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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. 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.

    8 of 8 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 2015
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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.

    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 2015

    I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. 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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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 09-30-14
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 09-30-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Unbelievable and poorly written"

    If you love fantasy stories, this may be perfect for you....the escapades of the lead characters are so over the top that they seem more like a Superman or Batman story. The conversations are written like they were made by a grade school author...flat, simple and not the way real people talk. The male narrator had a stilted reading manner , pausing at odd places as if it were the end of the sentence ....and then going on with the remainder of the sentence.
    I thought it would never end.

    5 of 6 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 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.

    13 of 17 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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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 03-21-15
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 03-21-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Likeable characters, story keeps moving"

    I remember The Innocent as I know I read it. I think I read The Hit, but don't remember. This book brings back Robie and Reel. The subplotlines start vastly far apart and slowly wind together to intersect. You'll never think anything good about North Korea after this.

    Other reviewers found multiple readers problematic but once I settled in, I really liked the way it moved the story along. I was surprised when the sound effects started in, but like another reviewer, I remember listening to radio dramas late at night with the lights out and found the sound effects became additive rather than distracting. Accurate too. Nothing else sounds like an MP5 in 3 round burst mode.

    A good read, recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Mckenzie 08-12-14
    L. Mckenzie 08-12-14
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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.

    3 of 4 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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    Wayne Matthews, NC United States 04-23-14
    Wayne Matthews, NC United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2015

    My preferences are espionage thrillers, crime novels, teen novels, psychological thrillers, combat fiction, and occasional non-fiction.

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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.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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