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...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more