My preferences are espionage thrillers, crime novels, teen novels, psychological thrillers, combat fiction, and occasional non-fiction.
This is my only review of Daniel Silva book since my negative review of Marching Season which was written very early in his career. I am a fan of all 16 of Silva's Gabriel Allon series which started very well and has only gotten better as he matured as a writer. If more than 5 stars were allowed the English Spy would get more. The English Spy brings back one of my favorite Silva characters, the English assassin and ex-spy living on Corsica, and "rehabilitates" him to a British spy agency. Gabriel Allon, now in his 50's, simply gets better with age. He is supposed to take over leadership of the office, an Israeli spy agency, but we;ll have to wait for the next Silva book to see.
Of all of the well read mystery/thriller series Silva's Allon is the most complex and tragic. But with the children born to him and his young wife Chiara at the end of The English Spy there is hope. The tragic Leah remains in the picture.
This book confirms that Daniel Silva is THE master of the mystery/thriller/spy genre if any doubt remained.
George Guidall has one of the easiest to listen to voices of all narrators. He is, as always, excellent.
I have all of his books and am a fan especially of King & Maxwell as well as the Camel Club series. The Target is his third in the Will Robie series which probably be renamed the Robie & Reel series.
As always, Ron McLardy and Orlagh Cassidy did a great job of narration.
Jessica Reel is a more interesting character than Will Robie. The Target goes much further in developing the Jessica Reel character than did the prior books in the Robie series. Will Robie remains somewhat an enigma because so little has been explained about his past. The ever precocious Julie, now age 15, is back in The Target.
A North Korean female assassin named Ye Chung-Cha is also a major character in the book. Baldacci's development of her character is outstanding.
Without giving the plot away, The Target is about poor relations between the US and North Korea. A sub-plot is the background of Jessica Reel whose father is a murderer who has been on Alabama's death row for many years. Part of the sub-plot is a kidnapping arranged with the help of Reel's father.
I recommend that The Innocent and The Hit be read prior to The Target.