(Robert Langdon #5)
by Dan Brown (2017)
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a billionaire who is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence…….
This book is further proof that Brown is good at just one thing……. pacing. The plot is preposterous, the people have the depth of Looney Tunes characters and the ideas just SciFi re-hashes.
The presumption is that Kirsch has uncovered the origin of life and determined where we are all heading. Anyone with a minimal knowledge of evolutionary biology will see all the explanations coming. In fact the author seems to assume the readers knows next to nothing of the sciences. Despite this, it’s an enjoyable read as it is more of a travelogue of Spain and it’s buildings. The places described are real and I enjoyed looking them up as they were mentioned.
You do have to go along with Brown’s assertions that the Evolution vs Creation debate will make people do bad things. But people just aren’t invested in this as the writer assumes (most couldn’t care).
Then at the end there is an appalling tacked-on twist that just feels really cheap and nasty.