The Order

The Order

A Novel

Book - 2020
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Enigmatic art restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon returns to the Vatican to solve a mystery with his old friend Archbishop Luigi Donati.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2020
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062834843
Characteristics: 444 p. : map ; 24 cm


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Apr 17, 2021

I had a difficult time getting interested in this one, despite Silva being one of my favorite writers. When I did I was transfixed. Having been in both Paris and Israel at one time really helped give me a sense of place as this took place in both these places and more. Great read by a master of the thriller!

Mar 18, 2021

Gabriel Allon, director of the Israeli intelligence agency informally called the Office, is on vacation with his wife and children in Italy when an old friend- the Pope- dies suddenly. Another old friend enlists his help in solving the matter, a case that leads to a secretive and conservative Catholic order out to seize power for themselves. As is usually the case with Silva, the intrigues and action play out in a satisfying way.

Feb 25, 2021

I have read all of Silva's books, most of them more than once. I am not sure what to make of this one. In his notes at the back , Silva claims that this is all a work of fiction, and maybe so. But Silva has also used it a a platform on which to editorialize on the historical failings of the Roman Catholic Church, a faith which he himself was born into. He also makes some not-so subtle criticisms of the current US administration. If he was so intent on writing a book like this, he should have considered writing it as a separate work of non-fiction, and not rolled it under the banner of a Gabriel Allon novel. He is a character than I and many, many readers enjoy very much. Let's hope that this is not a new trend by Silva, and simply a one-off. The Prince of Fire deserves no less.
Lets hope his next one brings back some of his great characters like Christopher Keller, Sarah Bancroft, Julian Isherwood, Graham Seymour , Adrian Carter and others.

Feb 15, 2021

In contrast to the last comments, I thought that Silva hit it right on with combining current politics and the power, deceit and lies that unfortunately are overshadowing the world right now with the ancient power play that religion has played in the last centuries. Well done in clearly drawing from current events and highlighting the corruptness in people and politics.

Jan 21, 2021

We bless Israel but not Trump!

Jan 10, 2021

I agree. I was just wondering whether Silva agrees with CNN and their hatred of President Trump. God will bless the nation that blesses Israel.

Dec 25, 2020

After thoroughly enjoying all of the previous Gabriel Allon books, I was sad to see Silva take a hard left turn and go off the road with this one. I have no problem with the religious aspects of the novel, including the accurate historical portrayals of the Gospels, but his explicit and implicit leftist politics really jarringly intrude into the narrative and plot. And his not so subtle digs at the US administration are not only annoying, but misplaced. The current President has been the best friend that Israel has seen in the White House for quite some time. Hate to see the winding down of the Allon series on such a sour note..

Dec 22, 2020

A fast-paces story with interesting stories. the author presents information about early Christianity and the gospels and information that has evolved about what really happened or did not happen. Sadly, there are people with strong extreme feelings against other groups and we are all dealing with that today. We see it right here in America.

Dec 19, 2020

Appears several commenters have complained about the leftist slant and the portrayal of conservative Christians as being anti Jewish.
I found the book a great read and historically, there has been a lot of controversy regarding early Gospels and how many were "discarded" or ignored.
It's a great continuation of the Gabriel Allon series and I highly recommend it.

Nov 20, 2020

This Gabriel Allon thriller returns to his old friends at the Vatican. But this time, the Pope dies and Allon is asked to investigate the mysterious circumstances by the late Pope's private secretary. Add to the mix the hunt for the last remaining copy of a secret New Testament Gospel with radical content that the dead Pope intended Allon to have, and a secretive right wing religious order with ties to Neo-Nazis trying to take over the Papacy. So the plot is preposterous but told with Silva's usual careful plotting and attention to detail. The narrative is propulsive, with short chapters hop-scotching across numerous locations in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. It's an enjoyable, quick read. There are, however, short digressions into the rise of anti-Semitism throughout western Europe and reminders of the papacy's moral failures during the Holocaust that are disturbing reminders of the real world we live in.

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