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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Dan Brown

Once again, Dan Brown writes a fast-paced and extremely detailed novel featuring Harvard Professor Robert Langdon.  This one takes place in Spain and involves an astonishing breakthrough by one of his former students, Edmond Kirsch, who is a billionaire futurist with a renowned global reputation for accurate predictions of upcoming mathematical and financial events.  Mr. Kirsch plans an extravagant event at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where he plans to unveil the answers to the fundamental questions of human existence which are “where do we come from” and “where are we going?”  In the middle of his presentation, just before he reveals the first answer, he is assassinated.  The director of the Guggenheim, Ambra Vidal, who is also the fiancée to the heir apparent to the Spanish throne, and Prof. Langdon realize that an intricate plot is unfolding to prevent Edmond’s presentation and the possible conspiracy involves everyone from the Spanish throne to powerful figures in the local Catholic Church. They must stay ahead of the Royal Guard, news teams, and various police units while trying determine who the real players are in this life and death saga. 

As with his other novels, I found myself spending a great deal of time looking up the actual places and details which he tells you are all real.  (I think that all of his novels should be like the later edition of The DaVinci Code and come with the pictures of the actual buildings, artwork, etc. as it would save a lot of time!)  In this case, I didn’t enjoy the “science” and “computer” parts of the novel as much as I enjoy the history and while Edmond’s break-through was supposed to “disprove” the involvement of God or a spiritual being in our development, I wasn’t completely convinced with his rational or methodology and it does not allow for the possibility that there is still a combination of coming from primordial soup along with some divine intervention.  However, the future is very disconcerting and very realistic. His theory and some of his theories are completely accurate. It makes me very happy that I’ve probably reached my halfway point (or beyond) and hopefully won’t be around to see it come to fruition! 

I read the large print version because the wait time was shorter but we have the book in regular print and as an audiobook as well.  Check our catalog 

Dana, Administrative Clerk






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