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The most-talked-about international bestseller of the year!

Tightly paced and atmospheric, The Secret Supper is a dazzling historical thriller with a unique vision of both Leonardo da Vinci's genius and his masterpiece -- which you will never look at in the same way again.

Milan, 1497: Leonardo is completing The Last Supper. Pope Alexander VI is determined to execute h

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Paperback, 329 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Washington Square Press (first published 2004)
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Tea Jovanović
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Kaila
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mary Jo Malo
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy art history, Italian history and the history of religious heresy, this mystery is for you! A bit The Name of the Rose and The Da Vinci Code, this novel is imaginative and inspiring in ways unique to whatever experience and belief each reader brings to it.
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
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Lori Whitwam
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: popular-fiction
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
Raymond
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Joaquin Castañ
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antes de explicar algo sobre el libro me gustaría explicar un poco que es el catarismo. El catarismo es la doctrina de los cátaros, o albigenses, un movimiento religioso de carácter gnóstico que se propagó por Europa Occidental a mediados del siglo X, y logró arraigar hacia el siglo XII entre los habitantes del Mediodía francés, especialmente en el Languedoc, donde contaba con la protección de algunos señores feudales vasallos de la corona de Aragón.

http://librosmasrecomendados.blogspot.com/2016
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Kit
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Some interesting speculation about the symbolism in Da Vinci's Last Supper and Virgin of the Rocks, but a rather limp and lifeless novel overall. It was definitely a better read than Dan Brown, but that wouldn't be hard, but a long way from Eco's Name of the Rose. As the author freely admits, there is not any evidence that Da Vinci was a Cathar, yet he makes a strained effort to depict him as a member of the forbidden sect. This might have worked in the hands of a skillful narrator, but I'm afra ...more
Lisa
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels
So bad. Only wasted 2 hours of my life on it because a friend insisted I had to read it and is waiting with bated breath to see what I think. Help me Jesus!
Bárbara Castro Lima
Sou fascinada pelo maior gênio de sempre, Leonardo da Vinci e não houve obra que mais me impressionasse ver que a Última Ceia. Por isso, interessam-me todos os romances históricos sobre o assunto. A forma como este livro está escrito é muito interessante porque o narrador é um padre da Inquisição. Uma pessoa que detestá-lo mas não consegue porque ele está em busca da verdade é não só de qualquer condenação.
Vichy
Πόσα μυστικά μπορεί να κρύβει ένας πίνακας του Λεονάρντο ντα Βίντσι;

Ο συγγραφέας εμπνευσμένος από το Μυστικό Δείπνο πλέκει ένα σενάριο κρυπτογραφίας, δολοφονιών και θρησκευτικού φανατισμού. Πλείστα πρόσωπα της πλοκής υπήρξαν στην ιστορία και άλλα δημιουργήθηκαν στη φαντασία του συγγραφέα. Στο τέλος του βιβλίου παραθέτει σύντομο βιογραφικό για το κάθε πρόσωπο. Η ίντριγκα που αναπτύσσεται δεν είναι τόσο συγκλονιστική όσο θα περίμενε κανείς. Ο ενθουσιασμός μου περιορίζεται στο ότι εστίασα τόσες πολ
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Farah
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel, reviewed
"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
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John
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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DROPPING OUT
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Lori
Oct 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Dokusha
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Eine mittelalterliche Verschwörungsgeschichte, die ein wenig an Ecos "Name der Rose" erinnert. Auch hier ist der Schauplatz ein Kloster, und auch hier spielt eine Ermittlung die Hauptrolle. Der Autor verknüpft da Vincis Abendmahl, das Mailand der Sforzas und die alte christliche Gruppe der Katharer zu einer spannenden Geschichte um Weltanschauungen, kirchliche Überzeugungen und Ermittlungen über ketzerische Umtriebe, später auch Morde.
Ob es tatsächlich so spät (wir sprechen vom Ende des 15. Jahr
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Luis
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-novel
Agustín Leyre, fraile inquisidor, se desplaza a Milán para estudiar el proceso de creación de La Última Cena de Leonardo da Vinci. Alentado por las voces que hablan de herejía en torno a ese ducado y esa nueva obra del Maestro. acabará descubriendo que los cátaros y sus creencias no están tan enterradas como se creía.

Es la novela histórica de mayor éxito de Javier Sierra, girando en torno a la Última Cena como gran enigma. Si bien la historia está bien dirigida, creo que falta bastante fuerza en
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Jenny Macdonald
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Lisa
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Bettie☯
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David
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ian Wood
Aug 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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Laurie White
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really tried to enjoy this book but it felt like such a chore to read. I've read many similar books involving religious secrets and conspiracies, always enjoyed them. This novel just had so many characters that were very difficult to decipher between. They all were so similar, besides Leonardo. Even once the mystery was solved there was never an "AH HA" moment for me, it was more like "HUH?". What was the point of that I must have missed something!? But at this point I didn't care enough to re ...more
Mike
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ho hum. A rather contrived plot with muddled "action" that fails to jell.
Vivian
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is weird. I don't understand that four and five stars some have given it.
Narjes
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La trama se desarrolla durante la creación de la obra «La Última Cena», encargo de Ludovico el Moro al artista Leonardo da Vinci como parte de la ampliación y decoración del refectorio del convento dominico de Santa Maria delle Gracia, en Milán, Italia entre 1495 y 1497. Agustín Leyre, inquisidor dominico experto en la interpretación de mensajes cifrados, es enviado a toda prisa a Milán para supervisar los trazos finales que el maestro Leonardo da Vinci está dando a La Última Cena, debido a una ...more
Chrissa Kuntz
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe it was the translation factor, but this seemed like a plotless DaVinci Code.
Latree Manohara
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Erin
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read a lot of criticisms that this book is too much like Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. Well, yeah, kinda. Just like that book is an awful lot like The Name of the Rose. Leonardo's work has puzzled viewers for countless ages. There's bound to be more than one telling of the story. There are some plot weaknesses, to be sure, but I think some of the complaints are a bit overblown. I do wish some of the elements were sussed out a bit more though.
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