Origin

Origin

by Dan Brown
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Origin by Dan Brown

The #1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of The Da Vinci Code
 
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385514231
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Robert Langdon Series , #5
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 5
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

DAN BROWN is the author of numerous #1 international bestsellers, including The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, The Lost Symbol, Angels & Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.

Hometown:

New England

Date of Birth:

June 22, 1964

Place of Birth:

Exeter, New Hampshire

Education:

Phillips Exeter Academy 1982; B.A., Amherst College, 1986; University of Seville, Spain

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Anonymous 18 days ago
Once again, Dan Brown, through his character Robert Langdon, challenges us to consider deeply regarding religion and the world that we have been taught on the conventional level. His attention to the details of the story, using very real institutions make his work of fiction into very real probabilities. This book, as his others, meets his high standard of excellence through his attention to the details. I’m sure that, once again, this book will excite discussion and debate from every corner of the world including academic and religious. It is a must read for everyone unafraid to challenge their critical reasoning skills
Anonymous 17 days ago
Good display of researching computers and his views of religion. Sadly lacking in plot twists and the main character using his talents to figure things out. Very plodding at times. Not the level expected of Dan Brown.
Anonymous 15 days ago
The plot line was great. I ended up skimming the excruciating detail on modern architecture and art to get to the story. I even considered quitting a couple of times. It wasn't necessary and delayed the story.
Anonymous 11 days ago
If you want a long and detailed overview of Spanish modern art and architecture, if you enjoy reading the same bit of storyline over and over again, if you like to figure out who the bad guy is halfway through the book, then you will love this book. That's assuming you can make it through the first part of the book in which absolutely nothing happens to advance the plot. I wish someone had told me, as I am telling you, to skip the first two thirds of the book. At least the last third has some interesting scientific speculations.
Anonymous 15 days ago
A frightening look at what could be where we are going. However, the one thing I personally love about Professor Langdon is somewhat missing in this episode. Where are the symbols and clues that overwhelmed in previous books? I loved learning about the museums, castles and architecture of Barcelona, but missed the clues and symbology. Overall a good read, just...lacking the aha moments.....
Anonymous 17 days ago
Once again Robert Langdon and a beautiful woman save the world. Where have I read this before? Oh yes, Ian Fleming and James Bond.
Anonymous 18 days ago
A demanding read while at the same time creative and entertaining . I was so relieved to fine the underling question, the third question if I might be so bold. I will expect Spain to be the benefactor of increased tourism. I enjoyed exploring many of the buildings and spaces via research while reading this novel. It enriched the story, adding to the intrigue. Well done Dan Brown, another best seller.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Well done. I’m still a believer but really enjoyed the story and the way it was told. Can’t wait to get my own Winston.
Anonymous 8 days ago
More of an art appreciation book than anything else. Foreseeable ending.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Our Creator lives.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Loved it!
carlosmock 17 days ago
Origin by Dan Brown "These two mysteries lie at the heart of the human experience. Where do we come from? Where are we going? Humans creation and human destiny. They are the universal mysteries." p. 53 Edmund Kirsch, a philanthropist billionaire who was one of Robert Langdon's first students at Harvard University -- a mop-haired computer geek -- has the answers. As he prepares to share them with the world at a presentation in Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum, he is shot to death by a retired naval fanatic, Admiral Luis Ávila a member of the Palmerian conservative Catholic Church. It is now up to Ambra Vidal, Spain's prince consort's fiance, and Robert Langdon, the renowned Harvard Professor of Codes, Ciphers, and the Language of Symbols to decode the forty-seven character password so that the truth that Kirsch found can be disseminated to the world. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Kirsch had revealed his findings to three clerics, A Catholic Bishop, a Muslim Iman, and A Jewish Rabbi -- all members of the Parliament of World Religions. All of which become the main suspects until they start dying also. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal -- with Winston, Kirsch Artificial Intelligent computer -- 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's message, thus placing both Langdon and Vidal in direct danger. "Just imagine what would happen if we miraculously learned the answers to life's big questions...if we all suddenly glimpsed the same unmistakable proof and realized we had no choice but to open up our arms and accept it...together as a species." p88 Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us. Narrated from the third person point of view, "Origin" is a blockbuster! Racing through Spain with Robert Langdon and a captivating young woman named Ambra Vidal is an intriguing way to get us into this world of symbols, artwork, and religious extremism. The research is extensive and very well done. Every time I thought I’d figured out who the "bad guy" was, it shifted and looked like it was someone else. Finally, I just stopped trying and went along for the ride. And it is a joyride! If I had any complaint, it would be that Mr. Brown says on page 139 that Spain as a president -- when we all know that Spain has a prime minister. Other than that, I was mesmerized and captivated by the book. Could barely put it down. I read it in three days. One last note, whether you are an atheist or a religious fanatic -- or anything in between -- and especially in the times of "fake news" and Trump lies -- the book makes a very interesting and important point: "To permit ignorance is to empower it. To do nothing as our leaders proclaim absurdities is a crime of complacency. As is letting our schools and churches teach outright untruths to our children". p.291
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Anonymous 9 hours ago
Another great thought provoking story.
Anonymous 14 hours ago
Great read. Only a few chapters, but great work
Anonymous 17 hours ago
Please, Zeus, Don't let Dan Brown write another religious thriller, and if you do and I fall from grace and buy it, please strike me blind so I won't be tempted to read it. Oh, and when Winston calls in a couple of years, and I'm sure he will, don't answer.
Anonymous 19 hours ago
Loved this book. Really made you think about science religion and humanity. I learned a lot through the history so diligently researched.
Anonymous 1 days ago
Love it.
Anonymous 1 days ago
I couldn't put it down. Though, I'll admit, I had Winston pegged as the perp at about the 2/3 point. And I'm certainly guilty of anthropomorphisizing Winston because I miss him already.
bejtenorio 1 days ago
For a person who loves to travel, reading Dan Brown's novels is much better than reading travel magazines. This one is no different. He made a very compelling plot with Barcelona and Madrid in the background. However, at the end, I felt the ending was anti-climactic. Still, a very good read specially for all Dan Brown fans like me.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Great read held my interest from first page to last.
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Anonymous 2 days ago
Thought provoking to say the least!
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