Origin (Robert Langdon, #5) by Dan BrownRobert 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.
Dan Brown’s new book “Origin” challenges the concept of God and suggests humans will worship AI
And in his latest blockbuster, Origin, the thriller master will ask possibly his most provocative question yet: will God survive science? He drew the wrath of the Catholic Church by suggesting in The Da Vinci Code that women played a far more powerful role in the origins of Christianity than the accepted convention points to, but that they were written out of the story. He also suggested Christ married Mary Magdalene and had a daughter, who survived and produced a bloodline. I was in the church choir and we believed in Adam and Eve. A hyper-smart atheist, Kirsch wants to demonstrate to the world that no God was necessary for creation. This time, Langdon must solve a computer code using the added twist of an AI device left by Kirsch, and the usual array of clues hidden in works of art. Despite the bleak, often apocalyptic, themes in his stories, Brown is an optimist.
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His novels are treasure hunts that usually take place over a period of 24 hours. His books have been translated into 57 languages and, as of , have sold over million copies. The Robert Langdon novels are deeply engaged with Christian themes and historical fact, and have generated controversy as a result. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian , though he is on a "constant spiritual journey" himself. He claims that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply "an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate"  and suggests that the book may be used "as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith.
Dan Brown is the author of numerous 1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars. The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing. He lives in New England with his wife. Where are we going? Fact: In , a document was locked in the safe of the director of the CIA.