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The Order

(Gabriel Allon #20)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  11,629 ratings  ·  1,298 reviews

From Daniel Silva, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The New Girl and The Other Woman, comes a stunning new action-packed thriller of high stakes international intrigue featuring the enigmatic art restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon.

Master of the spy thriller Silva has entertained readers with twenty-two thoughtful and gripping suspense novels featuring a d

Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Harper
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Cocoa Boo Not 100% sure, but I think it was implied that he was a messenger of God, b/c when Gabriel tried to take his picture, his image didn't appear....
David Seller really isnt. he's okyay, readable, but there's better writers for drama, twists and overall writing skill.

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David Putnam
Yikes. I came late to Silva and really loved his last five books (that’s where I started). I looked forward to this one and bought the hardcover the day it came out. Those five earlier books were spy thrillers where the conflict was set very quickly with an inciting event that had international repercussions/implications. Great stuff. The conflict in The Order isn’t set for a hundred pages and even then, it’s a soft one. This book reads more like a locked-room murder mystery which had I been exp ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure of the point of this story, but I am sure I don't care for it. 0 of 10 stars
Doug Price
A political diatribe masquerading as thriller fiction. Coulnd't finish it. The other 19 Gabriel Allon stories were all excellent.
The Real Book Spy
Daniel Silva once again reminds readers why he’s one of the most gifted novelists of our time with his latest must-read thriller, The Order.

It was supposed to be a vacation. A badly needed, week-long trip to relax and recharge. And after years of dedicated service that has no doubt taken a major toll on him and his family, nobody needed it more than Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer turned Israeli assassin who’s now halfway into his first term as chief of the Office.

However, just one day in
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read every Gabriel Allon book. Most are fun and usually relevant. International spy thrillers are my escape from reality. This book, unfortunately, was just short of boring. I'm not sure why Silva went away from the typical high-stakes and unpredictable drama that has characterized the series to date, perhaps to appease a public tired of the same villains, but it does not work. In fact, the story was so predictable that I was certain I was missing a huge plot twist. Nope. You can skip thi ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Silva has art restorer and head of Israeli Intelligence, Gabriel Allon, being asked by Archbishop Luigi Donati, the personal assistant to the Pope, to investigate the death of the Pope Pietro Lucchesi. And then Silva leaps to conspiracy theories and secret societies that rival author Dan Brown’s novels. Here, Silva has the neo-Nazi organization, known to its members as the Order of St. Helena, being deeply involved in a plot to seize the papacy. Enjoy!
Stacey B
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: espionage
I edited this- I left something out.
The above header for a review asks -what did you think?
I think.... David Putnam wrote an outstanding review.
So it begins with a pre-order.
July came.. Daniel Silva's newest book popped up on my kindle.
Reading to the 50 page mark; I knew immediately this would be the first of his 20 novels that was about to disappointed me.
Silva chose to update us on the politics and power of the Vatican -again for the third time.
The book is about voting in a new Pope.
Joe Lucia
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daniel-silva
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Jul 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very political but very tame even boring in parts too much religion. Bring back Allon of old. MR Silva seems to he resting on his past books knowing we will buy. Very disappointing and disappointed with this book.
Lewis Weinstein
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-read-next
another excellent Gabriel Allon story ... in this one, Silva portrays the Catholic Church's horrible 2000 year history of Jew hatred and persecution, without which it is doubtful there would ever have been a Holocaust ... a hatred, by the way, based on utter nonsense incorporated into the Christian Gospels and later the Catholic liturgy, and perpetuated to support the political goals of the church and its leaders ... Vatican II (1965) changed the liturgy but the Gospels remain as evil as ever in ...more
Daniel Silva is one of my favorite writers, but this book wasn't his best. It felt like a retread of the Confessor, and the supernatural element wasn't really helpful in a series that is normally so grounded in reality. Of course, Gabriel being 69 and head of Mossad and running around without bodyguards, getting into gun battles, is stretching reality.
The plot moves quickly, especially as compared to The Other Woman and the New Girl which were longer and more in-depth. It's a good plot, with tw
Maureen Carden
Back on Track

Silva seems to have rediscovered his mojo after last year's disgraceful whitewash of a horrific crime.
This is a more thoughtful book than his usual thrillers which might not appeal to those who prefer more action packed books. There is action, there is his usual gang, but boy, does this book make you think. Or it should. Nine words responsible for centuries of horrific blood shed. I might even say this is an important book.
3.5 stars

4 star read til the last 10% & then it ended with a whimper, not a bang. This is still one of my favourite series & it was great to catch up with Gabriel & his crew. Always an intelligent & intricate plot full of compelling characters.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bot this was a hard book to give a rating to lol. It kept going around in circles in my head as I read this book lol. I have read all 2o books lol. For starters this is not a typical Allon book. It is light and much leaner than recent books more like a earlier book in the series. I think it is the only book where his former boss is not mentioned thank god lol. His agency and his key support group played a very small part in this book it was mainly him and a friend from other books in the series. ...more
K.J. McGillick
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding piece of literature

I am a huge fan of Daniel Silva and The Order was another masterpiece. I found it suspenseful, historically accurate where it should be and a wonderful touch of fiction also where necessary to move the plot forward. I felt it a timely piece to address the issues no one wants to talk about in public. Read it, enjoy it, treasure the talented man who penned this.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I understand novelists enjoy "literary license" but the Anti-Catholic premise here is grotesque!
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pope is dead. While he was indeed ailing his private secretary, Gabriel’s longtime friend, Archbishop Luigi Donati, suspects the Pope did not die of natural causes and contacts Gabriel for assistance in finding the truth.

Gabriel and his family are on a long overdue vacation in Venice but because of his long association with Donati and the Vatican he cannot refuse to help, nor does he want to!

As clues unfold it becomes urgent that the truth be uncovered and exposed before the next Conclave be
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Forgot how much I love books like this! Enjoyed this one a lot. I'll definitely be checking out the other books in this series!
Jim A
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another totally entertaining weekend spent with Daniel Silva's character Gabriel Allon. The usual cast of Allon cohorts play a minor role in this one while Allon's friend Archbishop Donatti plays a major role.

The final chapters are a mix of both, some twists and some predictability.

Twenty thrillers into the Allon series and I'm still not bored with the character. Speaks well for Silva's writing ability. This one is about the search for a religious text, the subject matter going back to the days
Jul 18, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Gabriel Allon book and I don't find it interesting. I know I liked The Black Widow (#16), but this one felt different and slow. Returning this book.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Chiara finally convinces Gabriel Allon to take a vacation in Venice. Meanwhile, in Rome, the Pope dies under mysterious circumstances when his personal secretary, Archbishop Donati, is visiting his close female friend. Then, the Swiss Guard watching him that night disappears. Donati asks Gabriel to help, and they get to the Guard just in time to see him shot to death. But, he has smuggled a letter from the Pope, calling into question whether the Jews were responsible for Christ's death, setting ...more
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Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a frequent reviewer of soon-to-be released books, mostly from authors I've never heard of before, I'm always amazed at how good they are. It's rare, in fact, for me to give less than four stars out of the maximum five. Here and there, though, I try to work in something from a favorite author, usually one from a favorite series - like this one.

And it is then that I realized the difference between good and, well, as perfect as a book can get. The writing is superb as always, and it doesn't hurt
Anna Amato
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of The Order with the understanding that I would review it honestly and honestly and without too many spoilers is what I promise.
The Pope dies. That is not a spoiler! That is the reason for everything else that transpires. Conveniently Gabriel Allon is on a much needed vacation from The Office in Venice which was covertly planned by his beautiful wife Chiara. The plan and we all know about the best laid plans is for him to spend time relaxing, restoring famous ma
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a long-time fan of Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series and while The Order is somewhat of a departure to his other books in the series, I found there was a lot to enjoy here. The story was interesting, the dialogue was well done and the cast of characters was well developed.

The Order centers around an organization deeply rooted in antisemitism plotting to overtake the Papacy. The story takes us to Venice, Rome, Munich and Switzerland. It is a very thought-provoking story and addresses old a
Richard  Waymire
I absolutely LOVED the earlier books in this series. Fantastic reads, engaging action thrillers. This one I really struggled with a 3 star rating. Maybe even leaning towards a 2 the more I think about it. The vicious anti-Catholic bigotry that makes Dan Brown seem sensible in the middle of the book almost had me abandon the entire enterprise. The leftist tropes and obvious hatred of conservatives as the bad guys (even though he isn't mentioned in the book was clearly an anti-Trump screed, that m ...more
Jill Mackin
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
I wasn't too impressed with the previous Allon thriller. This one, however, delivered a great storyline and an awful lot of history on right-wing Catholicism. Great combo.
Laurie Murphy
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
Daniel Silva does it again. He captures the swing toward far right groups in Europe in a suspenseful, engrossing story.

Gabriel Allon is on a much needed vacation with his family in Venice when word breaks that his friend, Pope Paul VII, has died. Shortly afterward he is asked to come to Rome by the late Pope's private secretary, Luigi Donati. Upon arrival, Donati tells Allon that the Pope's death was a murder and enlists his help in uncovering the truth behind the death. All is linked to an orde
Todd Wilkins
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Silva continues to earn his title as "master of the genre".

Once again, Silva manages to weave engaging story lines with philosophical discussion about incredibly complex and nuanced topics, all the while challenging our notions of what we think about a range of subject matter.

As we follow Gabriel and Donati (a personal favorite) through some of my (and Gabriel's) favorite cities, they unravel mysteries pertaining to both ancient and not so distant history, in an attempt to fend off an in
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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public polic ...more

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  • The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1)
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  • A Death in Vienna (Gabriel Allon, #4)
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