Dan Brown’s latest book Origin will be set in Spain

New details about Dan Brown’s latest Robert Langdon book have been revealed, including that the story will be set in Spain.

Origin will also be the first of the Langdon thrillers to feature modern art.

Publishers Transworld have also released the book’s cover.


The novel’s events will unfold entirely in Spain. Opening in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the plot will then take Langdon to Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. In a “fresh twist”, the title will also be the first of Brown’s to concentrate on modern art.

The “paradoxical interplay between science and religion” will be “central to the plot”, according to Transworld, hinging on two questions: “Where do we come from?”, and “Where are we going?”.

Key characters, in addition to Langdon, will include “friend and former student” Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate, controversially known for “dazzling inventions and audacious predictions”, and museum director Ambra Vidal with whom Langdon must embark on a “perilous quest” to locate a cryptic password.

The inside cover for the book reads in full: “Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that ‘will change the face of science forever’. The evening’s host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. Tonight is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.

“But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with 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.

“In their path lie dark forces which will do anything to stop them. To evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.”

Origin will be released on October 3rd.

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