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The Target Audiobook

The Target

The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.
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The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.

Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive.

As they prepare for their mission, Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her. And all the while, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets - a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

©2014 David Baldacci (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci's since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled." (Suspense Magazineon The Innocent)

"The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best.... Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning.... Five Stars." (Examiner.com)

"Another fast-paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch...by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field." (Examiner.com on The Forgotten)

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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-04-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Tight and Engaging -- Reel and Robie are back!"

    Robie and Reel are back in this third thriller from Balacci. Book three starts of with Robie and Reel dealing with the aftermath of their actions in book two. Suffice to say there are some in the CIA that want Reel dead and other that hold her in respect for her actions. With this as a backdrop "The Target" really starts to follow two seemingly separate story lines. You learn quite a bit more about Jessica in this novel and you have cameo appearances from Julie.

    The plot is tight and engaging and it moves quickly. I found this novel Baldacci let Reel and Robie be a little more cerebral to offset their the CIA hitman persona that we saw in book two. Jessica has been a fantastic addition to the story line in these lat two novels.

    This novel has wide appeal to thriller readers and should be on the reading list. You can read it as the first one so it is accessible. However, I would suggest you read the series starting at book 1. I give this novel a bit thumbs.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-23-14
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-23-14 Member Since 2016

    My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.

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    "Best Baldacci book ever"

    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.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 06-22-14
    L.W. 06-22-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"

    D.Baldacci has made me feel many emotions, but he has never made me cry before. With all the cruelty, violence, twists, and turns. To find the human spirit still alive is heartwarming. There is so much in this book and it is all rich with story. I believe this one maybe my favorite but it is definitely two thumbs up for the writing. Love these narrators. The productions is so good. I believe the best in the business.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer TRINITY, FL, United States 05-16-14
    Amazon Customer TRINITY, FL, United States 05-16-14
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    "Still missing Mitch Rapp but this helps..."

    I'm still missing Vince Flynn and the unbelievable Mitch Rapp series. Nothing came close. The Will Robie series is helping to bridge the gap. The characters are believable and the narrators are really good. This particular book had a number of different story lines running but did a great job in keeping me in suspense. I'm looking forward to the next book.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 05-09-14
    Kathryn 05-09-14
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    "Another Let Down"

    Baldacci seems to have come up with a recipe for his books and it involves a male character who we generally know little about (no family history, no personal history) and a female character who is tough and lethal but troubled mentally from dysfunctional past (we know her history). The male character is steady, calm, the strategist and thinking (which is about all we know about them). The female kicks butt yet is emotionally unstable. In the early books of a series the male character plays a more prominent role and then as a series continues becomes more background. You can see the pattern in the King & Maxwell novels as well as the Robbie & Real novels as they degraded into this recipe. I don’t enjoy this formula and am getting turned off with each new Baldacci book to the point I will not read or listen to another unless the reviews are outstanding. I loved the Camel Club, especially the early books, liked King and Maxwell early books, enjoyed the first Will Robbie book (The Innocent), The Last Man Standing … I guess Baldacci’s earlier writing…. The Target seems to be 3 short stories connected by a thin thread in order to roll them all into one novel. This isn't a page turner, won’t keep you up at night, and actually is a book you could set down and not go back to. As far as the narrators go, I have never been that impressed with Oraigh Cassidy but in books like the Camel Club series she didn't have to do too many female voices, in this one she did and it was beyond her skills.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 06-14-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 06-14-14 Member Since 2015

    I love my books, over 1000 in my library. I have been a member since the year 2000.

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    "Plenty of action and adventure in this one!"

    I really enjoyed this book, and all of the tight spots. I must say that in the Will Robie series, so far this is my favorite. I am anxiously waiting to see what adventure is going to happen next. Well worth the credit and the time. If you like the Mitch Rapp series, you will like this one. Enjoy...

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Settle 04-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "TotallY unbelievable"

    The plot, characters, and dialog were about as realistic as a B-grade video game. McLarty is an okay narrator, but Cassidy has an elderly woman's voice that doesn't work for a thirtysomething character. This book, or at least the start of it, the only part I was able to abide, is markedly inferior to Baldacci's earlier writing; so much so, that I wondered if it was his in name only. If a gaost writer, he or she isn't nearly as talented as the young Baldicci.

    17 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    paige strode 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible! Every bit!"

    David Baldacci is always incredible and this book is no exception. A thriller from the beginning, the performance brings the book to life!

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    John 01-24-16
    John 01-24-16
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    "lots going on"

    The story has a lot going on. Most will have one or two plots within the story, this one goes beyond.

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    Amazon Customer 01-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding !"

    I have become a real David Baldacci fan and I found this book to be one of the best so far! It kept my attention every minute, with no long stretches that ran boring or tedious. The characters were fascinating and the action was rapid-fire. I liked the dialogue and the relationships , however difficult, were believable. I also liked the ending. It made sense and was not a "fairy-tale" ending that would have been out of place in such a tough story. I suppose politically speaking, a movie would be expecting too much with world conditions being what they are, but it would sure make for a great production!
    I think the job done by the narrators is just fantastic. Well spoken, clear words and even accents where needed were all so perfect I was totally drawn into each scene. Perhaps some of the graphic descriptions of violence in this would be a bit hard on the faint-hearted, but I found the hard reality necessary and I do not believe any of the scene descriptions were over done.
    I wouldn't suggest this as a bedtime story though. It is hard enough to walk away from it just because of everyday duties, I could see loosing a lot of sleep!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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