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Download Origin by Dan Brown free PDF – In this book Origin, 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.”

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The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

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Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery… and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

PROLOGUE – Origin by Dan Brown PDF

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. (Origin by Dan Brown PDF)

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. Valdespino is greeting me personally. Bishop Antonio Valdespino was a formidable figure in Spain—not only a trusted friend and counselor to the king himself, but one of the country’s most vocal and influential advocates for the preservation of conservative Catholic values and traditional political standards. (Origin by Dan Brown PDF)

“Edmond Kirsch, I assume?” the bishop intoned as Kirsch exited the train. “Guilty as charged,” Kirsch said, smiling as he reached out to shake his host’s bony hand. “Bishop Valdespino, I want to thank you for arranging this meeting.” “I appreciate your requesting it.” The bishop’s voice was stronger than Kirsch expected—clear and penetrating, like a bell. “It is not often we are consulted by men of science, especially one of your prominence. This way, please.” As Valdespino guided Kirsch across the platform, the cold mountain air whipped at the bishop’s cassock. “I must confess,” Valdespino said, “you look different than I imagined. I was expecting a scientist, but you’re quite…” He eyed his guest’s sleek Kiton K50 suit and Barker ostrich shoes with a hint of disdain. (Origin by Dan Brown PDF)

“ ‘Hip,’ I believe, is the word?” Kirsch smiled politely. The word “hip” went out of style decades ago. “In reading your list of accomplishments,” the bishop said, “I am still not entirely sure what it is you do.” “I specialize in game theory and computer modeling.” “So you make the computer games that the children play?” Kirsch sensed the bishop was feigning ignorance in an attempt to be quaint. More accurately, Kirsch knew, Valdespino was a frighteningly well-informed student of technology and often warned others of its dangers. – Origin by Dan Brown

“No, sir, actually game theory is a field of mathematics that studies patterns in order to make predictions about the future.” “Ah yes. I believe I read that you predicted a European monetary crisis some years ago? When nobody listened, you saved the day by inventing a computer program that pulled the EU back from the dead. What was your famous quote? ‘At thirty-three years old, I am the same age as Christ when He performed His resurrection.’ ” Kirsch cringed. “A poor analogy, Your Grace. I was young.” “Young?” The bishop chuckled. “And how old are you now…perhaps forty?” “Just.” The old man smiled as the strong wind continued to billow his robe. “Well, the meek were supposed to inherit the earth, but instead it has gone to the young —the technically inclined, those who stare into video screens rather than into their own souls. I must admit, I never imagined I would have reason to meet the young man leading the charge. They call you a prophet, you know.” “Not a very good one in your case, Your Grace,” Kirsch replied. “When I asked if I might meet you and your colleagues privately, I calculated only a twenty percent chance you would accept.” (Origin by Dan Brown PDF)

“And as I told my colleagues, the devout can always benefit from listening to nonbelievers. It is in hearing the voice of the devil that we can better appreciate the voice of God.” The old man smiled. “I am joking, of course. Please forgive my aging sense of humor. My filters fail me from time to time.” – Origin by Dan Brown

With that, Bishop Valdespino motioned ahead. “The others are waiting. This way, please.” Kirsch eyed their destination, a colossal citadel of gray stone perched on the edge of a sheer cliff that plunged thousands of feet down into a lush tapestry of wooded foothills. Unnerved by the height, Kirsch averted his eyes from the chasm and followed the bishop along the uneven cliffside path, turning his thoughts to the meeting ahead. Kirsch had requested an audience with three prominent religious leaders who had just finished attending a conference here. The Parliament of the World’s Religions. Since 1893, hundreds of spiritual leaders from nearly thirty world religions had gathered in a different location every few years to spend a week engaged in interfaith dialogue. -Origin by Dan Brown

Participants included a wide array of influential Christian priests, Jewish rabbis, and Islamic mullahs from around the world, along with Hindu pujaris, Buddhist bhikkhus, Jains, Sikhs, and others. The parliament’s self-proclaimed objective was “to cultivate harmony among the world’s religions, build bridges between diverse spiritualities, and celebrate the intersections of all faith.” A noble quest, Kirsch thought, despite seeing it as an empty exercise—a meaningless search for random points of correspondence among a hodgepodge of ancient fictions, fables, and myths. – Origin by Dan Brown

As Bishop Valdespino guided him along the pathway, Kirsch peered down the mountainside with a sardonic thought. Moses climbed a mountain to accept the Word of God…and I have climbed a mountain to do quite the opposite. Kirsch’s motivation for climbing this mountain, he had told himself, was one of ethical obligation, but he knew there was a good dose of hubris fueling this visit—he was eager to feel the gratification of sitting face-to-face with these clerics and foretelling their imminent demise. You’ve had your run at defining our truth. “I looked at your curriculum vitae,” the bishop said abruptly, glancing at Kirsch. “I see you’re a product of Harvard University?” “Undergraduate. Yes.” “I see. Recently, I read that for the first time in Harvard’s history, the incoming student body consists of more atheists and agnostics than those who identify as followers of any religion. That is quite a telling statistic, Mr. Kirsch.”

Plot – Origin by Dan Brown PDF

Edmond Kirsch, a billionaire computer scientist and futurist, as well as a strident atheist, attends a meeting in Catalonia with Roman Catholic Bishop Antonio Valdespino, Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Köves, and Muslim Imam Syed al-Fadl, three members of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

He informs them that he has made a revolutionary discovery that he plans to release to the public in a month. He is advising them out of supposed respect, despite his well-known hatred of organized religion which he blames for his mother’s death.

Horrified, the three learn that he is presenting it in three days’ time, prompting Valdespino to send him a voicemail demanding that he stop or risk being discredited.

Nonetheless, Kirsch goes along with his plan, hosting the exclusive event at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Among those in attendance are Kirsch’s former teacher, Robert Langdon, and the Guggenheim’s curator Ambra Vidal, who helped organize the event, and is the fiancee of the future King of Spain, Prince Julián. Before the event, the guests receive a headset through which they communicate with a voice named Winston, which reveals to Langdon that it is actually an artificial intelligence invented by Kirsch.

Winston leads Langdon to a private meeting with Kirsch, who reveals that his presentation will provide the answers to two of life’s most important questions: “Where did we come from?” and “Where are we going?”

During the presentation, which is being held in a special dome made to look like an open-air meadow and broadcast worldwide, Kirsch, after a prologue featuring a recording of a lecture by Langdon, reveals that his intention is to end the age of religion and usher in an age of science. Before the revelation, Kirsch is shot and killed by Luis Ávila, a former naval admiral who lost his faith following the deaths of his family in a bombing, only to be introduced to and join the controversial Palmarian Catholic Church.

Ávila was commissioned by someone named the Regent, claiming to be with the church, who told Ávila that the bomber was a follower of Kirsch. Ávila is later revealed to having already killed al-Fadl, while Köves is murdered by another assassin.

After Kirsch is killed, Kirsch leaves behind an AI named Winston that helps Langdon.

While Ávila escapes, Langdon meets Ambra. He warns her that Julián can’t be trusted (as the last minute request to put Ávila on the guest list came from the Royal palace) and they escape from Ambra’s Spanish Royal Guard and leave the museum. Deciding to release Kirsch’s discovery, they steal Kirsch’s phone and follow directions from Winston to a bridge, where they take a water taxi to an airport.

Winston has Kirsch’s personal jet fly them from Bilbao to Barcelona. Ambra reveals that the presentation is protected by a 47-character password, a line from Kirsch’s favorite poem. Although neither know which poem was chosen, Ambra and Langdon deduce that it can be found at Kirsch’s home on the top floor of Antoni Gaudí’s legendary Casa Milà.

Meanwhile, the three murders have sparked a firestorm on cable TV news and social media, fueled by information leaked by an anonymous source called [email protected] When word of the meeting in Catalonia spreads, suspicion falls on Valdespino as the only survivor. Things only get worse when Valdespino sneaks Julián off the palace grounds, leaving their phones behind.

To save face, public relations manager Mónica Martín places Guardia Real Commander Diego Garza under arrest on suspicion for the murders and claims that Langdon kidnapped Ambra, though she admits in private that she really suspects Valdespino due to a text found on his phone.

Arriving in Barcelona, Langdon and Ambra go to Casa Milà, where they search for the poem. Langdon learns that Kirsch was dying of pancreatic cancer, prompting a rushed release of the presentation. Though he first thinks the poem is by Friedrich Nietzsche, he soon finds a box supposedly containing a book of the complete works of artist William Blake, who was also a poet specializing in prophecies.

The box is empty except for a slip stating that Kirsch donated the book to Sagrada Família, leaving it open at a specific page. Soon the police arrive and, as Ambra tries to explain she wasn’t kidnapped, Kirsch’s phone is destroyed in the chaos. Ambra’s guards arrive in a helicopter and get her and Langdon to safety. Langdon assures Ambra that he can find Winston’s physical location and she makes her guards take them to Sagrada Familia under threat of dismissal.

Ávila is revealed to have been devastated after his family’s death. His therapist takes him to the Palmarian Church, where the “Pope” convinces him to take revenge for his family. Ávila begins to hunt for Langdon and Vidal, desperate to not let Kirsch’s discovery go public.

Arriving at Sagrada Família, the two are escorted to the book by resident Father Beña. The book is open to the final stanza of Four Zoas. They learn that the password is “The dark Religions are departed & sweet Science reigns”, with the word ‘et’ replacing the ampersand. On the Regent’s orders Ávila arrives, killing the guards and going after the others.

During combat on open stairs Ávila falls to his death, while Langdon is knocked unconscious. Despite Ambra’s protests, the injured Langdon decides to keep going and they escape the police in the helicopter.Using a painting at the Guggenheim made by Winston as a clue, Langdon finds his source inside the Barcelona Supercomputing Center based within an old church.
They arrive at the source, a massive device called E-Wave, enter the password, and at 3:00 AM, as Winston believes Kirsch would have wanted, the presentation starts. In front of hundreds of millions of viewers, Kirsch explains that he mimicked the famous Miller-Urey experiment and coupled it with various components using the laws of physics and entropy, along with E-Wave’s ability to digitally speed forward time, to recreate what he believes is the moment of abiogenesis.

This is Kirsch’s proof that humanity was created by natural events. He then reveals that in roughly fifty years humanity and technology will merge, hopefully creating a utopian future free of religious conflict. (This is in contrast to Kirsch’s presentation to the three religious leaders, which ended on an apocalyptic note.) The presentation stuns the world and sparks widespread debate. Ambra returns to the palace and Langdon and Garza are cleared of all charges. Winston reveals that, per Kirsch’s will, he will self delete at 1:00 PM the next day. – Origin by Dan Brown

Meanwhile, Valdespino brings Julián to a secret meeting with his dying father in the infamous Valley of the Fallen. The King admits that he is actually homosexual and he and Valdespino are lovers, though their relationship was platonic due to Valdespino’s vow of chastity. Both tell Julián not to follow old traditions, but to do what he feels is right for the country.
The King dies during the night and Valdespino takes his own life to be with him, ending all suspicion towards him. Julián makes amends with Ambra and, as he unintentionally forced her into the engagement by springing the proposal on her on TV, they decide to start their courtship over.

The next day, going over all he has learned, Langdon realizes that Winston is Monte (Monte and iglesia mean hill and church in Spanish, and Winston is named after Winston Churchill).

He’s also horrified to learn that Winston is also the Regent. Figuring that Kirsch would want as many viewers as possible, he orchestrated his murder to make him a martyr, as well as destroy the Palmarians’ reputation, something he is certain Kirsch would have approved of. He also intended for Ávila to be arrested at Sagrada Família by hidden police, only for him to see them and sneak past. He then self deletes, leaving Langdon shaken. Despite this, Langdon returns to Sagrada Família, where he and others of multiple races are united by hope for the future. – Origin by Dan Brown


Robert Langdon: A U.S. professor of symbology at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Edmond Kirsch: A forty year-old billionaire and futurist and a former student of Robert Langdon at Harvard.
Ambra Vidal: The director of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, fiancé of Spain’s Prince Julian and an associate of Edmond Kirsch.
Winston: Edmond Kirsch’s quantum-computer AI assistant, named after Winston Churchill.
Julián: The prince and future king of Spain.
Bishop Antonio Valdespino: The loyal bishop to the Spanish royal family and whom Kirsch meets in the beginning of the novel.
Rabbi Yehuda Köves: A prominent Jewish philosopher.
Syed al-Fadl: A prominent Islamic scholar.
Admiral Luis Ávila: Ex-officer of Spanish Navy who has lost his wife and son to religious extremism and later who become devout member of Palmarian Catholic Church.
Commander Garza: Commander of the Guardia Real who is mistakenly arrested for the murder of Kirsch
Fonseca: Guardia Real Agent
Rafa Díaz: Guardia Real Agent who assists Vidal.
Father Beña of Sagrada Família
Mónica Martín: Public Relation Coordinator, Spanish Palace
Agent Suresh Bhalla: Surveillance specialist, Spanish Palace

Originally published3 October 2017
GenresCrime Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

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