Book Review: The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

February 1, 2024


The Black Widow by Daniel Silva is the 16th book in the Gabriel Allon series, following the aging spy/art restorer as he gets ready to become a bureaucrat, leaving his dangerous life behind.

  • 544 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : Harper
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 006232022X

Book Review: The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
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Reading The Black Widow by Daniel Silva in 2024 seems strange, almost surreal. Unfortunately, even when the book was published in 2016 it seemed almost prophetic. I know that governments around the world have meetings with authors who seem to almost know the future, I hope Mr. Silva is one of those.

I try to read this series in order. Even though the books are a bit formulaic, I find the slow evolution of the characters to be a major reason I’m enjoying the series so much. I just wish

One of the reasons Silva’s books work so well is the three-dimensional characters he creates, and this book is no different. I almost felt bad for Gabriel , who finally found some form of happiness, only to be pulled back into the field.

Mr. Silva also introduces a fantastic new villain, Saladin. Who matches the best the intelligence agencies have to offer in tactics, as well as ruthlessness. I hope to see him again, he is a worthy adversary and an interesting, complex character who can match wits with the best of Silva’s characters.

Once again, this book was difficult to put down, and I do think it is so far probably the best book in the series. The narrative moves at a good pace, not too fast, not too slow, but always makes me want to turn the page. The new characters are interesting and charming, and the reader has a vested interest in their well-being.


Gabriel Allon is happy to spend his days restoring masterpieces and spending time with his Italian wife, Chiara, and two one-year-old twins, Raphael and Irene. A few days before he is set to take his place as director of the “Office” from Uzi Navot, a huge terrorist attack takes place in a Jewish neighborhood in France.

Gabriel is pulled back to investigate the attack, where a friend of his was murdered. An ISIS terrorist who calls himself Saladin seems to be the mastermind behind the attack. Gabriel recruits a French-born Israeli, Dr. Natalie Mizrahi, to infiltrate ISIS at huge stakes to her, Israel, and Europe.

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