The latest masterpiece by the acclaimed author of Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno among others is a new turn of the screw to settle Robert Langdon as a household fictional character all around the world.
The story is set in different locations all over the Spanish geography: Bilbao, Madrid and Barcelona. In this sense, the author proves to have a deep local knowledge of every single site and outstanding landmark, like for example The Guggenheim Museum, Valle del Los Caidos or Sagrada Familia Cathedral among others.
This is an amazingly thrilling story. Mr. Langdon, the Harvard Professor, is invited to attend an event in Spain. In this event,organised by Mr. Edmond Kirsch, one of Langdon’s eccentric acquaintances, Mr.Kirsch is about to present his stunning new theories about the origin of human beings and life on Earth. Somehow, the presentation is suddenly cut off and Langdon struggles to release his colleague’s previously recorded presentation. An eerie artificial intelligence guides Landon and his gorgeous Spanish partner through a number of different locations while facing some difficulties on their way to achieve their goal. Mr. Kirsch, who turns out to be a multimillionaire geek and university scholar, claims that religions around the world are at risk of being wiped out. He has protected his knowledge under high-tech security measures and Mr. Langdon follows every clue to go public with these discoveries.
When it comes to evil characters there is always an formidable and infamous one in each of Brown’s novels. In this occasion, a retired Spanish ex-navy officer, who thinks Mr. Krisch and Professor Langdon himself are among his sworn enemies and of course, makes every effort to chase and kill them.
The downside of the story is the fictional characters, king and price of Spain that the author simply makes up in a half baked and sloppy attempt to depict the Spanish monarchy.
Surprisingly enough, Mr. Brown stated in a interview that he does not like reading fiction himself. He manages though, to write in a smooth, clear and neat way, so that any reader either advanced or not, can make sense and cope with every bit a piece in the story.
This is the kind of book you get hooked with and you simply can’t put down at night before going to sleep. In my opinion, lower in quality than the previous Langdon’s stories, but still keeps the thrill of a real adventure.