Origin: A Novel by Dan BrownOrigin: A Novel by Dan Brown

Origin: A Novel

byDan Brown

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller (October 2017) 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.
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.
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Title:Origin: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.55 × 6.34 × 1.59 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Certainly not one of his best books. The storyline is very stretched and thus very thin. Not much suspense built and none delivered. Has the author become unimaginative. Hope not.
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Repeat Really It seems with the Robert Langdon series, Dan Brown is repeating himself now. It's the usual Langdon falls into a problem, Langdon gets a series of symbols and clues to solve, Langdon solves said symbols and clues, Langdon uncovers something earth-shattering from said symbols and clues, Langdon decides not to reveal said earth-shattering something, and Langdon goes home. Please come up with something different Mr. Brown. The only thing I rather enjoyed about this book was the inclusion of science making it almost like a sci-fi novel.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Robert Langdon book Dan Brown delivered another fantabulous book with one of my favourite characters: Robert Langdon. Origin is the fifth book in the series. I absolutely love how Dan Brown takes you on thrilling adventures happening at so many places and how he brings history and science to life. Hurry up and make the movie already! I can't wait to see this one on the silver screen.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not much of a revelation Hard to top the DaVinci Code, but Dan Brown does keep trying. He brings back Professor Robert Langdon and puts him in another race to find a secret that could change the world. Unlike its predecessor, DaVinci Code, this book lacks the incredulous twist and the attempted extra "wow" at the end was predictable and expected. Langdon's quest also lacked the many clues and symbols from previous works, and the book was 2/3 complete by the time he and this novel's femme du jour, Andra Vidal, figured out the password to unlocking the treasure, a presentation confirming the age old question of where we come from. There was just too much background story. Not a terrible read, but there was lots I could skip over without missing anything of great importance to the main plot.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intellectually stimulating! Dan Brown never seems to disappoint; a gripping novel from page one right through the end. If you are interested in humanity, science and art; this is the perfect novel which marries all of these nuances.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Although it is not my favourite Dan Brown book, it was still a great and interesting read full of action, suspense and mystery.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Very well written, I love the history he brought to this book and the suspense.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Favorite This novel quickly became my favorite from Dan Brown; and one of my favorites in general. Dan Brown is next to none when it comes to integrating real life into his novels, and this novel is no exception. It's so well written, it's almost as if it was telling a story as it was happening in real time. It's hard to really review this book without giving away anything, but I will say... this is a novel that could be good for everyone - because everyone can take something different and meaningful away from it, in their own interpretation of the underlying importance and message. The whole way through, I found myself constantly checking my phone for key research points and artwork - which is one thing I love about reading Dan Brown novels. If I could give ten stars, I would, but alas five will have to suffice!
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a fantastic read I am a huge fan of Dan Brown's works. Love the use of art history, architecture, iconography, character description, destinations and adventure packed into all is works. Can not get enough! Now that i have finished this novel... i need more Dan Brown!
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Giving it three stars because it was a good read but, in my opinion, not comparable to his previous novels. I found the build up a bit too over the top for a climax that didn't deliver. Still an enjoyable journey, however...
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Liked it! I didn't enjoy the previous one (Inferno) compared to the earlier novels but this one is great! I liked learning about Spain's History. #Plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unimpressed Brown's newest Robert Langdon novel reads as if the author expects it to become a movie. Lacking is all the history and intrigue which made his previous books such great reads. For the first hundred pages of the book nothing happens, there is a fair bit of setup and minutia, but the adventure doesn't actually begin until the second half - and even then it's disappointing. If you've never read a Dan Brown book, start with any of the others first.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! Just like i expected - not disappointed at all as we live trough another Robert Langdon adventure. Absolutely love the symbology and twists to the story!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS! I could not put this book down! Kept me guessing and had me shocked by the end! In true Dan Brown fashion, he manages to open our imaginations and take us along for the ride!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling It's an interesting look at the world of artificial intelligence. It has all the same ingredients as his other Robert Langdon books. A clever use of symbols and a meshing of two fields of study that are known to clash: science and religion. I found the ending not as tedious as the previous book. It's as fast paced as all the others. A very good read overall.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Same formula as the others in the series but a great read nevertheless. I love the short chapters. Keeps you guessing and easy to get through while on vacation.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown does it again... This book is fantastic, thriller and mysterious. Loved reading it
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read from Dan Brown I read this book in 2 days. I always try to figure out the ending and I couldn't figure out what where humanity was heading and when I got to the end it seemed so obvious. Also, I love to travel and I always enjoy how Dan Brown includes a lot of "off the beaten track" tourist locations (many that I have been to) which really adds to the book. Very interesting read.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from There was potential. The story line had a lot of potential. The way Brown was building up the mystery, it really got your hopes up. But what a shit ending. He had such a good story line, he could have done so much with it but the ending and what the mystery turned out to be was just dumb and ridiculous. The series should have just stopped at Angels and Demons.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gosh it can't get better than this! I bought this book when it came out, I read it in one day, a page turner!
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I see another movie in the mix Excellent , well done again, another great read from Dan Brown, I can see another movie coming soon
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good read I must say I was a little let down by Brown's last 2 releases (Inferno and The Lost Symbol), but being a fan of this genre of novel (historical, science, religion, culture all in one) and his other novels, I picked this one up. It took a couple of chapters to get set everything up and get the action moving, but once it did I was not disappointed. As it progressed it definitely had me thinking about the issues being presented and my own standpoints. Also how our society and world is so inundated with technology and its advantages and drawbacks.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspensful Really enjoyed this Dan Brown, hope it is produced into a movie also.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown Origin I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown Origin I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expected more from the book I enjoyed all the other Dan Brown books, but this one felt drawn out. It feels like it could have been 100 pages lighter or a lot more references from artwork, architecture, etc. could have been used, like in the past Landon books.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Safe Bet Another solid effort from Dan Brown in the Robert Langdon series… Origin features the return of Robert Langdon, symbologist and general know everything kind of guy. Robert’s genius protege Edmund Kirsch is convinced he has uncovered the scientific answers to two questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going? His theory is met with a great deal of fear from religious leaders and violent resistance to his ideas. And of course Robert Langdon finds himself caught in the middle, with a beautiful side kick. Who is charge of this resistance? Everyone you meet is a suspect. Robert and Ambra are anxious to find a way to release the information Edmund discovered before they are stopped permanently. Personally, I love all the historic, religious and cultural information that Dan Brown provides. I find it fascinating. No surprises here, if you are at all a fan of the Da Vinci Code, you will enjoy this one. Perhaps a bit slow moving at the beginning with all the set-up, but the pace picks up nicely as the story goes on. 4 stars.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Origin Disappointingly I realized who orchestrated part of the plot point about 150 pages from the end of the book, so I was not very shocked and spent the last bit of the book bored. That being said, I do enjoy Dan Brown and and art and symbols he speaks of in his book, I generally find I learn *something*. Decent story
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Dan Brown is always a sure thing when it comes to an entertaining read. As someone who studied art at school, I enjoy his descriptions of art and architecture in his books. I felt like this book took a while to get going, but overall another excellent story.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Dan Brown, one of the most interesting books. Story never ends.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book. It was a good read and it kept my attention. You can't go wrong with Dan Brown.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought this as a Christmas present for my partner because he loved "Da Vinci Code" so much, and the store clerk said the book was as good as "Da Vinci Code". My partner read it aloud in the evenings so that we could share in it. Both of us were extremely disappointed. The author puts up a wall between the characters in the story and the audience by not being specific with new information and turns of event. Instead, we were kept guessing and waiting for way too long. We felt ignored. The author also detailed his own knowledge many times (e.g., about Spanish locations), which took us out of the story every time. We did want to finish the story, because we were still waiting for the author's promise of excitement, but the promise wasn't kept. Congrats to Dan Brown for being published again, but I wish I could return the book to Indigo!
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read I've always enjoyed dan brown books and this one definitely lives up to his standards. I just hope they don't create a movie based on this as those are never as great as reading the book
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wanted to love it... I started this on a flight. It's perfect airplane reading. Then when I got to my destination, I couldn't tolerate it. Finished it on the flight home. Overly simple and complicated at the same time, this book felt really unfocused and the overall "wait for it" premise that would "change the world" was overblown and somewhat ridiculous. That being said, it's a good read in the right setting.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Addition I am obsessed with the Langdon series and this one didn't disappoint. I was able to read it in 5 days and have recommended it to quite a few friends.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A finely detailed story with excellent character and plot development. A must read.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... Not his best work I was very excited to read Origin. It's been awhile since I've read a Dan Brown book. What I do enjoy about Dan Brown books is the amount of research that goes into the details of the book. However, I felt like the book was about 150 pages too long. I agree with some other reviews, that had I spoke (or read) Spanish, I could probably have quickly guessed the email address. That being said, Dan Brown is consistent in his writing, which made me guess who the 'villain' was in the book within the first 100 pages. I wasn't overly surprised by the unfoldings at the end of the book, although I don't quite understand how it fits in with the book. I would be on the fence about recommending this book to someone else.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved it almost as much as other Dan Brown books, great plot #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it got it for a great price, and it's a nice looking book. also got delivery very quickly. Looking forward to finishing it!
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Change From Other Langdon Books Most of the books with Robert Langdon as the main character focus on the symbolism in famous art. This was a unique change of pace with the focus on Spanish history, technological advances, and modern architecture. Overall a really great read that keeps you guessing until the end.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If you've read one, Then you've read most Dan Brown books. His writing is pretty formulaic, and this book is a great example. It's decent light reading, but I should have saved my money and reread The Lost Symbol or Da Vinci Code. Was I surprised by the ending? A little bit. But if I spoke Spanish or understood it at all, I probably wouldn't have been.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I am new to Dan Brown books and have been devouring them. Origin will definitely keep you glued to it until you're finished the book :)
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from couldn't even finish it i love the odd formulaic novel, but dan brown is going to the next level as far as keeping things predictable. i'd rather re-read some of his other novels, knowing what happens, than waste more time on this mess.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Origin"al Dan Brown Book This book was completely different than all of the other Dan Brown books. It is more futuristic and made me uneasy at some points since he writes in a style that seems so realistic to where life seems to be headed. Although it didn't have as twisted as a plot, it is still a great read.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I love all of Dan Brown's books about Robert Langdon, and ORIGIN was a fantastic addition to the storyline! It's not as intense as Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Inferno, but I still loved it and found it very difficult to put down! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not up to par I really enjoyed Dan's other books but I didn't think this lived up to the others. Love the Robert Langdon character but I didn't feel there were as many twists as in prior books. Ending was a bit blah for all the build up.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Entertaining This was a quick read with many twists. Dan Brown revisits some of his old patterns though and the final chapters become predictable. I still enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than Inferno Futuristic, with a religious/scientific battle that combines the two making for an excellent story. When will Robert Langdon find a partner or will he go on for ever alone?
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Great read very witty and interesting
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not his best I didn't really like this book as much as the other Robert Langdon novels. It felt a little simple in comparison to them, but it was still a pretty decent read and the story wasn't terrible, I just wish there was a little more to it
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Yet! This is Dan Brown's best Robert Landgon book yet. If you like the Da Vinci Code and the Robert Langdon series, you will love this book.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Love the book, highly recommend to a friend!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good a novel as the rest of the series. On the contrary to its best ones, this book starts with a big promising event and declarations but doesn’t deliver much in the end. The reveal feels flat, if considered a reveal at all. Always lots to learn from though, just not as jaw dropping of an end as Dan Brown accustomed us to.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it :) I got this for Christmas and started reading it right away. I always really enjoy Dan Brown's books! I especially loved the science discussion/side of this book and immediately pictured Elon Musk as Edmond Kirsch, haha. It was suspenseful enough that it had me simultaneously wanting to read until I figured it out, and wanting to step away for a bit so I didn't find out TOO soon. I've read several reviews where people said it was obvious what was coming at the end, but for me that wasn't true - I had several theories but none of them turned out to be right. It kept me very interested, kept me guessing, and was just fast paced enough... exactly what I want and expect in a Dan Brown book!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I enjoy Dan Brown's books quite a bit and have read them all. However, it seems the formula is the same so the storyline is somewhat predictable. Would still recommend, it was a fun read!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Yet another great installment in the Robert Langdon series. I have never been disappointed with Dan Brown. He manages to make factual world issues and phenomenons work side to side with a fictional, exciting story. It always impresses me that his books story line never really last more than 24 hours and he still manages to fill over 800 pages! Great book
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! I love Dan Brown novels, so I have been waiting for this book to come out for a while! I love how he intermingles science and religion, explaining how they can work together rather than opposed to one another. The mystery presented at the beginning of this book will have you hooked to the very end!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fast paced read! Fast paced but not quite that interesting!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from entertaining Once again we are taken on a ride of codes and symbolism with Brown's biggest character Robert Langdon.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a month ago, and I'm so glad I did!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional I couldn't put this down. Once again, modern day religion is questioned with just the right amount of suspense to keep you enthralled no matter your beliefs.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Same formula I enjoy Dan Brown and read all the books since Digital Fortress 1998. My only disappointment is formula for Langdon series have not changed. I was hoping Mr. Brown would change the recipe a bit and create something unexpected. If you have never read any other books than sure! It is an entertaining story and it can make a good movie but if you have read the other books do not expect to be surprised...
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a month ago, and I'm sure glad I did!
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I thought this was the best book of the group including the da Vinci Code. The plot keeps you interested and makes it difficult to set down. As a side note I'm now extremely interested in visiting Barcelona to see the architecture described in this book.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grea read Great read - I really enjoyed this one. Maybe even more than Inferno. Very interesting.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good exciting, just like every other dan brown novels
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Slightly Diffferen Langdon As always I am so happy to see Dan Brown back on the shelves. I read this right away and was very pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed this much more than Inferno. And as this could have easily taken a darker tone the approach was really interesting. This also had a different Langdon approach than I feel I am used to. There were some clues to solve, but the story didn't lean on them as much as they had in the past. Switching it up ever so slightly is nice for loyal readers. Still a fan, patiently waiting for the next one :)
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a little disappointing for a Dan Brown Novel The story was ok but the ending seemed anti-climactic for me.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book has made me want to read more contemporary! What a GREAT story.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who must dislike this author. It has mass-produced appeal and is therefore good if you just want something to mindlessly pass a beach vacation or something to that effect. Don't expect, however, any great depth and meaning out of his work
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely not the list of usual suspects ... I am a diehard Dan Brown fan and this book did not disappoint. I loved how Brown weaves in contemporary events and issues in his story telling.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love dan brown One of my favorite authors. He never disappoints
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from average a decent book, but not as great as his previous ones
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Loved the storyline #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book Good read and very interesting.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent book As per usual, it was a page turner and an easy read for the most part. Some of the more "technical" areas were difficult to follow, but that wasn't what put me off. What put me off was the focus around AI and technology - I miss Dan Brown's original works focusing on symbols and art and puzzles. Trying to appeal to the new generation of kids by incorporating Uber and social media into the novel just didn't feel like the old Dan Brown, but maybe he's just trying to cater to a broader audience. Not his best work.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent As per usual, it was a page turner and an easy read for the most part. Some of the more "technical" areas were difficult to follow, but that wasn't what put me off. What put me off was the focus around AI and technology - I miss Dan Brown's original works focusing on symbols and art and puzzles. Trying to appeal to the new generation of kids by incorporating Uber and social media into the novel just didn't feel like the old Dan Brown, but maybe he's just trying to cater to a broader audience. Not his best work.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent As per usual, it was a page turner and an easy read for the most part. Some of the more "technical" areas were difficult to follow, but that wasn't what put me off. What put me off was the focus around AI and technology - I miss Dan Brown's original works focusing on symbols and art and puzzles. Trying to appeal to the new generation of kids by incorporating Uber and social media into the novel just didn't feel like the old Dan Brown, but maybe he's just trying to cater to a broader audience. Not his best work.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A gripping read The story was slow to take off for the first few chapters, but soon became a suspenseful page turner. Dan Brown doesn't disappoint.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another Dan Brown mystery Rich in history of course. Similar to his other novels and keeps you guessing.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated Oh man, this author is the most overrated person to enter the scene in the last 15 years. Can we please stop mass producing his stuff. It is alright if you want like a total garbage beach read without any real lyricism
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good! I enjoyed this book! but not as much as i thought I would, however would still recomend!
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from average the plot is ok, but comparing with his previous works, this novel is not that attracting
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's ok. Enjoyable, yes. Fast paced, yes. Slightly formulaic and predictable, yes.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read An exciting, fast-paced novel. Did not enjoy this book as much as the previous Robert Langdon stories but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I can not believe this is a debut.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I can not believe this is a debut.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed. It was nice to hang with Robert Langdon again but his speciality was not as much of a necessity as it was in the other Langdon novels. I pictured Tom Hanks the whole tome too, lol.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A New Robert Langdon Another fun adventure with Robert Langdon. While the topic of AI and Advanced technology was interesting, I preferred Brown's last entry, Inferno better.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Bought this on a will, and couldn't stop reading it! definitely a page turner, and kept me glued to the book all night
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Bought this on a will, and couldn't stop reading it! definitely a page turner, and kept me glued to the book all night
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Bought this on a will, and couldn't stop reading it! definitely a page turner, and kept me glued to the book all night
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read full of suspense and drama. Dan Brown never disappoints
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Dan Brown's books keep you at the edge of your seat when reading them. Extremely rich in information, history and lots of action. "Origins" is by far in my top 3, I enjoyed reading it so much. So many unpredictable twists and it never gets boring. I strongly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, religion, action and mystery cause this one has it all. As usual, Dan Brown does not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Brilliant and well written. Wow!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Origin Another great novel by Dan Brown. I had a hard time putting this book down, it kept me on my toes from beginning to end. Probably my new favorite book.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's ok Not as good as his first books
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I enjoyed this book. Dan Brown is excellent at introducing history and weaving it into his stories without feeling forced.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Great story and flow filled with solid characters.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good Not my favorite Langdon novel but still kept me guessing all the way through. I found that it was less fast passed then Digital Code or DaVinci.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I love Dan Brown's novels and this one is not an exception. I love how Brown ties together facts from science, art, architecture and religion both past and present. I really enjoy the ongoing exploration of the differences between a world of science and a world of religion bringing to light fundamental issues of our everyday life.Brown keeps you hooked and turning pages until the end.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok reading this gave me a different perspective
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Thought it was pretty good but not spectacular
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Good book, not my favourite but still an interesting read!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of Dan Brown's best This is one of Dan Brown's better books. It is not without its flaws; however, it is consistent with his other novels. Dan Brown's books have a distinct style and this book stays true to it.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Disappoints If you like Robert Langdon, you would like everything that makes him Robert: his mickey mouse watch, his tweed jacket and so on. Although Dan tried to dress him differently, he still had his grace, ability to thoroughly explain everything and a marvelling mind for the art world Hints for reading this book, get a computer with an internet/wifi and a good picture resolution and do some research while reading. OH SPAIN is a beautiful country. For those who think all Dan Brown's books are the same, go and write yours for people to read!!!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story Worth sometime to enjoy the newest novel from Dan Brown
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Midblowing Just finished it and one again, not disappointing...Lagdon rules Great twist to the story line that makes you think this could be true and is actually happening
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok a very good read.interesting storyline
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from big fan a huge fan of Dan Brown.Will get this book asap
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Half way through I'm half way through this book and so far its entertaining. A little far fetched, but good.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New direction for Dan Brown I love Dan Brown, and this book doesn't disappoint! I like how he changed gears and really attempted to comment on modern issues in this novel instead of remaining so far back in history the entire time.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best yet I've read all of Dan Brown's books and Origin is my favourite. The story is current, the ending believable and it has left me with much to think about.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown does it again Not all of Dan Brown's books have been 5s, but Origin definitely is. The depth of the story and the incredible amount of research needed is amazing. The ending tied up most loose ends which I always want. Perhaps most of all, the reason I love Origin is it left me thinking and wanting to discuss this book with others.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such a wonderful addition to any book collection. So beautifully written and inspiring!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Typical Dan Brown Origin is a typical Robert Langdon novel. There's a murder to solve and it's connected to an age-old mystery. There's a beautiful girl along for the ride. Like other Brown novels, it plays up Langdon's claustrophobia at key moments and makes references to his Mickey Mouse watch. Basically, books in this series are all the same and I eat them like candy.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown surely doesn't disappoint! I have been a Dan Brown fan for many years. I have read all his published novels. This new book continues with his usual writing style and offers just as much suspense as his previous work, if not more. The details of arts, religion, and the hottest, most debated and/or controversial topics in today's world show just how much effort the author put into research and thinking, which I think is what sets him apart with many other fiction writers, and it's very inspiring. I am already eager for his next book (I hope there is one).
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dan Brown Another great adventure from Robert Langdon, a very typical Dan brown book but a great read. A huge fan of these adventures
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it worth readling it, very interesting.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thriller adventure A great addition. I read his earlier books when younger, so maybe my perception of the series if based on nostalgia (for those naysayers in the comments section). If you love thriller adventure with an overarching mystery/puzzle waiting to unfold, then this book is for you.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Typical Dan Brown Well, this was a typical Dan Brown book. Not as good as The DaVinci Code. Certainly not worth the nearly 500 pages allocated to it. All the usual tricks and formulas are there, but somewhat on the light side. For me it was a bit underwhelming, though, as I'd figured out who was behind it all from page 57. So all these 'sleights of hand' by the author: 'look over here - he is the bad guy; now, look over there - maybe he's the bad guy' were really pointless. I have to admit - I didn't see one twist coming (the king and the bishop), but it had nothing to do with the story itself. It was more like, 'Oh... good to know...', but it felt like it was thrown in more for the sake of being 'current' and 'up with the times'. Dan Brown's fans will, no doubt, enjoy it. Everyone else - just adjust your expectations and you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from can't wait I can't wait to get this book in I just bought it for my spouse and he has all of the other novels!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Don't expect much. Typical Dan Brown fare.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! How can you not love anything written by Dan Brown? His story takes you to the places which are not even open to public. The best thing I love about his work is that you actually see a lot of research done in so much detail - facts fused with fiction. Yet another thriller adventure of Professor Robert Langdon where you're talking to AI machines and on the other end: God. "Where do we come from?" "Where are we going?" Two controversial questions which have been stuck in our minds since the beginning of time. Are we created through energy or did Adam and Eve truly exist? Find out how science collides once again with religion in ORIGIN!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from purchased from Indigo the first day it was released! How can you not love anything written by Dan Brown? His story takes you to the places which are not even open to the public. The best thing I love about his work is that you actually see a lot of research done in so much detail - facts fused with fiction. Yet another thriller adventure of Professor Robert Langdon where you're talking to AI machines and on the other end: God. "Where do we come from?" "Where are we going?" Two controversial questions which have been stuck in our minds since the beginning of time. Are we created through energy or did Adam and Eve truly exist? Find out how science collides once again with religion in ORIGIN!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Langdon so far...Great!!! Wish I could give it more then 5 stars Just got into it and already find that it's the best one of all... Can't wait to find out what is going to be revealed. Dan Brown is one of the best authors out there.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is another hit from an amazing author.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dan Brown does it again This series just keeps getting better.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific This book, like all Dan Brown's books, grabbed me right from the first page. Love it.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all time favourite langdon novel such a page turner, one of my favorite books from Rob
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Robert Langdon Novel I love the Robert Langdon novels. This one was a real page turner and kept me guessing right until end!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. it kept me guessing right to the end. The only thing preventing me from giving it 5* was that I found the ending to be a bit far fetched. I am still not sure how I feel about how it all played out....
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book There are no surprise in the way his books are written.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good Great Book! I definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Astounding I've broken a cardinal rule; by adding another book. I've read the first four Langdon' novels, which I enjoyed, and I enjoyed this one even more!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My thoughts on the book (not a review as it has not been released yet) Dan Brown is a template based writer. All the books that I have read from him are the one with Robert Langdon. There are no surprise in the way his books are written. The synopsis of the story supports this. That being said, I enjoy reading his novels because they provide entertainment, they are easy to read and the fact that he follows a kind of template of all his novels (that I have read anyway) they do not require much thought while reading them either (different from Game of Thrones where there are so many characters and story arcs). I think that this book will be entertaining and worth a read but certainly not anything ground breaking.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Dan brown is a great writer!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it Great read very witty and interesting
Date published: 2017-03-18

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PROLOGUEAs the ancient cogwheel train clawed its way up the dizzying incline, Edmond Kirsch surveyed the jagged mountaintop above him. In the distance, built into the face of a sheer cliff, the massive stone monastery seemed to hang in space, as if magically fused to the vertical precipice.This timeless sanctuary in Catalonia, Spain, had endured the relentless pull of gravity for more than four centuries, never slipping from its original purpose: to insulate its occupants from the modern world.Ironically, they will now be the first to learn the truth, Kirsch thought, wondering how they would react. Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God . . . especially when their gods became threatened. And I am about to hurl a flaming spear into a hornets’ nest.When the train reached the mountaintop, Kirsch saw a solitary figure waiting for him on the platform. The wizened skeleton of a man was draped in the traditional Catholic purple cassock and white rochet, with a zucchetto on his head. Kirsch recognized his host’s rawboned features from photos and felt an unexpected surge of adrenaline.Valdespino is greeting me personally.Bishop Antonio Valdespino was a formidable figure in Spain—not only a trusted friend and counselor to the king himself, but one of the country’s most vocal and influential advocates for the preservation of conservative Catholic values and traditional political standards.“Edmond Kirsch, I assume?” the bishop intoned as Kirsch exited the train.“Guilty as charged,” Kirsch said, smiling as he reached out to shake his host’s bony hand. “Bishop Valdespino, I want to thank you for arranging this meeting.”“I appreciate your requesting it.” The bishop’s voice was stronger than Kirsch expected—clear and penetrating, like a bell. “It is not often we are consulted by men of science, especially one of your prominence. This way, please.”As Valdespino guided Kirsch across the platform, the cold mountain air whipped at the bishop’s cassock.“I must confess,” Valdespino said, “you look different than I imagined. I was expecting a scientist, but you’re quite . . .” He eyed his guest’s sleek Kiton K50 suit and Barker ostrich shoes with a hint of disdain. “ ‘Hip,’ I believe, is the word?”Kirsch smiled politely. The word “hip” went out of style decades ago.“In reading your list of accomplishments,” the bishop said, “I am still not entirely sure what it is you do.”“I specialize in game theory and computer modeling.”“So you make the computer games that the children play?”Kirsch sensed the bishop was feigning ignorance in an attempt to be quaint. More accurately, Kirsch knew, Valdespino was a frighteningly well-informed student of technology and often warned others of its dangers. “No, sir, actually game theory is a field of mathematics that studies patterns in order to make predictions about the future.”“Ah yes. I believe I read that you predicted a European monetary crisis some years ago? When nobody listened, you saved the day by inventing a computer program that pulled the EU back from the dead. What was your famous quote? ‘At thirty-three years old, I am the same age as Christ when He performed His resurrection.’ ”Kirsch cringed. “A poor analogy, Your Grace. I was young.”“Young?” The bishop chuckled. “And how old are you now . . . perhaps forty?”“Just.”The old man smiled as the strong wind continued to billow his robe. “Well, the meek were supposed to inherit the earth, but instead it has gone to the young—the technically inclined, those who stare into video screens rather than into their own souls. I must admit, I never imagined I would have reason to meet the young man leading the charge. They call you a prophet, you know.”“Not a very good one in your case, Your Grace,” Kirsch replied. “When I asked if I might meet you and your colleagues privately, I calculated only a twenty percent chance you would accept.”“And as I told my colleagues, the devout can always benefit from listening to nonbelievers. It is in hearing the voice of the devil that we can better appreciate the voice of God.” The old man smiled. “I am joking, of course. Please forgive my aging sense of humor. My filters fail me from time to time.”With that, Bishop Valdespino motioned ahead. “The others are waiting. This way, please.”Kirsch eyed their destination, a colossal citadel of gray stone perched on the edge of a sheer cliff that plunged thousands of feet down into a lush tapestry of wooded foothills. Unnerved by the height, Kirsch averted his eyes from the chasm and followed the bishop along the uneven cliffside path, turning his thoughts to the meeting ahead.Kirsch had requested an audience with three prominent religious leaders who had just finished attending a conference here.The Parliament of the World’s Religions.Since 1893, hundreds of spiritual leaders from nearly thirty world religions had gathered in a different location every few years to spend a week engaged in interfaith dialogue. Participants included a wide array of influential Christian priests, Jewish rabbis, and Islamic mullahs from around the world, along with Hindu pujaris, Buddhist bhikkhus, Jains, Sikhs, and others.The parliament’s self-proclaimed objective was “to cultivate harmony among the world’s religions, build bridges between diverse spiritualities, and celebrate the intersections of all faith.”A noble quest, Kirsch thought, despite seeing it as an empty exercise— a meaningless search for random points of correspondence among a hodgepodge of ancient fictions, fables, and myths.As Bishop Valdespino guided him along the pathway, Kirsch peered down the mountainside with a sardonic thought. Moses climbed a mountain to accept the Word of God . . . and I have climbed a mountain to do quite the opposite.Kirsch’s motivation for climbing this mountain, he had told himself, was one of ethical obligation, but he knew there was a good dose of hubris fueling this visit— he was eager to feel the gratification of sitting face-to-face with these clerics and foretelling their imminent demise.You’ve had your run at defining our truth.“I looked at your curriculum vitae,” the bishop said abruptly, glancing at Kirsch. “I see you’re a product of Harvard University?”“Undergraduate. Yes.”“I see. Recently, I read that for the first time in Harvard’s history, the incoming student body consists of more atheists and agnostics than those who identify as followers of any religion. That is quite a telling statistic, Mr. Kirsch.”What can I tell you, Kirsch wanted to reply, our students keep getting smarter.The wind whipped harder as they arrived at the ancient stone edifice. Inside the dim light of the building’s entryway, the air was heavy with the thick fragrance of burning frankincense. The two men snaked through a maze of dark corridors, and Kirsch’s eyes fought to adjust as he followed his cloaked host. Finally, they arrived at an unusually small wooden door. The bishop knocked, ducked down, and entered, motioning for his guest to follow.Uncertain, Kirsch stepped over the threshold.He found himself in a rectangular chamber whose high walls burgeoned with ancient leather-bound tomes. Additional freestanding bookshelves jutted out of the walls like ribs, interspersed with cast-iron radiators that clanged and hissed, giving the room the eerie sense that it was alive. Kirsch raised his eyes to the ornately balustraded walkway that encircled the second story and knew without a doubt where he was.The famed library of Montserrat, he realized, startled to have been admitted. This sacred room was rumored to contain uniquely rare texts accessible only to those monks who had devoted their lives to God and who were sequestered here on this mountain.“You asked for discretion,” the bishop said. “This is our most private space. Few outsiders have ever entered.”“A generous privilege. Thank you.”Kirsch followed the bishop to a large wooden table where two elderly men sat waiting. The man on the left looked timeworn, with tired eyes and a matted white beard. He wore a crumpled black suit, white shirt, and fedora.“This is Rabbi Yehuda Köves,” the bishop said. “He is a prominent Jewish philosopher who has written extensively on Kabbalistic cosmology.”Kirsch reached across the table and politely shook hands with Rabbi Köves. “A pleasure to meet you, sir,” Kirsch said. “I’ve read your books on Kabbala. I can’t say I understood them, but I’ve read them.”Köves gave an amiable nod, dabbing at his watery eyes with his handkerchief.“And here,” the bishop continued, motioning to the other man, “you have the respected allamah, Syed al-Fadl.”The revered Islamic scholar stood up and smiled broadly. He was short and squat with a jovial face that seemed a mismatch with his dark penetrating eyes. He was dressed in an unassuming white thawb. “And, Mr. Kirsch, I have read your predictions on the future of mankind. I can’t say I agree with them, but I have read them.”Kirsch gave a gracious smile and shook the man’s hand.“And our guest, Edmond Kirsch,” the bishop concluded, addressing his two colleagues, “as you know, is a highly regarded computer scientist, game theorist, inventor, and something of a prophet in the technological world. Considering his background, I was puzzled by his request to address the three of us. Therefore, I shall now leave it to Mr. Kirsch to explain why he has come.”With that, Bishop Valdespino took a seat between his two colleagues, folded his hands, and gazed up expectantly at Kirsch. All three men faced him like a tribunal, creating an ambience more like that of an inquisition than a friendly meeting of scholars. The bishop, Kirsch now realized, had not even set out a chair for him.Kirsch felt more bemused than intimidated as he studied the three aging men before him. So this is the Holy Trinity I requested. The Three Wise Men.Pausing a moment to assert his power, Kirsch walked over to the window and gazed out at the breathtaking panorama below. A sunlit patchwork of ancient pastoral lands stretched across a deep valley, giving way to the rugged peaks of the Collserola mountain range. Miles beyond, somewhere out over the Balearic Sea, a menacing bank of storm clouds was now gathering on the horizon.Fitting, Kirsch thought, sensing the turbulence he would soon cause in this room, and in the world beyond.“Gentlemen,” he commenced, turning abruptly back toward them. “I believe Bishop Valdespino has already conveyed to you my request for secrecy. Before we continue, I just want to clarify that what I am about to share with you must be kept in the strictest confidence. Simply stated, I am asking for a vow of silence from all of you. Are we in agreement?”All three men gave nods of tacit acquiescence, which Kirsch knew were probably redundant anyway. They will want to bury this information—not broadcast it.“I am here today,” Kirsch began, “because I have made a scientific discovery I believe you will find startling. It is something I have pursued for many years, hoping to provide answers to two of the most fundamental questions of our human experience. Now that I have succeeded, I have come to you specifically because I believe this information will affect the world’s faithful in a profound way, quite possibly causing a shift that can only be described as, shall we say—disruptive. At the moment, I am the only person on earth who has the information I am about to reveal to you.”Kirsch reached into his suit coat and pulled out an oversized smartphone—one that he had designed and built to serve his own unique needs. The phone had a vibrantly colored mosaic case, and he propped it up before the three men like a television. In a moment, he would use the device to dial into an ultrasecure server, enter his forty-seven-character password, and live-stream a presentation for them.“What you are about to see,” Kirsch said, “is a rough cut of an announcement I hope to share with the world—perhaps in a month or so. But before I do, I wanted to consult with a few of the world’s most influential religious thinkers, to gain insight into how this news will be received by those it affects most.”The bishop sighed loudly, sounding more bored than concerned. “An intriguing preamble, Mr. Kirsch. You speak as if whatever you are about to show us will shake the foundations of the world’s religions.”Kirsch glanced around the ancient repository of sacred texts. It will not shake your foundations. It will shatter them.Kirsch appraised the men before him. What they did not know was that in only three days’ time, Kirsch planned to go public with this presentation in a stunning, meticulously choreographed event. When he did, people across the world would realize that the teachings of all religions did indeed have one thing in common.They were all dead wrong.CHAPTER 1Professor Robert Langdon gazed up at the forty-foot-tall dog sitting in the plaza. The animal’s fur was a living carpet of grass and fragrant flowers.I’m trying to love you, he thought. I truly am.Langdon pondered the creature a bit longer and then continued along a suspended walkway, descending a sprawling terrace of stairs whose uneven treads were intended to jar the arriving visitor from his usual rhythm and gait. Mission accomplished, Langdon decided, nearly stumbling twice on the irregular steps.At the bottom of the stairs, Langdon jolted to a stop, staring at a massive object that loomed ahead.Now I’ve seen it all.A towering black widow spider rose before him, its slender iron legs supporting a bulbous body at least thirty feet in the air. On the spider’s underbelly hung a wire-mesh egg sac filled with glass orbs.“Her name is Maman,” a voice said.Langdon lowered his gaze and saw a slender man standing beneath the spider. He wore a black brocade sherwani and had an almost comical curling Salvador Dalí mustache.“My name is Fernando,” he continued, “and I’m here to welcome you to the museum.” The man perused a collection of name tags on a table before him. “May I have your name, please?”“Certainly. Robert Langdon.”The man’s eyes shot back up. “Ah, I am so sorry! I did not recognize you, sir!”I barely recognize myself, Langdon thought, advancing stiffly in his white bow tie, black tails, and white waistcoat. I look like a Whiffenpoof. Langdon’s classic tails were almost thirty years old, preserved from his days as a member of the Ivy Club at Princeton, but thanks to his faithful daily regimen of swimming laps, the outfit still fit him fairly well. In Langdon’s haste to pack, he had grabbed the wrong hanging bag from his closet, leaving his usual tuxedo behind.“The invitation said black and white,” Langdon said. “I trust tails are appropriate?”“Tails are a classic! You look dashing!” The man scurried over and carefully pressed a name tag to the lapel of Langdon’s jacket.“It’s an honor to meet you, sir,” the mustached man said. “No doubt you’ve visited us before?”Langdon gazed through the spider’s legs at the glistening building before them. “Actually, I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve never been.”“No!” The man feigned falling over. “You’re not a fan of modern art?”Langdon had always enjoyed the challenge of modern art—primarily the exploration of why particular works were hailed as masterpieces: Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings; Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans; Mark Rothko’s simple rectangles of color. Even so, Langdon was far more comfortable discussing the religious symbolism of Hieronymus Bosch or the brushwork of Francisco de Goya.“I’m more of a classicist,” Langdon replied. “I do better with da Vinci than with de Kooning.”“But da Vinci and de Kooning are so similar!”Langdon smiled patiently. “Then I clearly have a bit to learn about de Kooning.”“Well, you’ve come to the right place!” The man swung his arm toward the massive building. “In this museum, you will find one of the finest collections of modern art on earth! I do hope you enjoy.”“I intend to,” Langdon replied. “I only wish I knew why I’m here.”“You and everyone else!” The man laughed merrily, shaking his head. “Your host has been very secretive about the purpose of tonight’s event. Not even the museum staff knows what’s happening. The mystery is half the fun of it—rumors are running wild! There are several hundred guests inside—many famous faces—and nobody has any idea what’s on the agenda tonight!”Now Langdon grinned. Very few hosts on earth would have the bravado to send out last-minute invitations that essentially read: Saturday night. Be there. Trust me. And even fewer would be able to persuade hundreds of VIPs to drop everything and fly to northern Spain to attend the event.Langdon walked out from beneath the spider and continued along the pathway, glancing up at an enormous red banner that billowed overhead.AN EVENING WITHEDMOND KIRSCHEdmond has certainly never lacked confidence, Langdon thought, amused.Some twenty years ago, young Eddie Kirsch had been one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard University— a mop-haired computer geek whose interest in codes had led him to Langdon’s freshman seminar: Codes, Ciphers, and the Language of Symbols. The sophistication of Kirsch’s intellect had impressed Langdon deeply, and although Kirsch eventually abandoned the dusty world of semiotics for the shining promise of computers, he and Langdon had developed a student–teacher bond that had kept them in contact over the past two decades since Kirsch’s graduation.Now the student has surpassed his teacher, Langdon thought. By several light-years.Today, Edmond Kirsch was a world-renowned maverick— a billionaire computer scientist, futurist, inventor, and entrepreneur. The forty-year-old had fathered an astounding array of advanced technologies that represented major leaps forward in fields as diverse as robotics, brain science, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology. And his accurate predictions about future scientific breakthroughs had created a mystical aura around the man.Langdon suspected that Edmond’s eerie knack for prognostication stemmed from his astoundingly broad knowledge of the world around him. For as long as Langdon could remember, Edmond had been an insatiable bibliophile—reading everything in sight. The man’s passion for books, and his capacity for absorbing their contents, surpassed anything Langdon had ever witnessed.For the past few years, Kirsch had lived primarily in Spain, attributing his choice to an ongoing love affair with the country’s old-world charm, avant-garde architecture, eccentric gin bars, and perfect weather.Once a year, when Kirsch returned to Cambridge to speak at the MIT Media Lab, Langdon would join him for a meal at one of the trendy new Boston hot spots that Langdon had never heard of. Their conversations were never about technology; all Kirsch ever wanted to discuss with Langdon was the arts.“You’re my culture connection, Robert,” Kirsch often joked. “My own private bachelor of arts!”The playful jab at Langdon’s marital status was particularly ironic coming from a fellow bachelor who denounced monogamy as “an affront to evolution” and had been photographed with a wide range of supermodels over the years.Considering Kirsch’s reputation as an innovator in computer science, one could easily have imagined him being a buttoned-up techno-nerd. But he had instead fashioned himself into a modern pop icon who moved in celebrity circles, dressed in the latest styles, listened to arcane underground music, and collected a wide array of priceless Impressionist and modern art. Kirsch often e-mailed Langdon to get his advice on new pieces of art he was considering for his collection.And then he would do the exact opposite, Langdon mused.About a year ago, Kirsch had surprised Langdon by asking him not about art, but about God— an odd topic for a self-proclaimed atheist. Over a plate of short-rib crudo at Boston’s Tiger Mama, Kirsch had picked Langdon’s brain on the core beliefs of various world religions, in particular their different stories of the Creation.Langdon gave him a solid overview of current beliefs, from the Genesis story shared by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all the way through the Hindu story of Brahma, the Babylonian tale of Marduk, and others.“I’m curious,” Langdon asked as they left the restaurant. “Why is a futurist so interested in the past? Does this mean our famous atheist has finally found God?”Edmond let out a hearty laugh. “Wishful thinking! I’m just sizing up my competition, Robert.”Langdon smiled. Typical. “Well, science and religion are not competitors, they’re two different languages trying to tell the same story. There’s room in this world for both.”After that meeting, Edmond had dropped out of contact for almost a year. And then, out of the blue, three days ago, Langdon had received a FedEx envelope with a plane ticket, a hotel reservation, and a handwritten note from Edmond urging him to attend tonight’s event. It read: Robert, it would mean the world to me if you of all people could attend. Your insights during our last conversation helped make this night possible.Langdon was baffled. Nothing about that conversation seemed remotely relevant to an event that would be hosted by a futurist.The FedEx envelope also included a black-and-white image of two people standing face-to-face. Kirsch had written a short poem to Langdon.Robert,When you see me face-to-face,I’ll reveal the empty space.—EdmondLangdon smiled when he saw the image— a clever allusion to an episode in which Langdon had been involved several years earlier. The silhouette of a chalice, or Grail cup, revealed itself in the empty space between the two faces.Now Langdon stood outside this museum, eager to learn what his former student was about to announce. A light breeze ruffled his jacket tails as he moved along the cement walkway on the bank of the meandering Nervión River, which had once been the lifeblood of a thriving industrial city. The air smelled vaguely of copper.As Langdon rounded a bend in the pathway, he finally permitted himself to look at the massive, glimmering museum. The structure was impossible to take in at a glance. Instead, his gaze traced back and forth along the entire length of the bizarre, elongated forms.This building doesn’t just break the rules, Langdon thought. It ignores them completely. A perfect spot for Edmond.The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, looked like something out of an alien hallucination— a swirling collage of warped metallic forms that appeared to have been propped up against one another in an almost random way. Stretching into the distance, the chaotic mass of shapes was draped in more than thirty thousand titanium tiles that glinted like fish scales and gave the structure a simultaneously organic and extraterrestrial feel, as if some futuristic leviathan had crawled out of the water to sun herself on the riverbank.When the building was first unveiled in 1997, The New Yorker hailed its architect, Frank Gehry, as having designed “a fantastic dream ship of undulating form in a cloak of titanium,” while other critics around the world gushed, “The greatest building of our time!” “Mercurial brilliance!” “An astonishing architectural feat!”Since the museum’s debut, dozens of other “deconstructivist” buildings had been erected—the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, BMWWorld in Munich, and even the new library at Langdon’s own alma mater. Each featured radically unconventional design and construction,and yet Langdon doubted any of them could compete with the Bilbao Guggenheim for its sheer shock value.As Langdon approached, the tiled facade seemed to morph with each step, offering a fresh personality from every angle. The museum’s most dramatic illusion now became visible. Incredibly, from this perspective, the colossal structure appeared to be quite literally floating on water, adrift on a vast “infinity” lagoon that lapped against the museum’s outer walls.Langdon paused a moment to marvel at the effect and then set out to cross the lagoon via the minimalist footbridge that arched over the glassy expanse of water. He was only halfway across when a loud hissing noise startled him. It was emanating from beneath his feet. He stopped short just as a swirling cloud of mist began billowing out from beneath the walkway. The thick veil of fog rose around him and then tumbled outward across the lagoon, rolling toward the museum and engulfing the base of the entire structure.The Fog Sculpture, Langdon thought.He had read about this work by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. The“sculpture” was revolutionary in that it was constructed out of the medium of visible air, a wall of fog that materialized and dissipated overtime; and because the breezes and atmospheric conditions were never identical one day to the next, the sculpture was different every time it appeared.The bridge stopped hissing, and Langdon watched the wall of fog settle silently across the lagoon, swirling and creeping as if it had a mind of its own. The effect was both ethereal and disorienting. The entire museum now appeared to be hovering over the water, resting weightlessly on a cloud— a ghost ship lost at sea.Just as Langdon was about to set out again, the tranquil surface of the water was shattered by a series of small eruptions. Suddenly five flaming pillars of fire shot skyward out of the lagoon, thundering steadily like rocket engines that pierced the mist-laden air and threw brilliant bursts of light across the museum’s titanium tiles.Langdon’s own architectural taste tended more to the classical stylingsof museums like the Louvre or the Prado, and yet as he watched the fog and flame hover above the lagoon, he could think of no place more suitable than this ultramodern museum to host an event thrown by a man who loved art and innovation, and who glimpsed the future so clearly.Now, walking through the mist, Langdon pressed on to the museum’s entrance— an ominous black hole in the reptilian structure. As he neared the threshold, Langdon had the uneasy sense that he was entering the mouth of a dragon.

Editorial Reviews

"Fans of The Da Vinci Code rejoice! Professor Robert Langdon is again solving the mysteries of the universe." --People Magazine  "A brisk new book that pits creationism against science, and is liable to stir up as much controversy as The Da Vinci Code did. In Origin, the brash futurist Edmond Kirsch comes up with a theory so bold, so daring that, as he modestly thinks to himself in Brown’s beloved italics, “It will not shake your foundations. It will shatter them.” Kirsch is of course addressing The World, because that’s the scale on which Brown writes.  Brown and serious ideas: they do fit together, never more than they have in Origin."  –-Janet Maslin, The New York Times  "Origin asks the questions Where do we come from? Where are we going? They are questions about humanity--but they could just as easily be questions about Robert Langdon.  The Mickey Mouse watch-wearing, claustrophobic, always-near-trouble symbology professor is back in Dan Brown’s latest book. And just like he was in his original exploits (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code), Dr. Langdon is once again wrapped up in a global-scale event that could have massive ramifications on the world’s religions. As he does in all his novels, Brown[‘s] extensive research on art, architecture, and history informs every page." --Entertainment Weekly "Entertaining . . . Loyal fans of his globetrotting symbologist Robert Langdon will no doubt be thrilled with the fifth book in the series."--USA Today  "Dan Brown is once again taking on the big questions: God and science and the future of the world. Origin is a familiar blend of travelogue, history, conspiracies and whodunit, with asides on everything from the poetry of William Blake to the rise and fall of fascism in Spain."--Associated Press"The bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code is back with a new book that looks to the future. Origin features many of Brown’s signature themes. An evil, Catholic-adjacent cult, in this case the Palmarian Church, is behind some murders. Gems from art history are the key to solving the mystery.  [And] if the reader is in it for the thrill and the twist, the faithful will be glad to hear that there’s a Da Vinci Code-esque background to Robert Langdon’s mission." --The New Republic