Where do we come from, and where do we go? Two questions that are perhaps most frequently asked in the course of history, and where different answers are often given. In the new Dan Brown book Origins, these questions play the main role. A thriller about science and faith, in which the capabilities of the well-known protagonist Robert Langdon are put to the test again. A very up-to-date book, which is guaranteed to keep you on the brink.
Robert Langdon receives an invitation from an old friend, Edmond Kirsch, for the presentation of a scientific discovery. A discovery that, as promised, will change the world view of millions and will have a lasting impact on the lives of many. The optimistic futurologist and millionaire has done everything to make the presentation as special as possible. The evening is streamed live via the internet and attracts millions of viewers. But at that very moment chaos breaks out in the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, where the presentation takes place. Just before the discovery could be made public, all hell breaks loose.
Together with museum director Ambra Vidal, who is also the fiancée of the crown prince, Robert Langdon escapes from the chaos and travel to Barcelona. A race against the clock starts to make public the secret discovery of Kirsch. For Langdon a matter of curiosity, but also because he feels obliged to his old friend. But Langdon and Vidal are being thwarted from all sides. Their opponent has connections with the royal palace and they cannot trust anyone. It seems that a powerful person is committed to keeping the discovery hidden forever.
Once again Dan Brown succeeds in writing a thriller in which all the author's strengths come out clearly. An exciting story with unexpected plot twists, codes that need to be cracked, chases, all against a background of interesting history, religion, architecture, culture and art. This time everything takes place in Spain, and just like in the other books, the author takes you on a kind of tour around the most important and special places. Of course, Gaudí's works of art are discussed extensively in Barcelona, and if you've never been there, like me, you'll feel like you are seeing everything with your own eyes.
In Origin, religion plays a major role, perhaps even more than in some of his previous books. The discovery of Kirsch is presented as earth-shattering, especially with regard to religions. Gradually I wondered at times whether this discovery would really attract so much attention and make such an enormous impact as suggested in the book. I think there is something to wonder about that. Yet it remains that Dan Brown knows how to make everything credible. The author takes his time to tell the story, although all the incidents in the book take only a few hours. The writing style is actually exactly the way we like it from this author, a fabulous mix of knowledge and action. More of the great fare that only Dan Brown can create.
- Dan Brown
- Publisher: Random House
- Hardcover: 544 pages
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