Author: Dan Brown
Published: October 3, 2017 by Doubleday Books
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
Hardcover: 461 pages
My Rating: 5 stars
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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is on my Top 10 All Time Favorite Fiction list, so reading the newest book, Origin, was a highly anticipated event for me. This installment starts out with Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, attending a major announcement at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. It is at this event that Langdon’s former student, futurist Edmond Kirsch is set to reveal a scientific discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” Sound familiar? Yes, this book has all the elements that made The Da Vinci Code a best seller.
In Origin you have international intrigue, the glitz and glamour of a royal engagement, tech savvy shenanigans, politics, religion, murder, spectacular architecture, and an eccentric scientist. In this installment, he adds in the ever present Winston, an A.I. avatar that could run circles around Siri. It is the same formula that has brought Brown much success in the past, and considering it’s been 4 years since his last book, and 14 years since The Da Vinci Code, I don’t think his fans are going to mind the redundancy.
When the unveiling of this scientific discovery goes horribly array before the big unveiling, it is then up to Robert Langdon and the beautiful museum director, Ambra Vidal, who also happens to be the fiancée of Spain’s Prince Julien, to find a way to make Edmond’s discovery available to the world. Of course there are religious leaders who don’t want this to happen, and a 47-character password hidden in some great work of poetry which makes the job that much more difficult and nail biting.
As the title of the book suggests, the scientific discovery has to do with our origins on this planet. Edmond Kirsch, the eccentric scientist in this story turns the whole religion vs. science debate on its head. Some religious people may not like this plot, but it’s hard to get too bogged down in this when the book is an adventure through some of the most beautiful landmarks in Spain. It was pure entertainment for me. If you are a fan of Dan Brown’s other books, this should be a no brainer for you.