- Series: Gabriel Allon
- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (July 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006232022X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062320223
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5,289 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Slow-burn suspense.... We stayed up way too late... but we justified the sleeplessness as a learning opportunity: amidst the action, Silva gives a surprisingly thorough crash course in the history of ISIS and the Middle East.” (iBooks Reviews)
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From the Back Cover
A Network of Terror
A web of Deceit
A Deadly Game of Vengeance
Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon 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 strikes again.
They call him Saladin . . .
He is a terrorist mastermind whose ambition is as grand as his nom de guerre, a man so elusive that even his nationality is not known. Shielded by sophisticated encryption software, his network communicates in total secrecy, leaving the West blind to his planning—and leaving Gabriel no choice but to insert an agent into the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known. She is an extraordinary young doctor, as brave as she is beautiful. At Gabriel’s behest, she will pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, a ticking time bomb, a black widow out for blood.
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The book is set in such locales as Beirut, Syria, Israel, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Washington. Silva focuses less on Gabriel and his team's heroics than on the inner workings of ISIS. We observe with fearful anticipation as Natalie tries to pass as a true believer, knowing that if she makes a single misstep, she will be summarily executed. The villain is Saladin, a brilliant strategist whose code name is that of the fabled warrior known for uniting the Muslim world and liberating Jerusalem from the Crusaders. "The Black Widow" is dramatic, suspenseful, and chilling in its depiction of the ruthlessness and brutality of radical extremists, who will not lay down their arms until they bring Western civilization to its knees. They are Internet savvy, use social media to their advantage, and employ advanced encryption programs to avoid detection.
Although there are scenes that depict Gabriel as a devoted husband and father and a talented art restorer, Silva concentrates more on politics and espionage than on personal matters. As usual, the author briefly recaps Gabriel's history for those who are new to the series. It is noteworthy that Allon's contributions to the mission are more cerebral than physical, since his days in the field may finally be behind him. "The Black Widow" is an adroitly crafted and dramatic portrayal of the ideological and religious war between ISIS and its adversaries. The democracies of the world are faced with a crisis. How can America and her allies hope to bring down sophisticated terror networks whose members are willing to do anything to advance their cause? Silva makes clear that, in an open society, it is impossible to protect every home, park, office, school, and restaurant from assaults by suicide bombers who eagerly embrace a culture of death. Daniel Silva has written a suspenseful, fast-paced, and frightening thriller that is likely to become one of his most widely read works of fiction to date.
The story line takes us thru the insertion of a mole into a terrorist group, then as luck would have it, things go wrong and Gabriel must get the mole out. I am being vague so as not to ruin it for you, but this book does not "flow", the problem is the wordy descriptive sentences that ruin the flow of the plot and constant explanations of past things from other books in this series. I realize that Mr. Silva does need to explain certain aspects so that the reader can pick a book from the series and not necessarily read them in order but IMHO this book could have been 150 pages if not for the wordy explanations from past books. It almost seems to me to be a synopsis of his other books. Having said that, it is eerie how this book does "mirror" some of the events that have taken place in today's world.
This is not a bad book, but it's not one of Mr. Daniel Silva's best, he's a great author, but having read his other books, I guess I've gotten spoiled from his previous fast pace, action packed, suspense , twist filled books that this one seems like a let down.
I would say to you read it, it's not bad but wait until the price goes down, it's not worth $15 of your hard earned money.
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