The #1 New York Times Bestseller (October 2017) from the author of The Da Vinci Code.
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist, and one of Langdon’s first students.
But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced to flee. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch. They travel 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 an enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace. They uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery…and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Dan Brown does here what he does best: crafting a labyrinthine puzzle that gets Harvard professor Robert Langdon hopping across continents, dodging bad guys, and unearthing threatening secrets. Edmond Kirsch—former Langdon student and eccentric billionaire—has made a discovery about the origins (and future) of mankind; Langdon and museum director Ambra Vidal are propelled into an urgent quest to protect Kirsch’s discovery. Brown’s snappy writing crackles, bringing the story to life with political relevance (see mentions of “fake news”), religious inquiry, and an unquenchable curiosity about the ancient world's mysteries.
The fifth outing for Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon's combines Brown's typical mix of sinister religious fanaticism and old-fashioned adventure tropes, but most of the fun this time comes from the author's creative ideas for futuristic technology. The best of these is Winston, a beyond-the-cutting-edge artificial intelligence created by Edmond Kirsch, a former student of Langdon's. After Kirsch is murdered, minutes before disclosing a world-shaking discovery about the origin of life, Winston supplies Langdon with background information, advice, and, when needed, life-saving escape tips. Reader Michael gives Winston a wry British voice (more Hugh Grant than Anthony Hopkins) and a charming attitude that easily qualifies him as the novel's most entertaining character. When circumstances quiet Winston for much too long, the book turns dull. The rather stiff-sounding Langdon and his companion, Ambra Vidal, the "future queen of Spain," rush breathlessly from Madrid to Bilbao to Barcelona, trying to uncover Kirsch's secret discovery while simultaneously avoiding a loony religious hit man and the police, who believe they killed Kirsch. But it's only when Winston returns, with his all-knowing yet likeable voice, that the energy and vitality of the story once again match the plot's relentless activity. That's no fault of actor Michael, who admirably keeps up with Brown's pace throughout. A Doubleday hardcover.
To all the idiot reviewers.
Really. Get a life.
Most boring an uninspiring
Half-baked understanding of religion and physics along with a long, boring monologues of an AI really don’t mix well.
No mystery here, same as the rest, more of a platform for Brown to ramble on som philosophic rant about technology.