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Dan Brown talks religion science and his new novel

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dan Brown's new novel is out Tuesday and it's already a chart-topper on Amazon.com.

"Origin" is a familiar blend of travelogue, history, conspiracies and whodunit, with asides on everything from the poetry of William Blake to the rise and fall of fascism in Spain. Brown protagonist Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist, is in Spain and back in danger. A former student has been assassinated just as he's ready to unveil a scientific-technological breakthrough that he promises will bring about the downfall of Western religion and revolutionize how people think about life and death.

In a recent interview, Brown said the book was a chance to explore his longtime skepticism about religion and his optimism about technology.