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Robert Langdon Returns For More Riddle Solving In Dan Brown's Inferno, Due Out In May

Fictional Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon will solving more riddles in a new story coming soon. Titled Inferno, the latest novel by New York Times Best Seller writer Dan Brown is set to arrive this May. Brown's character was featured in a few books already, including The Da Vinci Code, which went on to become a movie starring Tom Hanks. Today comes word that the next novel to feature the symbologist is Inferno, which as you may have already surmised, focuses on the history and mystery of the first part of Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy, Inferno. already has the book available for pre-order (opens in new tab), listing the following description for the novel, which arrives May 14.

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces…Dante’s Inferno.Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust…before the world is irrevocably altered.

Langdon was also featured in Angels and Demons, the novel that came before The Da Vinci Code, and the 2009 novel The Lost Symbol, but it was The Da Vinci Code that really grabbed people's attention. The story followed Langdon as he helped investigate a murder and in the process, explored Leonardo Da Vinci's art as it pertained to the story of Jesus Christ.

Blending fiction (and a murder mystery) with history and art resulted in a fascinating read and the book quickly shot to the top of the NY Times Best Seller list and was among the top selling novels of 2004 (falling only behind the massively-anticipated fifth Harry Potter book). Of course, it sparked controversy and criticism over the historical and religious aspects of the story, which likely only helped the book's success. Ten years later, it sounds like Brown's applying a similar formula to Dante's Inferno, giving readers the opportunity to see how Langdon handles this new riddle.

To pre-order the Kindle version, click here (opens in new tab). Or click here (opens in new tab) for the hardcover.

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