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From Daniel Silva, author of the number one New York Times best sellers 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.

Lost for centuries, one book holds the key. 

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon has slipped 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 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 an old friend: 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....

©2020 Daniel Silva (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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A bit predictable

Narrator was very stilted. Didn’t flow well and feel I may have enjoyed it more with another narrator

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A different Allon book

I feel this book is not up to the normal "Allon" intrigue, twists and turns. Also I got a bit lost in these long names (my bad). However, I have always enjoyed the Allon series this is no exception, just not as brilliant as other books in the series. Also, Allon is talking about retiring so wonder who will be our next hero?

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No good! Stay away from this one!

Shallow, boring and dishonest! A waste of time and money! The only redeeming feature is the great reading performance . A bad performance can ruin a great book but unfortunately a great performance can never make a good book!

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Poorly written thinly veiled Liberal propaganda

I have loved Daniel Silva's novels from the moment I first began reading them (Prince of Fire). Over the years he has broadened the scope of Gabriel Allon's character and the cast of King Saul Boulevard in interesting and engaging ways and has for the most part conveyed a sense of political neutrality that makes the novels accessible to all who are interested in the spy genre. Sadly this has all come to a crashing hault. Not only does the writing of The Order fail to meet the high standard one expects from Daniel Silva, it also pushes an albeit thinly veiled liberal agenda that proliferates more left wing fake news than it does expose so called right wing conspiracy. The current events are less current and more sensational while the politics promoted (rather than being a genuine part of the themes) are strait out of the one sided CNN propaganda play book. Added to this is the tired "Secret Order" narrative and the obvious attempts to impugn the character of organised religion.

Concerning his misrepresentation of the facts concerning the writing and codification of Christian Scripture, Daniel Silva's blatent part truth and explicit lies are inconsistent even within his chosen genre of fiction. His posited conclusions are as full of error as his so called evidences and the narrative suffers for it. The misrepresentations abound and cause the novel to descend into the revisionist history and conspiracy of the likes of Dan Brown.

As a Daniel Silva and Gabriel Allon fan I cannot express how disappointed I am by this latest effort from Daniel Silva. I guess its time to find another spy fiction writer who gets his current affairs and political information from a wider pool of resources. I give one star by way of respect for the many enjoyable novels Daniel has released prior to The Order. Regarding the vocal performance the only complaint I have is that the narrator consistently mispronounced Chaira's name.

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I really enjoyed this book. It found it thought provoking regarding the historical past of the Christian Church.

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The Order

This book was an amazing book which I throughly enjoyed. His characters and incidents are authentic and make you feel that they could be real...instead of a story.

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  • Rhian
  • 21-08-2020

Da Vinci Code nonsense

I know enough about some of the subjects that form the framework for this thriller to be shocked by the presentation of utter rubbish as absolute and accepted fact in this book. I own all the books in the Allon series, but will be returning this one. I enjoy well researched novels and am left wondering how much of the information and history of the Middle East from the other titles is also complete bullshit. Very disappointed.

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  • Judith Coulson-Geissmann
  • 11-07-2020

Disapointed

Definately one of the less interesting books of the series. The mix of things was not right for me. And Gabriel,...Raclette is not eaten with Emmenthal Cheese :-)

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  • Brighton Barb
  • 01-11-2020

Using an old iPad

The story had all the twists and turns you’d expect in a Daniel Silva book

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  • Jess
  • 11-09-2020

Moderate

Basically a mash up between The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Both of those are better and more exciting books though so if you haven’t read them already I’d recommend them instead. Author makes lots of important points about anti-semitism and the afterward is good, but as a story it moves very slowly. No real character development and this makes it hard to keep track of who is who because they are all just names. It feels quite predictable. I did finish it but only just.

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  • Leeds
  • 01-09-2020

True Daniel Silva

At last we are seeing the old style Daniel Silva A true thriller and good intertwined story. His last four or five books have had a feeling of repetitiveness and him just trying to fill pages and churn out another book by making too many chapters and repeating information over and over again to pad the book. This is not so much the case in the Order. So glad to see his true form return with this excellent book. Also I have learnt to play it on a slightly slower speed to stop the narrator sounding Staccato and breathless, so much more enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Sandy
  • 29-08-2020

Very Disappointing

If you are looking for the usual pacy Gabri el Allon story - Don’t bother. This is a drone on about theology and biblical history with a very flimsy and preposterous storyline. Sadly I get the impression Daniel Silva is running out of ideas for Allon. Maybe time to retire him! SL

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  • Churchill1940
  • 03-08-2020

Another thrilling novel by Daniel Silva

A story intertwined with facts and fiction making a thrilling 5 *+ story that's a must read.

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  • Anthony Lehal
  • 28-07-2020

The worst narrator of all time, George Guidall

Daniel de Silva is an excellent author. I love reading his books and a contemporary explanation of the complexites of Israel and the struggle facing the Jewish people. Hemmed in on all sides by implacable enemies. He manages to involve the reader. BUT, the wretched narrator manages to destroy a good novel and his monotonous style of reading is worse than watching paint dry. Absolutely destroyed the book.

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  • The Fool
  • 28-07-2020

Big Silva fan but this....

Is really tedious. It's a loooong analysis of various interpretations of biblical history.

Guidall (sp could be out) is as good as ever, but there is no story to this. It's as if Silva has come up with all the plots that could be plausible and now he's run out.

Who was Pontious Pilate, what did he do, blah blah. 'Are you suggesting Pilot became a Christian too?' Line just read. Are you suggesting we care? 'It's possible the author of the Gospel of Pilot knew of Mark's existence." And on and on.

Sorry, hopefully your mileage will vary and you'll love it.

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  • Fradice
  • 24-07-2020

So good, I didn’t sleep until I was done.

I waited as patiently as humanly possible before I got to listen to George Guidall’s dulcet tones, take me through the latest Daniel Silva masterpiece.
It’s everything you expect from Gabriel and Chiara, but (without spoilers), different.
If the head of the Israeli intelligence service operating in Vatican City sounds like a stranger in a strange land, hold on to your hat. It’s even more than that.
It’s thrilling, evil, duplicitous, exciting...I could go on forever.
It’s a shame I have to wait for the next chapter in the life saga of these imperfect, yet perfect, characters. Kudos again, Daniel.

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  • Greg
  • 12-07-2020

Excellent as always

What a writer and narrator. Thanks for delivering me 20 brilliant stories over the years.

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