The Resource Origin : a novel, Dan Brown

Origin : a novel, Dan Brown

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Origin : a novel
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a novel
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Dan Brown
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eng
Summary
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever". The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos. 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
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  • What's Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon up to next? With the felicitous mix of art, religion, science, history, and lots of symbols that made The Da Vinci Code such a craze, he's investigating the collision of two of humankind's most pressing questions. Pushed back a bit from the September 26 pub date announced originally; with illustrations, too. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 08, p54)
  • Another Brown (Inferno, 2013, etc.) blockbuster, blending arcana, religion, and skulduggery—sound familiar?—with the latest headlines. You just have to know that when the first character you meet in a Brown novel is a debonair tech mogul and the second a bony-fingered old bishop, you'll end up with a clash of ideologies and worldviews. So it is. Edmond Kirsch, once a student of longtime Brown hero Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist-turned-action hero, has assembled a massive crowd, virtual and real, in Bilbao to announce he's discovered something that's destined to kill off religion and replace it with science. It would be ungallant to reveal just what the discovery is, but suffice it to say that the religious leaders of the world are in a tizzy about it, whereupon one shadowy Knights of Malta type takes it upon himself to put a bloody end to Kirsch's nascent heresy. Ah, but what if Kirsch had concocted an AI agent so powerful that his own death was just an inconvenience? What if it was time for not just schism, but singularity? Digging into the mystery, Langdon finds a couple of new pals, one of them that computer avatar, and a whole pack of new enemies, who, not content just to keep Kirsch's discovery under wraps, also frown on the thought that a great many people in the modern world, including some extremely prominent Spaniards, find fascism and Falangism passé and think the reigning liberal pope is a pretty good guy. Yes, Franco is still dead, as are Christopher Hitchens, Julian Jaynes, Jacques Derrida, William Blake, and other cultural figures Brown enlists along the way—and that's just the beginning of the body count. The old ham-fisted Brown is here in full glory ("In that instant, Langdon realized that perhaps there was a macabre silver lining to Edmond's horrific murder"; "The vivacious, strong-minded beauty had turned Julián's world upside down")—but, for all his defects as a stylist, it can't be denied that he knows how to spin a yarn, and most satisfyingly. The plot is absurd, of course, but the book is a definitive pleasure. Prepare to be absorbed—and in more ways than one. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2017)
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10569150
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AZZPT
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1964-
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Brown, Dan
Dewey number
813.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.R685434
LC item number
O74 2017
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
Robert Langdon series
Series volume
5
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  • Langdon, Robert
  • Langdon, Robert
  • Cryptographers
  • Human beings
  • Spain
  • Spain
  • Cryptographers
  • Human beings
  • Spain
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Origin : a novel, Dan Brown
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text
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  • txt
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ocn968162738
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25 cm
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First edition.
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461 pages
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9780385514231
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2017032167
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)968162738
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Origin : a novel, Dan Brown
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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ocn968162738
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
461 pages
Isbn
9780385514231
Lccn
2017032167
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)968162738

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