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|Ohmmm||Fasten Your Seatbelt|
Technological advances of our time can be captured through reading Dan Brown’s work over the past 20 years. He always seems to catch things that are on the cutting edge.
In Inferno, their wild goose chase was brought to an abrupt end when they discovered that they could just Google something, instead of finding the exact manuscript. Brown’s newest book, Origin, takes this tech to an entirely new level.
Brown always brings together the old and new, but does so with even more intention in this book, asking ‘Where did we come from?’ and ‘Where are we going?’ When rich, famous and prolific Edmond Kirsch tries to answer these questions and sets the stage for the world to watch, things quickly get out of hand and it falls on Robert Langdon and a smart, successful European beauty, Ambra Vidal, to distribute Kirsch’s message to the world.
For Dan Brown fans the formula is there: European cities (this time in Spain), old art masters, religious leaders, Robert Langdon, an educated, successful and beautiful female sidekick, a secret that will change the world, assassins and oh-so-much conspiracy.
Would we recommend it?
Yes. There’s no denying that Brown’s books are entertaining, thought-provoking and well researched. Some aspects of the books are a little far-fetched, but there always is something in Brown’s books that will raise a reader’s eyebrow if they choose to be cynical.
It’s a good read, though this reader is hoping that Brown invents a different formula/plotline for the next book. But, yes, this reader will gobble up another book about Robert Langdon anyway. So maybe Brown doesn’t need to fix what isn’t broken.