An­other Dan Brown master­piece

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FILM & THEATRE -

DAN Brown is with­out a doubt a master of con­spir­acy.

While he is best known for “The Da Vinci Code” and “An­gels and Demons”, read­ers are en­cour­aged to also get a copy of “In­ferno” or “The Lost Sym­bol” among his other bril­liant works. And with Robert Lang­don as the pro­ta­gan­ist, you can be sure that the con­spir­acy will run grab you by the throat and de­mand your at­ten­tion un­til the very last page.

Well, Brown is back with an­other Lang­don ad­ven­ture in his lat­est novel, “Ori­gin”. The book comes in my birth­day month and I was over the moon when a thought­ful friend gave me a copy of “Ori­gin” as a gift. Lang­don is a Har­vard Pro­fes­sor of Sym­bol­ogy and Reli­gious Iconol­ogy, and this time he goes to the ul­tra­mod­ern Guggen­heim Mu­seum Bil­bao to at­tend the un­veil­ing of a dis­cov­ery that is set to change the face of sci­ence for­ever. The evening’s host is Ed­mond Kirsch, a 40-year-old bil­lion­aire and fu­tur­ist whose daz­zling high-tech in­ven­tions and au­da­cious pre­dic­tions have made him a renowned global fig­ure.

Kirsch, who was Lang­don’s stu­dent two decades ear­lier, says, “I am here to­day be­cause I have made a sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery I be­lieve you will find star­tling. It is some­thing I have pur­sued for many years, hop­ing to pro­vide an­swers to two of the most fun­da­men­tal ques­tions of our hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.”

In typ­i­cal Brown style, things ex­plode and move at such a fast pace that be­fore you know it, the pre­cious dis­cov­ery is on the brink of be­ing lost to the world, Lang­don is fight­ing for sur­vival, and the blitz of code break­ing and con­spir­acy un­rav­el­ling takes you to worlds you never imag­ined. There is never room for the ob­vi­ous with this writer. And you will love ev­ery page. Dan Brown weaves to­gether sci­ence and re­li­gion in an im­pres­sive man­ner and you will do your­self good to read “Ori­gin” — and ev­ery­thing else he has given us over the years.

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