Brown fails to deliver anything new in the world of Professor Langdon but it's still gripping stuff

August 12, 2018

Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars




I have been a long time reader of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, along this road there have been some highs and then there have been some catastrophic lows. In fact, for an author once applauded for his groundbreaking Da Vinci Code I have begun to find more and more people turning their opinions around being somewhat skeptical of the quality of Brown's writing. 

I have been reading quite a few long and in-depth fantasy novels of late and so I decided that it might be nice to pick up Origin, the fifth book in the Robert Langon series and see if it would offer some contemporary historically based mystery that would pull me through it quickly and give me a little relief from the worlds I'd been losing myself in and instead I could lose myself in the action and adventure that Brown is a master at offering. 

This book follows the format of all Brown's other Langdon novels with us following our favorite professor of symbology as he tracks down a killer who may or may not be linked to a huge conspiracy being run by the state or the church. This time it's based in Spain and the murder victim is one of his old students who has been hailed as a genius in the world of technology and the future of our world as linked to technology. 

As I read this novel the chapters flew by, I read it in a little over 24 hours and this is a testament to why Brown remains one of the most high profile authors of our age. No matter what you think of him he writes an engaging and fast-paced story that once you are in it it's hard to extract yourself from for anything. If you have the ordinary hardback or paperback copy then I'd advise having access to the internet nearby so you can search up the different historical and artistic references that Brown makes throughout the book. He talks in great detail about different architectural places around Spain and uses them to help craft his tale and so it's useful to be able to picture them in your own mind. For those of you lucky enough to have purchased an illustrated edition then this information will be on hand but I found myself searching up information at least once a chapter to help my visual picturing of the story. 

There is nothing new in this book, it's a tried and tested format, when we go in we know that Langdon will be victorious and win the day but it doesn't make it any less enjoyable going on the journey with him. Dan Brown may have fallen out of favor with critics and it's not hard to see why they are struggling to find anything new or hugely creative in his new writing but he still has the hearts of the mainstream readers. I'm sure many a person will have picked this up en-route to their holidays this year and that it will be enjoyed by many. I liked it but due to lack of any startling new developments in the life of Robert Langdon, whose character seems to be stuck in a proverbial rut with very little to help us engage with his life, I am not able to give this any more than 3 out of 5 stars.


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