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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.

Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But ...
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Overview

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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The assassination must be both successful and untraceable. Anything less would bring the President down and endanger the nation. To complete the mission, this meticulous chief executive turns to a team that he believes is unassailable: Will Robie and Jessica Reel. But this masterful pair has enemies, some of whom are dedicated to making this their very last assignment. David Baldacci's The Target holds multiple layers of suspense and plot surprises. A number one Barnes & Noble bestseller in hardcover; now destined to be the same in trade paperback.

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-06
Baldacci picks up where he left off with CIA assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel in this no-holds-barred tale of perfidy and murder at the highest level. The president, the director of the CIA and the president's national security adviser meet in secret to hatch a plot to kill the dangerous and unpredictable leader of North Korea. Evan Tucker, the slimy CIA head, decides to use Robie and Reel, whose last mission ended in the deaths of other agency personnel. But first he sends them to the Burner Box, a training facility in rural North Carolina, where they're subjected to everything from near-fatal waterboarding to food and sleep deprivation. When a North Korean operative discovers the mission and blows it out of the water, Robie and Reel are sent to clean up the mess. Meanwhile, Julie, a young girl they know from a previous mission that's never fully explained here, is captured by a group of Nazi sympathizers intent on getting to Reel. Baldacci's prose crackles with urgency, and both spies, although psychological messes, are at the tops of their games. But this novel's construction proves both puzzling and distracting: Baldacci spins a compelling, although much of the time improbable, tale revolving around the failed strike at North Korea, taking up about a third of the book. The second third veers into Reel's neo-Nazi past and takes the story so far afield that they seem like different novels. The final third returns to the Korean storyline, with the results being oddly fragmented. Some scenes set in a Korean concentration camp prove the most compelling by far, especially with their heartbreaking descriptions of lives that are almost too terrible to contemplate. Robie and Reel fans will thrill to see their favorite spies back in action, no matter what the setting.
Publishers Weekly
02/24/2014
At the start of bestseller Baldacci’s tense third thriller featuring CIA hit man Will Robie (after 2013’s The Hit), Earl Fontaine, a terminally ill Alabama death row prisoner, plans one last killing that will personally affect Robie and his fellow agent, Jessica Reel. Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., the U.S. president authorizes an operation to assassinate a foreign leader. Evan Tucker, the head of the CIA, recommends Robie and Reel, whose recent exploits have earned them the CIA’s highest medal, for the job. When that mission is scrubbed, Robie and Reel end up attempting a dangerous incursion into North Korea to rescue a couple of prisoners from the notorious Bukchang labor camp, a move that results in North Korea deciding to retaliate against the U.S. on its own territory. In unsparing detail, Baldacci depicts the brutal conditions in the North Korean camp, in particular their impact on 25-year-old Yie Chung-Cha, a prisoner groomed as a deadly assassin. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series."—Associated Press on King and Maxwell

"David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, King and Maxwell is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game."—BookReporter.com

"With a lightning pace, captivating characters, and astonishing twists throughout, The Hit is guaranteed to keep your attention from the first page to the last."—The Times-News (NC) on The Hit

"The best Baldacci novel in years...What makes The Hit live up to its title is the payoff at the novel's end. By then, Baldacci has planted an emotional hook that remains long after readers have turned the last page of the book."—Associated Press on The Hit

"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

"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 Magazine on The Innocent

BookReporter.com
"David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, King and Maxwell is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game."
Examiner.com
"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."
Richmond Times Dispatch on Zero Day
"Zero Day is a nifty, paranoid thriller disguised as a murder mystery, and Baldacci advances it at a speedy clip with a nice mix of intrigue, tantalizing clues and the occasional explosion...Baldacci's books are fast-paced battles between good and evil."
The Free-Lance Star on Zero Day
"Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci's books, and Zero Day is no exception...As Baldacci's new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author's imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series."
Suspense Magazine on The Innocent
"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."
Examiner.com on The Forgotten
"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."
The Washington Post on The Forgotten
"Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies."
The Times-News (NC) on The Hit
"With a lightning pace, captivating characters, and astonishing twists throughout, The Hit is guaranteed to keep your attention from the first page to the last."
Associated Press on The Hit
"The best Baldacci novel in years...What makes The Hit live up to its title is the payoff at the novel's end. By then, Baldacci has planted an emotional hook that remains long after readers have turned the last page of the book."
Associated Press on King and Maxwell
"Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series."
Library Journal
11/01/2013
No hint about the plot, but this is hit man extraordinaire Will Robie's third outing, following The Innocent and The Hit. With a 500,000-copy first printing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455521234
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: Will Robie Series , #3
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 274
  • File size: 624 KB

Meet the Author

David  Baldacci
David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org.

Biography

David Baldacci's authoritative legal thrillers operate on the irresistible notion that a sinister undercurrent threads through the country's most powerful institutions.

While his stories hinge on the complex machinations behind the presidency, the FBI, the Supreme Court and other spheres of influence, Baldacci (a former Washington, D.C.-based attorney) finds his way into a mystery through the eyes of the innocents. Semi-innocents, at least: small players who often don't realize they're players at all end up hunting down answers, and their hunt becomes the reader's.

According to Baldacci, reading John Irving's The World According to Garp convinced him that he wanted to be a novelist. Absolute Power -- in which a thief finds himself accidentally connected to a murder involving the president and the ensuing coverup -- was hardly Irvingesque; but it did begin Baldacci's friendly relationship with the bestseller lists, which has continued over his writing career.

Baldacci's style is brief and plot-driven, but he's not afraid to linger on macabre and vivid details, such as a rosary clenched in a plane crash victim's hand, or hard-learned lessons from a sniper's life (pack your food so you can find it at night, by touch). These small but memorable -- indeed, almost cinematic -- details give his books another layer that distinguishes them from the average potboiler.

Although the author has occasionally departed from his usual fare (examples include the tenderhearted coming-of-age tale Wish You Well and the holiday-themed adventure The Christmas Train), it is high-octane thrillers that are his true stock in trade. Whether it's a taut stand-alone or a new installment in his Camel Club series, readers know when they crack the spine of a new Baldacci book, they're in for an action-packed page-turner.

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Good To Know

Baldacci was a trial lawyer and a corporate lawyer for nine years in Washington, D.C.

He worked his way through college as a Pinkerton security guard and by washing and detailing 18-wheel trucks.

Baldacci writes under his own name except when published in Italy, where he uses a pseudonym because it is the homeland of his ancestors.

Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1998, according to Baldacci's web site.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern Virginia
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richmond, VIrginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
    2. Website:

Interviews & Essays

This upcoming year will be a busy one for me; I hope you'll join me for the ride. First out of the gate, in February, I'll be publishing an ebook-only short story that will bring together characters from arguably my two most popular series. Titled "Bullseye," it will — I firmly believe — keep my fans on the edge of their seats. I love it when TV shows that I enjoy allow actors to "cross the stream" and appear in other related shows, and I think it works just as well with books.

Then, in March, comes "The Finisher." I've written for younger audiences before, but nothing like this. This is a pure fantasy novel that is the first in a series. Vega Jane is my teenage heroine and the world that she lives in is totally original and will take my fans places they've never gone before. I haven't been this excited about a book since my very first novel. I am convinced that younger readers, teens and adults alike will enjoy this book.

We also have big movie news on this one. Months before its publication date, Sony/Columbia optioned "The Finisher" for feature film. They know it is the first in a planned series and their enthusiasm is very high for the possibilities. They have assigned Matt Tolmach, who produced the Spiderman franchise for them, to produce the Vega Jane series. Quite exciting.

And then, in April, comes the third installment in the Will Robie series (and the sequel to "The Hit"): "The Target." I once more bring back the team of Will Robie and Jessica Reel. Once colleagues, then foes and once again colleagues, they are put through their paces in this one. It's fabulous to have them back, together with fourteen year old Julie Getty and FBI Special Agent Nicole Vance. But I've also created a character in this novel that breaks new ground for me. And even though I love Robie and Reel, I think this character will be one readers will remember and talk about long after they've turned the last page. I love to be challenged with everything I write, and where this character took me was challenging indeed. I hope you will agree.

Also on the movie front, the feature film Wish You Well, based on my novel and starring Ellen Burstyn, Josh Lucas, and Mackenzie Foy, should be in theaters in 2014.

Lastly, I'll be back in the fall with a new novel, one that I am only right now beginning to create. Oh, what a wicked web we weave.

Keep reading!
David

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

    Disappointed with Barns and Noble I've been a loyal custo

    Disappointed with Barns and Noble

    I've been a loyal customer for years....was one of the first to buy a Nook..now, I find paperback books are cheaper then Nook books and Kindle books are cheaper. The Target for Nook is $13.49, but Kindle is selling it $8.99. If this is how BN is going to treat their customers, then it's time I UPGRADE to Kindle. Amazon, here I come!

    20 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

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    Best-selling thriller writer David Baldacci is back in this acti

    Best-selling thriller writer David Baldacci is back in this action-packed story with CIA assassin Will Robie heading the formidable cast of characters. The Target follows the trail of hit man extraordinaire Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel, who are on a secretive mission to North Korea with direct order from the President of the United States.

    The Target is the third book in the Will Robie series, following The Innocent and The Hit. A top-level meeting between the president, CIA director and the national security adviser resulted in the order of a hit. The target: the reclusive leader of North Korea.

    But the assignment is easier said than done. It must succeed at all cost. And the assassins must be untraceable, in other word, invisible. Will Robie and Jessica Reel are entrusted an almost impossible task. To make matters worse, there are some sinister forces at work willing to go to any length to make the dangerous mission their funeral rite.

    In this riveting action-packed thriller, David Baldacci also weaves some human interest story especially with the deplorable conditions of the Korean concentration camps - specifically the notorious Bukchang labor camp. The scene is pathetic and the stories of the inmates are beyond human imagination. Baldacci has captured their plights in its totality, leaving us wondering if such camps exist in real life. It is gripping, compelling and a real thrill. Fans of David Baldacci won't want to miss this for anything in the world.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Have always loved all of Baldacci's books and this was no except

    Have always loved all of Baldacci's books and this was no exception. If I could have rated it 4.5 of 5 I would. I enjoyed the suspense and the way there were really three smaller stories woven into one. 
    I only wished for two things... Some of the descriptions of the activities in the Korean camps grew a bit repetitive, and I could have used another 200 pages.  Just didn't want it to end. Can't wait for Baldacci's next one.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Not up to his usual standards.

    The side trip for Reels personal problems seemed nothing more than a
    distraction used to fill pages.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Baldacci Needs a New Editor or One With a Heavier "Hand."

    This latest work by Baldacci continues the story arc of Robie and Reel. It needed a strong edit. At least 50 pages could be eliminated. The constant returns to the labor camp in North Korea were redundant and did not enhance the point of inhuman cruelty beyond the second "visit." The middle of the book lagged momentum. Baldacci needs to return to his Camel Club taughtness in writing. Still worth a read as his formula is a comfortable one. My least favorite of all his work.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Target

    The ending was predictable and the book is not up to David Baldacci's standard. However it is a good book but slow in places

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Good, but not up to baldacci's usual level.

    Baldacci is my favorite author, but it seens to me that he is kind of phoning it in on this one. Plenty of action, but i could never feel any real suspense or the kind of connection with the characters that I feel in the king and maxwell or camel club series.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Will Robie and Jessica Reel are great characters and the author

    Will Robie and Jessica Reel are great characters and the author does a great job of showing a soft human side to two tough characters. It takes two good stories and brings both to a great finish with all the action you could want.
    Buy it and read it, you won't be sorry. One of Baldacci's best. The spoiler alert is to warn readers against reading some of the amateur reviews posted here, as they tend to give away the plot. The best way to enjoy this book is to be surprised. Don't let these well-intentioned dummies spoil it for you! The rule should be: tell us what it's about, but don't tell us what happens. The action is fast paced and takes place on many fronts. It starts with an order to kill in France and progresses to a North Korean Gulag for an attempted rescue of two individuals. And, the end finds Robie and Reel at Nantucket with the First Lady and her two children. I found it to be an intense novel to read with well defined characters. Lots of twists and turns and a captivating read. And, there isn't much quiet time to wait for the next action scene. So, take a deep breath and buckle your seat belts up for this one. Great read, don't miss it.     

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Not Baldacci's best effort

    Three story lines that converge at the end. Good depth provided for each at the beginning and in the middle but then at the end it is quick and done with minimal reasoning.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    After the long wait.

    After the long wait.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Three stories in one

    This book did not go from beginning to ending, as most of the Will Robie books do. There seemed to be three separate stories, loosely strung together. Even the style seemed to slip from one to the other. It did keep my interest, however, and had some fine moments of suspense.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    David Baldacci once again hits it out of the park with another Will Robie thriller--a lot of great subplots.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    Right on Target

    Another great book by David Baldacci, he never fails to keep your interest and excitement. Always a twist and turn when you don't expect it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    I did not like this book!!! Too many characters, depressing, I

    I did not like this book!!! Too many characters, depressing, I haven't finished it and am not sure I'm going to do so. Think I'll just put it on the shelf and cry because I spent the money to buy it. The first of David Baldacci's books that I have not liked. This one was not for me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Outstanding

    Keeps you baffled throughout with a great ending

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    I love this book!

    I buy David Baldacci books as soon as they are available. Will and Jessica are hero's I love to read about. The Target is so good, so fast paced, I could not put it down. The bad guys are REALLY bad guys and the good ones are good but are also human and you see the heartache it takes to give all for your country. I loved this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Doesn't Disappoint

    Once again Baldacci has twists and turns to his story. Just as I thought that I was at the end, off he went again. Highly recommend but you might want to read the first 2 in this series before reading The Target.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    The target

    Not as good as past books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Would give more stars if i could

    Wonderful

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  • Posted December 1, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    David Never Fails

    Will Robie and Jessica Reel are brought through another whirlwind for the President this time. David Baldacci keeps you wanting more and every page you turn, you are in suspense. Well done! I recommend it, 100% and can't wait for the 4th series of Will Robie to come out!

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