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Dan Brown’s Inferno – A Review

I recently finished reading Dan Brown’s Inferno.  I almost always enjoy Brown’s novels (his misguided attempt at writing about signals intelligence in Digital Fortress was the sole exception).  I enjoy his blend of action, current events, history and fictional conspiracies.  I especially enjoy learning more about places I’ve visited and it makes me want to travel to see them once again. Don’t worry, no spoilers of note will appear in this article…I want you to enjoy this book as much as I did. I didn’t expect to be reviewing this book for these pages but the conspiracy in Inferno turned out to be a true ‘The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) event… biological terror plot of Earth shaking proportions. As with every Dan Brown novel he draws from current events as well as history.  In this case he sets up an adventure for Professor Robert Langdon, his protagonist from  The Lost Symbol, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels & Demons that draws inspiration from  a number of sources…most notably the Black Death Plague which reportedly cut the worlds population in half during the 14th century, current population growth models predicting a calamitous future as well as The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (free download for Kindle). The Black Plague was undoubtedly a TEOTWAWKI event and is described in some detail in the book but in broad descriptions…think about what it would have been like to live through…half of your family, half of your friends and acquaintances gone over a period of just a few years.  What would life be like if that were to happen today?  How would we maintain key infrastructure, knowledge and know-how and still see to the business of living…half the police gone, half the medical community gone, half the morticians, schoolteachers, firefighters, probate lawyers and trash collectors dead, too sick to come to work or to afraid to leave the...

Attenborough on Humans as Plague – Today’s Quote

We are a plague on the Earth…  Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now Sir David Attenborough via Humans are plague on Earth – Telegraph Andrew’s Note:  While I understand population concerns… as soon as someone begins calling humans a ‘plague’ I worry what remedies that person or those inspired by him/her will seek. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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