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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 hi

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Paperback, 329 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Washington Square Press (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
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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,
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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
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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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
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jack
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Iona
Described as fast paced with a tight plot ..... Well I think they were reviewing something different to the book I started and gave up at page 125. From the begining, this book was a struggle. Poorly researched and poorly written. The characters were flat and the setting lacked any atmosphere. The author seemed to present things in a 'one-dimensional' manner so that there was no depth to the history, the plot or the narrative.
It was if I had taken an idea, a colourful theory, and had decided tha
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Patri
Maldita sea mi debilidad por estos temas. Mi curiosidad por las religiones me obliga a poner 4 estrellas que serán lo más subjetivo que vais a ver en la vida. No os fiéis ni un pelo.

En serio, me pierden este tipo de misterios con aire histórico. Este tipo de casualidades que se apoyan en datos reales, pero que no hay forma de demostrar si alguna vez ocurrió así o no. Pero, ay, qué bien suena todo y qué bien encaja todo en su sitio. Te lo crees a base de bien.

No nos engañemos tampoco, esto es li
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Cheryl
The setting of this novel is 1497, when Leonardo da Vinci was completing his painting of The Last Supper in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan. Pope Alexander VI has been notified that the painting secretly depicts heretical messages. Alexander sends an envoy to Milan to investigate.

For non-Catholics, this novel may be hard to follow because of its heavy reference to the symbolic rites, personalities, and history of the Roman Catholic Church. It incorporates religious fanaticism, in
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El Segoviano
Interesante novela escrita sobre la ultima cena que pintó Leonardo da Vinci en Milán a finales del siglo XV.
El libro está escrito en 2.004, un año después del que escribió Dan Braun sobre la ultima cena y la teorica presencia de Maria Magdalena en el cuadro. Parece un libro un tanto oportunista, aunque por la cantidad de referencias que tiene no es facil que se haya escrito en poco tiempo.
No está mal el libro pero tampoco es una maravilla. Es entretenido y de alguna manera mantiene el interés du
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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