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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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    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.

    4 of 4 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...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Lisa D. Lingham San Diego 06-27-14
    Lisa D. Lingham San Diego 06-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Horrendous"

    I don't mean to be a hater but this was my first and last Baldacci novel. I had just finished the Victor the Assassin series and wanted to continue the secret-agent-thriller-vibe. What a mistake. Compared to Tom Woods' novels, this book was full of predictable "twists" and "turns". The main characters seem to never, ever make a mistake. They never lose a fight or a gun battle. No opponent ever connects with a shot. Why even continue with the story after the first chapter when you know the outcome is set in stone? I like my heroes to make a mistake once in a while.
    But the absolute worst part of this book is the performance. So when a key Korean character is supposedly speaking to other characters in Korean, the female narrator speaks in English with a THICK KOREAN ACCENT! What purpose does this serve? The character is supposed to be communicating to another character on a one to one basis. What does it matter how she sounds? We know she's Korean. Is it really necessary to have a thick Korean accent?? Later in the book, there are multiple Korean "accent" speakers which adds to the hilarity. And these voices are haphazardly spliced together with the main narrator's lines. Every listener knows these are just a bunch of disjointed voices spliced together in separate studios. My only wonder is how in the world I got through the whole thing.

    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.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    John Pickens, SC, United States 08-12-14
    John Pickens, SC, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Baldacci at his best!"
    What did you love best about The Target?

    This was three good stories in one. This is the third book in the Will Robie series and I recommend reading them in order. Of the three this is my favorite. Well written and really interesting and enjoyable story.


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

    Story gives insight into North Korea and their completely different mindset and culture. The way they have controlled their population with cruelty. Will Robie and Jessica Reel are larger than life but this is fiction.


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

    Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring the story alive and make it easy to follow which character's story or point of view is being told.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the way each character (who we get to know) is shown from different perspectives. You understand the history or culture that makes them who they are. Very well written and easy to follow.

    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 Member 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.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Montpelier, VA, United States 09-01-14
    Vicki Montpelier, VA, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for completely loyal Baldacci fans. I have read most of his books and I enjoy them. I especially love the Camel Club series. This is the second Will Robie book I've read.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The book was disappointing because it seemed completely formulaic. The story line with Jessica's personal life was completely frivolous and didn't really add anything to the story. The rest was simply implausible and simplistic. No one invites trained assassins on vacation with their children and trained assassins do not sit down with teenagers to give advice. Big events happen in this story but the preparation for them is mostly skimmed over and "oh look, we got out, mission accomplished now what's next?".


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Ron Mclarty did a fine job but I didn't think that Orlagh Cassidy was a good fit. Jessica is an assassin but the voice is that of a young woman that you meet at the coffee shop and talk about dresses and shoes. She's a fine narrator but I don't think she's a good fit for any of the female characters in this book except for the president's daughter.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was completely disappointed with this book. It feels like the writer is tired of writing. Maybe he's hired ghost writers just to keep up with demand. I know that people will buy his books simply because his name is on the cover. I was just glad that the book ended and I could move on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    c e kelley 08-27-14
    c e kelley 08-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My Favorite Baldacci book so far...."
    If you could sum up The Target in three words, what would they be?

    I found this book exciting and the characters well developed. The story line was so interesting and I hated to see it end. I read a book to be entertained and escape my everyday routine. I don't care if some of the ideas in a book don't seem real or the people aren't flawed...or it's not written like a textbook. .I'm not looking for all that...I just want to enjoy the story and the characters. When I want all that other stuff I watch the news. All the Baldacci books I've read, and there have been many, have been a wonderful escape....they're not "brain surgery"...they are just stories and in my opinion they're written just fine. I'm always so surprised by many of the negative reviews of fiction books...they're always so critical. It's fiction, it's imagined in someone's mind and they put it on paper. Maybe those who are so critical should be reading non-fiction and then they wouldn't be so disappointed. If you're looking for "brain surgery" then this book may not be the one for you. But, if you're looking for a good read with great characters and a good story line then you might try this one. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Regardless of what some others have said...I think Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy read beautifully. I love how they use different voices and accents to differentiate each character. For me they make the characters come alive and the book so enjoyable. I think they do such a fine job and have enjoyed every Baldacci book they've read. I hope they do more..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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