Required Reading

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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon takes a back seat in this novel.  Natalie, a naive young physician, is recruited by Gabriel to infiltrate ISIS.   This book is frighteningly on target in regards to current events.

Gabriel has been the first person shooter in so many of Silva's books that it was a bit strange to find him pulling strings instead of triggers.  Ari's goal of getting Gabriel to take the head of the "office" looks to be finally bearing fruit.   But a series of attacks in France puts that "promotion" on hold until a villain of the first order can be neutralized.  

Silva's books have always had a feel of reality to them but this one in particular was practically predictive of ISIS behavior.   Silva chronicles events in fiction that are far to close to fact for this to be a comfortable read. 

The Kill Artist and The Heist and finally The Mark of the Assassin  all illustrate the style of Silva as well as the character Gabriel Allon, an Israeli assassin who is being promoted out of the field into the bureaucracy.  However Gabriel makes it clear he is going to be a very proactive head of the office.

I highly recommend.


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