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The Thirteenth Apostle
 
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Rachael F. Heller
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The Thirteenth Apostle

2.93 of 5 stars 2.93  ·  rating details  ·  265 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In the ruins of a medieval monastery, the diary of a 12th century monk has been uncovered and the murders have already begin. It is rumored the monk's writings offer clues to the whereabouts of a scroll dating back to the time of Jesus. The creating of a hithero unknown intimate who recorded the actual words of Christ.
376 pages
Published 2007 by Harper
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Scott Coleman
I found The 13th Apostle to feel a bit rushed throughout, lacking the 'little details' that make for an engrossing read. I thought the characters were interesting enough, but there wasn't enough time spent developing them, their backgrounds, and relationships in a way that would make them endearing.

More importantly, I was thoroughly disappointed with the ending. Killing off a main character is fine. Leaving the critical part of the story untold is worse. But, the worst part to me was the rush-r
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Alyssa
I couldn't get past the first few chapters...intriguing premise but poorly written. These two authors should stick to writing diet books.
Kristin Lundgren
Another mini-review -This was another in a long line of "artifact" thrillers, with an American cyber sleuth and a biblical translator and former Israeli commando female lead. A lot of the book is spent back in the past, as we follow in the footsteps of one who was "there." The story is fine, although lacking depth, and the characters were also a little bland for me, and I didn't connect with them as I would have liked - that really colors how I react to a book. And the ending to me was trite, an ...more
Roberta
Gil è un cyber-cacciatore: il suo compito è quello di bloccare virus, scovare hacker e siti con foto illegali, fino a quando il suo capo non gli dice che dovrà partire per Israele e collaborare con un anziano professore inglese ed una giovane ex-militare israeliana. Gil si ritroverà all'improvviso a dover decifrare un antico messaggio nascosto nel diario di un frate in epoca medievale e finirà per rincorrere un antico rotolo di rame che contiene un segreto inimmaginabile su Gesù e i suoi apostol ...more
Priya
‘Three souls. Two thousand years. One truth.’

…so goes the tag line for Richard and Rachael Heller’s ‘The 13th Apostle’. And trust me, that forms by far the most interesting line in the entire book. That single line right there on the cover.

This story is another take at misinterpreting the unexplained or unsatisfactorily-proven parts of the life of Jesus Christ (who else!). I’m seriously wondering what it is about Jesus that people find so hard to believe that every budding author out there wants
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Angela Kinder
It was while I was reading Dan Brown, James Rollins, and books about the Knights Templar (I know. Nothing to do with either books but it was part of that phase). It was a read-by-the-seat-of-my-pants book. It was a great book. I didn't mind the flipping of story from the Vatican to back to the Last Supper era. But after a while, it seemed a little long and drawn out. I have conflicting feelings about this book. While I definitely wanted to research some of the things mentioned, I tend to find it ...more
Mekare
La trama si sviluppa bene e c'è sempre quella suspence che ti lascia incollato al libro. Il finale mi ha lasciata un pò perplessa...ma ripensandoci non poteva andare in altro modo.
Becky
Written well and I enjoyed the story. Other reviewers have not liked this, but I found it a lighter version of a Davinci type book, not too many characters that you lose track and a good ending.
Cleo
Pseudo historical fiction - flash backs from archeologists and new Jerusalem scrolls - which is a suspense filled story of finding them and keeping them from the "bad guys" - and the time of Jesus. My quandry was the biblical story telling of Jesus which didn't fit with my research and belief - I was afraid it was going down hill and I wouldn't like the ending at all. But the way (weird) this part of the story played out had no direct application to the most beautiful ending. It was really philo ...more
Hannah
I did actually quite enjoy most of the book. The pace was fast and simple and I could put it down and pick it up a week later and it still made sense. Unfortunately the ending was best described as WTF. Where is my real ending? It just ended. The plot wasn't finished. I half expected to find a second book but no. It was just disappointing. There were a lot of other things that could have done with some work but I was willing to forgive those given the type of book it was(It's a We-must-find-this ...more
Kat
Just bleh. There's too much. I wouldn't know where to start.
Deirdre
Starts off very slowly and never really gets a good pace going. A story of a hidden scroll, tzaddikim and conspiracy with some fundamental muslims and christians as the token baddies, this failed to impress me and really didn't give me any real urge to look for more by the authors.

There are some historical errors and several occasions that I had to wonder what the authors were trying to do with the story.

I've read worse, but I've definitely read better!
Blair
The accompanying author interview for this claims it took ten years to research, which I find very hard to believe given that it comes across as more than a bit of a Da Vinci Code rip-off. The characters are underwritten, the male protagonist isn't at all likeable for at least half the book, and there are some really implausible plot twists; but it's fast-paced, resaonably exciting and managed to hold my attention.
M Beal
‘Three souls. Two thousand years. One truth.’ Well the truth is that a couple of chapters in my brain was set on "why am I reading this" mode. There was no character development or background. As it gets to the end they decide to kill off the main character many questions unanswered. The entire book seemed rushed. Very sad since this was a book club read, a very poor choice
Jyv
I read the negative reviews and thought I'd give it a go but it rapidly went from a potential 3 to a 1. The plot is implausible and doesn't really go anywhere - much ado about nothing! The characters are all one-dimensional. For someone who's supposed to be a hacker, Gil is extremely stupid. In a word, this novel is rubbish.
Damian
When I read the plot it convinced me that this is must-read so I bought it. Unfortunately, after I read the book I have to say that it was money ill-spent and that I have yet to read a book worse than this one. To be short I would say that this is a lame and unsuccessful attempt to copy Dan Brown.
Siddhesh Jog
Read this book in the wave of 'Religious conspiracy theory' books. the plot was fun. A very plausible one at that. But too little matter to actually stretch across pages meant it turned out to be a tad boring.
Pranav
A good book... Ends with a decent message... Could have been a bit better written to make the characters more realistic.. . The relationships could have been better built... However a worth read for sure....
John
Not bad for a first book. Slow to start - but it picked up.

I was really put off by the cover notes about the authors previous works... my fears were not founded.

A fast paced easy read
Samuel
Great, just great. Very similar to the Da Vinci Code, only this one doesn't exactly try to undermine Christianity. It is written in a way that makes it clear (at least to me) that it is fictional.
Tory Wagner
Fun book about the resurrection story. There was some humor in an otherwise unbelieveable rendition of a familiar story.
Benita
Book was good fun to read. Nothing majorly exciting or memorable. But it was an easy, quick and relaxing read.
Lori
This book was one of the worst I've read in years. Terrible writing, lame plot, poor characterization - the pits.
Shannon
pretty interesting premise, kept my attention. Different conclusion on the same idea as Davinci code.
Kataklicik
Heh. Slow start. Crescendo middle. Then pfffft. A "whaaaaa....?" ending. Give this one a miss.
Betsy
Sep 21, 2007 Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was in the same vein as the "Da Vinci Code". It kept me guessing until the end.
Randi
Meh. Finished it out of curiosity, but it was not a satisfying read. Do not recommend.
Anna
Bellissimo, crea un ottima suspance e scorre bene... Il finale delude...
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