The Order

The Order

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#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a riveting new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon. It was nearly one a.m. by the time he crawled into bed. Chiara was reading a novel, oblivious to the television, which was muted. On the screen was a live shot of St. Peter’s Basilica. Gabriel raised the volume and learned that an old friend had died … Gabriel Allon has slipped quietly into Venice for a much-needed holiday with his wife and two young children. But when Pope Paul VII dies suddenly, Gabriel is summoned to Rome by the Holy Father’s loyal private secretary, Archbishop Luigi Donati. A billion Catholic faithful have been told that the pope died of a heart attack. Donati, however, has two good reasons to suspect his master was murdered. The Swiss Guard who was standing watch outside the papal apartments the night of the pope’s death is missing. So, too, is the letter the Holy Father was writing during the final hours of his life. A letter that was addressed to Gabriel. While researching in the Vatican Secret Archives, I came upon a most remarkable book … The book is a long-suppressed gospel that calls into question the accuracy of the New Testament’s depiction of one of the most portentous events in human history. For that reason alone, the Order of St. Helena will stop at nothing to keep it out of Gabriel’s hands. A shadowy Catholic society with ties to the European far right, the Order is plotting to seize control of the papacy. And it is only the beginning. As the cardinals gather in Rome for the start of the conclave, Gabriel sets out on a desperate search for proof of the Order’s conspiracy, and for a long-lost gospel with the power to put an end to two thousand years of murderous hatred. His quest will take him from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, to a monastery in Assisi, to the hidden depths of the Secret Archives, and finally to the Sistine Chapel, where he will witness an event no outsider has ever before seen—the sacred passing of the Keys of St. Peter to a newly elected pope. Swiftly paced and elegantly rendered, The Order will hold readers spellbound, from its opening passages to its breathtaking final twist of plot. It is a novel of friendship and faith in a perilous and uncertain world. And it is still more proof that Daniel Silva is his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue. 
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2020
ISBN: 9780062834904
Characteristics: 464 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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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 forum on which to editorialize on the historical failings of the Roman Catholic Church, a faith which he himself was born into. 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 Gabriel Allon , 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.

Nov 01, 2020

I liked Gabriel Allon. I hated the loony leftist propaganda of the author.

Oct 18, 2020

As a long-time fan of the Gabriel Allon series I was looking forward to reading this book. What an enormous disappointment to discover that the purpose of the story was really an attempt to claim that the New Testament and Jesus' lineage as the Son of God are lies and that Christians have been the real enemies of the Jews for 2,000 years. With several leftist jabs at the current US administration thrown in for good measure. Like so many other rancorous instances in our current political climate, the author just couldn't resist polluting his work with his own ideology.Though I will miss any future exploits of Gabriel Allon, no more Daniel Silva for me. I'm just glad I got this book from the library and didn't give any of my own money to Silva for the book.

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