'The Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown calls Manila 'gates of hell' in new novel 'Inferno'

American author Dan Brown, who shot to fame with the first three installments of his wildly popular series of novels starring the fictional professor Robert Langdon (“Angels & Demons,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “The Lost Symbol”), called Manila the 'gates of hell.'

In "Inferno," the fourth part in Harvard art professor Robert Langdon’s adventures, one of the characters goes through "the gates of hell" in Manila. 

One character, Sienna Brooks, is a sexy 32-year-old English doctor who happens to be bald (because of a neurological condition). Brown describes her experience of joining a humanitarian mission to Manila, only to be shocked by its apocalyptic poverty and then raped by local ruffians.

An excerpt from the book goes: “When the group settled in among the throngs in the city of Manila—the most densely populated city on earth—Sienna could only gape in horror. She had never seen poverty on this scale.”
Brown then enumerated what Sienna saw: hungry kids gazing at her “with desolate eyes,” “six-hour traffic jams, suffocating pollution, and a horrifying sex trade, whose workers consisted primarily of young children, many of whom had been sold to pimps by parents who took solace in knowing that at least their children would be fed.”

“I’ve run through the gates of hell,” she said.

“All around her, she could see humanity overrun by its primal instinct for survival…When they face desperation…human beings become animals,” it read.

The impact of Dan Brown’s "Inferno" remains to be seen. While a work of fiction, Brown again provides an introduction that confuses the ordinary reader about what's true and what's not -- just like in his popular novel "The Da Vinci Code."

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