Marvel’s Black Widow: Forever Red

By Margaret Stohl
Read by Julia Whelan

The Black Widow Novels: Book 1

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Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy. Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives. Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average. The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now. When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams … Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy.

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average. The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams …

Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cinematic, thrilling, and absolutely spectacular—this is everything you could ever want out of a Black Widow novel.” Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author
“Stohl explores Natasha’s past, present, and future by bringing readers on a journey that is intricately detailed and thrilling to read…As Forever Red proves, you don’t have to be popular to be a hero. You just have to be inspiring to the people that think of you as one.” Entertainment Weekly
“Great fight sequences, plenty of action, twists in the plot, and characters motivated by strong emotions will keep readers engaged and entertained. A great addition for most young adult collections.” School Library Journal
“In vivid language, Stohl effortlessly describes both the technology and geography at play as well as the characters’ compelling interior lives…Every aspect of this book is terrific, from the concrete details and rich language to the interactions…Here’s [to] hoping for a sequel!” Booklist
“Julia Whelan delivers a full-bodied, full-blooded Natasha, doubts and all…Natasha’s backstory is cleverly revealed through Ava’s story, and Whelan takes us on a wild ride as the link between Ava and Natasha becomes clear…Wild pacing and comic-book-worthy plot twists are all deliciously delivered by Whelan. Fans of the Avengers will love this on audio.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Ana 9/13/2017
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Adventure, romance, and intrigue

This is a great story that will get you hooked very quickly, it is family-friendly and young adult oriented. Excellent for adults who enjoy the Marvel SHIELD characters. The romance that threads through the story gently sucks you in, it is not overdone which I personally appreciated. The action keeps the movement going, interspersed with notes from a "DOD hearing" that break up the flow nicely. The reading is spot on, Julia Whelan has a husky feminine voice that adapts surprisingly well to masculine characters. Black Widow herself is emotionally removed and sometimes puzzling in her inability to relate to others, which makes it all the more fulfilling when you see behind her armor.
by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Make It Her Movie

For those just dying for Black Widow to get her own solo movie, your time has come. Oh, wait. Scratch that. So perhaps it’s not her own movie, but it beats the other books available out there for the solo adventures of the various Avengers. Those are junior novelizations of the movies. This is a completely original YA adventure.

In this high-action, super-spy thriller, we get to learn more about Natasha Romanoff and how she became the Black Widow. Additionally, we are introduced to Marvel’s newest comic book hero: Red Widow. The pacing of action is well tempered with soul-searching moments in which Romanoff reflects on her place in life and what she believes to have been her life.

If you’ve wanted a Black Widow movie like I have, this is it. Take a copy of the print version, grab a portable stereo system and blast this audiobook outside Disney headquarters, and join me in chanting “Make it a movie! Give Black Widow her own movie!”

Author

Author Bio: Margaret Stohl

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video-game designer, and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, which is now a major motion picture.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 9.95
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English