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The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon, 16) (original 2016; edition 2017)

by Daniel Silva (Author)

Series: Gabriel Allon (16)

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Fiction. Thriller. HTML:

#1 NYT Bestseller

#1 USA Bestseller

#1 WSJ Bestseller

An Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year

An iBooks Book of the Month

"Fascinating, suspenseful, and bated-breath exciting.... Silva proves once again that he can rework familiar genre material and bring it to new life."
â?? Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Silva builds suspense like a symphony conductor.... A winner on all fronts."
â?? Booklist, starred review

Bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thrillerâ??one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind.

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" (Rocky Mountain News), 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. 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.

Acclaimed 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 backâ??from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. From its shocking opening to its explosive denouement in Washington, D.C., The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva's most timely and powerful novel yet. Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, this electrifying thriller showcases Silva's consummate skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for his multitude of current and futur… (more)

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Title:The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon, 16)
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
For more reviews and bookish posts visit: https://www.ManOfLaBook.com

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva is the 16th book in the Gabriel Allon series, following the aging spy/art restorer as he gets ready to become a bureaucrat, leaving his dangerous life behind.

Gabriel Allon is happy to spend his days restoring masterpieces and spending time with his Italian wife, Chiara, and two one-year-old twins, Raphael and Irene. A few days before he is set to take his place as director of the “Office” from Uzi Navot, a huge terrorist attack takes place in a Jewish neighborhood in France.

Gabriel is pulled back to investigate the attack, where a friend of his was murdered. An ISIS terrorist who calls himself Saladin seems to be the mastermind behind the attack. Gabriel recruits a French-born Israeli, Dr. Natalie Mizrahi, to infiltrate ISIS at huge stakes to her, Israel, and Europe.

Reading The Black Widow by Daniel Silva in 2024 seems strange, almost surreal. Unfortunately, even when the book was published in 2016 it seemed almost prophetic. I know that governments around the world have meetings with authors who seem to almost know the future, I hope Mr. Silva is one of those.

I try to read this series in order. Even though the books are a bit formulaic, I find the slow evolution of the characters to be a major reason I’m enjoying the series so much. I just wish

One of the reasons Silva’s books work so well is the three-dimensional characters he creates, and this book is no different. I almost felt bad for Gabriel , who finally found some form of happiness, only to be pulled back into the field.

Mr. Silva also introduces a fantastic new villain, Saladin. Who matches the best the intelligence agencies have to offer in tactics, as well as ruthlessness. I hope to see him again, he is a worthy adversary and an interesting, complex character who can match wits with the best of Silva’s characters.

Once again, this book was difficult to put down, and I do think it is so far probably the best book in the series. The narrative moves at a good pace, not too fast, not too slow, but always makes me want to turn the page. The new characters are interesting and charming, and the reader has a vested interest in their well-being. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Feb 2, 2024 |
This is just the second book I have read by this author but so far this series is amazing. I plan to read the next book in the series and then go to the beginning.
Yes I know it is fiction but a lot of what is covered in his books is rooted in fact, The explanation of how Isis recruits and trains and develops suicide bombers was excellent. Not to mention the in depth explanations and history of how their ideology came about is fascinating ( )
  zmagic69 | Apr 27, 2023 |
Terrifying story but well done ( )
  drmom62 | Apr 21, 2023 |
Terrifying story but well done ( )
  drmom62 | Apr 21, 2023 |
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Daniel Silvaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Acunzoli, G. C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klyvø, DortheTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knotter, AngelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solis, FernandoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The black flags will come from the East, led by mighty men, with long hair and beards, their surnames taken from their home towns. ---The Hadith
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Fiction. Thriller. HTML:

#1 NYT Bestseller

#1 USA Bestseller

#1 WSJ Bestseller

An Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year

An iBooks Book of the Month

"Fascinating, suspenseful, and bated-breath exciting.... Silva proves once again that he can rework familiar genre material and bring it to new life."
â?? Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Silva builds suspense like a symphony conductor.... A winner on all fronts."
â?? Booklist, starred review

Bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thrillerâ??one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind.

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" (Rocky Mountain News), 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. 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.

Acclaimed 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 backâ??from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. From its shocking opening to its explosive denouement in Washington, D.C., The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva's most timely and powerful novel yet. Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, this electrifying thriller showcases Silva's consummate skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for his multitude of current and futur

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