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Origin: A Novel by Dan Brown

Origin: A Novel (edition 2017)

by Dan Brown (Author)

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Title:Origin: A Novel
Authors:Dan Brown (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2017), Edition: First Edition, 480 pages
Collections:Read in 2016

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Finally time for Origin - I will be reading this book in the next month or two!
  InnahLovesYou | Apr 18, 2019 |
An interesting premise lies behind this one (along with a lot of food for thought), but it's overhyped at the outset, which results in something of an underwhelming resolution in the end. Along the way, Brown provides plenty of action and does an evenhanded and fair job of presenting both sides of the religion/science debate that he explores in this one, but he also goes off on something of a free association philosophical ramble near the end that seems out of place. Really, though, the problem is that The Big Secret was way oversold at the outset and there was no way for things to live up to that sort of hype. There are also problems that result from some of the conclusions drawn from the revelation of The Big Secret, but those are better suited for a philosophy or religion class than a book review. In short, a solid outing from Brown that fails to stick the eventual landing. ( )
  jimgysin | Mar 22, 2019 |
I've loved reading Dan Brown books since Da Vinci Code came out. This book was good as are the others, it moves quickly, but his books are beginning to get a bit redundant. Robert Langdon hooks up with a damsel in distress, seems to be running on a treadmill, very in depth explanations for trivial facts in regards to location, catholic faith and more, and then it ends.
I was a bit disappointed in the ending, it lead up to something that I thought would be more religious in nature, but isn't. This one just wasn't what his previous stories were. I gave it a 4 star review just because it did keep moving quickly and it is short chapters, which I always like, but I was generous. I hope his next Robert Langdon book is a bit more surprising. ( )
  LydiaGranda | Feb 15, 2019 |
I have enjoyed several of Brown's books, but this one was just okay. In my opinion some of his others were better and while this one reads quickly and has well developed characters, the plot is a bit weaker than some of the earlier books. As usual Brown has done his research and he builds his story has some factual basis, but its a bit more convoluted than some of his others and it was harder for me to stay engaged in the story. ( )
  Al-G | Feb 2, 2019 |
I bought this as a fun, distraction read and it didn't disappoint. Not as good as the some of the other books and the "twist" was pretty clear from about halfway through, but overall it did it's job. ( )
  Bricker | Feb 1, 2019 |
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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.
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Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever". The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence. But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.… (more)

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