The Black Widow

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The Black Widow is the sixteenth entry in Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. The protagonist, Gabriel Allon, is an Israeli secret service field agent who works as an art restorer as his civilian cover. In the previous novels, Allon has proven himself so much in the field that he is about to be promoted to the chief of the intelligence service. However, on the eve of the big day, Paris is savagely attacked by ISIS terrorists. The French authorities recruit Allon with a single mission: to track down and eliminate the mastermind of the attack known as Saladin. To confound the situation, Saladin is so secretive that only his nom-de-guerre is known. Nobody has seen his face, and nobody knows his nationality. Allon is in a race against time to expose the terrorist so that he may complete his mission. Because of that, his only option is to use a honey trap, a beautiful young doctor who will infiltrate ISIS and expose Saladin. What follows is a series of twists in Allon and his asset’s quest to find and kill Saladin.

Throughout the previous Gabriel Allon novels, Daniel Silva has proven himself to be one of the top spy-thriller authors. The Black Widow is no exception. The plot is very fast-paced and fluid as the characters move from place to place in a desperate attempt to find the bad guy. In addition to the plot, strong character development carries over to The Black Widow from the previous books. Allon and his asset are presented as humans and are easily likable and relatable.

For me, reading The Black Widow was a very enjoyable experience. I would easily recommend this book to anybody who likes a spy thriller with a fast-paced plot.

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Author Daniel Silva
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 544 pages
Publisher Harper
Publish Date 2016-07-12
ISBN 9780062320223 Buy this Book
Issue September 2016
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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