Monday, 7 May 2018

Origin by Dan Brown - Book Review

Even before picking up the fifth installment of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, I was sure of some parallels that must have been drawn with its predecessors. A secret society, a painter, literary genius, sculptor or some distinguished legendary person whose works would form the clues for Robert Langdon to solve the mystery in the novel. And I was not surprised, save the premise which was of course different.


The story starts off with eccentric, genius, millionaire, not a playboy, philanthropist, computer scientist, orphan but not Batman, Edmond Kirsch who is supposed to make a startling revelation in front of the world. I would have called Edmond the Elon Musk of Robert Langdon’s world, but in all fairness Elon Musk is referred in Origin. Edmond an atheist and incredibly fair person who hates all religions equally wants to share his discovery which is apparently going to be the bane of all the world’s religions. Robert Langdon being an old friend and teacher of Edmond is also among the invitees of the event where Edmond is to make this announcement/presentation. Ambra Vidal the fiance of the prince of Spain, Prince Julian is the organizer of  the event. And guess what happens just before Edmond is going to make the presentation? Let me give you a clue; it’s a turning point on which most of  the novels and movies of the thriller genre are setup. You guessed it right. Edmond Kirsch is murdered.

Over to Robert Langdon. Now Robert with Ambra Vidal by his side needs to find out the password to the presentation amidst a lot of unnecessary conspiracies involving the Spanish royal family and some sort of secret church to share Edmond’s startling discovery with the world. Wilson an AI program created by Edmond Kirsch, smarter than Siri, but definitely not as good as Iron Man’s Jarvis guides Robert Langdon. How they get the password, what the hurdles are and the discovery that is presented at the end is the remainder of the story?

To give due credit to Dan Brown, he had done some research for this book which is evident as you turn the pages and there is a revelation that happens at the end. But the magnitude of the built up to the point where this piece of information is revealed to the world and the actual information in the presentation do not match. In the end, there are millions of people astounded by what Edmond had to present. The most impressionable are these people.

To summarize, I had a lot of hope from this installment of the Robert Langdon series, but let’s say I am done with anymore Robert Langdon books. However, I also know that once the next book comes out I will pick it up. If you are a Dan Brown or Robert Langdon fan, I don’t have to recommend it to you anyway. For others, there have been better books in this series. Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code are gems when compared to the latter installments that have come from Dan Brown’s desk. I would give this book 2.5 stars out of 5. An honest piece of advice from a fan to Robert Langdon - let’s not stretch it too thin.

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