ORIGIN by Dan Brown. Doubleday (www.doubleday.com), 2017, 461 pp., $29.95. ISBN 978-0-385-51423-1. Click here to purchase.
The only main character that Brown is familiar with -- Dr. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology -- is invited to Barcelona, Spain (actually to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao) to witness a presentation that will shake the foundations of all religion by his student and colleague Edmond Kirsch, an inventive, entrepreneurial computer genius and billionaire at the age of 40. The major media event/announcement is all very invitation-only, absolutely hush-hush, with the message layered in mystery. Should Langdon attend? Reluctantly, he does.
And what starts out as a benign evening of instruction, with a worldwide multimedia announcement from a massive amount of research and investigation by Kirsch, ends up being dangerous, again, to Langdon. Kirsch is murdered, on stage: who would want to kill him? Who is behind the plot to keep Kirsch’s message from reaching the media?
Well, readers find all that out, and why.
When I was reading this, I was reminded of a quote, and I can’t quite pin down who said it. But it went something like this:
“Religion is not logic. It’s an emotion.”
Perhaps Brown -- or Langdon, for that matter -- never heard of that one?
But is resonates with the reveal, in many layers, of what Kirsch intends all along. Narrow escapes, chases and plot twists are all over the place, which is typical Brown. And the mysteries unravel.
This is a fun read, made even more so by Brown’s vast travels and the things you never knew about places that seem so out of reach.