Hard Target

Hard Target

by Alan Jacobson
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Hard Target 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alan has done it again. Hard Target is full of intrigue and suspence. Couldn't put it down and wished it wouldn't end. Even my favorite character from his other books was made mention of. Who doesn't love Karen?
Di4tennis More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Alan Jacobson and Hard Target does it again. He keeps you guessing to the very last page. Hard Target is fast paced with a lot of twists and turns in the plot. The characters come alive and are credible. Chills ran up and down my spine at the end of the book thinking that this could really happen.
sandibone More than 1 year ago
Awesome thriller!!!! It was a hard book to put down, and one I could have read it in a day or two if I'd had nothing else going on, so I really looked forward to sitting down to read! I liked the Karen Vail books, but this one knocked it out of the park! There were so many twists and turns, and so many parallels to current events, but the ending was the real shocker. Totally unprepared for that! So now I'm wondering, will there be a sequel? This would be a fantastic movie, especially considering all the issues of today!!!
Valleyblue More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I loved Alan's Karen Vail novels, but Hard Target was a great break from Karen while not abandoning her altogether. Hard Target takes us on an entirely different journey than we are used to from Alan Jacobson. Now we get into a terrifying world of political intrigue that is frighteningly realistic. Although a new direction from his past works, Alan continues to create story lines with twists and turns that keep you guessing. He does a great job of crafting characters that you are never certain whose side they are really on. This is another great work by Alan Jacobson and a perfect summer read.
beckalou More than 1 year ago
Alan Jacobson does it again. I was hooked from the start. If you haven't read any Alan Jacobson book this is a good one to start with. There is even a cameo from Karen Vail. You check out Alan Jacobson on Facebook he interactw with fans.
Anonymous 9 months ago
To many acronyms amd caracters which made it drag in places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read it kept me questioning until the very end i sure hope this writer has alot of other similar books! I'll be hunting them up ASAP
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Scarlett60 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much but it was sometimes hard to keep all the acronyms straight because there were so many. The story itself I terrific and a person can relate to the main character. He has pathos and bravery all rolled into one. You cheer for him and at the same time suffer when he is betrayed. I would give it 5 stars but for the small detail of using too many bad guys with the acronyms... Everyone knows CIA, FBI, NSA but beyond that it became hard to follow everyone else involved. Read the book, but keep a list of who is who to get the true gist of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be getting more by this author. Enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, it was a book that was hard to put down.
MysteryReaderLB More than 1 year ago
Great Characters!  Again, had trouble laying this book down.  Just had to read one more page.  I have read every one and can't wait for the next one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intersting characters and plot.
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Disappointed. I'm not sure what the other reviewers read but this was the worst Alan Jacobson book I've read and I've read his others. It didn't pull you in or make you care. Skimming was an option.
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Russ_Ilg More than 1 year ago
Hard Target By Alan Jacobson Review by Russell Ilg Hard Target, the latest novel by superstar author Alan Jacobson, is the finest thriller I have read this year—and I doubt that there will be anything that even comes close to matching the greatness that Jacobson has brought to the page. Jacobson took a number of years away from writing to spend time with different law enforcement agencies so that he could gain an insider’s understanding of the inner workings of all phases of the industry. He has transformed this experience into some of the most thrilling writing in many years, and is a prime example of the shift in thrillers toward fact-based fiction, which is an engaging mixture because it brings real world sensibilities to both the stories and the characters. In Hard Target, you are immediately thrown into the action from the first page, and you get the sense that the emotional, action-packed opening is merely setting the tone for what’s to come. It is the most gripping beginning of any book I have read in a long time, and it pulls you in further with each turn of the page. Hard Target has the feel of being a “here and now news story” because of it deals with the issues that we as a country face on a daily basis. But more than that, it feels real and compelling not just because of what's happening in the story, but because of the way in which the novel is written, the way Jacobson draws you in and puts you into the mind of the protagonist, FBI Agent "Uzi" Uziel. You feel his urgency, the pain of his failures, and the pressure of the deadline that he faces. As a reader, you are emotionally invested in the issues and in the action. This forces you to read quickly to find out what "train wreck" is around the next bend, and invariably there is one, one that’s bigger than you imagined possible. Hard Target centers around the attempted assassination of the President-elect on election night. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the investigation brings to light shocking revelations that affect the plot, and the main character, in surprising ways. Many avid readers of the genre usually have the ability to sense where a story is going. But that is never the case with Alan Jacobson, and Hard Target is definitely not an exception. Just when you think you have it solved, you are slammed so hard from left field you wonder how he could have come up with such a huge plot shift that takes the story to a whole new level. But Jacobson’s turn-on-a-dime twists are always sensible, never forced, and always believable. He is adept at leading you down "Path A" while, behind the scenes, he's been constructing "Path B." When the twist comes, it seems logical in retrospect. And that brings me to the ending--which I won’t reveal here--but it is one of the most surprising, jaw-dropping endings that has been written in years (perhaps even since Jacobson's own False Accusations back in 1999). Upon finishing Hard Target, I sat there with my mouth open, thinking: Did I really just read this ending? No, it cannot be. And I had to read it again. (In fact, as I have done with Jacobson's prior novels, I read the entire book again, to pick up a lot of the fine details I missed the first time through. It's this attention to detail that makes Alan Jacobson one of the best writers today.) Alan Jacobson may not be a household name for some readers, but he should be at the top of all thriller fans' lists. Lucky for us, Hard Target has come out just in time for your summer reading. Take my word for it: Hard Target will be one of the very best books you read this year, and it will drive you to look up Jacobson's backlist and read all seven of his novels. One book will be all it takes for Alan Jacobson to become your favorite author. You, too, will be waiting (and checking his website or Facebook page) for news of when his next "super hit" will be released. Hard Target hits home on a number of issues that our country is currently facing, and it does it in page-turning fashion. As one of the most gripping novels I’ve read in a long time, it’s my “thriller of the year” choice. I doubt anything else could come close to topp
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just stayed up all night for the third time with this book. Some how Alan manages to sneak up on me just when I think that being so familiar with the story it will be a good way to read myself to sleep. He just doesn't believe in letting you close your eyes or turn off your mind. Your heart rate stays above what your pacemaker recommends and there is no way that you can put down your book or your Nook until the last page has ripped out your connection to all the people you've come to both love and hate. How I envy anyone who is finding Alan's books for the first time! If you are going to be in the Tucson, Arizona area in early March and can make it to the Book Fair, Alan will be a guest speaker and is, as I was lucky enough to discover last year, as great a speaker as he is a writer. You can also, I sure, get him to sign your books.... http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Hard Target. I loved it, kept me interested, as do all of Alan's books. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a thriller. Then ending was a surprise, it was not expected. You will not be disappointed if you decided to read this book.