The Fourth Circle of Hell by Gary Rappard has long been on my list. I’ve been eying this book down but knew I needed a good amount of time to sit down and take it all in. This book appears to be heavily inspired by Dan Brown’s writing style, so you instantly know you need to pay attention and be ready for some wild, wickedly intelligent hijinks. I couldn’t just slowly piece along with this book when it needed my full attention to detail!
So here I am, finishing off 2021 with an epic thriller with art, philosophy, and intellectual vibes.
For this review, I went back to my old style of play-by-play action, since I definitely wanted to make sure I got all of my notes right. So here… we… go…:
- Starts off with a bang – intruder alert, guns, and fear. High action and tension to introduce the user to what might be a very thrilling story.
- Secrets. There’s always secrets in this king of book book… And they are always very valuable.
- Machiavelli & Da Vinci are already referenced!
- Short, quick chapters. Almost too fast though… There are moments where I want things a little more fleshed out, but sometimes the circumstances are just… too good to be true, or the dialogue is just not all that engaging.
- Art history is on point!
- Only 10% into the book and we’ve already got an exciting chase! Also, murders, murders and more murders. But we do get a peek into the bad guy’s thinking… Multiple point of views for the win.
- “It’s too dangerous…” So they go down anyways. I wish I could have seen the shrugs and looks they gave each other when they admitted how bad of an idea it was to go forward but they went down anyways,
- I had never heard of the Brothers Gracchus before, so that was a cool learning moment! Bonus points for teaching me a few new things, and for allowing me to go research them after reading the book.
- Law enforcement are slowly trying to piece things together and really help tie the narrative in a nice summary bow, just in case you weren’t paying attention.
- There is SO MUCH going on in this book. I don’t know how I’d read this without an index if I was slowly reading this book over days. I feel like I’d forget! It’s not a bad thing that it’s so busy, but man… There’s so much history and intriguing facts in this book. It’s such a good thing, honestly, but is blowing my mind! I can’t keep up personally, and I can’t tell how all of it is connected. But it is wickedly smart and I can tell Gary Rappard did a lot of research. There are so many readers who will love this!
- Very impressed with the tax cuts and tax rates explanation on why market crashes and net jobs has not increased. My Business degree is applauding the info here as it does a fantastic job explaining the market’s current issues. Applause, applause, applause!
- Ending – quite good! This book felt long to get to it, but overall it wasn’t too bad! I enjoyed the read!
This book is a great read for those who love well-researched books and art history. I found it very interesting to read. If you love Dan Brown books, this is the type of book I would recommend to you.
Four out of five stars.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, Gary Rappard, in exchange for an honest review.
Looking for more thriller books to read? I have a bunch on my blog that you might enjoy if you liked this review:
A Better Part of Valor by Gary Corbin
Arctic Meltdown by Geza Tatrallyay
You Say Goodbye by Keith Steinbaum
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