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The Target | [David Baldacci]

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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Publisher's Summary

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 2012

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 06-22-14
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2007

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 06-14-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 06-14-14 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC, United States 04-23-14
    Wayne Matthews, NC, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2006
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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.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Samson 07-16-14
    Lynn Samson 07-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "readers were excelent but not the book i wanted!"
    Any additional comments?

    i just clicked it before i even started my membership i have no idea how i ended up with it im sure its a great book and seems interesting for folks who like murderers and fbi/cia mysteries, just not my thing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff TRINITY, FL, United States 05-16-14
    Jeff TRINITY, FL, United States 05-16-14 Listener Since 2009
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Selbyville, DE, United States 04-23-14
    Robert Selbyville, DE, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2005

    I have a strong preference for the SPOKEN, as opposed to the written word. Although a poor reader may detract from a book, a truly capable reader adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of a good book.

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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.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Souza 07-21-14
    Mike Souza 07-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent thriller with strong characters"
    What made the experience of listening to The Target the most enjoyable?

    The mixed with music and sound effects


    What did you like best about this story?

    Th


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well the change of the diferent entonations makes the story more real


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Its a Thriller no more


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Geneva, Illinois, United States 07-12-14
    Patricia Geneva, Illinois, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2011

    "Love my audio's"

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    "One of my Baldacci Favorites"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Target to be better than the print version?

    Yes, as I thought the voices were amazing. Hearing them made them so real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Target?

    When Chung Cha decided to save the Presidential Family, and at the same time provide hope for Min.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Truth Behind the Lies.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed in how unrealistic the show of force, and lack of planning for the Presidential Family at a crazy event w/ costumes. They had no escape plan. As good as it was at this point, my mind kept saying, " were they all on vacation, secret service, even Jessica being surprised that Will was thinking about the safety issues with the Chinese group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 07-10-14
    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.

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    "A Many-layered Classic Baldacci"

    Will and Jessica save America three or four times in this one. A classic Baldacci espionage thriller that is all I ask. "Wish You Well" is my all-time Baldacci favorite which is NOT classic Baldacci at all.

    If you're considering North Korea for a possible vacation, this listen might change your mind.
    I'm going to give the author credit that his research on conditions in NK are as gruesome as he details. ..... SCARY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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