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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.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....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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The Target Reviews

  • ☘Misericordia☘⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ❂❤❣
    2018-07-21 12:51

    Ok, this one is weird. What I really like about the series is the personality building of the MCs.What I strongly dislike is the fact that most of the plotlines are between the POTUS and some villainous person (of either Muslim or Slavic ethnicity). And the actions is basically either POTUS ordering unsanctioned killing of the said villain or the reverse is underway. It makes me think 'euphemistic much'? It makes me wonder, what the hell, is there some shortage in original thriller story ideas? I think I'll stick with this series for a bit more but of it goes on and on and on rehashing the same idea, I can't vouch for my crankiness.Q:“And you’re really the new DD?”“Yes.”“Do you know what happened to the last two?” (c)Q:“You are the most exasperating person I have ever met in my life.”“You need to get out more.” (c)Q:“She’s the DD, Clandestine.”“You know what happened to her predecessors?”“Of course. It’s sort of like the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers. Bad things happen to them.” (c) Exactly what I thought.Q:“Got any vacation coming up?”“No, can I have some of yours?” (c)Q:“It’s hard to see what’s around you without windows. You tend to get cloistered, detached, and your judgment can be impaired.” (c)Q:“I’m not a bit paranoid. I’m a lot paranoid. I have been most of my life. The mind-set serves me well.” (c)Q:A roof over her head, a car to drive, a rice cooker; it was like all the wealth in the world was hers. (c)

  • Michael
    2018-08-03 18:14

    The two previous Robie and Reel novels were a step above much of what Baldacci had done in the past, but this one took a step back. My thought is that Baldacci put too much into the book, one separate crisis after another; fighting their superiors, fighting the North Koreans, fighting neo Nazis, back to fighting the North Koreans, and on top of all of that spending a lot of time inside the workings of North Korea. While all of it was interesting it was just too much for one book. We learned so much about Reel's history and delved into the mind and making of a super assassin that coupled with all of the other information; well it was information overload. Throwing in the apology to Reel (read the book to find out what I'm referring to) added a touch of the unbelievable. I hope that Baldacci brings these too back up to where the first two books were. (Copied in total from my review in Mystery Guild.)

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2018-08-05 13:05

    Will Robie & Jessica Reel, master assassins, are back …..on a super secret mission together!The Target, the 3rd book in David Baldacci’s Will Robie Series begins with Will Robie, back in Washington DC and receiving a medal for his successful mission in Syria.Will and Jessica have been given a new and very secret mission but before they receiving the details of it, both are sent to The Burner Box, a CIA training facility in North Carolina to be tested if they are capable of carrying it out. But they believe that there’s something more sinister about the reason given by the present director of the CIA, Evan Tucker for disobeying orders and the killing of two high CIA officials. This is world where nothing is what it seems to be.” It was live ammo. In Reel’s and Robie’s world there always came a time when there was no other kind.”” Surviving the grueling experience, Will and Jessica are sent to France – their secret assignment? Kill the North Korean leader, General Pak. Things go horribly wrong with the general committing suicide. In retaliation, the North Korean government sends one of their top agents, Chung-Cha to assassinate the US president and his family.We first meet Chung-Cha at Bukchang, the most horrific internment camp in North Korea where we see the horrors and tortured she enduredand how it made her become one of the most cold-blooded and lethal assassin, even more dangerous than Will and Jessica.“She did not believe in a benign higher being. She could not. She had suffered too much to think of a heavenly force in the sky that would let such evil walk the earth without lifting a hand to stop it.” The story is told through multiple POVs which allows the readers to see into each character’s minds that gives us more information about each one’s thoughts and feelings.The author has created two characters, Will and Jessica, that you cannot help but like and admire, even knowing that these are two of the most dangerous and lethal killers. There’s something deep inside them that makes you feel that there is goodness in them. Something that humanizes them. We also see that humanity in Chung-Cha at the end….(view spoiler)[Chung-Cha had adopted a young girl, Min, who she had rescued from the very camp she had spent all those painful years in. She takes Min with her on her mission and wanting to save her life, turned on her own allies, which resulted in her being killed. Will and Jessica then take Min to live with Julie and her guardian. (hide spoiler)]This was such a sad part in the story……makes you want to believe that there’s some good inside each one of us.At times, the plot seemed so far-fetched and in some weird way it’s still kind of believable. Gripping tension, action-packed with twists and turns that popped up at the most unexpectedly times.A great continuation to this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • James Elliot Leighton
    2018-08-16 14:46

    Yet another established writer fails. This is puerile rubbish, cliche riddled, clumsy, amateurish. If it was the first effort of a self published teen it still wouldn't be excusable or acceptable. The characters are unbelievable, the dialogue and responses ludicrous, the stuff of comics, not mature writers. The writer has his protagonists doing things not realistically possible in the first few pages. Disarming and pulling down the pants of experienced street thugs before any of them can react or respond? A President who can be manipulated by simple psychology? There is light rain falling on the river's edge, but the river is "storm tossed"? This "novel" is not only drivel, it is drivel that has managed to reach publication without input from a competent editor. That is surprising. Perhaps in the age of eBooks and self publishing some writers feel that they can do it all. I was wondering if perhaps this was a joke, if someone had substituted dross for the real novel, but sadly it seems not. I have no intention of finishing the book - it is not only poorly written, it is so bad that it is actually annoying.

  • Tiffany Reisz
    2018-08-09 13:47

    I'm not giving any of the Will Robie books 5 stars until he gets laid by someone he doesn't later have to assassinate

  • Rizwan
    2018-08-12 14:53

    I don't remember the last time a book almost brought me to tears, and an espionage-action-thriller no less, that's saying something! The book had quite a few problems storywise, but in the end the perfect characterization and hearttouching, heartwrenching developments and ending covered all of that and then some. Just that hollowness I'm feeling right now after finishing a great book and departing from even greater characters. :(

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-07-21 20:54

    Okay, book 3 of the so called Will Robie books ( I say so called because Jessica Reel is becoming pretty much a co-protagonist). The way this one plays out it's set up as a series of "adventures". This can get a little disjointed as we follow different characters and different situations but in the end Mr. Baldacci ties it all together well.I've been following this series from it's beginning and I like it. While i can't say that I like everything Mr. Baldacci has written I do like many of his books. While I can't agree with everything he says...I will agree that he's an excellent writer.Go David Baldacci.So I can recommend this one and while it may not exactly be as tight as the first two about Robie it is a good addition tying up some loose ends, explaining some background we haven't seen beofore and being a very satisfying read.Enjoy.

  • Jon Kurtz
    2018-08-05 15:09

    The Robie/Reel dynamic is one of the most intriguing in popular thillers. CIA assassins, once deadly enemies, become partners, friends, and more. Though the transition to the "more" phase seems painfully slow at times, the tension adds to the intrigue. In this story, Baldacci utilizes multiple plot lines to maintain pace and the reader's interest. While action is the foundation, complicated relationships, between the protagonists and with friends and enemies, provide the mortar which strengthens the structure. As always, the author laces the story with unique locales and characters in order to entertain. A 4.5 in my book.

  • David
    2018-08-06 14:01

    As I start to write this I haven't put a rating above yet. I'm a little conflicted about this one. There is no question that I like the characters in this book, but this time around I think David had them doing too much in way to short of a time span. Even Superman and Superwoman would have trouble keeping up with Will and Jessica. The action really never stops and that is not always a good thing. I think that applies in this case. David had a really good idea when he put Will Robie and Oliver Stone together in a short story(Bullseye) I'd like to see that expanded to book length. Of course despite the faults or what I see as faults, I'll continue to read his works as they appear.

  • Vicki Elia
    2018-08-03 12:56

    Audiobook Review3 StarsWhy I even rated this three stars is perplexing -- perhaps because Baldacci's writing is tight and consistent, and he is generally a superb writer. But this story is a mess, with 1 core plot that is remodeled every few chapters. Plus there is a sub-plot with Jessica's father, her past and her consideration of the future. There is also a sub-theme relating to mothers and their children. Baldacci smashed far too many plots into one story. This is not a Mission Impossible movie -- it's a book. By the end of this book, I needed a vacation just to recover from all the noise, the action & jet-lag, and felt like I just fought a pack of rabid Ninjas.In another Will Robie and Jessica Reel saga, the duo is pressed into action by the President for a top double-secret mission. But a nemesis in the government is gunning for them. As they head to the 'Burner Box,' the CIA's version of an Abu Ghraib training camp, they're convinced they'll never make it to the mission. However, by a quirk of circumstance, the mission evaporates and morphs into an assassination instead. Complications ensue from the hit on a former CIA asset from North Korean. Robie and Reel must then penetrate a North Korean work camp to rescue the asset's family. After contrived battle scenes, Reel and Robie are rescued and return to the US. At which time they are asked by the First Lady to accompany her and her children to Nantucket for a family vacation. The hits just keep on coming, and the teary-eyed ending finally arrives. Running in parallel for the first half of the book is a sub-plot of Jessica's criminal father, who raises his ugly neo-nazi head for the first time in 20 years to create a near-death disaster for Jessica.Note to the Author: LOOSE THE SOUND EFFECTS. I was in a quasi-relaxed state listening to this audiobook and suddenly my super stereo earbuds blasted from my ears with unexpected explosions. The words are the performance. Let we poor readers imagine the sounds.

  • Jan Dunlap
    2018-07-29 12:45

    Either Baldacci has passed his peak or I'm just tired of international thrillers that stretch a little too far to be believable. I've always looked forward to Baldacci's next book, but no more. The plot here took half the book to really kick in, and it read more like several episodes strung together, rather than one coherent story. Also, I felt the emphasis on what Robie and Reel were struggling with in their emotional lives began to dominate the story; if I wanted to read a family drama, I'd read someone else's work. I honestly wonder if someone else crafted the majority of this story, since it was such a disappointment.

  • kartik narayanan
    2018-08-10 13:58

    Whew!The Target is the best Will Robie book yet. The pacing is excellent - for the first time in this series, I did not put down the book even once. The characters are strong and we get to see new ones which are nuanced. The plot is also something quite different. Overall, this is a great action thriller.More reviews are available at Digital Amrit

  • Skip
    2018-08-14 15:51

    Baldacci is writing exciting thrillers. Jessica Reel and Will Robie are still in the crosshairs of the CIA's DDI. When the President decides to work with a dissident North Korean general, they are recruited for an assassination, but the dissident's handler is killed by a North Korean superagent, Chung-Cha, a survivor of a North Korean prison camp, and the dissident commits suicide after damning the President for his treachery and demanding protection for his family. To assuage his guilty conscience, Robie and Reel launch a daring rescue and find themselves showered with praise by the President and his family, placing themselves in position for the final desperate act of the North Koreans.

  • Steven Walle
    2018-08-10 19:08

    David Baldacci wrote a very compelling book in (The Target) whereby he follows the careers of two intelligence agents. They have many hair raising experiences in many foreign lands as well as here at home protecting the first family.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

  • ChopinFC
    2018-08-09 15:59

    Gotta say 'The Target' had its good moments but it certainly also had its share of bad moments. This is the third novel following special agent Will Robie and his partner CIA operative Jessica Reed. There are lots of good moments and good story plot developments. We see both Will and Jessica go through an enduring CIA re-training camp in the beginning of the book. Lots of ugly torture scenes here...yikes. No spoilers, but eventually the story introduces radical extremists in North Korea plotting against USA. Of course many funny moments involving the North Koreans and specially describing the absurd extremism of their crazy dictator Kin Jong-un.Perhaps the most interesting character in the book is the Assassin Chow-Chow, and Baldacci does a really great job in setting up her life story, how she grew up in the slave camps and progressed into a deadly assassin fighting for North Korea. Great points: Baldacci writes action scenes like nobody else! You can really see yourself in the middle of the covert missions or the fight scenes, melee and the explosions.Bad points: a lot of the dialogue between the characters are cheesy and predictable. Some are quite absurd it makes you wonder is this the same author writing this book?3 1/2 Stars :-\

  • Ware
    2018-07-22 20:00

    A plot trick often used in the thriller writing game is to string three or four separate threads together with only the most tenuous connect. It delivers that roller coaster ride that makes thrillers thrill. In The Target featuring Will Robie and Jessica Reel, CIA fixers which is to say at times they kill for America.The Target opens on Alabama's death row and hurls us to Paris, Pyongyang, rural Alabama, New York City and Nantucket. Robie and Reel prove almost invincible, which is to say they need help at times. We meet their counterpart, a young North Korean assassin, a Tinman-like operative only too well aware she no longer has a heart. Jessica's own awful past is revealed in pages you cannot put down. Weak and delusional leaders in the United States and North Korea make tragic blunders which create a context for all that follows.After a poor outing with King & Maxwell, a book seemingly designed to promote a cable series, it is good to see David Baldacci at his best. Unlike some popular thriller writers, Baldacci writes his own stuff. And like the trial lawyer he was, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. The verdict on the Target is clear. It is a huge win!

  • Sean Peters
    2018-07-21 13:10

    After my last book, and not being able to finish The Stuart MacBride book.Great to get back to a author that I know I am going to be happy with and I was.Knowing that I enjoy this type of book, with assassins, international travelling and plots and of course the great characters Will Robie and Jessica Reel.This book has you hooked from the beginning with the return of Will Robie and Jessica Reel but now with the added bonus of a North Korean assassin, and a good one.David Baldacci seems to know his knowledge on North Korea, and a great plot build up with exciting tension, excitement, suspense and lots of fast paced action from across the world.Reading an author I enjoy so much, makes me appreciate them as to write a "good book" is not quite so easy as you think as there are many weak books out there as well.I just could not put this book down and had to get to the end and the conclusion, and lots of twists and turns.Enjoy

  • Matt
    2018-07-26 18:47

    Baldacci returns with a high-thrills adventure, featuring both Will Robie and Jessica Reel. After the CIA tries to deal with the fallout of Robie's last mission, they struggle with a plot that could leave the President of the United States in international hot water. Putting Robie and Reel through their paces, the Agency sends them off to handle a mission with complete deniability and dire consequences. When the mission takes a turn, Robie and Reel find themselves free to handle some personal business, stateside. This business leaves Reel to face some of her deepest and darkest secrets, while Robie is forced into action to save both Reel and his teenaged friend, Julie. All this as the stakes on the international scene rise significantly, leaving the First Family in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, in the depths of a prison camp in North Korea, a prisoner seeks to rise above the beatings and make a name for herself, no matter the risk. Could this gaunt woman mean the end of Robie, Reel, and a slew of others? Baldacci's outdone himself with this thriller, sure to keep the reader up late into the night with excitement.Perhaps one of Baldacci's best novels in a long while, The Target explores territory never before addressed. Baldacci uses extensive research and possibly some literary freedoms to paint a grey and dour image of North Korea and its inhabitants. Countering that with the high-impact of the Robie/Reel connection and the reader is sure to enjoy the fights, the bullets, and even the break-night battles. Letting up only with the closing sentence, Baldacci opens his characters up to extensive exploration and thorough back story creation, sure to be useful in novels to come. At times, the reader may feel three novellas have been combined to create this larger work, all in the name of keeping Robie and Reel on their toes.Kudos, Mr. Baldacci for putting forth such an exciting story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the next series instalment.

  • Monnie
    2018-07-23 13:47

    They're baaaaack - the government-sanctioned assassination team of Will Robie and Jessica Reel. And I couldn't be happier.Well, maybe a little happier; this latest installment didn't impress me quite as much as its predecessor, The Hit. But the difference wasn't enough to knock my rating down a whole star, so 5 it is.This one puts the dynamic duo in the crosshairs of a high-ranking U.S. official who's convinced they should be thrown in jail for straying from the script on a previous mission (fact is, they didn't follow orders; and even though in the end their actions saved the day, not following the letter of the law is an irritant in some circles). But the trump card remains in their pocket - approval by none other than the President of the United States.As the book begins, the pair are put through rigorous training in preparation for a new mission to eliminate a world leader who's hiding out in France. It's clear from the start, however, that what doesn't make you stronger may well kill you - and the two begin to suspect that the latter may well be the real intent of the training. Meantime, Jessica is forced to deal with ghosts from her past that end up threatening them both. Then, they're given another search-and-seizure mission that not a single person believes they can pull off; even Jessica and Will have their doubts.In retrospect, some of the situations are a bit hard to believe, I admit, but honestly, the action never slowed down enough for me to notice while I was reading; all I could think about was getting closer to the end. Another winner for sure!

  • Pamela
    2018-07-26 15:00

    Love reading Baldacci.....usually. Love the characters in the Will Robbie series, but this installment was a bit over the top. I love a complex storyline, but there were just TOO many plots and subplots, not all of them intertwined. There was an extra 100 pages or so in a subplot that added NOTHING to THE TARGET! That was a disappointing , if not frustrating, non-essential. Since Will and Jessica are government sanctioned CIA assassins, and have earned a debt of gratitude from the sitting President, it seems inconceivable that they fear for their lives from one of The President's subordinates - the CIA Director himself! Additionally, it seemed like the protagonists were likened to the Avengers or Xmen... just how much super human powers can a reader take even with suspended disbelief! The plots are exciting, but there are too many and all just too unbelievable!

  • Nilesh
    2018-08-09 13:47

    This is about the most disappointing Baldacci for this fan. The main story is senseless time and again - starting with the traitor's unbelievable approach from the supposedly iron tight nation to his adopted kids that no one and then everyone knew about to the ruthless killer developing a new and almost everything fortuitous in the climax including the First Lady's selection of cohorts. The sub stories involving a snatching of kids from N Korea or Reel's father provide even more headache than relief. A lot of action but that's about it.

  • Mike
    2018-08-14 18:09

    Robie, Jessica, Julie are all here and just as good as ever. The plot did not agree, too scatterbrained and erratic. I thought Yie Chung Cha could have been a great new character for the future but that doesn't look likely. 3Stars.

  • Paul
    2018-08-17 20:08

    3.5 starsI really like Robie and reel they are at least tied if not ahead of king and maxwell as my fav baldacci protagonistsThe plot of this novel is a little too busy but still a solid book

  • Terence M
    2018-07-31 17:59

    3.5 stars out of 5.0

  • Joe
    2018-08-17 13:52

    The mission will be the most important one for the CIA in the past fifty years, maybe in the history of the agency, and the only team good enough to see it through is plagued with personnel conflicts, black smudges on their professional record that could cost them their life. If they pass a rigorous training program, if personal nightmares can be put to rest, and if the top brass can relent, Will Robie and Jessica Reel just might be able to successfully meet each objective of a complex and dangerous mission that starts in North Korea and ends on the homeland.On the whole, I really enjoyed the story. It's Baldacci in traditional form, and therein lies my singular criticism. The tormented female sidekick with a turbulent past was well executed in the King and Maxwell series. I saw no need to stretch that winning formula here. The exercise of molding two distinct threads was well done but at the expense of muffling some of the main story's momentum. Also, the anguished intelligence operative can grow a bit tiresome when we know that in another book they'll be right back at it.Should you read the first two books in the series? It'd be great but not entirely necessary. Past transgressions are sufficiently explained, and Julie is the only character that could feel a bit awkward without a background explanation. Still, she is part of the secondary plot. No doubt Baldacci is setting her up to play a protagonist role in the future. You'll be okay with the details supplied.In my opinion, Baldacci remains at the top of his game. I always eagerly anticipate his next political and terrorist thriller.

  • Scott
    2018-07-21 14:02

    Why? Why do I do this to myself? I like to read thrillers if I'm stressed out or busy. If you're feeling overwhelmed, it's satisfying to read about near-superhuman operatives who can handle any situation. But then I wind up reading books like "The Target" which feature two of the WORST secret agents of all time. The two main characters are supposed to be the world's deadliest assassins, but as far as I can tell they couldn't assassinate their way out of a paper bag. To make things even more trying, there are endless paragraphs of exposition and background information about North Korea that end up amounting to nothing. It seems like the author had just read a North Korean travel guide and really wanted to get the word out that NK isn't a great place to be. I won't even bother talking about the cardboard characters, or the fact that the agents' "feelings" about doing murders seem to be something the author heard about third-hand from someone at a party. (Maybe next time do more research on human emotions and less on the North Korean economy?) On the other hand, it's possible that this book was actually written by a computer. Sticks to a formulaic plot? Check. Unsophisticated understanding of humanity? Check. Long sections of text that seem to have been copied from Wikipedia? Check. If this book WAS written by a computer, then it's actually a pretty remarkable achievement. If someone can prove that to me, I will revise this review.

  • Luffy
    2018-07-22 15:02

    I wish I was versed enough to do justice to this story that is the Target. The title is as usual very minimalist. All three books from the Will Robie series are different from one another. Here, the titular hero shares the stage with a diverse and supportive cast. The amount of detail packed into 400 pages was pretty daunting.The narration and characterization in multiple settings around the world could have not worked well. The small amount of time given for the reader to bond with or hate this or that character might not have been effective. But the author went ahead and took risks. The book works on all levels. It makes us realize the fragility of life, something many works of art try and fail to achieve. I'm glad I read this book. It was a fast paced page turner with a lot of heart. I haven't come so close to losing it since a long time. I just wish it had made a bigger splash than it has done.

  • Corey
    2018-08-04 13:51

    Will Robie returns in the 3rd installment of the series, along with Jessica Reel, for another awesome thriller! We are introduced to a deadly Korean Assassin who is ordered by North Korea to carry out a mission that will send a violent message to the US. We find out more about Jessica Reel's past and what made her become known for what she does. The book was a little slow and hard to follow to start out with because they kept jumping back and fourth between Robie and the North Koreans, and I didn't know where this was going but then it all started to come together. The Target was right up there with the previous installments and it could probably be read as a stand-alone by some people. I was up past my bedtime reading, finding out what would happen next!The ending really surprised me and in a way it was kind of sad and shocking at the same time. Highly recommended to Baldacci fans!

  • Nancy Ellis
    2018-07-30 15:45

    I should know by now not to start a Baldacci book unless I can stay up all night reading it straight through! I love all of his heroes, especially Will Robie, who stars in this adventure along with Jessica Reel. His bold move to center the plot around North Korea was fresh and exciting (to me anyway), as well as the subplots along the way dealing with Jessica's past. One of the best writers of the day as far as I'm concerned!

  • Toni FGMAMTC
    2018-07-31 17:58

    4.5 starsI finished this a few days ago and should have written my review while it was fresh. I'm still blown away by this series. The way it talked of the prison camps is freaking scary. Robie and Reel are as awesome as ever, but Chung-Cha stole the show really (and my heart). I'm looking forward to reading more from the series.