The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon Series #16)

The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon Series #16)

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#1 NYT Bestseller

#1 USA Bestseller

#1 WSJ Bestseller

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.”
   — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Silva builds suspense like a symphony conductor.... A winner on all fronts.”
   — Booklist, starred review

Bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller—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 back—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 future fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062672346
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #16
Edition description: Unabridged, Low Price CD
Sales rank: 448,913
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1  New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely SpyThe Mark of the AssassinThe Marching SeasonThe Kill ArtistThe English AssassinThe ConfessorA Death in ViennaPrince of FireThe MessengerThe Secret ServantMoscow RulesThe DefectorThe Rembrandt AffairPortrait of a SpyThe Fallen AngelThe English GirlThe Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies and The Other Woman.  He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva’s books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit

George Guidall is one of the foremost narrators in the audiobook industry, having recorded over 500 unabridged books ranging from classics to contemporary bestsellers. He is the recipient of the 1999 Audie Award presented by the Audio Publishers Association for the best narration of unabridged fiction.

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The Black Widow 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
ScottBrazil More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
librogattoRE More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Scary and realistic. Good character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel SIlva has once again outdone himself. I couldn't put it down.
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As always, an interesting and fast paced read. Only can hope that these things never happen . ..but unfortunately they probably will,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not great. Disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Story too convoluted. Some ridiculous outcomes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Impossible to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well crafted characters in a seamless plot that might have been lifted from the dailies.
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16 books in this series and every one is written better than the last. A true writer, thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the Gabriel Allon books, and this one does not disappoint. Great series, but best read in order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of the next decade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ready to start the next one! Can't put these books down.
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