The Target (Will Robie Series #3)

The Target (Will Robie Series #3)

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by David Baldacci
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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 leaders turns to a team that he believes are unassailable: Will Robie and Jessica Reel. But this masterful pair has enemies, some of whom are dedicated to making this their last assignment. David Baldacci's The Target holds multiple layers of suspense and plot surprises. Targeted for a number one spot on bestseller lists.

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:
04/22/2014
Series:
Will Robie Series , #3
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
540
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northern Virginia
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Richmond, VIrginia
Education:
B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
Website:
http://www.david-baldacci.com/

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The Target 4.1 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 258 reviews.
MelWilder More than 1 year ago
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!
Wildflowers More than 1 year ago
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.
GrandmaR More than 1 year ago
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.
reader12121 More than 1 year ago
The side trip for Reels personal problems seemed nothing more than a distraction used to fill pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
PattyAnneCA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Baldacci once again hits it out of the park with another Will Robie thriller--a lot of great subplots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story with a good deal of action. However, it just seems to be a bit far fetched over too short a time span. Nevertheless, I did enjoy reading this novel. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't keep my attention and was a little flat. May have been trying to add to many story lines into one cover. Wasn't my favorite series to begin with.
AvidReader68TX More than 1 year ago
this was a great read - David Baldacci is believable and highly addictive - can't put it down because you need to know what happens next! Can't wait for the next adventure
VegasMemories09 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good as his other books in the series. One of my favorite writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you baffled throughout with a great ending
Gunsmith1947 More than 1 year ago
Another thriller from Baldacci. Can't wait for his next one.
rke1254 More than 1 year ago
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.
jjwtir More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as past books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An eight chapter preview is an excellent way to whet a reader's interest in this adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the new novel to arrive tomorrow!