John Patrick Bayle
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1513 AD — Europe
An ancient origin. A secret society. A long anticipated birth has come to pass. The news spreads in a hushed wave throughout the world. It has begun. Armies move while nations sleep, and one of human history’s greatest movements teeters on the edge of collapse.
The Order is a gripping tale of deception, secrecy, cruelty, and a man whose faith stands firm in the face of it all.
Set in 16th century Europe, the story centers around a young man (Jan Vander Leuk) who believes he has had his life’s course clearly set as he enters an abbey, only to find that, even within the shelter of a monastic community, he is not safe from evil. He quickly becomes aware that the spiritual battlegrounds of the outside world have spilled over into the Church, and have twisted even the holiest of brotherhoods. Upon having his idyllic dreams shattered, the bright, but naïve, young novice is sent on a journey that takes him from fugitive to prisoner and back again. Eventually Jan's journeys lead him into the Holy Roman Empire, to the city of Wittenberg, where he encounters a man who will reveal to him his true connection to a movement that has spanned centuries, and has secretly penetrated every level of the governments and religious hierarchies throughout all Christendom.