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Book Review #65

Mystery, history, and an eensy-weensy bit of mediocrity. These are all words associated with anything Dan Brown. The New Hampshire Novelist, responsible for a series of world thrillers including; The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno amongst others, is at it again with yet another intriguing Robert Langdon piece – Origin, which you can buy here.

You’re probably wondering how two somewhat contrasting metaphors such as mediocrity and intriguing can be used to describe the same piece of work? Well, that’s what makes Dan Brown, Dan Brown. At his best, he’s a terrible writer who pays little to no attention to his sentences, character development amongst other things, but even at his worst, there’s no one better at living you captivated with mind-boggling discoveries, curiously turning each page till the very last.

So, What Should You Expect From Origin?

Like his previous classics, Origin reveals an incredible breakthrough on the everlasting debate of, you guessed right, human existence.

As usual, it stars everyone’s favourite, over-active professor, Robert Langdon, who attends what is meant to be a massive announcement at the modernistic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain.

Forty-year-old billionaire, Edmond Kirsch who happened to be one of Landon’s earliest students at Harvard, is the host for the evening’s event. Kirsch, who became a world-renowned figure through his bold predictions and state-of-the-art tech inventions, is about to drop yet another mind-blowing discovery, one which threatens to displace religions, cultures and every belief we’ve held onto over the years. It would answer two of the most thought-provoking questions that have bugged humanity for ages; ‘where do we come from‘ and ‘where are we going.’

The controversial event, meticulously put together, is short-lived as chaos sets in, threatening Kirsch’s valuable discovery. Desperate to salvage humanity’s chance at finally knowing the truth, Langdon teams up with Ambra Vidal, the gorgeous museum director (Very typical of Dan Brown) who collaborated with Kirsch in organising the inciting event. They both embark on a precarious journey, which leads them to Barcelona in search of a mysterious password which they’d use in unlocking Kirsch’s secret (Of course we know it is familiar).

The Villain In This Story

Like every other Brown’s unique, there’s the enemy, the bad guy with unlimited resources, bla-bla-bla. Langdon and Vidal must find a way to sail through the darkest corners of our well-hidden history and religion while evading this all-knowing enemy of truth with ties stretching deep into the Spanish government itself.

A long trail of modern artefacts and puzzling symbols would lead the eidetic professor and his mind-delight of a companion close to Kirsch’s exciting discovery and, of course, the truth we’ve all secretly longed for.

The suspense and intensity of their entire journey would actually leave you curious as to how big a reveal they’re going to make. To that, rest assured that it’s going to be worth your time and all the different, comfortable/ uncomfortable reading positions you must’ve pulled off.

Flaws You Might Notice In The Book

If you’re one in search of a well-written book with sentences structured so well, you might find yourself awkwardly applauding; then, you should skip this and every other piece that has the name Dan Brown written boldly on it.

Like his previous works, the award-winning writer is once again guilty of shabby writing, same predictable flow of events and leaving unforgivable, larger-than-life cracks like having highly-renowned scientists jump into conclusions, disgraceful ones at that or having them pose to be more clueless than the word itself suggests just so the great professor can wow them.

Still on, the professor, Langdon, is one interesting character who conveniently switches from being a human encyclopedia which, was probably there at the beginning of time to one who needs lots explaining as well.

Nevertheless, if what you seek is entertainment, adventure, if you like to sit out at night and ask yourself universally mysterious questions, then you’re on the right path.

To Wrap It Up

One of the very few things you’d find intriguing about this book is just how educative it is. Every artefact, every museum, every piece of exciting detail in the book happens to be real; consider this a silver lining for your mind’s stress.

Reviewed by;

Tonny Rutakirwa,


Tonniez Group Holdings,

Serving since 28th December 2008.


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