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From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author
Will Robie, from The Innocent and The Hit, returns in his toughest mission to date. A time to kill - or a time to die?
The mission is to enter one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The target is one of the toughest to reach. The result could be momentous - or it could be Armageddon. There is no margin for error.
US government operatives Will Robie and Jessica Reel have to prove they are still the best team there is. But are they invincible when pitted against an agent whose training has been under conditions where most would perish?
An old man is dying in an Alabama prison hospital, it seems there is one more evil game he has still to play. And it's a game which comes close to home for Reel and Robie. But this time the stakes might be way too high.
©2014 David Baldacci (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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By Archer on 06-30-14

Best Will Robie book. Very Entertaining.

Well I'll keep it short this time. After the second Will Robie book "The Hit", it was safe to assume that we will see more of Jessica Reel. And to make one thing clear: that's a good thing. The two characters simply work well together and dragging a 15-year old teenager (the character "Julie" introduced in "The Innocent") around as a potential victim wouldn't have worked indefinitely anyway.
However that brings me back to a deficit that plagues many authors who write a large amount of books and/or different series: the main characters become too similar, and the stories tend to show a pattern. That's also true this time to an extent. Will and Jessica in many respects have become similar to Sean (King) and Michelle (Maxwell) and the story basically is something that could have happened to them as well. Without saying too much: If I remember correctly the ones who become a target in this book once were a target in one of the King and Maxwell books as well ;-)
What I especially liked, was the author's focus on the North Korean assassin and her life. That decidedly made the story better and had a nice "two sides of a coin" feel to it.
So if you like Baldacci I believe you will be well entertained this time too. The story is fast paced, shows some nice twists (and one strange twist, as well as some things that could have been a little less obvious) and has an interesting sub plot that gives some background knowledge about Jessica's past. As with King and Maxwell the male character's past remains largely obscure.
Performance is great as always. Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty make the story come alive very nicely and I also like the sound effects thrown in from time to time.

It seems I didn't keep it short after all but I hope this helps you decide.
Have fun

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By Carly on 06-02-14

Pushes credulity too far

Baldacci stories always push the boundaries of credulity to the limit - and the first two Robie stories most of all - but this goes way too far. It's also poorly put together, with two separate stories that have no overlap other than the highly contrived. There's also way too much unnecessary back story on the North Korean side - and when those characters hit US soil the story just gets even more painful. These narrators are always decent but htere wasn't much they could do with this, I feel sorry for them. Oh and the sound effects are always highly unnecessary but they seemed particularly grating this time.

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By N. D. Holt on 04-27-14


Would you consider the audio edition of The Target to be better than the print version?

No idea ... but the Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are (again) masterful at bringing the book to life. David Baldacci's writing and Ron and Orlagh's narration is a hard to beat combination.

What did you like best about this story?

The Target seems to be a collection of shorter stories woven together into a whole ... David Baldacci has created a great thriller which doesn't really let you relax much at any point. Start to finish in 2 days ... I just couldn't stop.

What does Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ron and Orlagh bring the characters alive for me ... this is the 3rd Will Robie book, and the 5th I've listened to with them working together. I get lost in the characters and the story and forget it's an audiobook ... it becomes more of an audio play.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Don't know ... but I'd definitely be at the cinema to see it!

Any additional comments?

I think I'd have preferred a different ending to the book ... but I can tell I'm still pumped full of adrenaline - I hadn't really noticed it until I sat down to write this review.

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By Jenny Elliott on 12-11-17

The Target by David Baldacci

Love this book as all Baldacci books are brilliant. Narrators as always were excellent. Many thanks.

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By Waymax on 01-13-18

Enough of this diatribe

Struggled through. The deep and meaningful conversations are banal, action moments are brief nonlogical, unrealistic

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By susan Rossiter on 07-29-17

continuing excellence

loved it. so sad that it finished. roll on the next in series. can't wait

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