Origin: A Novel

Dan Brown
Whoever You Are.  Whatever You Believe.  Everything Is About To Change.  The stunningly inventive new novel from the world’s most popular thriller writer   Bilbao, Spain   Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.     As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.     Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.  Origin is stunningly inventive—Dan Brown's most brilliant and entertaining novel to date.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-02-14
I am not sure exactly why, but it took a while for me to get into this story. It is good though! Dan Brown weaves great fiction, though I always seem to be able to guess some of the puzzles long before Dr. Robert Langdon does. Still, well worth the read.
Reviewed: 2018-02-19

The Robert Langdon books, for me at least, are a guilty pleasure.  They are easy reads that are written like movies.  I usually don't see the twist ending coming.  I could see part of the end of this book coming, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.  

Reviewed: 2018-01-22
Absolutely superb.
Reviewed: 2017-10-13

People love to hate Dan Brown. But I love to read his books. His books are page-turners and entertaining. I don't need my books to be literary masterpieces.

 

I enjoyed the book throughout. As usual, there weren't any dull moments. It did follow a predictable path. I could tell when the presentation was not going to happen and when it was. I could tell when a person was assassin or when not. In fact, I kinda guessed the Regent's identity pretty early in the book. Inspite of all that, it was an entertaining read.

 

This book was light on "symbology" though, compared to previous Dan Brown books. And the few symbols that are discussed, half of them are shoehorned in. There's sections on Uber's and fedEx's logo, for crying out loud.

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