Where do we come from ? Where are we going?
Dan Brown novels are incredibly entertaining and fascinating.
by Dan Brown
I have read Dan Brown’s books faithfully ever since the The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) came out in 2003. I personally loved Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) the best since it played in Rome and I just went on a family trip there – so all the locations where freshly in my mind and it gave me an amazing rush to read such a thrilling tale about a place I just visited.
Since then, I just can’t help myself picking up his latest releases.
Fact is, Dan Brown’s novels are incredibly entertaining.
Even though non reached the height of The Da Vinci Code or Angels’ & Demons, I usually always enjoy them. The last few books I listened to on audiobook and the entertainment value was as high as ever – except that the stories weren’t as wowing as their predecessors.
Dan Brown writes amazing stories. Even more though since he writes about buildings, groups, items, and symbols that exists. His storytelling always makes me wonder if his fiction couldn’t be in fact truth. So long as there is a smidgen of doubt, that’s all that is needed to get me thinking. In other words the probability that it could be true always fascinates me.
Now in Origin the entire premise was built on a believe system.
At the heart of this book there are two questions. Where do we come from ? Where are we going? Both equally fascinating but also very much controversial. I’m someone who loves controversial topics. Critical thinking. Stepping outside the box. It fascinates me. And Origin had all of the above. I totally agree with the author. If I think about, really think about where our religions derive from, it makes me wonder.
Unfortunately my fascination waned a little. And that was mostly because of lack of action. It sounded more like a lecture than a thriller. More dissertation than mystery. But it was by no means a bad book. It just thought it didn’t reach its potential. And the topic, going by Dan Brown’s formula, couldn’t have been solved any other way. His books are build on facts, history, and a future that can be predicted as much as a future can be predicted.
While Origin was my least favorite book by Dan Brown it was nonetheless a book that captivated my imagination.
The author is following a formula, which starts feeling repetitive. And with repetitiveness I tend to get bored sooner than later. So, I might not look forward to his next installment as much as I did in the past. I also just might skip it. Or maybe not.:D
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in 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.