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The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon) Hardcover – July 12, 2016
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“The novel’s grand finale is heart-stopping, unexpected and deeply unsettling.” (Washington Post)
“A literary powder keg.” (Huffington Post )
-”An exceptional spy thriller, well written and timely, weaving history seamlessly into a sumptuous page-turner of a novel.... Longtime fans will revel in familiar faces... and Silva’s understated but deft writing.... For newcomers, well, what are you waiting for?” (Colleen Kelly, Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“Silva builds suspense like a symphony conductor.... A winner on all fronts.” (Booklist, starred review)
“The Black Widow probably is the most important book of the summer, no matter who you are or where you live in America.” (Hugh Hewitt)
“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)
“To say that Daniel Silva is a best-selling author is a bit like saying Henry Aaron was a decent home-run hitter.” (Dallas News)
“One of fiction’s greatest spies.... Allon remains as compelling as ever…. A dark thriller for difficult times.” (Kirkus, starred review)
“Fascinating, suspenseful, and bated-breath exciting…. Silva proves once again that he can rework familiar genre material and bring it to new life.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“A stunning new thriller of high stakes international intrigue…. Silva’s most timely and powerful novel yet.” (Broadway World)
“A bit James Bond meets Jason Bourne and…sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.” (D'Marge)
From the Back Cover
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 can strike again.
They call him Saladin . . .
He is a terrorist mastermind whose ambition is as grandiose 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.
Her perilous mission will take her from the restive suburbs of Paris to the island of Santorini and the brutal world of the Islamic State’s new caliphate, and eventually to Washington, DC, where the ruthless Saladin is plotting an apocalyptic night of terror that will alter the course of history. The Black Widow is a riveting thriller of shocking prescience. But it is also a thoughtful journey into the new heart of darkness that will haunt readers long after they have turned the final page.
Top Customer Reviews
The Black Widow by Daniel Silva takes the series to a new level as Gabriel Allon stands at a crossroad. He is no longer the same person. With the cycle of life catching up on him, he is happily married to Chiara, who recently gave birth to twins - Raphael, and Irene - he seems the average normal husband-dad next door. His field days are almost and he is set to take over as the new director in the Office. But when massive bombings ripped through a Jewish neighborhood in Paris, he is called upon to render field service one more time. With the same steely determination and strength, one is transported to Paris, Jerusalem, England, and the United States and back again as Gabriel Allon planned and executed a manhunt for the perpetrators. As the setting crisscrossed cities, countries and continents, Daniel Silva raised the tempo with each unfolding scene, taking the reader on a thrill ride that never relents. Several new characters are also introduced.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Daniel Silva has once more kept me on the edge of my seat with his latest novel. Gabriel Allon has become a close friend and his merry band of compatriots part of my family. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Jane S Lemley
Silva wrote a marvelous book in The Black Widow. Developing a strong female doctor as a character who generates empathy on both sides of an ages-old argument was brilliant. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Matt H
Great for Silva fans. I am one. you like his books, you will like this one.Published 23 hours ago by mysteryreader8
Very good story with chilling components that are more real than fiction. Maybe global event will change and the backstory will fade to fiction.Published 1 day ago by JBW
I have to admit that I can't get enough of Gabriel Allon, and this latest installment is another treat. Read morePublished 1 day ago by DRSwift
I have read all of Daniel Silva's books, and love the research he puts into each book! He is a marvelous storyteller, and I love his style of writing.
Sally J. Read more