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Origin by Dan Brown

The #1 New York Times Bestseller 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385514231
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Robert Langdon Series , #5
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 3
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

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.


New England

Date of Birth:

June 22, 1964

Place of Birth:

Exeter, New Hampshire


Phillips Exeter Academy 1982; B.A., Amherst College, 1986; University of Seville, Spain

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Anonymous 15 days ago
Once again, Dan Brown, through his character Robert Langdon, challenges us to consider deeply regarding religion and the world that we have been taught on the conventional level. His attention to the details of the story, using very real institutions make his work of fiction into very real probabilities. This book, as his others, meets his high standard of excellence through his attention to the details. I’m sure that, once again, this book will excite discussion and debate from every corner of the world including academic and religious. It is a must read for everyone unafraid to challenge their critical reasoning skills
Anonymous 13 days ago
Good display of researching computers and his views of religion. Sadly lacking in plot twists and the main character using his talents to figure things out. Very plodding at times. Not the level expected of Dan Brown.
Anonymous 11 days ago
The plot line was great. I ended up skimming the excruciating detail on modern architecture and art to get to the story. I even considered quitting a couple of times. It wasn't necessary and delayed the story.
Anonymous 12 days ago
A frightening look at what could be where we are going. However, the one thing I personally love about Professor Langdon is somewhat missing in this episode. Where are the symbols and clues that overwhelmed in previous books? I loved learning about the museums, castles and architecture of Barcelona, but missed the clues and symbology. Overall a good read, just...lacking the aha moments.....
Anonymous 8 days ago
If you want a long and detailed overview of Spanish modern art and architecture, if you enjoy reading the same bit of storyline over and over again, if you like to figure out who the bad guy is halfway through the book, then you will love this book. That's assuming you can make it through the first part of the book in which absolutely nothing happens to advance the plot. I wish someone had told me, as I am telling you, to skip the first two thirds of the book. At least the last third has some interesting scientific speculations.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Wonderfully paced, with characters that surprise. Several times I thought the book ended, only to be rewarded with yet more chapters. Thought provoking doesn’t begin to describe!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Once again Robert Langdon and a beautiful woman save the world. Where have I read this before? Oh yes, Ian Fleming and James Bond.
Anonymous 14 days ago
A demanding read while at the same time creative and entertaining . I was so relieved to fine the underling question, the third question if I might be so bold. I will expect Spain to be the benefactor of increased tourism. I enjoyed exploring many of the buildings and spaces via research while reading this novel. It enriched the story, adding to the intrigue. Well done Dan Brown, another best seller.
Anonymous 5 days ago
More of an art appreciation book than anything else. Foreseeable ending.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Loved it!
carlosmock 13 days ago
Origin by Dan Brown "These two mysteries lie at the heart of the human experience. Where do we come from? Where are we going? Humans creation and human destiny. They are the universal mysteries." p. 53 Edmund Kirsch, a philanthropist billionaire who was one of Robert Langdon's first students at Harvard University -- a mop-haired computer geek -- has the answers. As he prepares to share them with the world at a presentation in Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum, he is shot to death by a retired naval fanatic, Admiral Luis Ávila a member of the Palmerian conservative Catholic Church. It is now up to Ambra Vidal, Spain's prince consort's fiance, and Robert Langdon, the renowned Harvard Professor of Codes, Ciphers, and the Language of Symbols to decode the forty-seven character password so that the truth that Kirsch found can be disseminated to the world. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Kirsch had revealed his findings to three clerics, A Catholic Bishop, a Muslim Iman, and A Jewish Rabbi -- all members of the Parliament of World Religions. All of which become the main suspects until they start dying also. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal -- with Winston, Kirsch Artificial Intelligent computer -- 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's message, thus placing both Langdon and Vidal in direct danger. "Just imagine what would happen if we miraculously learned the answers to life's big questions...if we all suddenly glimpsed the same unmistakable proof and realized we had no choice but to open up our arms and accept it...together as a species." p88 Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us. Narrated from the third person point of view, "Origin" is a blockbuster! Racing through Spain with Robert Langdon and a captivating young woman named Ambra Vidal is an intriguing way to get us into this world of symbols, artwork, and religious extremism. The research is extensive and very well done. Every time I thought I’d figured out who the "bad guy" was, it shifted and looked like it was someone else. Finally, I just stopped trying and went along for the ride. And it is a joyride! If I had any complaint, it would be that Mr. Brown says on page 139 that Spain as a president -- when we all know that Spain has a prime minister. Other than that, I was mesmerized and captivated by the book. Could barely put it down. I read it in three days. One last note, whether you are an atheist or a religious fanatic -- or anything in between -- and especially in the times of "fake news" and Trump lies -- the book makes a very interesting and important point: "To permit ignorance is to empower it. To do nothing as our leaders proclaim absurdities is a crime of complacency. As is letting our schools and churches teach outright untruths to our children". p.291
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Anonymous 13 hours ago
Wait for the movie
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Anonymous 24 hours ago
Well done. I’m still a believer but really enjoyed the story and the way it was told. Can’t wait to get my own Winston.
Anonymous 2 days ago
The best yet! I couldn't put it down. I love this book! Very current and very well written.
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Anonymous 2 days ago
As good if not better than anything Dan Brown has written. Mesmerizing, fast paced and thoroughly absorbing. Will generate a ton of discussions just as his other works have done. I highly recommend this to anyone who can read with an open mind!!!!!
Anonymous 2 days ago
I have enjoyed Mr. Brown's previous books, and looked forward to this one for the last few months. Was excited to see over 500 pages, and I was ready to dig into the story, but after 150 pages or so it felt like it was stuck in neutral. It was taking what seemed like forever to build to this big announcement, but that was still hundreds of pages away. I didn't feel that same "can't put it down" that I have with his other books, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt because of his past successes. Finally got to the climax only to find (spoiler alert) something can start from nothing if given enough time and computers are taking over the world. Watch a few episodes of Star Trek and one would already know this. I hoped for some plot twist toward the end, but other than a love angle between a king and priest ( hardly original), there was nothing. Not what I hoped for
Anonymous 2 days ago
I love it !! I always feel like get a guided tour of beautiful and historic places when I immerse my self into a Dan Brown book!!
Anonymous 3 days ago
Really good and entertaining!
Anonymous 3 days ago
Provocing as always. Great work
Anonymous 3 days ago
I read, after the story itself, that Mr Brown is actually trying to accomplish something by writing all his novels. I am interested to know what that may be. This had a very scary storyline if you ask me. I am happy with my advanced age now that I have read this. It was slow going through some of it because of the long descriptions of places in Spain, but I knew at some point, it would break wide open. And it did. The end it what gave me chills, because once again, does mankind actually have the restraint and enough responsibility to continue becoming purple? At this pount, I say NO
Anonymous 3 days ago
Captivating theme and action with historical facts captured me for an afternoon, one sitting.
Anonymous 3 days ago
This is one of the most boring books I've tried to read in the last year or so. In fact it was so boring I had to put it down having read only 20%. I wish I could get my money back.