THE BLACK WIDOW( GABRIEL ALLON, #16) by Daniel Silva.

 

BOOK REVIEW: 4.3 stars out of 5

This is my first spy thriller book that I picked up at the suggestion of my librarian. I was not expecting anything from this book as I was not familiar with the author and his previous works. The story starts off with the bombing of a press meet, followed by the intriguing spy hunt to nab the culprits. Throughout the story, there is a constant sense of doom as the ISIS terrorists threaten to attack Paris and the rest of Europe. At the time of writing this book, ISIS was in the process of expanding its territory. Events in this book seem very close to reality as the author predicts the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate in some parts of Iraq. Before reading this book, I had no idea that Jews in Paris live in a constant state of fear. The rosy worldview of Europe makes us think that Europe is a safe place for anyone. The story is captivating from the beginning, but I felt an adrenaline rush when the spymasters decide to infiltrate the terrorist network by sending one of their own into the epicenter of the ISIS leadership. This book delves into international espionage, the complexities involved in cooperation among different nations in counter-terrorism operations, and religious extremism. The scenes of training the decoy, and the stealthy ways of observing terror suspects are quite intriguing to read.

The writing is flawless and easy to understand. Even though this book is five hundred pages long, I did not feel any semblance of boredom at any page in the book. If this book is made into a Hollywood film or a Netflix series, I will definitely watch it. I would like to explore more books from this author. I figured out that this book 'black widow' is the sixteenth book in the Gabriel Allon spy thriller series.

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