Author(s): Dan BrownDownload
Publish: Published July 17th 2018 (first published October 3rd 2017)
ISBN: Series Robert Langdon #5
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend 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, and one of Langdon’s first students.
But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced to flee. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch. They travel 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 re-ligion, Langdon and Vidal must evade an enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace. They uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery…and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
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The multiple POVs also seemed like attempts to build tension and didn’t ring true.
However the second half and climax were thrilling! It answered a lor of questions about where life came from and where we humans might be heading – and definitely Dan Brown’s answer to this question contains a germ of truth.
The H, Robert felt a bit old and dated – although knowledgeable – but that might also be a reflection of the author;sometimes protagonists’ demeanor reflects their creator.
On the whole a 4.75 stars just for that awesome finale!
What if we knew, could answer, be assured of these two poignant questions Where are we from? Where are we going? This books strives in a lot of pages to answer those two queries.
Our hero, Professor Langston, is back providing answers and well as questions to the very theories, and if you will, conspiracies of the modern age. Whether you believe in an almighty presence that was/is the cause of your life or whether you think we all come from a result of a primordial mixture stirred up by the rules of physics, this book will take you on an adventure through the ages of who created man and what could possibly be our future?
We all know that we have been touched, more probably inundated with technology. Can we go anywhere with out i phones, our computers, our GPS systems etc? Are we destined to be so linked to these technological instruments that they become us? That seems to be what the novel is trying to expose or possibly allow us to accept.
Always an interesting read, Mr Brown creates for his readers a “what if” scenario. We are all believers in wanting a better world, in wanting peace, in wanting for ourselves and those we love a life filled with the greatest things possible……And what about religion? Is there enough room in our technological future for a belief in God? Or does the power of machines so overwhelm our human stance that we no longer need belief in a higher being? This book revolves around the laws of physics which is pure science but takes a step back to wonder who was it that created these laws to begin with? It also makes one think of Steve Jobs as we read of the technological genius of this novel.
For those who love all those “what ifs”, this is a book for you.
I had such high hopes for Origin, and they were all surpassed. I am in awe of the amount of research and dedication Brown puts into these books, and it shows in each and every one. I mean, I guessed who was behind it all not even a third into the book ((view spoiler)[ mostly because I don’t trust AI, but whatever (hide spoiler)]), but waiting to see if I was correct engrossed me just as much. I was always questioning if there was a more logical answer. That being said, there were still many times that I was not expecting a twist. Brown is a master at keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Oh, and that discovery? So worth the wait, at least in my mind.
This book was definitely a step up from the last two books of the series. I am a sucker for a book that has a big proclamation but events happen that we do not hear it and the suspense is on. One will recognize a trademark of these books. Robert is once again thrust into a conspiracy which he races to reveal the truth and along the way he is accompanied by a beautiful woman. The author does deviate from his formula though. Robert is localized to one country instead of jet setting throughout the world. Also, Robert doesn’t need to rely on his expertise of symbology as much as he needs to rely on just his smarts. We do travel to amazing locales and iconic places in Spain where all these places play an important role in the story. We also get the controversial subject matter that might offend some people.
Dan Brown exploded onto the scene years ago with his first two books of this series. The following two books didn’t do much for me as they seemed formulaic and I was ready to give up on this series and author. I am glad I decided to give it one more chance as this book is suspenseful and kept my attention throughout. It is a fun ride.
I wouldn’t call myself a ‘fan’ of Dan Brown’s books but I do appreciate them for the escapism they provide. This one ‘in a nutshell’ is about science versus religion: Edmond Kirsch, a wealthy scientist (and consummate showman) is about to reveal his answers to the age-old questions of “Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?” which he claims will destroy the religions of the world, when he is shot down by an assassin’s bullet in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Robert Langdon, his one-time professor and friend, hopes to find a way to unlock Kirsch’s filmed presentation and reveal it to the world. He is helped by Edmond’s very human-like E-Wave computer named Winston and Ambra Vidal, the museum director and fiancee of the prince of Spain
My husband and I did a buddy-read and enjoyed talking about the final revelation. Intriguing! The ‘whodunit’ is a little obvious in this book but fits Edmond’s future predictions perfectly. Perhaps not the best in the series but worth reading.