The Black Widow (Signed Book) (Gabriel Allon Series #16)

The Black Widow (Signed Book) (Gabriel Allon Series #16)

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by Daniel Silva

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Praise for Daniel Silva:“Magnificent….This book has all the elements you love about Silva’s writing-his way with a plot, his incomparable characters, and the range of emotions he piles into his pages.”
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“Silva is a true genius with his portrait of the Israeli assassin-art restorer facing new, real world complexities.”
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Art restorer, assassin, spy—Silva protagonist Gabriel Allon could be heading anywhere in his new global thriller (no plot reveals yet). Silva himself will be heading on a ten-city tour. With a 500,000-copy first printing.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Gabriel Allon Series , #16
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Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, and The Heist. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world. He serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and lives in Florida with his wife, journalist Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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The Black Widow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
ScottBrazil 7 months ago
"The Black Widow" showcases why Daniel Silva is my favorite author of spy novels. As with all of the other books in this series, the book is clear and beautiful in its prose, it is timely in the global issues it deals with, it leads the reader on a virtual tour of exquisite locations, it incorporates art, culture, and religion in ways that are informative, and the characters continue to develop as the series progresses. As others have already commented, this book is very hard to set down once you begin reading. I had the sense that Mr. Silva really enjoyed writing this one and, because of that, the reader will really enjoy the experience of losing themselves in the tale that is told. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great summer read, whether you are a long-time fan of the Gabriel Allon series, or have yet to experience what I believe to be the best series going right now.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I’ve always been a big fan of Daniel Silva’s books. But in the Black Widow has outdone himself. There is a quick-witted edginess to his writing that is thrilling and refreshing! In this book, Gabriel Allon returns with his trusted friends from the “Office” to find the perpetrators of a terrible terrorist attack in the Marais in Paris, in which one of his close friends was a victim. New readers will have the privilege of falling in love with the characters for the first time, while long-time fans will feel as if they are being reunited with old friends. In the Black Widow, Daniel doesn’t mince words. From the Islamism of ISIS that is ignored by the current American Administration, to France’s historically misplaced loyalties, to the consequences of poor American foreign policy in the Middle East, he tackles important issues head on. Daniel continues to entertain while educating, in this riveting and explosive page-turning new plot. The Black Widow is one of his best works to date. Bravo!
WntrPkgrl 7 months ago
I started The Black Widow yesterday and finished it today because I couldn’t put it down – seriously, I only slept 3 hours last night because I had to keep going back to this book. I’ve read every book in Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series, and this is one of the very best. The Black Widow takes the issue of ISIS head-on, dealing with things that have occurred already, and things that could occur, but hopefully won’t. This book really resonated with me because it brings most of the action to the United States for the first time in the Allon series – a nightmare scenario to be sure, but all the more interesting since we’re the subject. Also, the plot line of this book is well developed, crystal clear, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The book starts with a major act of terror by ISIS in France. In order to inherit a previously unknown Van Gogh painting willed to him by a prominent friend killed in the attack, the French government wants Gabriel to find the perpetrators. This leads the Office team to recruit a woman doctor in Jerusalem and train her to infiltrate ISIS. It’s discovered that a major ISIS strike in the United States is imminent, and the intelligence services of Israel, Jordan, France, England, and the United States work together to try to stop it from occurring. Writing from Gabriel Allon’s Israeli perspective, Mr. Silva is blunt in characterizing the strengths and weaknesses of the countries intrinsic to the story, including ours. He is so well-informed and prescient about what the bad guys of the world are up to, that whenever I read any of Mr. Silva’s books I wish they were required reading for everyone in government. That all this brilliant insight is given to us in the form of a story so well-written and engaging is Mr. Silva’s unique talent. I even devour the author’s notes and acknowledgements – even these are interesting. I can’t say any more than this – if international intrigue and a great story are things you enjoy, this book will give it to you in spades. Buy the book – it’s great!
librogattoRE 6 months ago
"The Black Widow", the sixteenth book in Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series, is a sizzling sensation. It starts with a bang and takes the reader on the sort of breathless, dizzying and sometimes scary ride that is Mr. Silva's specialty. Do not start this book as bedtime reading unless you plan to be up most of the night because each chapter ends with a tasty tantalizing come-on that has you desperate to read just one more, and then another. The author's background as a reporter in the Mid-East, his encyclopedic knowledge of the history, geography and politics of that region as well as its relations or non-relations with the rest of the world gives every aspect of the story a sense of authority and veracity. Daniel Silva knows his stuff, and before long you will too. Mr. Silva has wisely allowed his characters to age, gracefully and gradually so that Gabriel no longer handles every mission himself, but still manages to be in the thick of things operationally. At the end of the previous book, he was on the verge of becoming a father, and now the twins are nearly one year old with Chiara, radiant as ever, a full time mother. There are touching, tender and very real scenes of this little family of four scattered through the books making sweet spots of refuge among the horrors of the today's world of jihadists and terrorism. Gabriel's team is still intact although some favorites were relegated to smaller roles and others are brought front and center. The villains are just that. No one will feel any remorse at their demises, but villains can be interesting as well as evil, and at least one appears to have made it out alive possibly to wreak havoc on another occasion. We have a new heroine - a doctor - whom we follow through both her operative training by Gabriel's team and then her jihadist training elsewhere. In both cases, the process is fascinating, frightening and very believable. We journey across the world from major cities to small villages to the middle of nowhere and back again. The Black Widow" stands alone very nicely because it has been enriched with neatly placed tidbits from the past. Some people, who have read many or all of the series, may wonder why they needed to be reminded of Gabriel's past - both personal and professional, but the reminders make it possible for a first time reader to follow the flow of the story more fully. It is also possible some people may need reminding - not everyone has read all the books two or three or more times, and finally people do reminisce. It makes the characters seem very real when they speak, think or dream about moments in their lives that have affected them profoundly. There is humor in The Black Widow; perhaps not as much as in The English Spy, but it is there in a momentary situation, a turn of phrase or a few words of conversation. You will smile and possibly even laugh between the gasps. The Black Widow rockets from the beginning horror to a final one keeping you on the edge of your seat, hoping that all your favorites will make it safely through to book 17, and profoundly grateful that as devastating and deadly as the terror attacks in this book are, they are still mainly confined to the pages of the book. Do take a moment to read the Foreword at the very beginning. It contains no spoilers; it may help you better understand the story, and it will give you some insight into the author. Don't just put, "The Black Widow" on your "to read" pile; put it right on top.
Anonymous 4 months ago
All his books are great reads. The English Spy my favorite. This has more facts and history than the other Allon books and he is not the appealing enigmatic central character, a Jason Bourne type. Nevertheless a great eacape and adventure.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Daniel SIlva has once again outdone himself. I couldn't put it down.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
I have read many of Daniel Silva's books and always find them great. However, I feel this is one of his very, very best.Read it and enjoy! Kat
Anonymous 4 months ago
Daniel Silva's work is getting tiresome. Lots of paragraphs repeat history from prior books, especially the same characters; and it seems that his pronounced political bias regarding US and other country political and intelligence agencies always being wrong and Israel always being right overwhelms his nicely constructed spy stories.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The Black Widow is a story of our times. It's realistic depiction of what could happen in the U.S. It is a chilling reminder that we need to recognize the enemy for what they really are, fanatical Islamic terrorists. To avoid this puts us at increased peril.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Story too convoluted. Some ridiculous outcomes.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Impossible to put down
Anonymous 6 months ago
I have read every book in the Allon series, always eager for the next. Silva gave so much attention to the plight of Israelies, I felt I was being preached to.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Scary and realistic. Good character development.
Anonymous 1 days ago
I'm a great fan and love all of his books. I was very very disappointed in this book. The plots just didn't come together. A few of the character storylines weren't fully developed. The love story was out of left field with no back story for the viewer to understand how they got there. Silva continued rants on the American president and his incompetence was just too political. The ending of the book seem to view our spy services as incompetent as our president. It feels like he couldn't figure out the next transition for Gabriel Allon. Just sad.
thewanderingjew 3 days ago
The setting is Paris. The time is now. The book and its theme are sadly very current. Before the book begins, the author explains that he began to write this novel prior to the actual terrorist attacks that took place in Paris in which Jews were targeted. His prescience is not a badge of honor he wished to wear. In the book, three 12-year olds, two boys and a girl, were viciously attacked by Islamic extremists, in an apparent overt act of anti-Semitism. The attackers were heard to chant a statement in Arabic referring to the Caliphate. The rise of these attacks against Jews in recent months, which had been treated lightly by the French government in an attempt to maintain a politically correct environment, avoiding unnecessary incidents within the Muslim community, led to a gathering of prominent Jewish leaders who will attempt, together, to find a solution to the re-emergence of assaults reminiscent of the 1930’s and 40’s and the rise of Hitler. As the meeting begins, there is an enormous explosion that takes the lives of most of the attendees. This bombing is followed by the cold-blooded murder of all those who managed to survive the attack, even those already gravely injured. Then the attackers disappeared into the street, seemingly without a trace. The Isis inspired assault was part of a plan for a series of more and more devastating attacks, some which would soon reach the shores of the United States. The Isis leader wanted to draw America more fully into the conflict between Radical Islam and the rest of the world, hoping that doing so would further the spread of the Caliphate throughout the modern world. Stage left, enter Gabriel Allon, an Israeli who had been rumored to be dead and duly mourned, a master spy who is very much alive and planning to soon come out of his “retirement” to take over the leadership of the Mossad, commonly referred to as “The Office”. Israelis had attended the important meeting of Jewish leaders who fought for the cause of Judaism, and they had been assassinated along with all the others. Israel had been provoked into action by this mass murder and was anxious to find the perpetrators and prevent further violence. At first, the search began quietly, with Israel, France and Jordan working together, but soon, America and England were drawn into the effort, as well, as attacks spread and continued. Would they find the assassins before there was another attack? How many would die in America and abroad before the assassins were brought to justice? How would they capture them when their trail was cold and the moving parts were not necessarily aware of each other? Even those involved within the corps of Isis were eliminated at the drop of a hat if they are thought to be compromised and a leak was possible. Isis is a brutal enemy that must be brought down, but will the forces attempting to defeat them be successful? When it was discovered that a man called “Saladin”, whose true identity was unknown, was leading the current violent effort for radical Islam, all agreed that he must be stopped. An Undercover agent was planted within the organization, against all odds, and she faced grave danger. Would she survive? Will she alone be successful in bringing this Isis cell and Saladin down? The thriller twists and turns as the terror spreads and the investigation becomes more and more dangerous for all involved. The book is narrated really well by George Guidall who always does a good job of keeping the listener en
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miss_dobie 3 months ago
I have every DS book both on nook and in HC autographed. A fan? I'd say so. All are wonderful stories. Black Widow, however, is not his best. Ninety-something pages of reporting to begin with -- and whose? DS's reporting was short, concise, interesting, blended with exciting fiction. Allon's dialog is mostly one-worders? Really? That's not the Gabriel we've come to know and love. Narration is not up to par with what we've come to expect from DS, either. There was more reporting in this book than fiction. And I missed Shamron! Like Carrie in Homeland, Gabriel serves better as a foot soldier than in an office. A disappointing read that, for the first time, I was not able to read through in one sitting, as I did all the others. What happened, DS, did you get a new editor; need a break and use ghost writers? No matter. I still love Gabriel and Ari and the crew -- and I'll still purchase your next book and hope this was just a one-off disappointment. Good luck!
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SSkipper 4 months ago
Natalie Mizrahi’s Jewish parents were driven from Algeria to France by prejudice. Then they were driven from France, where she had studied medicine, to Israel by terrorism. She learned to speak French, of course, Hebrew, English and Arabic, which made her a perfect choice when master spy and assassin, Gabriel Allon needed a woman to infiltrate ISIS in Syria. The only problem, Natalie wasn’t a spy. Not to worry. Israeli intelligence, known as the Office, was second to none in training assets in a remarkably brief time. In the space of weeks, Natalie Mizrahi, French Jewish doctor, became Leila Hadawi, Muslim jihadi, seeking revenge for her dead lover, Ziad. With the cooperation of French intelligence, Natalie is inserted into a Muslim enclave north of Paris where she works in a hastily organized community clinic. It doesn’t take long for ISIS recruiters to take the bait, and she finds herself carried clandestinely to Syria to receive terrorist training, and to meet her quarry, Saladin. Natalie has a deadline to return to France. Nearing the end, and not having met Saladin, terror attack mastermind, she fears her mission will end in failure. When she finally does meet Saladin, he is near death from wounds received in an American airstrike. Does she use her medical expertise to save him, and maintain her cover, or does she do the world a favor and inject him with an overdose of morphine. Silva’s Gabriel Allon is a masterwork of character development. Allon entered life to be an artist, but he was recruited at an early age to avenge the killing of Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics. He excelled at his new avocation, but never completely renounced his artistic genius. Later the stress of assassinations was compounded manifold when he lost his family to a terrorist bomb. After years of running from the pain, he found solace in the love of the much younger Chiara, who was also an employee of the Office. The Allon series hasn’t failed me yet, and I expect it never will. The Black Widow is one of the best. It deals with contemporary issues that are frightfully real. The recent attacks in Europe and America are herein fictionalized in chilling reality. In the light of the pending presidential election, all should read this prescient glimpse of the near future. As a self-publishing author who tires of the perception by some people that self-published books are full of errors, and traditionally published books are flawless, I’d like to point to three errors that I noted in Black Widow, which is published by Harper-Collins. There is a reference to the scent of bougainvillea, which has no fragrance. The phrase ‘entered her bloodstream like drug from a needle’ appears to be missing the word ‘a’ after ‘like.’ Finally, there is reference to a finch in Washington DC in the winter, which is highly unlikely. Nobody is perfect, so get over it.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
One of his best a must read can't wait for more did not want this to end thank you for your brilliant writing