The Black Widow

The Black Widow

Book - 2016
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Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin is about 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.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, c2016.
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443452410
Characteristics: 528 pages ; 24 cm

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keldissima
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.

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zipread
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.

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bniemela
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.

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Isinele
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.

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RoseFlorence
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.

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marydave
Jan 31, 2017

Despite a rave review from our orthopedic surgeon (!), and our love of art and Europe, neither of us could get into this book. Just not our genre, apparently.

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betz1
Oct 21, 2016

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

MCPL_Maxine Oct 19, 2016

must read.

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cynthiaparr
Sep 30, 2016

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

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SEBoiko
Dec 14, 2016

My roots were entrenched before the birth of time...

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SEBoiko
Dec 14, 2016

..., for blood never sleeps.

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SEBoiko
Dec 14, 2016

Memory lane is just around the next corner.

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SEBoiko
Dec 14, 2016

Diplomacy by special ops?

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Dec 14, 2016

Money never sleeps,...

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