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win a copy of “inferno” by dan brown before the movie opens!

Inferno swag

I am a big Dan Brown fan — not to mention a big Tom Hanks fan — not to mention a big Felicity Jones fan — oh, not to mention a big Ron Howard fan — and I can’t wait to see Inferno, which is opening everywhere on Friday.

This box of swag from one of my favorite publicists has especially gotten me in the mood since it’s full of so many things that bring back memories of our amazing trips to Italy, where Inferno takes place.

In the movie, famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.

Inferno book

After we read the book years ago, my son and I had a fantastic conversation about one of the big themes of the story: overpopulation. It was fascinating to hear his opinions, and I would love to see the movie with him – except that he’s 3000 miles away.

So you can have some thought-provoking discussions, too — and because I always believe in reading the book before seeing the movie — I’m thrilled to be giving away a copy of Inferno to one lucky Midlife at the Oasis subscriber.

For a chance to win, you must be a subscriber to my weekly newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, first sign up in the right sidebar of this page. Then, simply leave a comment below.

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Contest ends on October 31 at midnight Pacific time. Winner will be notified by return email. Sorry, but prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.


  1. Oh, now that’s a book I want to win! Sounds like I’d enjoy it.

  2. sounds like a great read Lois – shame I’m in Australia (looks like I’ll have to buy my own copy!)

  3. I really liked Inferno– we went to Istanbul, and i had to find the sites in the book, and took pictures! And I love Tom Hanks. I am excited to see the movie.

  4. Markylena Tolbert-Wydman says:

    I’m looking forward to the movie and would love to win the book!!!

  5. vera wilson says:

    Think would be a good read. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Aha! We saw posters for this film everywhere we went in Italy recently! I’m eager to read the book, and then revisit Florence, Istanbul, etc. when the film comes out!

  7. Deborah Anderson says:

    I’ve read all of Dan Brown’s novels…except this one. Here’s my chance to rectify that! 🙂 Seriously, I love his books not just because of the thought-provoking subject matter but also because I can be an armchair world traveler at the same time. Win-win!

  8. Great Promo! Tom Hanks is such a good actor and really makes this book to movie franchise work well.

    • I love that you read it with your son. My son is an avid reader and loves a good book. He really enjoyed Benghazi. I look forward to reading this together and seeing the movie. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Sheryl Baron says:

    This sounds like quite an intriguing story. Makes for interesting dreams. I would love to win this book for my husband, who is a voracious reader. Then, maybe he would see the movie with me!

  10. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  11. Barbara Lima says:

    Dan Brown is a thrilling writer! I would love to read this book!

  12. As out of it as I sometimes am, I knew about the movie (and was hoping to see it when it came out on streaming services, because I rarely go to the movies) but had no idea it was a Dan Brown book. Now I want it!

  13. The only book of his I’ve read is DaVinci code years back — I was probably too young but I loved it then!
    He’s rather deep a writer.

  14. Love Dan Brown, Tom Hanks and swag! Thank you!

  15. Would love to see this movie – subscriber

  16. Donna Anderson says:

    Read the other books and watched other movies. Hear this one is the best.

  17. Today is my birthday and I’d love to win this!😃 Thanks for the chance.

  18. I am excited about this new movie with Tom Hanks. Also I have been a faithful subscriber for a while now. i need to re watch the first two to refresh my knowledge.

  19. I bet people who liked the other books will really like this one and the giveaway. I like Tom Hanks as an actor

  20. This movie looks great, love anything with Tom Hanks in it! I am always looking for a good book also.

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