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Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing The Last Supper. Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute him after realizing that the painting contains clues to a baffling and blasphemous message that he is driven to decode. The Holy Grail and the Eucharistic Bread are missing, there is no meat on the table, and the apostles, shockingly, are portraits of well-known heretics and non...more
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Published March 21st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2003)
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Tea Jovanović
Posto mi je "Senka vetra" za dlaku izmakla (u korist Carobne knjige), agent mi je ponudio drugog pisca... i to je bio upravo Havijer Sijera i "Tajna vecera" (koju sam kasnije 'prodala' i uredniku Mozaika)... I nisam se pokajala... Knjiga je dobra, lepo je prosla u prodaji, a pre neku godinu Havijer je bio Lagunin gost u Beogradu... Topla preporuka za ljubitelje ovakve literature...
Eszter
quiz time!!

1. let's say you have a killer idea for a plot. do you:

a) concoct a ridiculously complicated plot involving five million characters, none of whom grow in the least, leading your readers to not give a damn about their fates?

OR

b) develop your damn characters?



2. okay, now let's say that you are writing historical fiction about people who actually existed. do you:

a) eschew character development because, hey, they did that for themselves while they were alive and anyway, they are just tool...more
jcg
Disappointing book. I almost gave up from boredom at page 250, but plowed on until the end. I should have quit while I was ahead.

If Sierra took three years to research this book, as he claims, he should have at least described the Cathar faith correctly, which he didn't. And Omega isn't O in the Greek alphabet, it's Ω - O is Omicron.
And, as Jesus probably spoke Aramaic and not Greek, it is unlikely that he said anything about alpha and omega, this was made up later by Greek speaking Christians....more
Nancy Oakes
My first comment: NOT a Da Vinci Code ripoff, not a clone, not even close! So don't let this put you off of reading this book. The author has written a good mystery which stands on its own, so if you're worried about "oh no, another DaVinci Code," forget it. Or, conversely, if you're looking for a Da Vinci Code type book, this isn't it.

Set in late 15th-century Milan, when one of my favorite historical bad guys is gaining in popularity (Savanarola), the story is told by a Father Augustino Leyre,...more
Kaila
The jury is still out on this one. While the story was intriguing and the secret of Da Vinci's Last Supper revealed on the final page was unexpected, the journey to the final destination was convulated and confusing. I am, however, willing to take some of the blame for this as I did not have nearly the grasp of Church history needed to breeze through this book easily; instead I struggled through it bit by bit determined to reach the end in order to learn the secret touted throughout the book. It...more
Latree Manohara
Akhirnya buku ini khatam, setelah lebih dari dua bulan yang lalu mulai kubaca.

Aku selalu suka novel investigasi. Mulai dari Lima Sekawan, Trio Detektif, Agatha Christie, buku-buku John Grisham dan Sydney Sheldon. Aku suka Nefertiti, investigasi dengan setting Mesir kuno. Agatha Cgristie juga punya, aku lupa judulnya.

Melihat sekilas buku ini pertama kali, aku langsung tertarik. Selain tema investigasi dan teka-teki, settingnya Itali kuno, dan terutama ini adalah tentang Leonardo da Vinci, manusia...more
Lori
The Secret Supper, was by all means an enjoyable novel. If you like historical fiction, some mystery, some murder and a little bit of spice, it has all the ingredients for a fun, beachy, relaxing page turner. If your tastes run to the more intellectual, descriptive and stickler for accuracy my suggestion is to look elsewhere, perhaps the wonderfully written "Historian." At any rate, this novel centers on Papal Inquisitor, Agostino Leyre and his experience in 1492 Milan and is told in a flashback...more
John
Jul 01, 2012 John rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: I was browsing at Border's Book Store in Eureka California.
I love good history. One of the things we must all appreciate about historical discourse is that any given subject is slanted by the biases and predjudices of the writer or the observer. Historical writings are therefore full of contradictions, disagreements, interpretaions and misinterpretaions, exagerations ad infinitum.

One subject in our very rich historical past that is wide open to such mystery is the event of the creation of the "Last Supper" on the walls of the Systine chapel by Leonardo...more
Farah
"kereeeenn..
walopun gue masih tetep bingung, pada akhirnya si pengarang ini mau menyampaikan apa tentang Leonardo da Vinci?" (Farah - Pendapat pribadi)

Oke, gue katakan dengan jujur bahwa gue belom pernah baca bukunya Dan Brown. Baik itu yang the Davinci Code, ataupun Angel and Demon. Tapi gue udah nonton film Angel and Demon. Dan menurut gue, filmnya menarik. Tapi gue tetap masih belum memutuskan mau baca bukunya apa engga. Sama seperti Eragon, yang gue udah tonton filmnya, tapi belom baca bukun...more
Lori Whitwam
Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for reading this right now. It seemed contrived, dry as dust, and utterly irrelevant. Set in Milan during the painting of the Last Supper, an Inquisitor has been sent to look for the person sending damning clues that something is being concealed in the mural, and it could crumble Christianity. He settles in among the priests at the monastery and starts detecting. An expert at codes, he must solve the riddle that is the writer's signature so he knows...more
Tegghiaio
El autor tuvo la mala fortuna de publicar su libro un año después de que Dan Brown publicase El Código Da Vinci y eso le resta todo el factor sorpresa a su historia. Si bien la historia de esta se desarrolla en los meses durante los cuales Leonardo Da Vinci culminó La Última Cena y no en el presente como la de Brown, el argumento es el mismo en ambas novelas.

Por lo tanto pueden esperar encontrarse con las verdaderas enseñanzas de Jesús, el culto a María Madgalena, loas a la figura de Juan, cátar...more
Phil
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Jenny Macdonald
Having received several messages from an anonymous writer expressing concerns about the possible heretical messages contained in the painting of The Last Supper, a papal investigator is sent to try to determine whether Da Vince is a Cathar and whether some aspects of the painting are expressing this faith.

Mixing in real historical figures with some fictional ones to help solve the clues made this an interesting and, often, educational read. There is also a coded message to solve and several murd...more
Lisa
Where do I start? DaVinci seems like a pretty smart guy with all his "secrets" hidden in his art. VERY clever! I like the history and info about DaVinci BUT this book put me to sleep every time I started reading. I almost gave up MANY times but plugged along - it was a gift from my kids so I felt obligated. Just when you think you might understand what is going on, it gets MORE confusing. So many characters and you don't get to really "know" them. Too confusing and boring for me. Like a bad Life...more
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove...more
Andres Pasten
Dan Brown debiera quemar una vez al año una copia del codigo da vinci, en homenaje a esta novela de Javier Sierra. Mientras en el codigo la tension decae despues que se revela la intriga, para luego convertirse en un blockbuster de hollywood con persecuciones y disparos, en la Cena Secreta se mantiene la tension hasta el final. Ambientado en la epoca de Da Vinci, recomendado para quienes gustan de maquinaciones eclesiasticas medievales.
Jack
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Raymond
I used an online gematria calculator and found that my 605 Jewish result is the same as such as Napoleon Bonaparte (my English 540 is the same as such as God is Real)! The palaces of memory example encourages me to examine architecture and other works of art for embedded messages!
I was totally unaware of the Cathar texts and rituals so it was certainly eye opening to learn of the author's detecting and deciphering that Leonardo Da Vinci seemingly coded a reference to their consolamentum spiritua...more
Shalyn
It took me a while to get into this book. The first few chapters move slowly, there are many different characters introduced, and period pieces are not really my thing. Also, the protagonist is a member of the inquisition, and my hazy memory of church history tells me that the inquisition was generally bad; so, from the start, it was difficult for me to accept this character as a good person. About a third of the way into it, though, I had met all the characters, the protagonist proved sympathet...more
Nancy
Aug 03, 2011 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: art lovers, those who like Da Vinci, monastic life, fifteenth century
The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra is one of my favorite books. It was published around the time that the Da Vinci Code, but it takes a very different tack from that book. This one takes place during the lifetime of Da Vinci, during the years that he was actually painting "The Last Supper" on the wall of the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan.

In the years since The Secret Supper and The Da Vinci Code were published, many articles, books, and TV programs have come out describing the sym...more
Cameron
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Kolleen
I bought this book because I saw the cover and read the excerpt and immediately thought of The DaVinci Code. I should have known...

This is basically a story about different versions of religion. When Leonardo DaVinci begins his painting of the Last Supper in a church, word spreads that he is hiding symbols of heresy within the painting. On the outside, it looks like a perfectly good rendition of the Bible, but after a closer look, it deviates from traditional Catholicism and lends the viewer an...more
Walt
Set at the eclipse of the Middle Ages and the dawn of the Renaissance, this murder mystery is set up like another DaVinci Code, except Leonardo is a rather central character in this story. There is limited action and the clues/ links/ riddles are a bit difficult to follow even with the explanations and keys that are necessary. Sierra obviously did considerable research to include actual historical characters. It is uncertain if the hero was real or just imaginary. Nevertheless, he did a very goo...more
Mike
Father Agostino Leyre is a Dominican Inquisitor at the very end of the 15th century. He is sent to Milan, more specifically to the monastery Santa Maria delle Grazie. He is sent there because a mystery informer is sending letters to his order espousing a heresy taking place in that monastery. This is also the very same place where Leonardo da Vinci is creating what some consider his greatest work, The Last Supper. Who this informer is and whether there is a true heresy underfoot is the mission...more
Rossrn Nunamaker
Immediate assumption - DaVinci Code Knock-Off.

None-the-less, I enjoy this type of fast paced historical based, but yet fantastical fiction, so I checked it out from the library. Two days later the phone rings and The Poe Shadow is waiting for me. What else could I do? I finished The Secret Supper, and it really didn't require any extra encouragement.

For the record, the DaVinci Code was published in 2003 in the United States and the Secret Supper was published in Spain in 2004, with the English t...more
Nirvaan Ghosh
It is well known that Leonardo Da Vinci had ideas quite contrary and in direct conflict with traditional Roman Catholicism. However, the Secret Supper takes this well known fact and weaves a gripping plot around it.

It is hard to tell who the protagonist of the story actually is. While we follow father Agostino Leyre on his quest to identify the mysterious 'Soothsayer', it is hard not to reckon the plot being woven around Da Vinci, as it becomes apparent as one progresses through the story.

The st...more
Bonnie Gayle
Sep 15, 2007 Bonnie Gayle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the DaVinci code, fans of historical mysteries
I felt like this book did The DaVinci code, but better. One reason it was better was because it took place during the time of DaVinci, which was cool. Another reason was that it had a more plausible tale to tell. Also, the book is more respectful to, and descriptive of, DaVinci's art than Dan Brown was.
Here's the plot: An investigator for the Pope (think Vatican CIA) is sent to look for a person who calls himself the Soothsayer who sends them inside information on DaVinci, who is currently paint...more
Briansmom
Kind of a weird book, but interesting. Another take on Leonardo Da Vinci and his work, but very different from "The Da Vinci Code" in many ways. Basically, Leonardo is painting his masterpiece, and Rome is interested in figuring out if it contains coded, hidden,heresies. A 15th century Vatican spy is sent to Milan to find out. I love a book that gets me thinking, and learning, and researching things on my own. This one did that, and now I can't wait to see the "Last Supper" in person. Someday. S...more
Nhu
First, I didn't think I was going to read something Dan Brown-esque when I embarked on this reading, so I didn't have any preconceived notions o expectations whatsoever, which freed me to interpret and enjoy it as I please.

Second, it's an easy, fast and entertaining read (the only reason it took me a few days was because I was reading other books and studying).

Third, I like it because I learned something new, despite its validity, of which I can never say with absolute certainty. However, the Ca...more
Joyce
This was a nice read.

In the reader's guide they mention both The DaVinci Code and The Name of the Rose and ask how you would compare this book with those.

I would put it between those books if the Davinci Code were to lie at one end as a piece of fluff loosely based on history and if I were to put the Name of the Rose at the other end as a work of fiction infused with copious research and historical texts.

The author admits he was influenced by Eco's use of real texts referenced in his own.

Sierra...more
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