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Published September 20, 2017

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by Dan Brown
3 Oct 2017
480 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN-13: 9780385514231
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A stunningly inventive new novel from the world's most popular thriller writer.

Whoever You Are.
Whatever You Believe.
Everything Is About To Change.

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.

"The plot is absurd, of course, but the book is a definitive pleasure. Prepare to be absorbed—and in more ways than one." - Kirkus

"Dan Brown is back with another thriller so moronic you can feel your IQ points flaking away like dandruff... All this might be worth enduring if the story's infinitely hyped revelations didn't finally show up at the end of a trial of blood sounding like an old TED Talk. Kirsch's posthumous answers to the big questions — Where did we come from? Where are we going? — will surprise no one technologically savvy enough to operate a cellphone. Darwinians, fundamentalists, atheists and believers: Pray that this cup pass from you." - The Washington Post, Ron Charles

"As he does in all his novels, Brown spackles over any weaknesses in the plot with the richness of his true-to-life details. His extensive research on art, architecture, and history informs every page. Rating: B." - Entertainment Weekly

"Tackling the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of God's role (or lack thereof, depending on your beliefs) in our existence within an action-adventure is an idea full of fascinating potential. Unfortunately with Origin, Brown's theory needs more evolution." - USA Today

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by JC
Like a good movie (which I'm sure this will be)
How fun to be transported to Spain and be taken on a incredible 24 hour journey into religion, politics, science, and art all through the eyes of Professor Langdon. I'm one of those readers as I come across a new place, artist, or work of art I immediately look it up and learn. My horizons have been expanded by Dan Brown. This is no exception and a "hell" of a ride!!

Dan Brown is the author of many bestselling novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing.

In 1996, Dan’s interest in code-breaking and covert government agencies led him to write his first novel, Digital Fortress, which quickly became a #1 national bestselling eBook. Set within the clandestine National Security Agency, the novel explores the fine line between civilian privacy and national security. Brown’s follow-up techno-thriller, Deception Point, centered on similar issues of morality in politics, national security, and classified technology.

The son of a Presidential Award winning math professor and of a professional sacred musician, Brown grew up surrounded by the paradoxical philosophies of science and religion. These complementary perspectives served as inspiration for his acclaimed novel Angels & Demons—a science vs. religion thriller set within a Swiss physics lab and Vatican City, which was followed by the runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code.

Dan’s wife Blythe - an art historian and painter - collaborates on his research and accompanies him on his frequent research trips.

In its first week on sale, The Da Vinci Code achieved unprecedented success when it debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller list, simultaneously topping bestseller lists at The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and San Francisco Chronicle. Later, the book went on to hit #1 on virtually every major national bestseller list. Dan Brown's novels have been translated and published around the world.

Origin, the fifth in the Robert Langdon series, is due to publish in September 2017.

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