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The Hit (Will Robie #2)

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Will Robie is a master of killing.

A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.

No one else can match Robie's talents as a one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is e

Hardcover, 392 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Billy Packard I would definitely say yes! I have read a few others but for some reason (maybe because I am from Washington DC) everything seems so real. Definitely…moreI would definitely say yes! I have read a few others but for some reason (maybe because I am from Washington DC) everything seems so real. Definitely the one of the best books in his profile. (less)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I loved this book.........

Will Robie returns in David Baldacci’s The Hit, the 2nd book in the Will Robie Series.
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After his last disastrous mission in The Innocent, he returns home and given a new assignment.

Find Jessica Reel and do whatever it takes to eliminate her. She’s accused of going rogue after killing agents in the agency.

Jessica Reel is a fellow assassin, who he’s worked and trained with in the past and he’s baffled about her turning against the people and the company she has worked w
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oh man! I loved this book. Baldacci took the firm foundation he built in The Innocent and kicked it up sky high. It was like he asked, "How can I really do something interesting with Will Robie in the next book?" And he did. He introduced Jessica Reel. Jessica Reel is the female counterpart to Will, and that is something indeed. Jessica is Grade A, high level lethal kickbutt to the extreme. Her life is as edgy as you can image, just like Will. I love bonafide tough women characters, and it's kin ...more
Will M.
Oct 31, 2014 Will M. rated it liked it
The Hit is the second book in the Will Robie series. After that amazing first novel, one's expectations clearly rocketed. The problem with expectations though is that it most of the time lead to awful disappointment. The Hit is one of those most of the time situations.

The biggest letdown of this novel would be the one and only Jessica Reel. The main reason why I liked the first book was because of Will and Julie. I just didn't see much connection from Reel and Robie. Their relationship felt re
Alicia Wilson
May 13, 2013 Alicia Wilson rated it it was amazing
A great read. It had me guessing what would happen next throughout the entire book. Even when I thought I had it figured out something else was thrown in. The ending wasn't overly corny either, which is a happy relief from many books today.
Kurt Young
Aug 23, 2013 Kurt Young rated it it was ok

Another Baldacci book that will keep you turning pages; as long as you don't bother to think.

Baldacci writes enjoyable books, decent dialog, characters with some depth, but in too many a rediculously silly plot ends up spoiling all the fun.

In "The Hit" a CIA contract-killer turns on the Agency and begins killing fellow officers. The CIA responds by sending out another killer, our hero, Will Robie, to find her and stop her. A move so obvious that even our bad girl killer anticipates it,
Misericordia ❣
Feb 11, 2017 Misericordia ❣ rated it it was amazing
...He checked his rearview for Vance, Reel, and assorted bogeymen.
I’m not growing paranoid. I am paranoid. And who could blame me?
Her firm core had come from agonizing exercise and careful diet. It had nothing to do with appearance. The core was power central. And fat slowed you down. In her world that was poison
There were three ways to approach the mission. For a mission was what Jessica Reel was on.
You could start from the bottom and move to the top.
Or start at the top and move to
ConstantReader Paul O'Neill
Jan 27, 2017 ConstantReader Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it
Excellent book by an excellent author. Baldacci has become one of my go-to writers if I'm in the mood for some kick ass action.
Apr 28, 2013 Jodi rated it did not like it
I can't believe I'm the only person who didn't like this book. It felt like he wrote it in a day just to get a book out. The characters were not developed at all. They came and went in the blink of an eye. The "doomsday" scenario wasn't explained thoroughly at all. Every scene they just sort of "poof", killed who they needed to kill. I thought this book was very generic.
Apr 22, 2013 Anand rated it really liked it
I read the first book of the series 'The Innocent' last week, and just finished this latest offering. I am a convert now- a new follower of Baldacci! Like the first novel, this also is a very mature read (obviously, in the scheme of things of an average thriller, and not overly serious stuff). The character development is again fantastic, and this time there is another assassin in whom Will Robie finds his match. The emotions and trepidation of someone who is wired to kill in cold blood, of some ...more
Mike French
May 22, 2013 Mike French rated it it was amazing
Another page turner from David Baldacci! He is becoming one of my favorite authors of all time.
May 30, 2014 Luffy rated it it was ok
It's with a disappointment of ample magnitude that I greeted the final chapters of this book. This proves that no book is guaranteed to excel, whoever the author. But Baldacci didn't do many things wrong. He just wasn't inspired to write another breathtaking spy novel. There was not only goodwill that carried over from the first book. There was also attachment. I cared about Will Robie, and though I knew he wouldn't die, I cared about the people who mattered to him.

This book is about on the s
Jan 21, 2017 Javi rated it it was ok
After reading the fabulous previous book in the series, " The Innocent", I had high expectations for the sequel. And for about two thirds of the book they were mostly met with a very intriguing promise: a face-off between two super skilled government assasins. So far, so good. But inexplicably, in the last third part of the book, everything falls apart. I mean everything. The plot, which was confusing enough to begin with, takes a turn into something unexplainable as the doomsday scenario is not ...more
Jun 14, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
It’s hard to pin down why I liked this better than its predecessor, “The Innocent”. Maybe it’s because fellow author Ron McLarty puts his theatrical skills to work so well as a reader for the audiobook form for imbibing “The Hit” (and supplemented with occasional sound effects—when do I stop calling this “reading”?). I put my other ongoing books aside to inhale this tale of a “Spy vs. Spy” scenario where our hero CIA hit man Will Robie is tasked to quickly retire a fellow agent, Jessica Reel, wh ...more
A good, solid action-thriller, but not necessarily a mindblowingly great one. After enjoying the sheer awesomeness of The Innocent, I was eagerly waiting to read through the next Will Robie thriller, and although its a very entertaining read for the most part, I didn't thought it was one-of-a-kind like the previous one.

The settings and the storyline had refreshingly taken a new direction, as structure-wise the two novels are as different as they can be (while still being in the same genre), whi
Apr 25, 2013 Nilesh rated it it was ok
The worst of the book written under a deadline pressure is present in this novel. The story is based on a single somewhat interesting premise: an ace agency hitman after another ace agency hitman. However, the author is completely bereft of ideas on how to make the plot interesting from start and the story suffers throughout.

The formulaic bad people on the inside in the absence of a powerful external enemy does not have to be galling by itself. However, when the most cliched action sequences and
Jun 10, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it
The second book in the Will Robie series is an enjoyable follow up to the first one. Some of the politics are a little overly done and the ending felt a bit rushed, with the final showdown somewhat anti-climactic, but the middle makes for an intriguing game of cat and mouse.
Aug 15, 2013 Serryl rated it liked it
This was my first Baldacci novel. A co-worker gave it to me for free, saying that she rarely bothered keeping books past the first read. I found that comment odd at the time, but (having finished the book) I now see that "The Hit" is highly disposable. It's not bad, but there's little lasting value.

My strongest criticism is of Baldacci's excessive tendency to tease the reader. Almost every conversation between characters is composed of abrupt statements that leave 80% of the meaning unsaid. Here
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 06, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
I've read several books by David Baldacci. If I've had a problem with them it's been that often political and societal views get to be very...front and center. I even decided against starting a book by him recently based on a review of a friend who was hit in the face by this in a "different novel" by the writer.

Here the author's views are present but they don't (in this book or the one preceding it) overwhelm the plot or the characters. I read the first in the Will Robie series and liked it. I
Maureen DeLuca
Oct 13, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it liked it
This is the 2nd in the Will Robie series. The first book "The Innocent" was , for me, a 5 star read. I absolutely loved it! At one point during this read I was truly headed for a 4 star read-but towards the very end of this book there were way too many agency potential 'bad guys' to keep straight and having me then say "What?" I had to re- read it more than once, scratching my head.

Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eli
Fred Forbes
Apr 23, 2013 Fred Forbes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I notice from some of the sniping in the less than complementary reviews that some people seem to have expectations for "professional government assassin" stories that I think are bit unrealistic. So one needs to suspend belief now and then about both characters speaking Arabic without an accent or all of a sudden having massive firepower in their hands or put up with a side jaunt to Ireland that makes little sense. The purpose of this type of book is to provide a bit of "mind candy" and enterta ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Another winner from Baldacci. Will Robie is tasked with finding Jessica Biel ... oops, Freudian slip, I meant Jessica Reel, the only assassin who scored as high as he did in qualification testing. She has turned rogue, killing her handler and the #2 man (DDO) in the CIA. First, she rescues Robie and then he rescues her as he senses something is seriously wrong. Eventually they team up to take on the evil within. Tension filled, fun.
May 24, 2013 VaultOfBooks rated it liked it
By: David Baldacci. #2 in the Will Robie Series. Grade: B+

The Hit is the second book in the Will Robie series by David Baldacci and it comes bang on the heels of “The Innocent” that introduced us to the cold-blooded assassin Will Robie. This is a stand-alone book and reads independently of book one, yet has enough meat for you get under the skin of the main character, Will Robie and get to like this machine-like deadly killer who is CIA’s best secret weapon.

I was between books and this promised
Terri Lynn
Mar 07, 2013 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
I have been so busy lately it took me a while to read this. I like David Baldacci's work and the Will Robie character.

Will Robie had a creepy childhood and his adult life hasn't been anything to write home about. He works as an assassin for the CIA. Yes, it is a fact that our government allows the CIA to murder people in cold blood and if the paid assassins get caught doing it, they pretend not to know anything about it. Robie is an elite even among these assassins but there is someone working
May 02, 2013 Monnie rated it it was amazing
At the end of the very first chapter, I wished I could stay in my comfortable chair as long as it took to finish this book. By the time the second chapter ended, well, let's just say the laundry didn't get done as planned and dinner was a couple of hours late. That said, I should have known that would happen; last April, I read The Innocent, the first of author Baldacci's series featuring unofficial government hitman Will Robie, and I didn't want that one to end either.

Will is, of course, the b
Well read, but the writing wasn't great. Not as bad as some, but this is another author writing for TV. Robie is a machine, completely dedicated & that got a bit old, but the plot was pretty twisty & kind of fun. I liked the way it ended. It was pretty well wrapped up, but certainly left room for more novels. I'll skip them, though. These books only work if disbelief is completely suspended & I have trouble with that.

He's so bad-ass that he can use a scope to see much more clearly th
Katherine Terech
Jul 01, 2013 Katherine Terech rated it liked it
As entertaining as I found this book to read, I found that there were certainly things lacking. First off, I hadn't realized that the book was part of a series when I had picked it up to read. From the description I found, it seemed like I was starting a new novel/series from this author. Now I'm not sure if THIS is because I haven't read the first book, but I found that the main character really had no personality. The readers delve more into the back stories and personalities behind everyone e ...more
May 03, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
This is definitely my least favorite Baldacci book. First, I have read so many books since The Innocent that I didn't remember the background on Will, Julie, and Vance. Baldacci does NOTHING to help the reader remember these characters. Is that crucial for the book? No, and it does allow you to read them out of order. However, I found it frustrating as the true character identities were just out of grasp in my memory. Fortunately I still had The Innocent here to quickly skim the ending to rememb ...more
Marvin King
Nov 30, 2014 Marvin King rated it liked it
Pretty thin plot...ridiculous really. But, do I read it anyway? Yes. Why? Baldacci is a master of the page-turner spy genre. Reasonably likable main characters, straw man bad guys. It's nothing to write home about, but good to read while waiting at the airport.
Mar 13, 2013 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Will Robie is back in another engrossing David Baldacci thriller.

In this relentlessly paced novel, Jessica Peel, an US assassin has gone off the reservation and killed her handler instead of her target and later targets a high level member of the intelligence community. The government is worried. Peel is extremely well trained and lethal.

Will Robie, has just made an impossible killshot through a brick wall in Central Park, when he is asked by his government to track down Peel. Robie, a lethal a
Luanne Ollivier
Aug 12, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Baldacci is a master in the genre he's chosen -action packed adventure with a healthy side of flag waving.

His latest - The Hit - is the second in the Will Robie series. Will is an assassin for the US government....

"A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims."

This time, Robie's next target is closer to home. He's been tasked with finding an
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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“toward the small pond that he had seen before. The walls of fire ended there. An instant later the remains of the cottage exploded. He ducked and rolled again from the concussive force, almost pitching into the right side of the wall of fire. He rose and redoubled his efforts, thinking that he would reach the water. Water was a great antidote to fire. But as he neared the edge of the pond, something struck him. No scum. No algae on the surface although the ground around was full of it. What could kill green scum? And why was he being forced to run right toward the one thing that could possibly save him? Robie tossed his gun over the top of the wall of flames, pulled off his jacket, covered his head and hands with it, and threw himself through the wall of flames on the left side.” 2 likes
“She apparently didn't expect any trouble but she also never expected everything to go perfectly either. That was a good rule to live by Robie knew. Because perfection was rarely the case in the field.” 1 likes
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