The Black Widow

The Black Widow

Book - 2016
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Aug 08, 2019

4 1/2 star read. The 16th book in the Gabriel Allon spy series was a fast paced, ripped from the front page of the newspaper kind of read and I thought it was terrific. Allon is up against a new adversary., the man they call Saladin, the master planner of atrocities who has planned and executed a massive bomb attack in Paris. ISIS is responsible but Saladin planned it all. And he is planning more attacks. To try to stop him, a new recruit is sent to infiltrate his network, a young woman, a Doctor. But Saladin is a worthy adversary for Gabriel and despite the new recruit's best skills, will she be trusted enough to help Gabriel and his team avert a major catastrophe? I thought this was one of the strongest books in the series and very prescient on what is happening in the real world. Another great book from the master.

Apr 15, 2018

excellent thriller. part of series with gabriel allon as the protagonist.

Dec 22, 2017

About as good as it gets if you enjoy a well crafted authentic tale that takes readers on a suspenseful pulse-pounding journey. The only downside is that just like in real life the terrorists/jihadists always seem to win. Silva wrote this story before actual events in Paris happened but decided to carry on and tell his story the way he conceived it. The novel has a nice touch in that Allon for a while relinquishes the starring role to a female operative.

Nov 13, 2017

This was the first Silva title I'd read. I had no trouble following the story, although it was slightly uncomfortable because it became difficult to differentiate what I was reading in the news, with what was part of the story. So not really an "escape" novel as it was so realistic, and not overly memorable for me, but I liked it.

Sep 24, 2017

Daniel Silva takes us to the Middle East where a Jewish doctor, posing as an Arab physician practising in a Paris clinic serving a primarily Arab patients, is successfully inserted in ISIS where is to engage in espionage to identify Arab terrorists. Suspense and drama are always the hallmark of anything Silva writes nor does he disappoint now.

Jul 24, 2017

Although I finished this book, it was difficult to get into because of the minute details such as street names, what people wore, etc. A bit too much description that takes one away from the actual story.

Jun 26, 2017

My first audio-book I have ever listened to. The narrator does an excellent job where I am engaged throughout the entire novel while listening to what he is reading. I had not read any Daniel Silva novels prior to this; though after hearing, "The Black Widow" on e-DVD, I would be interested in reading/listening to his other works in the future.

Jun 03, 2017

Yes, there are repetitive backgrounders on characters and events if you read all the Gabriel Allon novels from the beginning. It would be brilliant if Silva could figure out a way to trim some of that while cluing in new readers. What amazes me about Silva is that, in one novel set several years before the advent of Pope Francis, a new, humble, world-changing Pope arrives on the scene. Black Widow preceded recent major terrorist events in France. I find myself wondering what the ever-prescient Silva will be saying in next year's novel (2018), now that America has become unmoored from its place in the world.

This time we missed the sub plot around the art restoration but the current theme of terrorist threats in USA were gripping. Gabriel gets one more kick at the can out in the field before he becomes head of Israeli intelligence service.

Oct 21, 2016

Excellent read. twisting plot, descriptive characters, timely material.

Sep 30, 2016

Not his best, much too detailed, if you have read all his books you will find a lot of unnecessary repetition.

Sep 25, 2016

This is one of the best, if not the best, in the Gabriel Allon series, and I have read them all.

Sep 19, 2016

An engrossing and taunt spy novel. The real world and his fictional story appear to run parallel to each other.

Sep 06, 2016

Good storyline but it tends to drag on way too long (almost 700 pages in large print) with useless "filler" throughout.

Sep 05, 2016

Yes this is his best that says alot.

Sep 01, 2016

An intelligent, engaging spy thriller that touches realistically and knowledgeably on the current state of terrorism. If you enjoy reading le Carré, you will also like Daniel Silva, as the storytelling styles have much in common.

Aug 28, 2016

Highly of today. Daniel Silva began writing this book before the gathering storm of ISIS. There'll be more to come. He gives a prescient picture of events.What a page-turner.

Aug 27, 2016

Perhaps not one of Silva's best. At 517 pages it's maybe 100 pages too long. The build up to the main part of the story drags along a bit too slowly, but it picks up as it gets closer to the climax. Based on recent events in Paris and Brussels, this book is frighteningly close to the truth and shows why France can almost be considered a war zone, where a civil war is now underway. Silva's work is no longer fiction. Many of the favourite characters in the life of Gabriel Allon make at least a short appearance . It should be interesting to see where Gabriel goes next in his new role, in the world struggle against the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism.

Aug 16, 2016

Silva's new novel reads as real life drama...Lets hope it's fiction, but close to home...Terror attacks in France, goal is USA...Gabriel Allon has his work cut out, can he find who is behind the bombing in ;
France, convince England and USA that the terror is great. Will not disappoint...

Aug 15, 2016

Daniel Silva scores again with a novel that feels all too true to life in a world gone mad. Gabriel Allon and company continue to make compelling characters to follow in the murky world of spies and counter terrorism. The book has a new addition, a sympathetic doctor asked to do something extraordinary, and a terrifying villain that rings close to home. Silva moves things along breathlessly towards a dark and thrilling ending.

Jul 31, 2016

Another winner from Silva. The latest in the Gabriel Allon series, gives a lot of Middle Eastern history, then a plot that takes off and keeps the reader spellbound. Highly recommended.

Jul 29, 2016

We have to hope this is fiction but it has the feel of inevitability about it given recent headlines. Looking forward to how our hero Allon will take to running the Office, maybe he can do ISIS in we certainly won't.

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