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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

Hoping to escape unwanted celebrity in the aftermath of a notorious incident, Ramsey Hunt settles in the Rockies, determined to bury himself in the safety of a solitary existence. But his isolation is shattered when he stumbles upon a small girl unconscious in the high-altitude forest.

When strangers pursue Ramsey to his private meadow in an attempt to kill him and the girl, he's mystified that anyone would wish her harm. And the child can't shed any light on the subject: she's mute.

Molly Santera, the girl's mother, catches up with Ramsey and her daughter, mistaking her daughter's savior for a kidnapper. But soon Ramsey's real role becomes clear. With the strangers in pursuit, the trio flees to Chicago for sanctuary. Even there, however, the child's enemies prove as relentless as their motives are baffling.

With an unexpected assist from FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock (last seen in The Maze), Molly and Ramsey begin to unravel the clues, and in the process they make an astonishing discovery as to the true nature of the target.

Listen to another FBI Thriller.
©2006 Catherine Coulter (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Coulter, who doesn't stint on humor or romance, keeps readers guessing." ( Booklist)
"A blend of romance, mystery, and excitement." ( Fort Worth Daily Sun)

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    5 out of 5 stars

The Target

One of her best books. A lot of suspense. The reader takes away from the book slightly but otherwise an excellent read.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book

What did you love best about The Target: FBI Thriller #3?

In her usual Coulter fashion, she did not disappoint.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Target: FBI Thriller #3?

Enjoyed the entire book.

What about Sharon Williams’s performance did you like?

She did a great job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • brenda
  • Garland, Texas, United States
  • 04-30-11

I enjoyed it

I liked this book. The story was a good one and Ms Coulter consistantly writes her stories well. This is one of them. The reader was very good. I would definately recomend this to my friends.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mike
  • CORONA, CA, United States
  • 05-27-09

Very suspenseful

This is one of Catherine's better books. The suspense is great. The story take a few twists to keep you guessing. I thought I had it figured out several times along the way, only to find out I was wrong. Great character development. It's hard to stop listening.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Implausible story and trite plot

Could not even finish this book... Were it not for some of the reference to child molestation, this book would seem more suited to teens than adults. It is simply unthinkable that the people in this book would conduct themselves as they do... a federal judge on sabbatical finds a brutalized child and decides not to contact the police or FBI.. just keeps her for a week.... Gets in a shootout... wounds two guys and is wounded himself...and still does not contact law enforcement.. And the readers sing-song cadence drove me crazy.. Could not even finish it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Narrator

I am a fan of Catherine Coulter but I feel the book has been ruined by the narrator. The characters can't even be respected due to the poor reading of this book. I have felt this about all the books I have listened to of Catherine's. I guess it will be better if I just read her books.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Just OK

The narrator did a good job with the characters. But the storyline was just OK. One thing that I just couldn't get past was the overuse of the same line in several spots. I know it may sound like a silly critique, but using the phrase "puke your toenails up" once was quite enough.

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The Target Good but not great

The storyline was good. I enjoyed the action scenes. The characters could have been better. A federal judge who finds a beaten and raped 6 year old and decides to keep her in his cabin in the mountains for a week and not tell the police or FBI? The judge is so infatuated with the child he wants her for his own and eventually forces himself into the mother's company and mafia family? There's a judge with issues and needs therapy. A mother who is way too virginal for a twenty-something mother of a 6 year-old. A child too precious and way too chatty, I wanted to send her to boarding school! The entire cast of characters invests their lives, careers, and all their time on Chatty Cathy. Near the end of the story, the virginal mom and the federal judge, finally put the kid in her own room for a night (on their honeymoon) and have a ridiculous sex scene. I wanted to scream, "Are there any adults in charge here?"

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A Fun Ride

I’ve always enjoyed Catherine Coulter books, and this one was no exception! Her characters are fun, and for me personally, I feel like she draws you in to the lives of the characters so well and in such a subtle way, that pretty soon you find yourself interjected and part of the story yourself!
Personally I could do without the graphic sex scenes, that are so unbelievably redundant and I would think that would be obvious to all authors, but apparently not because they keep filling up good story space with ridiculous details that nobody wants to hear about over and over!
It’s kind of like “Been there, done that, bought the T-Shirt”, now let’s move on and start using your God given creativity and talent on some captivating scenes, not the Monday morning newsflash: that yet once again, the characters are going at it again, hurry it up and get back to the story PPPLLEASSE!!
Other than the ridiculously overdone sex scenes, which is truly just the author in a block, so they fill it with that! No thanks. Start showing your true talents! But other than that I do enjoy her books and this one was fun! Thank you

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Couldn’t bring myself to finish it

So I made it almost 5 hours into this book and for the first time ever decided that I wouldn’t bother listening to the rest. The story itself seemed great and it had an interesting plot, at least from what I heard. But what turned me off was the horrible and unrealistic character development and interaction. They said things I could never imagine anyone saying and behaved in unrealistic ways. For example, why did the judge decide to keep someone else’s child for a week after finding her sexually abused? Why did he just tell the mother that he was staying with her whether she liked it or not? It was sexist and just cringe worthy on so many occasions. I laughed out loud when the FBI agent said they would go talk to the farmer “in a serious tone”, because when is a visit from the FBI a joke? I could go on regarding my issues with this book but will stop here. Definitely not recommended until the writing and dialogue is cleaned up.