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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 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 none of them are depicted with halos. And why has the artist painted himself into the scene with his back turned toward Jesus? The clues to Leonardo's greatest puzzle are right before your eyes...

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"Set in the late 15th century, Sierra's first book translated into English revolves around a papal inquisitor's investigation into Leonardo da Vinci's alleged heresies and offers a new way of interpreting The Last Supper. After receiving a series of cryptic messages from 'the Soothsayer,' who warns the 15th century church that 'art can be employed as a weapon,' the Secretariat of Keys of the Papal States dispatches Father Agostino Leyre on a twofold mission to Milan: identify the Soothsayer and discover what, if any, messages da Vinci is hiding in the painting. Leyre, who narrates, views the in-progress Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie and becomes fascinated. He makes a series of sometimes muddled discoveries about the painting, leading up to his interpretation of the painting's true meaning (not revealed until the last line of the last page). Those not well versed in Catholic history may have trouble following the many subplots involving factionalism and dissent within the church. The combination of code breaking, secrecy, chicanery within the Catholic Church and a certain artist is by now a familiar one, but Sierra's book, already a bestseller in Europe, is a fresh contribution to the da Vinci industry." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"What should we call a large group of conspiracy theorists? A British reviewer wryly suggests 'a connivance.' There are certainly enough writers in pursuit of Mary Magdalene's supposed French descendants to make up a large connivance. Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' has sold more than 40 million hardcover copies in 44 languages, and conspiracy mavens will be hard-put to imagine it is coincidence that... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Sierra is a more sophisticated writer than Dan Brown, and he offers fresh perspective on the Renaissance mind." Kirkus Reviews

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"Sierra's novel...fails to replicate Brown's pace and power....[T]oo many oddities pile up to keep the complicated story galloping forward, and a plot this full of baloney needs to gallop. (Grade: C+)" Entertainment Weekly

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"Sierra writes an intricate, involving and suspenseful story....Sierra emerges as a strong contender in historical fiction with his mostly well-crafted book....[D]on't expect Sierra's Secret Supper to be a secret for long." Rocky Mountain News

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"Secret Supper is...possibly more confusing than The Da Vinci Code, but it is a good read in its own right." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Already an international phenomenon, this riveting novel depicts a deadly game of wits between the brilliant but religiously suspect Leonardo Da Vinci and a Dominican inquisitor who is intent on bringing him to trial for heresy.

About the Author

Javier Sierra lives in Málaga on the Costa del Sol, Spain. He has written on the secrets of the Templars, the mystical nun María Jesús of Ágreda, and the enigmas of lost civilizations. All of his novels have a "secret" common purpose: to solve historical mysteries based on real documentation and extensive field research. A bestseller throughout the Spanish-speaking world, The Secret Supper is now being published in thirty-five countries.

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mcangleferrum, September 6, 2006 (view all comments by mcangleferrum)
The Secret Supper seemed to start out rather slow, but became more interesting as it went on. The story line got to the point I didn't want to put it down. Very interesting theory and I am excited to find some texts mentioned in the book are real. I look forward to reading more of his works if they are translated and available. I also look forward to reading some of the books referenced in the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743287647
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Sierra, Javier
Translator:
Manguel, Alberto
Author:
Sierra
Author:
Manguel, Alberto
Author:
Javier
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Leonardo
Subject:
Christian - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.16 in 16.66 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in the late 15th century, Sierra's first book translated into English revolves around a papal inquisitor's investigation into Leonardo da Vinci's alleged heresies and offers a new way of interpreting The Last Supper. After receiving a series of cryptic messages from 'the Soothsayer,' who warns the 15th century church that 'art can be employed as a weapon,' the Secretariat of Keys of the Papal States dispatches Father Agostino Leyre on a twofold mission to Milan: identify the Soothsayer and discover what, if any, messages da Vinci is hiding in the painting. Leyre, who narrates, views the in-progress Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie and becomes fascinated. He makes a series of sometimes muddled discoveries about the painting, leading up to his interpretation of the painting's true meaning (not revealed until the last line of the last page). Those not well versed in Catholic history may have trouble following the many subplots involving factionalism and dissent within the church. The combination of code breaking, secrecy, chicanery within the Catholic Church and a certain artist is by now a familiar one, but Sierra's book, already a bestseller in Europe, is a fresh contribution to the da Vinci industry." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Sierra is a more sophisticated writer than Dan Brown, and he offers fresh perspective on the Renaissance mind."
"Review" by , "Sierra's novel...fails to replicate Brown's pace and power....[T]oo many oddities pile up to keep the complicated story galloping forward, and a plot this full of baloney needs to gallop. (Grade: C+)"
"Review" by , "Sierra writes an intricate, involving and suspenseful story....Sierra emerges as a strong contender in historical fiction with his mostly well-crafted book....[D]on't expect Sierra's Secret Supper to be a secret for long."
"Review" by , "Secret Supper is...possibly more confusing than The Da Vinci Code, but it is a good read in its own right."
"Synopsis" by , Already an international phenomenon, this riveting novel depicts a deadly game of wits between the brilliant but religiously suspect Leonardo Da Vinci and a Dominican inquisitor who is intent on bringing him to trial for heresy.
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