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Michel Benoît
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Apostol Numero 13, El

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  527 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
The story of an ancient sect detailed within papyrus sheaves hidden in the caves at Qumran ( now known as The Dead Sea Scrolls) forms the foundation of this exhaustively researched novel. The Secret of the 13th Apostle contains lore perhaps more familiar to the Knights Templar than readers of Dan Brown, but will excite similar passions.
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Sep 05, 2012 Briana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"The Thirteenth Apostle" tells the story of a Catholic monk, Father Nil, who is dangerously close to discovering a secret that lies at the heart of the world's three Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The author weaves in historical truths with his own fictional imaginings in the style of "The Da Vinci Code," and I suspect fans of that book will greatly enjoy this one.

I found some of the writing to be a bit clunky, with odd turns of phrase and a few uncommon words whose meanin
Dec 22, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The basic concept of this book - challenging the very basis of the three main religions - is one that greatly appeals to me as an atheist. The idea that somewhere there may be proof that Jesus was just a charismatic guy, whose body was removed and buried, and not some God who 'rose from the dead' is more than plausible; from that perspective, then, I enjoyed reading this book.

However, the book overall does disappoint. The writing can be clunky in places, and, though at 360 pages, it seems quite
May 22, 2016 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good story. A mixture of a religious study and a detective thriller, involving the secret forces of three religions and their politics. The murder of a monk recently called to Rome to justify his research which is passed off as a suicide sets the ball rolling. His friend and fellow monk, Father Nil, carries on his work and investigates both his death and his ongoing studies.
When Nel in his turn is called to Rome he is spied on by agents of the Jewish and Palestinian secret services in
Janet Gaspar
Reseña completa en mi blog

Para ser sincera este libro no es la clase de novela que suelo leer, de hecho fue una compra que hizo mi padre y que —después de que él la leyera— quedo olvidada en un estante del librero por años. La inicie con pereza y muy lentamente, pero cerca de la mitad empezó a atraparme.

La narración sigue los pasos del padre Andrei en el presente, pero también viaja al pasado, a la época de Jesús y sus apóstoles, lugar dónde la muerte de
Gabriela Elena
No puedo evitarlo, me gusta el género desde que leí Codigo Da Vinci, pero este libro me parece mejor documentado y me llama la atención que haya sido escrito por alguien que fue un monje. No debemos olvidar que solo es un thriller, pero es interesante tomar detalles de personas de las que se habla, como los últimos papas.
Argumento llama la atención. Me parece una novela bien narrada. No obstante, la temática no genera tanto interés en mi persona. Opino que presenta un buen puente entre historia y ficción, pero habría que analizar con mayor detalles. No soy fanático de obras de casos religiosos a manera de thrillers.
Paulo Muller
Colecção Enigmas da História
REVISTA SÁBADO – 25 de Janeiro a 29 de Abril 2007
01. O Segredo do 13º Aspóstolo | Michel Benoît
02. A Irmandade do Santo Sudário | Julia Navarro
03. O Aprendiz do Cabalista | César Vidal
04. A Sombra do Templário | Núria Masot
05. O Diário secreto de Da Vinci | David Zurdo | Ángel Gutiérrez
06. A Comenda Secreta | Maria joão Pardal | Ezequiel Marinho
07. A Regra de Quatro | Ian Caldwell | Dustin Thompson
08. O Anel – A Herança do último Templário | Jorge Molist
09. Qumrân – O
Martin Allen
A book of two halves. The first half I found extremely turgid and difficult to read. The French to English translation has a stumbling clunkiness to it and whilst I understood the effect the author was trying to achieve in fluctuating the chapters between modern day and Jesus' time, I felt it had an adverse affect on the flow. I almost gave up on it after about a third.

However, I'm glad that I stuck with it as the book does take more of a plot-ride in the second half and held my interest much m
May 13, 2014 Pio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, lgbt-related
Có lẽ tôi sẽ rate lại cho Mật mã Da Vinci 3 sao để khỏi phải ngang hàng với cuốn sách này :))
Apr 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Die beiden Mönche Nil und Andrei leben in der französischen Abtei St. Martin, wo sie sich dem Studium der Kirchengeschichte widmen. Dabei stoßen sie auf Spuren, die auf einen 13. Apostel hinzudeuten scheinen. Andrei reist für weitere Recherchen nach Rom und wird auf der Rückfahrt ermordet. Ein kryptischer Hinweis bei der Leiche seines Freundes veranlasst Nil die Arbeit seines Glaubensbruders fortzuführen. Ein gefährlicher Job – denn längst sind die Kirchenväter des Vatikans hellhörig geworden.

The Thirteenth Apostle - Michel Benoit

Father Nil seeks on a path of truth and also to redeemed his friends life. Evidently his friend, Father Andrei had stumbled upon an ancient text that could change the Catholic Church as the followers know it. The Vatican officials do not want this text to resurface to the public. They will at all costs try to quiet those that get to close to this scroll. Father Nil travels to Rome not only to find out how his friend had died but also to follow the clues that
May 29, 2016 Kike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Interesante thriller religioso, que está perfectamente bien documentado, y que habla de una de la teoría conspiratoria más famosas del catolicismo.
Escrita de una manera ágil la novela mezcla hechos presentes y pasados que se remontan hasta los inicios del catolicismo, y nos relata la historia de Jesús de una manera menos divina y más perversa de lo que nosotros pensamos.
Aparte de su extensa documentación en historia de las religiones, otro de los puntos fuertes de la historia son sus villanos,
Nothing like a good mystery page turner on a slow day, but this is not quite close. The writer is an ex-Benedictine monk who has spent more than two decades of his life researching the life of Jesus. Much of his research has been somehow weaved into or worked in the plot of this mystery about the so-called mysterious thirteenth apostle who was also present at the Last Supper with Jesus and the Twelve. Central to this mystery is the Dan-Brown like premise that Jesus did not rise from the dead thr ...more
Paperback version,
370 pages,
Genre: Historical fiction/Adventure
Rating: 2 stars

Just couldn't get into this one at all. Made it all the way to 100 and something pages but couldn't bring myself to read any further when I have other hopefully better library books waiting to be read.

It started off good with a good opening chapter but then it went downhill. None of this was to do with the plot, the plot seemed to be a good idea. The present interested me more with the Monk carrying out his investigati
Dang Thien
Made it three stars as my readable benchmark. A good start for those still holding conspiracy theories on the betrayal of Judas and three denials of Peter the Fisherman. Though it stands out of the similar conspiracy novels of Dan Brown (that to be honest I fancy the acting of Tom Hanks rather than the own scenes), some of French, Italian and Vatican culture are depicted, leading readers through bare woods of suburbs of Paris to the Holiness in Vatican.
More to be added, some conflicting interes
Not just another Da Vinci Code wannabe. The author is a former monk, and you know there is insight when he talks about the Vatican. Besides, there is historical truth at the basis of this thriller, as the postface explains.

The story is interesting. It has some suspense, although it's not really surprising. The characters are basic, the writing decent... But its interest is in something else: it's in its vision of the Church and of Jesus (and also its controversial description of the Vatican and
Jacko Cabrera
Nada, libro con deseos de convertirse en best seller, de los de intriga religioso política. Peca de un pelín de proselitismo que al final te deja mal sabor de boca. Intenta que los malos no lo parezcan tanto, pero al final son estereotipos de comic, el religioso depravado, el musulmán fanático, el cristiano piadoso y el judío lleno de llagas. En fín, no se hace aburrido, por eso le doy tres estrellas. Lectura de avión.
Donna torrance
i found this book interesting in parts, it raised some questions of faith which i had just taken as real, but i found it hard to follow the characters, all foreign names, at some points i felt like just abandoning it and starting something new, other times i couldnt put it down, not a book i would recommend to anyone really, although i am passing it on to someone who loves such books, maybe its just me, i didnt really enjoy it,
bit like a film that you watch all the way through thinking it must g
Oct 17, 2014 Nightia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asesinatos, misterios, templarios... De todo tiene esta historia. La forma en la que está escrita mantiene la intriga hasta casi el final, me gusto mucho.
Stephen Nieman
May 05, 2016 Stephen Nieman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put down. Mystery, murder and scandal in the church.
Nov 30, 2014 Duy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giọng văn chán! Nội dung tàm tạm.
Dec 24, 2015 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a satisfying holiday read
Aug 08, 2011 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be true i had a little bit of a hard time reading must of the chapters of this book. I dont know if it was because of the kind of writting of the author , the translation or because i had the edition of four hundred pages but this novel had a very good theme but it didnt get my attention. The only ideas i liked where the ones that gave arguments of how the Vatican and the church worked to handle information and mantain the status quo. I think this book could be much better and thats what i wa ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Better than The Da Vinci Code. Read it if you've nothing better.
BTW, a search for this book showed many books with the same titles. Speculation in these books about who the 13th Apostle was range from Mary Magdalene to an unknown favorite- your choice. Still Benoit apparently has an ax to grind with the Catholic Church and does he ever grind it. The best parts were instruction by a hermit on how to encounter the real Jesus. Rather good, that.
Interesting theory about possible origins of Christianity and how this might have influenced Islam and Judaism, and how a disciple could have capitalized on a following to his own benefit. Some might find it blasphemous. Though it is set up as a mystery of sorts, I found it a slow read and would have preferred to read a non-fiction account backed by historical fact instead.
Alberto Garcia
May 22, 2012 Alberto Garcia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, histórica

aunque la premisa pueda ser interesante, no lo es el resto del libro. Lo he acabado simplemente porque me cuesta mucho abandonar un libro. Los capítulos excesivamente cortos pretenden insuflar un ritmo que no se consigue en ningún momento. Los personajes no dejan de cometer el mismo error una y otra vez, y los villanos de la historia son extremadamente predecibles.
Apr 28, 2015 Oscar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh... Slow and what not
Andrew Murphy
Jul 01, 2013 Andrew Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Michel offers a very intriguing hypothesis as the catalyst for conflict between two priests, certain Vatican officials and two other religious group. The author used short chapters to set a fast pace to this story.
Aug 09, 2011 Cherei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating tale! It is one.. that I was very happy to have picked up at the store on a lark! There were a few things the author incorporated into the story.. that were SO original! In today's world of books.. that's HARD to do! Kudo's!
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Michel Benoît (a nom de plume) is a religious scolar and novelist. After obtaining a PhD in Pharmacology, he entered the Benedictine order as an unordained monk at the abbey of Saint Benoît sur Loire (from which he took his pen name), remaining a monk for twenty-two years. Because of his ideological non-conformity, he eventually left the Catholic Church and decided to devote himself to research an ...more
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