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Inferno

Robert Langdon (english) Band 4

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Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Inferno.

Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.
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"Jampacked with tricks...A BOOK-LENGTH SCAVENGER HUNT that Mr. Brown creates so energetically."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"AS CLOSE AS A BOOK CAN COME TO A SUMMERTIME CINEMATIC BLOCKBUSTER...Brown builds up Langdon's supporting cast, which is the strongest yet."--USA Today

"FAST, CLEVER, WELL-INFORMED...DAN BROWN IS THE MASTER OF THE INTELLECTUAL CLIFFHANGER."--The Wall Street Journal

"BROWN IS AT HIS BEST when he makes readers believe that dusty books and musty passageways are just covers for ancient global conspiracies."--The Washington Post

"A DIVERTING THRILLER...Brown stocks his latest book with all the familiar elements: puzzles, a beautiful female companion, and hints of secret conspiratorial agendas."--EW.com

"Brown gives us lots of history and culture...but he puts the story first. INFERNO IS THE KIND OF SATISFYING ESCAPIST READ THAT SUMMERS WERE MADE FOR."--The Boston Globe

"HARROWING FUN threaded with coded messages, art history, science, and imminent doom."--Daily News (New York)
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Dan Brown is the author of The Da Vinci Code, one of the most widely read novels of all time, as well as the international bestsellers Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress. He lives in New England with his wife.
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  • Chapter 1

    The memories materialized slowly . . . like bubbles surfacing from the darkness of a bottomless well.

    A veiled woman.

    Robert Langdon gazed at her across a river whose churning waters ran red with blood. On the far bank, the woman stood facing him, motionless, solemn, her face hidden by a shroud. In her hand she gripped a blue tainia cloth, which she now raised in honor of the sea of corpses at her feet. The smell of death hung everywhere.

    Seek, the woman whispered. And ye shall find.

    Langdon heard the words as if she had spoken them inside his head. "Who are you?" he called out, but his voice made no sound.

    Time grows short, she whispered. Seek and find.

    Langdon took a step toward the river, but he could see the waters were bloodred and too deep to traverse. When Langdon raised his eyes again to the veiled woman, the bodies at her feet had multiplied. There were hundreds of them now, maybe thousands, some still alive, writhing in agony, dying unthinkable deaths . . . consumed by fire, buried in feces, devouring one another. He could hear the mournful cries of human suffering echoing across the water.

    The woman moved toward him, holding out her slender hands, as if beckoning for help.

    "Who are you?!" Langdon again shouted.

    In response, the woman reached up and slowly lifted the veil from her face. She was strikingly beautiful, and yet older than Langdon had imagined-in her sixties perhaps, stately and strong, like a timeless statue. She had a sternly set jaw, deep soulful eyes, and long, silver-gray hair that cascaded over her shoulders in ringlets. An amulet of lapis lazuli hung around her neck-a single snake coiled around a staff.

    Langdon sensed he knew her . . . trusted her. But how? Why?

    She pointed now to a writhing pair of legs, which protruded upside down from the earth, apparently belonging to some poor soul who had been buried headfirst to his waist. The man's pale thigh bore a single letter-written in mud-R.

    R? Langdon thought, uncertain. As in . . . Robert? "Is that . . . me?"

    The woman's face revealed nothing. Seek and find, she repeated.

    Without warning, she began radiating a white light . . . brighter and brighter. Her entire body started vibrating intensely, and then, in a rush of thunder, she exploded into a thousand splintering shards of light.

    Langdon bolted awake, shouting.

    The room was bright. He was alone. The sharp smell of medicinal alcohol hung in the air, and somewhere a machine pinged in quiet rhythm with his heart. Langdon tried to move his right arm, but a sharp pain restrained him. He looked down and saw an IV tugging at the skin of his forearm.

    His pulse quickened, and the machines kept pace, pinging more rapidly.

    Where am I? What happened?

    The back of Langdon's head throbbed, a gnawing pain. Gingerly, he reached up with his free arm and touched his scalp, trying to locate the source of his headache. Beneath his matted hair, he found the hard nubs of a dozen or so stitches caked with dried blood.

    He closed his eyes, trying to remember an accident.

    Nothing. A total blank.

    Think.

    Only darkness.

    A man in scrubs hurried in, apparently alerted by Langdon's racing heart monitor. He had a shaggy beard, bushy mustache, and gentle eyes that radiated a thoughtful calm beneath his overgrown eyebrows.

    "What . . . happened?" Langdon managed. "Did I have an accident?"

    The bearded man put a finger to his lips and then rushed out, calling for someone down the hall.

    Langdon turned his head, but the movement sent a spike of pain radiating through his skull. He took deep breaths and let the pain pass. Then, very gently and methodically, he surveyed his sterile surroundings.

    The hospital room had a single bed
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 624
Erscheinungsdatum 21.08.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-525-56587-1
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17,5/10,8/4,2 cm
Gewicht 309 g
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zu empfehlen!
von Anna-Marie Runge am 17.09.2013
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Nicht nur ist das Buch spannend, sondern greift auch ein aktuelles Thema auf. Ich habe es auf einer fünfstündigen Zugfahrt angefangen, die dank des Buches wirklich sehr schnell umging. ;) Wie schon gesagt, dieses Buch ist wirklich empfehlenswert!