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Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Origin

by Dan Brown

Once again, Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself at the epicentre of an event that could change the course of human history forever, or at the very least, kill him. You would think that by now after all that has happened in the previous four books, he would have learned to stay at home and keep the phone off the hook.

Mind you, while the action may be short-lived, for the duration of each of his extracurricular adventures he gets to spend the time with a new and always very attractive young lady. 

There is predictability to the Langdon series that tells me it is high time he retired from the lecturing and let Dan Brown move onto someone new. 

That aside though, Origin is the best of Professor Langdon’s adventures since his run-in with the Catholic Church in the Davinci Code. Once again it is the church that plays a big part in this very action-packed tale, but it is not the main focus of the story. Art, architecture and computer science takes centre stage this time around. 

For me, Origin is something of a return to the form that made Dan Brown and his favourite symbologist household names. There is plenty of action and more twists and turns than a motor racing circuit. The bulk of the action is split between Barcelona and Bilbao with a cast of characters that include the Spanish royal family, a former naval officer with his own personal agenda, a billionaire computer geek with a hatred of all religions and the mysterious Winston, without whose help Professor Langdon and his beautiful assistant would not have made it past page 125.

An immense amount of research has gone into writing this book and Dan Brown has made sure that none of it has been wasted. There are times when the text begins to read more like a history lecture, and I sometimes felt a little like the dunce at the back of the class who had to have everything spelt out for him. But having said that, I do felt I learnt a lot from the book, as well as being thoroughly entertained.

An really gripping and well plotted take that kept me hooked – and guessing – right too the very end. 

Inferno (Robert Langdon #4)

Infernoby Dan Brown

“Inferno” is the latest book by Dan Brown and one I have been looking forward to reading. It is Dan Brown’s sixth novel, and the fourth to feature Professor Robert Langdon. 

Brown has a formulaic way of writing, with all of his books following the events of a single day. Whilst this approach gives the stories a pace not found in many other books, it also limits his scope for depth, particularly with regards to his characters.

The format, plot and pace of his previous works have no doubt been a key factor in his growing popularity, but I am beginning to feel that his fixed approach may also be a weakness.

I found his previous book, “The Lost Symbol” a little disappointing and I had hoped that his latest offering would see a return to the excitement I felt when I first read “Digital Fortress” and “Da Vinci Code”. Unfortunately it isn’t! 

There is little plot, and what there is is confused and contrived. As with his other books, the action kicks off almost immediately, but unlike his previous works, a lot of information is kept from the reader. In an attempt to change the character of his work, he uses Langdon’s amnesia to keep both his hero, and the reader, very much in the dark.

But even when, in the last 100 pages it all begins to come together, there are still unanswered questions. 

I actually felt a little cheated by the end. The quality of the writing is as good as ever, but the premise behind this particular story and the way it has been executed, was far below what I have come to expect.

Personally, I hope this is the last we will see of Robert Langdon whose usefulness as a character to hang plots on has surely outlived his usefulness.