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The Black Widow

by Daniel Silva

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The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
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  • Published Jul 2016
    544 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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#1 New York Times 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.

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"Starred Review. One of fiction's greatest spies.... Allon remains as compelling as ever…. A dark thriller for difficult times." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. 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 ... but the novel also affords a sobering, insightful, and multifaceted look at the overwhelming complexities of the seemingly interminable war in the Middle East. And, for series fans, Silva introduces a new and richly conceived character who is likely to become a regular cast member. A winner on all fronts." - Booklist

"A stunning new thriller of high stakes international intrigue…. Silva's most timely and powerful novel yet." - Broadway World

"The Black Widow probably is the most important book of the summer, no matter who you are or where you live in America." - Hugh Hewitt

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Lynne Dean

Always thrilling!
I have read all of Daniel Silva's books, including the three he wrote before the Gabriel Allon series began. I requested my small city library where I volunteer to get them, I order a signed edition for my personal collection, and I now get I get the book version each year as the new book is released just as I leave for vacation. I have read each book at least twice ,always rereading the last in the series before receiving the newest book. The characters have become family, and I always look forward to the reunion. Mr. Silva's knowledge of current world events leads me to think either he can predict the future or has very high placed sources in many of the worlds secret services. I recommend these books to everyone!

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Daniel Silva knew from an early age that he wanted to become a writer, but his first profession would be journalism. Born in Michigan, raised and educated in California, he was pursuing a master's degree in international relations when he received a temporary job offer from United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Later that year Silva abandoned his studies and joined UPI fulltime, working first in San Francisco, then on the foreign desk in Washington, and finally as Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. In 1987, while covering the Iran-Iraq war, he met NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and they were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN and became ...

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