The Black Widow

Version: Unabridged
Author: Daniel Silva
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Action & Adventure
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: July 2016
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon. From its shocking opening in Paris, The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva's most timely and powerful novel yet.

Master 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. His brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon, art restorer, assassin, spy, has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, The Black Widow showcases Silva's consummate skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

Reviews (4)

Written by Elisabetta W on June 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Yet another suspense by Silvia. Has not yet disappointed me. In this story Gabriel is not the main character, but the new female spy that Silvia introduces is just as fascinating and hopefully we'll read more of her in future stories. You cannot avoid falling in love with her. A truly enthralling story.

Written by Geary Newton on January 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent writer, excellent narrator!

Written by Codi Mitchell on August 18th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I truly enjoy Daniel Silva's books. This book was fantastic but scarily so true to life. The addition of a new character in the Gabriel Allon series was fantastic and I felt she gives a whole new avenue for the stories to pursue. However, I miss Kiara, but understand as a new mother, her character needs to be with their children. Additionally, I absolutely love books narrated by George Guidal. He really knows how to bring characters to life whether they are male or female.

Written by Mary Anne Newby on July 19th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love all Daniel Silva writings. His characters are well developed as are his storylines. It is not hard to accept the plot as a factual possibility. Also the continuing narration by Mr. Guidal keeps the characters true in your minds. How else would these people possibly sound. I hope these two gentlemen continue working together for years to come.

Author Details

Author Details

Silva, Daniel

He has been placed in the same category as John le Carré and Graham Greene. He has been called his generation’s finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of Daniel Silva.

Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying bestselling debut, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set around the Allied invasion of France in World War II. His second and third novels, The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season, were also instant New York Times bestsellers and starred two of Silva’s most memorable characters: CIA officer Michael Osbourne and international hit man Jean-Paul Delaroche. But it was Silva’s fourth novel, The Kill Artist, that would alter the course of his career. The novel featured a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon, and though Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel’s adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appeared in Silva’s next four novels, each one more successful than the last: The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, and Prince of Fire. The sixth Gabriel Allon novel, The Messenger, will be published in July 2006.

Silva knew from a very 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 correspondent Jamie Gangel. They were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN. In 1994 Jamie gave birth to a set of twins, Lily and Nicholas.

In 1995 he confessed to Jamie that his true ambition was to be a novelist. With her support and encouragement he secretly began work on the manuscript that would eventually become The Unlikely Spy. He left CNN in 1997 after the book’s successful publication and began writing full time. He continues to reside in Washington and when not writing he can usually be found roaming the stacks of the Georgetown University library, where he does much of the research for his books.

Though all of Silva’s books have been New York Times and national bestsellers, his success has not been limited to the United States. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have been published across Europe and around the world. He is currently at work on a new Gabriel Allon novel and warmly thanks all those friends and loyal readers who have helped to make the series a success.