The Target (Will Robie Series #3)

The Target (Will Robie Series #3)

by David Baldacci

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The Target (Will Robie Series #3) by David Baldacci

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455521265
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Will Robie Series , #3
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 16,685
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at


Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia


B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986


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!

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The Target 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 279 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, 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
David Baldacci once again hits it out of the park with another Will Robie thriller--a lot of great subplots.
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
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.
Anonymous 10 days ago
This was advertised as a new book to pre order, I have read this book in the past. Very disappointed and a waste of money
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.