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Origin (2017)

by Dan Brown

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Series: Robert Langdon (5)

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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: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.‚?Ě 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 a
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Flow is good in thrilling sense. It's a definite feature of Dan Brown however. Amazing plot that very well aligned with the current renaissance in AI.
I think it's much better than Inferno [b:Inferno|17212231|Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)|Dan Brown|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1397093185s/17212231.jpg|23841765]
Can't say I loved it. But enjoyed a lot.
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  shandanjay | Oct 13, 2023 |
Ik weet nu dat ik het van lang niet alle schrijvers leuk vind als ze teveel uitweiden over details, dat ik een voorkeur heb ontwikkeld voor het lezen van ebooks (en dit boek is analoog) en dat ik mezelf niet meer moet opleggen dat ik een bepaald boek moet lezen. Dan ga ik de schuld geven aan dat boek.

Neemt niet weg dat ik na een zeer trage en moeizame start toch echt genoten heb van dit boek. Het was weer een echte Dan Brown. Spannend, intrigerend en met veel informatie waarvan je soms niet meer weet wat verzonnen is en wat niet. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
Page turner!!!!

I have always remained a big fan of technology and the story of the creation of the universe as described by religions like Christianity or Hinduism always made me skeptical. This book raises several interesting aspects of science that I have never considered before but that might very well end up explaining the origin story as this book has done I'm sold on this idea. ( )
  bellac89 | Jul 29, 2023 |
A typical Robert Langdon book, where the hero is the most well-connected, smartest-in-the-room, teacher-of-genius, yet-dumbest-when-it-comes-to-technology larger-than-life persona in the book, for whom women ache and doors open and helicopters fly. It was improved by the other two characters in the book, who, frankly, were in ways more important than Langdon himself.

Brown's final explanation, that beautifully crafted, extremely vivid crux of the novel, which we read his books for, outdid itself this time. It was elegant, very well researched, and perhaps so coherent that Brown may well be a messiah of the times to come!

There was an expected thing that happens towards the end - the betrayal of technology - which you begin to expect almost as soon as you read about the technologies involved in this novel. Yet, in the cold light of the morning, I realize that while Brown had to make it trope-y, he managed to squeeze in an element of elegance there. The betrayal is typical of all science fiction, yet somehow away from it, as it resides in the world of Robert Langdon, and it is done *and discovered* in Langdon-style. The character's response to it is also surprisingly Luddite.

All in all, it's a good read. There were a point or two where it could have been tightened, where obvious spoilers could have been skipped to maintain the suspense. But those side-suspenses don't matter. The main suspense was enough to whet our Dan Brown appetites! ( )
  NitinKhanna | Jun 13, 2023 |
I am mad at myself for not seeing the ending of this tale a mile away.

The entire time I was reading, I was hoping Dan Brown would tie in his earlier work Deception Point.

Another fun on-the-run Robert Langdon romp. ( )
  adamsapple_15 | Apr 2, 2023 |
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We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
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As the ancient cogwheel train clawed its way up the dizzying incline, Edmond Kirsch surveyed the jagged mountaintop above him.
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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: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.‚?Ě 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 a

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Harvardsk√Ĺ ikonograf profesor Robert Langdon pr√≠de do Guggenheimovho m√ļzea modern√©ho umenia v Bilbau, aby sa z√ļńćastnil na odhalen√≠ objavu, ktor√Ĺ ‚Äěnaveky zmen√≠ tv√°r vedy‚Äú. Podujatie usporiadal Ň°tyridsaŇ•rońćn√Ĺ miliard√°r a futurista Edmond Kirsch, ktor√Ĺ sa vńŹaka svojim ohuruj√ļcim ultramodern√Ĺm vyn√°lezom a odv√°Ňĺnym predpovediam presl√°vil po celom svete. Kirsch, ktor√Ĺ pred dvoma desaŇ•rońćiami patril k prv√Ĺm Langdonov√Ĺm Ň°tudentom na Harvarde, sa chyst√° zverejniŇ• prelomov√Ĺ vedeck√Ĺ objav, ktor√Ĺ zodpovie dve zo z√°kladn√Ĺch ot√°zok ńĺudskej existencie.
Langdona a stovky host√≠ uchv√°ti origin√°lna prezent√°cia, oveńĺa kontroverznejŇ°ia, ako Langdon ńćakal. Dokonale zorganizovan√Ĺ veńćer sa vŇ°ak v okamihu zmen√≠ na chaos a hroz√≠, Ňĺe Kirschov vz√°cny objav sa navŇĺdy strat√≠. Langdon sa ocitne v bezprostrednom ohrozen√≠ a mus√≠ z Bilbaa utiecŇ•. Sprev√°dza ho Ambra Vidalov√°, elegantn√° riaditeńĺka m√ļzea, ktor√° Kirschovi pomohla provokat√≠vny veńćer pripraviŇ•. Vydaj√ļ sa do Barcelony, aby naŇ°li z√°hadn√© heslo, ktor√Ĺm odhalia Kirschovo tajomstvo.
Pri p√°tran√≠ v temn√Ĺch vod√°ch utajen√Ĺch dej√≠n a radik√°lneho n√°boŇĺenstva sa Langdon s Vidalovou musia skr√ĹvaŇ• pred nepriateńĺom, ktor√©ho vŇ°adepr√≠tomn√° moc zjavne pramen√≠ v Ň°panielskom kr√°ńĺovskom pal√°ci a ktor√Ĺ sa nezastav√≠ pred nińć√≠m, aby Edmonda Kirscha umlńćal. Na ceste vyznańćenej modern√Ĺm umen√≠m a tajupln√Ĺmi symbolmi odhalia Langdon a Vidalov√° stopy, ktor√© ich nakoniec doved√ļ aŇĺ ku Kirschovmu neńćakan√©mu objavu... a Ň°okuj√ļcej pravde, ńćo n√°m tak dlho unikala.
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