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The Order

Narrated by: George Guidall
Series: Gabriel Allon, Book 20
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Excellent as always

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

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  • Rhian
  • 21-08-20

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
  • 11-07-20

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 :-)