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The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
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The Black Widow

by Daniel Silva

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Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

The story focuses mostly on a female doctor who Gabriel trains to become a spy and infiltrate ISIS to get information they need to stop the next attack. The characters were believable in situations that were often tense and scary, which kept me reading to find out what would happen. There was also some interesting history on ISIS and Israel. This was a well-written, gripping story and I plan to read more by Daniel Silva. ( )
  gaylebutz | Jan 8, 2018 |
Silva’s latest thriller, the 16th book in his Gabriel Allon series does not disappoint. Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But, on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. “The Black Widow” opens with ISIS bombings in Paris and Amsterdam that call to mind actual attacks carried out recently in France and northern Europe. Silva makes special note however in the forward of his novel that these events are coincidental. He says “I commenced work on this novel before the Islamic terrorist group known as ISIS carried out a wave of shootings and bombings in Paris and Brussels that left more than 160 people dead.” He also states “ After briefly considering setting aside the typescript, I chose to complete it as originally conceived….I take no pride in my prescience. I only wish that the murderous, millenarian terrorism of the Islamic State lived solely on the pages of this story.” Another “can’t put it down” chilling read!
  HandelmanLibraryTINR | Nov 12, 2017 |
Silva's portral of the world's and Israel fight against terrorism is riveting in its detail and frightening in its accuracy in predicting real world events and struggles. The meticulous construction of scenes, events and characters make the reader feel like more like a participant than an observer. ( )
  kjensen55 | Nov 5, 2017 |
the Israeli secret service recruits a young jewish woman living in France after a couple of big terrorist attacks. She is a doctor and after agreeing to the plan, she gets training from the Israelis and tries to find the leader responsible for planning the attacks. She is successful in penetrating the group, but doesn't get any specifics other than there is a big plan in the works to hit the US. The Israelis, Jordanians, French, English and Americans work together, but the attack goes off as planned and the leader gets away. It was a good read and scary.
  taurus27 | Apr 9, 2017 |
A very quick and exciting read. Reminiscent of Ian Fleming's Bond books...Gideon Allon is a Bondian superhero. He has more dimension, and thinks with more insight, and is not a womanizer. But he has the sadism of Bond and the win at all costs attitude. There is also a tad too much Israeli glorification. In the Allon books, the CIA, MI-6, the French...all are no match for the Mossad and come to Jerusalem with hats in hand desperate for the Jews to solve their intractable problems. However, with those quibbles out of the way, the book is a pleasure. Readers can only wonder whether spies are as brave and altruistic as they seem to be here. The Mossad succeeds in placing an agent at the highest levels of ISIS...again, something that the CIA et al are incapable of doing. The agent finds out information about an upcoming act of terrorism and must get the information back. How? As good as the Israelis are, so is ISIS this year's model of bloodthirsty Nazi. They know no bounds in their cruelty. So clearly this is a black vs. white confrontation, and guess who wins....As a series, Silva still invests his works with juice, and they are fun, full of serious detail and analysis, and somewhat addictive. ( )
  neddludd | Jan 20, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006232022X, Hardcover)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon.  From its shocking opening in Paris, The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva’s most timely and powerful novel yet.

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled, entertained and educated readers with eighteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, The Black Widow showcases Silva’s consummate skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure  to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

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Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.… (more)

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