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Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story In The History of Art Paperback – August 16, 2012

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"A must for fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code" Scottish Field "Riveting ... Not only does the book open an informed and interesting debate on the evidential history of Jesus, but it will also get people discussing art " -- Estelle Lovatt Art of England

About the Author

Fiona McLaren worked as a nurse until leaving the profession in her late 20s to work in advertising and marketing. In the mid-1980s, she became passionate about environmental campaigning, which inspired her to pursue investigative research, writing and reporting. She relocated to southern France in the early 1990s, where she continued to work as a researcher for television.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (August 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780575238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575230
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,646,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Taxus on September 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For almost 50 years of my life reading has been my deepest and most abiding passion. In that time I have read many books which excitement and compulsion meant I had to immediately read again. Some, a few only out of tens of thousands, I found utterly phenomenal and knew I would read again and again. Why? Because they left me stunned and, indeed, a deeply changed person with a refreshed view of the world, a brighter understanding of history and spirituality and my own human condition . This is such a book. This is one of a few. This is one of the priceless ones which only comes along once in a long while.

From the beginning there is no way of the reader anticipating where the curiosity for a heartbreakingly beautiful old painting of a Mother and Child will take its owner. Only after decades of it hanging in her family home does she seriously decide to investigate both it and other objects and artworks which came with it; a bequest to her father, a doctor, from a grateful patient and friend. If the painting itself was not enough the collection included engravings, one a mysterious map, conspiratorially commissioned by King Louis XIV of France, of areas controlled by the Knights Templar around their naval base of Marseilles before their supposed demise in the early 14th century. It is one of only four copies. But even her father could not tell his daughter what they all meant, if anything. Or so it seemed until after he passed away, when it was discovered that he had left a vital clue to her in pursuit of her investigations. One that would lead to a 14th century document, scandalously ignored both in Scottish and British history which, amongst the other spectacular revelations it contains, was actually the foundation stone of the American Declaration of Independence!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra on January 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I absolutely adored this book. To say it was life changing is putting it mildly. Fiona's through and probing research captivated my interest and attention - far more than Dan Brown's Da Vinci code. I loved learning more about Leonardo and his beliefs and the mysteries embedded in the portrait. As she writes, " Nothing is there by chance, everything is meant to convey a truth, a story." I've seen with my own eyes what Fiona conveys. Very powerful! How lucky is Fiona, and in turn how lucky are we, that she inherited what is believed to be an original da Vinci and has made it her quest to share her knowledge with us.

I originally came across Da Vinci's Last Commission while researching my book of art related fiction Mona Lisa's Secret and had assumed it was also a fictional account. I recall the day I opened the book vividly - it was a solar eclipse - there was a magic and power in the air. I walked around Wellington's South Coast, sat down upon the grass by the sea and read the first page and was hooked instantly. Unlike Dan Brown's DA Vinci code - which I have read other reviewers compare this book with - Da Vinci's Last Commission is not a sensationalised work of fiction but a true story born of fact and meticulous research.

As Fiona writes, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (which I had never heard of before). I heard so many things I had never before questioned yet had always felt a sense of disquiet about. reading this book was a wonderful wake-up call.

If you are looking for an intriguing, compelling and thoroughly captivating read and love art Da Vinci's Last Commission is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie on October 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
WOW WOW AND WOW AGAIN ~ I WAS SO VERY EXCITED WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THIS BOOK OF FIONA MACLAREN'S " DA VINCI'S LAST COMMISSION " AND I COULDN'T WAIT TO READ IT ~ I WAS NOT TO BE DISAPPOINTED IT IS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL BOOK I HAVE EVER READ ~ I LITERALLY COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN ~ WHAT AN AMAZING JOURNEY I TOOK AS I READ THE BOOK WHICH WAS WRITTEN WITH EQUISITE DETAIL INSIGHT AND INTEGRITY ~ I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT ABOUT LIFE BUT WAS AMAZED AT THE HIDDEN TREASURES THIS BOOK REVEALED TO ME ~ FIONA WRITES WITH ABSOLUTE TRUTH AND INTEGITY AND WITH GREAT RESPECT AND DESIRE TO ONLY DELIVER HER AUTHENTIC STORY OF THIS BEAUTIFUL AND EXQUISITE PAINTING " THAT DESTINY AND SPIRIT ENTRUSTED HER WITH " AND THE TRUTH SHE SEEKS IN RELATION TO IT ~ THERE ARE MYSTERYS, TREASURES, TRUTHS AND MANY HIDDEN JEWELS WITHIN THIS VALUABLE BOOK THAT THE SEEKER DISCOVERS ALONG THE WAY AS FIONA SO ELOQUENTLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY ALLOWS US TO SHARE THIS AMAZING JOURNEY WITH HER ~ I RACED THROUGH IT SO QUICKLY AS I WAS JUST DRINKING IN THE STORY AND COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN ~ AND NOW I WILL GO BACK AND READ IT AGAIN AND SAVOUR THE MOMENT AT A SLOWER PACE ~ THIS BOOK IS MORE THAN WORTH THE DOLLARS PAID ~ IT IS MEANT FOR MANKIND TO READ ~ TO ALLOW THE TRUTH OF THE PAST TO CATCH UP AT LAST TO THE TRUTH OF THE PRESENT ~ AND JUST TO LAY YOUR EYES UPON THE PAINTING IS AND WAS ENOUGH FOR ME ~ A LEONARDO DA VINCI FOR SURE ~ EMBODIED WITH THE HIDDEN MESSAGES THEY WERE UNABLE TO CONVEY FOR FEAR OF DEATH IN THOSE VERY DARK AGES ~ THIS YEAR 2012 IS INDEED THE YEAR OF REVELATIONS AND MIRACLES AND THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THEM ~ WELL DONE AND THANK YOU FIONA !! FOR THIS MAGNIFICENT WORK YOU DELIVERED FOR US ALL ~x~
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