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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 2012

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 06-14-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 06-14-14 Member Since 2014

    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...

    4 of 4 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 2014

    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.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Giotto Seattle 10-21-14
    Giotto Seattle 10-21-14 Member Since 2011

    giotto

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    "Done with Baldacci"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no more books are padded for length and not original…. way to predictable. Interwoven plots when just one maybe 2 would do. He's milking it!


    Has The Target turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    What aspect of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance would you have changed?

    I personally do not care for her voice…whinny


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    just nothing except wanting to get it over with.


    1 of 1 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 2014
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David New York, Ny, United States 08-26-14
    David New York, Ny, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Poorly Written"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is interesting, but the writing is about 7th grade level with a urge to impress. Much of the diologue is forced and predictable. It pains me to read a book so sophmorically written. For one example, the author describles the main villian (a diminitive korean woman that grew up entirely in a labor camp) as being able to speak flawless English and never to have lost a martital arts fight to even two men. It was comically painful. If you hate poor writing skip it!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Felton Emory, TX, United States 08-10-14
    Felton Emory, TX, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I Cant Believe I Still Buy Baldacci Books"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    The only good thing about this book was the narrators. I have sworn I would not buy Baldacci books but thought I would try this since it was on the Best Sellers List. Absolutely terrible story with about 50% of the book filler.


    Has The Target turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just Baldacci


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

    Both are excellent and although they tried, they could not save this rambling story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Target?

    The detail depth of the North Korean lady assassin.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had two stories and never intersected. I found it boring and although I finished, it was tough to get through. I will not buy Baldacci again. His style rambles too much for my taste.

    1 of 1 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!

    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
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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.

    7 of 10 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.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
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