weapon. He is eventually arrested for his hand in the events.