The Order

The Order

A Novel

Book - 2020
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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 ...
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9780062834843
Characteristics: 444 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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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.

Oct 06, 2020

4 - 4 1/2 star read. The 20th book in Silva's excellent Gabriel Allon series was a very interesting thriller. Gabriel is on holiday in Venice with his family when he gets a call that the Pope has died and he is needed in Rome. His friend Archbishop Donati believes the Pope was murdered and asks Gabriel to investigate. The investigation uncovers a conspiracy to influence the election of the new Pope and change the political persuasions of most of Europe. And there is the problem of the missing book...a book that the Pope had wanted sent to Gabriel before he died. Someone didn't want that book to see the light of die and would kill for it. A very complex and intelligent thriller and an interesting read.

Sep 18, 2020

After 15 years of enjoyable reading, Silva finally lost me with his loony leftist politics. So conservative Christians have been the greatest threat to Jews and the Catholic Church over the past century - only if you believe radical Islam, Hitler and Mussolini and their followers were conservative Christians, which is simply nuts. Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia go hand in hand? No sane person connects the two. Losing our left-wing Pope means we may not get another encyclical on climate change - thank goodness! Sadly, conservatives today have to hear this nonsense from the time they wake up until they go to bed if listening to or watching NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, or even ESPN. Half way through this book I found myself beginning to pull for the "bad guys" so I just stopped reading. Silva is such a talented author. What a waste.

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