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The global bestseller - Origin is the latest Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code.

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The global bestseller - Origin is the latest Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code.


'Fans will not be disappointed' The Times


Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of an astonishing scientific breakthrough. The evening’s host is billionaire Edmond Kirsch, a futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world.

But Langdon and several hundred guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is suddenly blown apart. There is a real danger that Kirsch’s precious discovery may be lost in the ensuing chaos. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao, taking with him the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

To evade a devious enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate the labyrinthine passageways of extreme religion and hidden history. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal will come face-to-face with a breathtaking truth that has remained buried – until now.


‘Dan Brown is the master of the intellectual cliffhanger’ Wall Street Journal
‘As engaging a hero as you could wish for’ Mail on Sunday
‘For anyone who wants more brain-food than thrillers normally provide’ Sunday Times

Reviews

Beautifully observed and really well researched

BBC TV

Fans will not be disappointed

The Times

Read this if you like high stakes drama

Evening Standard

Origin is an imaginative and rattling good tale, the science is accurate and comprehensible and the information on the historic buildings featured are fascinating

Irish Independent

A familiar swirl of big ideas and nonstop action

New York Times

Enjoy the fun ride

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552174169

    July 16, 2018

    Corgi

    560 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9780593078754

    October 3, 2017

    Bantam Press

    480 pages

    RRP $48.00

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  • Audio CD

    9781786140654

    October 15, 2017

    Audiobooks

    RRP $65.00

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  • EBook

    9781473543348

    October 3, 2017

    Transworld Digital

    560 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
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    • Booktopia NZ

Extract

PROLOGUE

As the ancient cogwheel train clawed its way up the dizzying incline, Edmond Kirsch surveyed the jagged mountaintop above him. In the distance, built into the face of a sheer cliff, the mas­sive stone monastery seemed to hang in space, as if magically fused to the vertical precipice.

This timeless sanctuary in Catalonia, Spain, had endured the relent­less pull of gravity for more than four centuries, never slipping from its original purpose: to insulate its occupants from the modern world.

Ironically, they will now be the first to learn the truth, Kirsch thought, wondering how they would react. Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God . . . ​especially when their gods became threat­ened. And I am about to hurl a flaming spear into a hornets’ nest.

When the train reached the mountaintop, Kirsch saw a solitary figure waiting for him on the platform. The wizened skeleton of a man was draped in the traditional Catholic purple cassock and white rochet, with a zucchetto on his head. Kirsch recognized his host’s rawboned features from photos and felt an unexpected surge of adrenaline.

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