The Order

The Order by Daniel Silva Book Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a riveting new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.

It was nearly one a.m. by the time he crawled into bed. Chiara was reading a novel, oblivious to the television, which was muted. On the screen was a live shot of St. Peter’s Basilica. Gabriel raised the volume and learned that an old friend had died …

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 …

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.

As the cardinals gather in Rome for the start of the conclave, Gabriel sets out on a desperate search for proof of the Order’s conspiracy, and for a long-lost gospel with the power to put an end to two thousand years of murderous hatred. His quest will take him from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, to a monastery in Assisi, to the hidden depths of the Secret Archives, and finally to the Sistine Chapel, where he will witness an event no outsider has ever before seen—the sacred passing of the Keys of St. Peter to a newly elected pope.

Swiftly paced and elegantly rendered, The Order will hold readers spellbound, from its opening passages to its breathtaking final twist of plot. It is a novel of friendship and faith in a perilous and uncertain world. And it is still more proof that Daniel Silva is his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue. 

The Order by Daniel Silva Book Reviews

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- The order1 star

If you are a socialist you will love this book. To state that Pope Francis would of stood up to Hitler in 1939 in support of the Jewish people is a joke.

- The Order1 star

Very disappointing.....

- Disappointed1 star

Story and plot line was far fetched. And, the book dragged on and on, somewhat boring to read. His previous books were far more adventurous and very much involved his team members. This one didn’t. Couldn’t wait to finish it and start reading another book from another author.

- Good3 star

More of the same Good but predictable

- This Must Have Been Co-Written By Dan Brown3 star

I’ve been a fan of Silva since the first Allon novel and literally wait with anticipation every year for the new adventure. Without giving anything away for those who don’t know anything about this book, it was more Dan Brown than Daniel Silva. I get it - Gabriel Allon is getting older and approaching retirement, but this was on par with The Unlikely Spy - a slower paced, slower read. It’s a Silva novel about Gabriel Allon so please just take my money, but I can’t say it’s Daniel Silva’s best work. Maybe he’ll redeem himself next summer.

- Somewhat offensive3 star

I enjoyed the book generally and the story was good. As a Bible believing Christian who accepts the Bible as inerrant, I was bothered by the parts questioning the New Testament’s accuracy. If the whole point of the book is to absolve the Jews of crucifying Jesus and saying it was Rome, that the New Testament is to blame for all Jewish executions, then go ahead and throw it out. Should we question the entire Old Testament also? How about all the prophesies predicting the Savior’s death by His own people for the sins of the world. I guess I like the old Gabriel better.

- Great Read5 star

Ignore the cranky Trump supporters reviews. A worthy addition to the Allon series. Surprised any followers of the failed casino owner/amateur pharmacist read at all. Life moves forwards as November will surely prove.

- Plot not the focus2 star

I have read every book in this series and enjoyed each of them...this was by far the most disappointing. Mr. Silva was more focused force feeding the reader an alternate version of christianity than the development of the plot which seemed secondary.

- More like a Dan Brown book but I LOVED it!5 star

Loved it...more like Robert Langdon than the usual Gabriel Allon but I LOVED it!

- Very disappointing1 star

I have read with enthusiasm every of the Gabriel Allon series by Silva. I found myself thinking that this is not the same Gabriel Allon in any of them. It is anti-Catholice (I am not Catholic) and a disservice to the church in so many respects. Even to Christianity iteself.The book is disjointed, full of speculation and conjecture about the life and the last days of Jesus and Pontius Pilate. aIt demonstrates a highly prejucied viewpoint in favor of illegal immigration and any policy that supports proctecing borders. It is obvious in its dislike for President Trump’s administartion without naming him, or that of any other conservative leaders in Europe or elswhere. I could barely get though it and the epilogue was worse than the book.

- Disappointing2 star

Have read and enjoyed all previous Allon books. This was disappointingly subpar, so much so that I struggled to finish it. Villains are undeveloped, they appear suddenly just in time to die. Not sure what happened. As a reader I would be massively interested in younger Allon stories, prequels possibly, as old Allon is losing his excitement. I’m hoping this is a one off for Silva. Everyone has bad days I guess.

- Not what I’ve come to expect from Silva1 star

Did it appreciate the anti-Christian tone of this novel. I have read and enjoyed every other book written by Daniel Silva, this will likely be my last.

- Disappointed1 star

The Gabriel Allon series has always been a favorite of mine. I have recommended this series to others on numerous occasions. The Order was a terrible disappointment, literally from beginning to end. I am hoping that this was just a one off for Silva.

- Three steps back3 star

Read them all and found this one a bit of a slog, early on, almost quit when pandemic talk was gratuitously dropped in and in and derogatory comments were made about a thinly veiled U. S. President. I if I want to read Silva’s political views, I suggest he write non-fiction and quit diluting a really great series with that crap.

- Another excellent tale by Mr. Silva5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this latest addition of the Gabriel Allon saga. Thought provoking and excellent book with a thread for the next book in the saga.

- The Order1 star

Stopped reading at page 115. Total claptrap. Very disappointing as his other books were good, but this is weak. Don’t bother.

- Leftist Garbage1 star

I have bought all the previous novels but this will be my last. I know this guy writes fiction but Ive never seen such leftist revisionist history foisted as current events as i read in this book what total garbage

- Interesting, not typical Gabriel Allon book2 star

This was an interesting and seemingly well researched book. It read very much like a nonfiction book. It was definitely NOT similar to the past Gabriel Allon books. In some ways it seems like a farewell, might we see a new character coming from Mr Silva? While I enjoyed parts of it and learned some things, the pacing was slow and I found myself missing what got me hooked on Allon originally: the art restoration and espionage aspects of the novels. Might be time to head back and read some of those again. It wasn’t particularly entertaining, a bit repetitive from some of his other books dealing with the Catholic Church and similar in some ways to Dan Brown novels. So, missed Allon of old.


If you are a catholic, start flogging yourself now. According to Mr. Silva, you are responsible for the death of all Jewish people from the time of Christ, including WWII, the rise of Hitler and the Holocaust. If you are a conservative, you are responsible for all other devastating problems in the world! Pitiful drivel.

- Jumped the shark1 star

Happy Days was one of the greatest TV shows of its era. It was funny, witty, and featured some fantastic characters. Chief among these the Fonz, the coolest dude in television history. The show enjoyed years of success, one after the other. It was an unprecedented run. And then they went waterskiing, a shark chased the Fonz, and Fonz jumped the shark. That ridiculous scene was enough to prove to the audience that the show was over despite its incredible success. And now in The Order, Mr. Silva jumps the shark. After nearly two decades of hits, Gabriel Allon has just jumped the shark.


This is a very gripping story,excellent plot,filled with suspense, thrills and excitement. This story is very educational and gives a lot of history and insight into the hierarchy ,power and politics of the CATHOLIC PAPACY. DANIEL SILVA is a MASTER STORYTELLER, HE STANDS SHOULDER TO SHOULDER wITH THE MASTER STORYTELLER, ROBERT LUDLUM.

- Destroyed what used to be one of my favorite storylines1 star

Went way off the rails with this one with a clear desire to push a political agenda rather than carry on an entertaining storyline. Last book by Silva for me.

- Disappointing1 star

Have enjoyed the author’s past works but this felt rushed, disjointed and more interested in pushing a political opinion than entertaining. I wish I had not pre-ordered...a sample would have saved me the purchase price.

- Timely, provocative5 star

As always, Silva hits the nail on the head in the most recent installment of the Gabriel Allon franchise. Thought provoking, especially in the context of the world today. Only disappointment is turning the last page! Loved it!

- The Order1 star

This book has taught me NOT to preorder a book just because I loved the authors previous work. Honestly I just can’t finish which is extremely rare for me. It’s not the politics, the Bible, etc. it’s just the same old stuff. I love the character but the author needs to give him something new to do.

- Disappointing.3 star

Too much like previous story line. Didn’t care for the politics.

- Time to pack it in1 star

I’m a 100 or so pages in. What the heck happened to one of my favorite current authors? What a waste of money. I am totally averse to this whole cancel culture movement but in this instance I’ll make an exception.

- Best Yet5 star

This is one of the best books I have ever read. His research is exceptional, very educational, and holds your interest until the very end. I have read all his books and can’t wait for the next one.

- Fiction5 star

It’s FICTION, folks. Get a grip.


I suspect this is his last book. Unable to recover from such despicable writing about the Gospel!

- Don’t waste your money on this one1 star

Daniel Silva has gone off the rails, endless pages of dissecting the gospels, ugh

- Best Ever!!5 star

I’ve read all of his books and this is top 2!!!!!! So much research, facts and historical fiction. Absolutely pure history into a scary religious phenomenon!

- One of his better ones5 star

The Order is one of his better books. Thoroughly enjoyable with both predictable AND a head-scratcher ending (who IS Father Joshua?). Looking forward to hearing more including Fr Donati

- The Order1 star

I read The Order, growing more and more puzzled with each page, but soldiered on to try to understand what had motivated Mr. Silva to pen this strange offering. By the time that I finished his “Author’s Note,” I was just numb. Can Mr. Silva really believe that all of today’s world-wide anti-Semitic ravings and violence emanates from Christian/Catholic scriptural interpretation of the death of Jesus? Will his next book perhaps explain to us how the Islamic jihadist movement derives from the Gospel of Matthew? No informed moral person can excuse the horrific conduct of the Vatican in WWII, but today’s anti-Semitic fervor doesn’t arise from that source. It also is astonishing that, when asserting the rise of anti-Semitism in the US, Silva lays blame on populism and white nationalism, citing as “proof” the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville (100+/- protestors) and the deranged lone gunman assassin at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Mr. Silva might want to peek out from under the covers to consider the large number of progressive academic groups and programs that have adopted boycotts of Israel and/or announced pro-Palestinian support, to research the increasing threats and attacks on Jewish students involved in Jewish campus organizations, or even to read Bari Weiss’s letter of resignation from the NYTimes, in which she recounts being harassed by her woke colleagues for “writing about the Jews again.” I’ve previously enjoyed Mr. Silva’s work, but now, goodbye.

- The order1 star

That’s one way to kill off Gabriel Allon to what now used to be a faithful reader....what a waste of time and money...

- Great disappointment1 star

Wish I had not bought as I won’t finish reading Silva’s disappointing book. For years I enjoyed all of Silva’s books and have read many of them multiple times. This book was a far cry from his usual exciting spy books. Silva chooses to question the gospels in the Bible and thus lost me as a reader.

- The Order, The Best!5 star

This is the best, so far of all the Gabriel Allon novels by Daniel Silva, and all of them have been exceptional. The history interwoven in the exciting plot was fascinating. It makes one want to delve further into the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus. Silva makes his characters come alive in ways few authors are able to do. I can’t wait for the next one.

- The Order4 star

Having read all of the Gabriel Allon series I would have to say that this was one of my least favorites. Although the plot line is a good one it gets bogged down in too much religious jargon. The topic is quite relevant to the rise of far right politics in both Europe and the US but the heavy handed religious philosophy displaces important character development. Additionally, I miss insights into Gabriel’s relationship with Chiara and the art world.

- Boo1 star

Not a spy story at all. Totally unlike prior books in the series. A propaganda piece about anti Semitic forces in the Vatican and nonsense about who really condemned Christ. Groan, snore.

- Wihs I havd saved the money2 star

I really enjoyed all of his books till this one. Not only devisee it is very slow and could not wait to just finish it. Might be time to put this series to rest. Looks like this was just written to fill pages.

- Do not waste your money!1 star

This was a huge disappointed. Was little more than a condescending political treatise from the left. So much was so wrong.

- The Order1 star

Very disappointing. I’m a huge fan of the author and Allon series but this book was confusing in its points of view and the characters were flat. Even the author’s encouragement to just read the story for entertainment was disingenuous. Readers of fiction pick up the author’s political and religious opinions, and in this read we are offered tidbits to agree with along the way but just enough to feel manipulated. I’m afraid Silva just lost a loyal reader.

- Save your money1 star

What a disappointment! Intellectually dishonest. A waste of time. I could not finish. Elitism at its worse.

- Starts slow3 star

The early chapters unusually about current events whereas his other books more timeless. But at the end it makes sense what he objective was with this book.

- Enjoyed “The Order”5 star

I always enjoy the latest Gabriel Allon book. When combined with the role of Luigi Donati, it was a solid read. Those two characters carried the entire plot with very little support from the team at Office or the bad guys with the Order of Saint Helena. It was a nice change of pace as Allon and Donati are rock solid characters. I’m already looking forward to the next book.

- Disappointing1 star

I have read and enjoyed all of Daniel Silva’s books. Until this one. I just wanted to spend the afternoon with a good book. But before I read 50 pages I was getting beat over the head with his leftist political views. This book is not worth buying.

- Ugh1 star

I wish I had not read it.

- The Order5 star

Simply put, this is another stunning work by an accomplished author. My paltry words of praise aren't adequate..., just read it.

- Not So Good1 star

I usually am a huge fan of Daniel Silva. I have purchased all his books and have loved every one of them, until now. I thought the plot shallow and beneath the writing skills of a good author. Hopefully the next one will come back to the expectation one has of Mr. Silva’s books.

- You just can’t do better than Daniel Silva5 star

The Order does not disappoint. If you haven’t tried the Gabriel Allon books yet do yourself a favour and start! Brilliant. All of them.

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seraphim92 - “Lost Gospel”1 star

These lost gospels have been discredited ages ago these cane from heretical sects. Just another book that conceals it’s anti-Catholicism

russ kram - The educated truth4 star

Educational truth Not his best adventure, but historically a very educational and truthful rendition of anti Semitic behavior and why it has occurred

Thor039 - Riveting5 star

One of the best of the Gabriel Allon series. I literally could not put the book down and read it in one day.

Aunt Helly - The Order5 star

Superb - always my favorite July read. I look forward to Silva’s new book every summer and this was thoughtful, engaging, entertaining and interesting, all wrapped up in a great read. Long live the Allons Keep them coming!

The Black Widow - DS - Another Great Gabriel Allon Book!5 star

Another wonderful Gabriel Allon book from Daniel Silva! This 20th book of the series starts with the death of the sitting pope at the Vatican, and some irregularities about the death noticed by the pope’s private secretary. Simultaneously in Israel the wife of Gabriel Allon, head of Israeli intelligence has gone to extraordinary lengths to engineer a vacation with the family for her hard-working husband. Their destination is Venice to visit her parents and spend some time in Italy – her home country and a place where Gabriel lived and worked for years. In a previous book in the series Gabriel saved the life of the pope and is a good friend of both the pope who has died and his private secretary Luigi Donati. Once Gabriel and his family arrive in Italy, hang onto your hats! Gabriel is drawn into investigating the circumstances surrounding the pope’s death. This trail leads to some very rich and powerful bad guys with a world-changing agenda. The mission is very personal to Gabriel in several ways, so there goes the vacation! Gabriel calls in the team from Israel to help, and we’re off on an adventure as only Daniel Silva can write one. I have to stop reading every now and again because the situation is so edgy it makes me nervous. After a few minutes I’m reading again eager to see what happens next. The answer is a lot, plus a surprise that I didn’t see coming at all! The book also has a subplot about what Gabriel’s life might look like after he retires. Sounds lovely and calm – why do I doubt that? I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. That said, I love the book, and have purchased a signed copy for my home library, and also ordered the eBook version.

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Daniel Silva may refer to: Daniel Silva (golfer) (born 1966), Portuguese golfer Daniel Silva (novelist) (born 1960), American novelist Dan Silva, creator of Deluxe Paint, later worked on 3D Studio MAX Daniel Silva (athlete) (born 1979), Brazilian blind Paralympic track athlete Dan Silva, Belizean politician Daniel Eduardo Silva (born 1985), Portuguese cyclist Daniel P. Silva (born 1943), American politician Daniel Conceicao Silva (born 1970), Brazilian football player Daniel Silva (tattooist), American celebrity tattoo artist and reality TV show participant
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