The Order – Daniel Silva
My Rating – 3.5 out of 5 for this book
Plot Summary of the book
This is where, after meandering rather aimlessly for the first quarter of the book, it picks up pace. There is the ‘missing’ Holy Testament, which apparently, turns on its head, the assumption that Jews accepted that Jesus’ crucifixion was their fault (courtesy Judas). That would throw into conflict the centuries old antipathy that Catholics’ have held for Jews and what has led to wide spread anti-semitism in most of the Western World. Gabriel has to find that manuscript, and if he gets it into the public domain, it will have explosive effects on Global Politics and Religious practices. Little wonder then, many are aligned against the ‘discovery’ of the contentious manuscript.
Right Wing Anarchists, political machinations within the holiest of holies of all Christendom and basic human follies raise their heads, in keeping with the trends today. In a true reflection of today’s times, Daniel Silva points to the rise of Right Wing extremists in mainstream Europe, be it Germany, France or Italy. It is a shuddering reminder of the 1930’s and ’40’s, when Hitler and Mussolini ran riot over Europe, massacaring over 6 million Jews, in a fashion no real human being would want to be known for.
Chillingly, that trend is inching its way back into mainstream politics in many European countries. While reducing the Global impact of US presence in almost all geo-political discourses, Silva points at Europe as the growing fulcrum of political relevance – where toxic anti-semitism is slowly being pushed aside by anti-immigrant sentiments – be it from Africa, Middle East or Asia. In mirroring real life upheavals, Silva points at troubling times ahead….