Fans have anxiously been waiting to find out what Daniel Silva’s next Gabrial Allon thriller is about, as plot details have been incredibly hard to come by. Essentially all we’ve known is that the story would somehow involve ISIS, and many have speculated–myself included–that this would be the novel where we’d finally see Allon settle into his new position as chief of the Office.
Notifying fans via his official newsletter, Silva posted the new plot details to his website earlier this morning. See them in their entirety here, and make sure to sign up for his newsletter if you’re not already!
From Silva’s Website:
Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon 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.
They call him Saladin …
He is a terrorist mastermind whose ambition is as grandiose as his nom de guerre, a man so elusive that even his nationality is not known. Shielded by sophisticated encryption software, his network communicates in total secrecy, leaving the West blind to his planning—and leaving Gabriel no choice but to insert an agent into the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known. Natalie Mizrahi is an extraordinary young doctor as brave as she is beautiful. At Gabriel’s behest, she will pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, a ticking time bomb, a black widow out for blood.
Her perilous mission will take her from the restive suburbs of Paris to the island of Santorini and the brutal world of the Islamic State’s new caliphate, and eventually to Washington, D.C., where the ruthless Saladin is plotting an apocalyptic night of terror that will alter the course of history. The Black Widow is a riveting thriller of shocking prescience. But it is also a thoughtful journey into the new heart of darkness that will haunt readers long after they have turned the final page.
Oh. My. Gosh!
Okay, that’s a lot to take in and digest. For starters, it turns out we have not in fact seen the last of Allon in the field. Great news!
Secondly, the plot doesn’t just deal with ISIS, it deals with Allon sending in an undercover agent to infiltrate the terror group. Throw in the many twists and turns readers have come to expect from Silva, and The Black Widow has all the makings of yet another fantastic thriller from one of today’s best authors.