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The Target (Will Robie #3)

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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. ...more
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Published April 22nd 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jon Nelson No, you don't have to read the others first. You'd understand some of the backstory between Robie and Reel a bit better, and why Tucker is after them,…moreNo, you don't have to read the others first. You'd understand some of the backstory between Robie and Reel a bit better, and why Tucker is after them, but it's still a good story without that. (less)

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Alex is The Romance Fox
Will Robie & Jessica Reel, master assassins, are back …..on a super secret mission together!
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The Target, the 3rd book in David Baldacci’s Will Robie Series begins with Will Robie, back in Washington DC and receiving a medal for his successful mission in Syria.

Will and Jessica have been given a new and very secret mission but before they receiving the details of it, both are sent to The Burner Box, a CIA training facility in North Carolina to be tested if they are capable of carrying it out. B
The two previous Robie and Reel novels were a step above much of what Baldacci had done in the past, but this one took a step back. My thought is that Baldacci put too much into the book, one separate crisis after another; fighting their superiors, fighting the North Koreans, fighting neo Nazis, back to fighting the North Koreans, and on top of all of that spending a lot of time inside the workings of North Korea. While all of it was interesting it was just too much for one book. We learned so m ...more
James Elliot Leighton
Yet another established writer fails. This is puerile rubbish, cliche riddled, clumsy, amateurish. If it was the first effort of a self published teen it still wouldn't be excusable or acceptable. The characters are unbelievable, the dialogue and responses ludicrous, the stuff of comics, not mature writers. The writer has his protagonists doing things not realistically possible in the first few pages. Disarming and pulling down the pants of experienced street thugs before any of them can react o ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
May 21, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
Okay, book 3 of the so called Will Robie books ( I say so called because Jessica Reel is becoming pretty much a co-protagonist). The way this one plays out it's set up as a series of "adventures". This can get a little disjointed as we follow different characters and different situations but in the end Mr. Baldacci ties it all together well.

I've been following this series from it's beginning and I like it. While i can't say that I like everything Mr. Baldacci has written I do like many of his bo
Jon Kurtz
Oct 28, 2014 Jon Kurtz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Robie/Reel dynamic is one of the most intriguing in popular thillers. CIA assassins, once deadly enemies, become partners, friends, and more. Though the transition to the "more" phase seems painfully slow at times, the tension adds to the intrigue. In this story, Baldacci utilizes multiple plot lines to maintain pace and the reader's interest. While action is the foundation, complicated relationships, between the protagonists and with friends and enemies, provide the mortar which strengthens ...more
Apr 27, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I start to write this I haven't put a rating above yet. I'm a little conflicted about this one. There is no question that I like the characters in this book, but this time around I think David had them doing too much in way to short of a time span. Even Superman and Superwoman would have trouble keeping up with Will and Jessica. The action really never stops and that is not always a good thing. I think that applies in this case.

David had a really good idea when he put Will Robie and Oliver
I don't remember the last time a book almost brought me to tears, and an espionage-action-thriller no less, thats saying something! The book had quite a few problems storywise, but in the end the perfect characterization and hearttouching, heartwrenching developments & ending covered all of that and then some.... Just that hollowness I'm feeling right now after finishing a great book and departing from even GREATER characters. :(
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
3 Stars

Why I even rated this three stars is perplexing -- perhaps because Baldacci's writing is tight and consistent, and he is generally a superb writer. But this story is a mess, with 1 core plot that is remodeled every few chapters. Plus there is a sub-plot with Jessica's father, her past and her consideration of the future. There is also a sub-theme relating to mothers and their children. Baldacci smashed far too many plots into one story. This is not a Mission Impossible mov
Jan Dunlap
Jul 15, 2014 Jan Dunlap rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Either Baldacci has passed his peak or I'm just tired of international thrillers that stretch a little too far to be believable. I've always looked forward to Baldacci's next book, but no more. The plot here took half the book to really kick in, and it read more like several episodes strung together, rather than one coherent story. Also, I felt the emphasis on what Robie and Reel were struggling with in their emotional lives began to dominate the story; if I wanted to read a family drama, I'd re ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Ware rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A plot trick often used in the thriller writing game is to string three or four separate threads together with only the most tenuous connect. It delivers that roller coaster ride that makes thrillers thrill. In The Target featuring Will Robie and Jessica Reel, CIA fixers which is to say at times they kill for America.

The Target opens on Alabama's death row and hurls us to Paris, Pyongyang, rural Alabama, New York City and Nantucket. Robie and Reel prove almost invincible, which is to say they ne
May 20, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Baldacci is writing exciting thrillers. Jessica Reel and Will Robie are still in the crosshairs of the CIA's DDI. When the President decides to work with a dissident North Korean general, they are recruited for an assassination, but the dissident's handler is killed by a North Korean superagent, Chung-Cha, a survivor of a North Korean prison camp, and the dissident commits suicide after damning the President for his treachery and demanding protection for his family. To assuage his guilty conscie ...more
Diamond Cowboy
Mar 25, 2015 Diamond Cowboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Baldacci wrote a very compelling book in (The Target) whereby he follows the careers of two intelligence agents. They have many hair raising experiences in many foreign lands as well as here at home protecting the first family.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Jan 06, 2015 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why? Why do I do this to myself? I like to read thrillers if I'm stressed out or busy. If you're feeling overwhelmed, it's satisfying to read about near-superhuman operatives who can handle any situation. But then I wind up reading books like "The Target" which feature two of the WORST secret agents of all time. The two main characters are supposed to be the world's deadliest assassins, but as far as I can tell they couldn't assassinate their way out of a paper bag.

To make things even more tryi
May 01, 2014 Monnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They're baaaaack - the government-sanctioned assassination team of Will Robie and Jessica Reel. And I couldn't be happier.

Well, maybe a little happier; this latest installment didn't impress me quite as much as its predecessor, The Hit. But the difference wasn't enough to knock my rating down a whole star, so 5 it is.

This one puts the dynamic duo in the crosshairs of a high-ranking U.S. official who's convinced they should be thrown in jail for straying from the script on a previous mission (fac
Apr 30, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mission will be the most important one for the CIA in the past fifty years, maybe in the history of the agency, and the only team good enough to see it through is plagued with personnel conflicts, black smudges on their professional record that could cost them their life. If they pass a rigorous training program, if personal nightmares can be put to rest, and if the top brass can relent, Will Robie and Jessica Reel just might be able to successfully meet each objective of a complex and dange ...more
Sean Peters
Sep 19, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After my last book, and not being able to finish The Stuart MacBride book.

Great to get back to a author that I know I am going to be happy with and I was.

Knowing that I enjoy this type of book, with assassins, international travelling and plots and of course the great characters Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

This book has you hooked from the beginning with the return of Will Robie and Jessica Reel but now with the added bonus of a North Korean assassin, and a good one.

David Baldacci seems to know
Mar 29, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
I really like Robie and reel they are at least tied if not ahead of king and maxwell as my fav baldacci protagonists

The plot of this novel is a little too busy but still a solid book
Jun 02, 2014 Nilesh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is about the most disappointing Baldacci for this fan. The main story is senseless time and again - starting with the traitor's unbelievable approach from the supposedly iron tight nation to his adopted kids that no one and then everyone knew about to the ruthless killer developing a new and almost everything fortuitous in the climax including the First Lady's selection of cohorts. The sub stories involving a snatching of kids from N Korea or Reel's father provide even more headache than re ...more
Robie, Jessica, Julie are all here and just as good as ever. The plot did not agree, too scatterbrained and erratic. I thought Yie Chung Cha could have been a great new character for the future but that doesn't look likely. 3Stars.
David Dalton
This story seems to be a collection of several adventures with Robie and Jessica, but the author does indeed tie them all together in the end. I really like the laid back approach that Baldacci uses to write about his characters. Feels a lot like the early Ludlum stories, like The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1) by Robert Ludlum. It is funny, I have read the 2nd and now 3rd books in this series (both from digital libraries), but I have not read the 1st one yet (The Innocent) which I bought and is on my Kindle. I'll save that story for a rainy we ...more
Khamneithang Vaiphei
Apr 22, 2014 Khamneithang Vaiphei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Best-selling thriller writer David Baldacci is back with a new suspenseful, 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, CI
Mar 29, 2015 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by David Baldacci in the Will Robie Series. This time Evan Tucker wants Jessica Reel to pay for what she did in the last book. So he sends them on a mission with no return contingency. But first they must go to the "Box" where either you pass or you die.

Things don't go quiet as planned and now North Korea wants their revenge. Baldacci does a great job of making aware to the reader about Yodok, the work camps in North Korea where if someone speaks bad about the Supreme Leader t
Sep 25, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I love David Baldacci books. He is definitely one of my top three authors for crime novels. This one had a plot and lots of subplots, and it moved right along. I loved that. It kept me rooted in the story the whole way through. There were many twists and turns that kept if from being predictable.

I think the thing that I really liked the most, was the opening up of the 2 main characters to those around them. It added humanity to their rough traits due to their jobs and responsibilites. So the em
Richard White
May 03, 2015 Richard White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Great series. Best read in order.
Maryann Bosah
Dec 27, 2014 Maryann Bosah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Target was a very compelling book. Although it was fictional, it brought to life the experiences of people currently in North Korea.All in all, David Baldacci has inadvertently displayed his masterful skill in story telling with an ending that was somewhat satisfying.
Scott Parsons
Jun 04, 2014 Scott Parsons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another first-rate thriller by David Baldacci. I eqivocated over whether to rate it as four or five stars. Given that there are a few glitches I settled for four. This is the third Will Robie novel, co-starring Jessica Reel. They are highly trained assassins who are tasked only with the most difficult assignments by the CIA. The Director of the CIA is still at odds with Jessica following The Hit. This time Will and Jessica are working together to bring down the leader of North Korea. This is an ...more
As good a read as all the Will Robie series We are going to have to wait until November for the release of the next book i agree with Mike below with a lot of his comments and don't have any trouble giving it 5 stars
Mike French
Jul 25, 2014 Mike French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another 5 star thriller from David Baldacci! Keep me turning pages from the start to the end. Will Robie is the real deal!!
Jun 09, 2014 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although my first David Baldacci novel I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the outset, it is a thriller after all, and after reading it one thing I can guarantee is that it certainly won’t be my last. A seasoned veteran of the thriller genre, Baldacci knows how to put together an exciting and entertaining story all the while keeping the reader involved from start to finish. The Target represents Will Robie’s third adventure, accompanied by Jessica Reel, but for me this book is more a ...more
N.L.B. Horton
I am a Baldacci fan. I think he'd an excellent storyteller and a fine writer. Robie and Reel, Tucker, and Fontaine ring true. Chung-Cha was beautifully characterized—and it's rare I find a North Korean character about which I'll write that! This is a polished read.

But The Target was not the Baldacci book for me. It was rougher than most, to the point of being raw at times. There seemed to be multiple story lines which, while they didn't confuse me, prevented me from becoming deeply embedded me i
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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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