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The Target (FBI Thriller #3)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  8,739 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
Coulter continues the suspense-filled series she began with The Cove (1996) and The Maze (1997), even bringing in some of the same characters. Her latest is set in the Colorado mountains, where Judge Ramsey Hunt has fled to recuperate after being forced to shoot a man during a melee in his courtroom. But his dream of peace and quiet is shattered when he discovers an uncons ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 381 pages
Published August 1999 by Jove (first published April 27th 1998)
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Jul 28, 2015 Barbara rated it it was ok

After some dramatic courtroom heroics Federal Judge Ramsey Hunt - needing a break from the paparazzi - takes time off to relax in an isolated cabin in the mountains of Colorado. While there Ramsey finds a six-year-old child, Emma, who escaped from an abusive abductor. The child doesn't speak and Ramsey, believing the girl would be further traumatized by police and doctors, contacts no one. Instead he cares for the child himself. Before long people try to kill both Ramsey and the girl, so their s
Sep 19, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
Federal Judge Ramsey Hunt needed time away, his time in a cabin in the Rockie Mountains was anything but relaxing. After finding a little girl in the woods that had obviously been abused, men show up shooting at them and then the childs mom finally shows up accusing him of kidnapping. Molly Santera had been all over Colorado looking for her precious Emma and after finding her safe with Judge Hunt, the nightmares begin.

This was not much in the way of a romance, it was very easy to fall for the li
Mar 10, 2017 TJ rated it really liked it
Very good romantic suspense. I just couldn't jump the believability chasm with a few of the plot devices. That didn't stop me from devouring every page, though!
Joe Young
Oct 25, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it
A Judge who is schooled in martial arts has AK-47 armed invaders attack his court to free defendants but, he leaps into action and kills or subdues the attackers saving numerous innocent parties an foiling the great escape attempt. He becomes an instant celebrity but, life that is constantly interrupted by photographers and others seeking to cash in on his moment of fame. He finds himself constantly angered and in danger of exploding and using some of his martial skills against jerks rather than ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 04, 2009 Jill rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, suspense
OMG, this was terrible! I can't believe I wasted 10 hours listening to this--luckily, I was in the car, so I was getting *something* accomplished! There are just too many implausible things happening in this for it to be believable. I should have stopped listening after the first disk when Ramsey, a federal judge no less, finds a 6 year old girl in the woods who has been beaten and molested and he not only doesn't take her to the authorities, but cleans her up. Um, evidence?! Of course, they don ...more
Nov 22, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-romance
Synopsis: Judge Ramsey Hunt has fled to recuperate after being forced to shoot a man during a melee in his courtroom. But his dream of peace and quiet is shattered when he discovers an unconscious, beaten, and sexually abused little girl who is too traumatized to speak. Reluctant to subject her to any more terror, Ramsey refrains from going to the authorities and cares for her himself. But once again, violence intrudes, first when two gunmen attempt to take the girl, and then when her mother, Mo ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Khutala rated it it was ok
I started the book and almost stopped after the first 20 pages of so because it was so ridiculous. A federal judge finds an injured and abused girl and doesn't try to let her parents know she is okay at the very least! What he did was highly illegal, and as someone in the justice system, he would have been very well aware of that fact. I saw that people on Goodreads gave this book such high reviews, so I thought I would keep reading to see if it got better. I'm probably 2/3rds the way through, a ...more
Oct 26, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
I actually picked this up without knowing it was part of a series, so maybe I would have enjoyed some of the characters who popped in from previous books a little more if I'd read the first two prior to this one. I thought it was a reasonable suspense novel, with some good twists, actions, and developments, but it got a little slow at points. It was hard to read at times because the premise began with a girl who is kidnapped and sexually assaulted, and one of the villains of the story is a child ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Caroline rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I found this book in our beach house, left behind by (I imagine) a disgruntled reader who had been renting the house. I have to believe no one in my family would have purchased this book and then left it for others to read. This was terrible. Again, I bitterly read to the end and promptly threw the book in the garbage, so no future tenants would fall into the trap of beginning what looks like an entertaining beach read only to be horrified by the terrible writing and unbelievable plot lines.
Dotti Elrick
Jan 18, 2012 Dotti Elrick rated it really liked it
Judge Ramsey Hunt has hidden himself away in the mountains of Colorado. He is recovering from an incident involving an attempted breakout of drug dealers in his courtroom. He needed to get away from all the publicity. Weeks into his stay he finds a child in the forest behind his cabin. She appears to be around 5 years old. Shes been beaten and abused. When she finally regains conscientious she is unable to speak. He cares for her and she slowly begins to trust him.
Her mother, Molly shows up thi
Jun 24, 2013 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Hoping to escape unwanted celebrity in the aftermath of a notorious incident, Ramsey Hunt settles in the Rockies, determined to bury himself in the safety of a solitary existence. But his isolation is shattered when he stumbles upon a small girl unconscious in the high-altitude forest. When strangers pursue Ramsey to his private meadow in an attempt to kill him and the girl, he's mystified that anyone would wish her harm. And the child can't shed any light on the subject: she's mute.

Molly Santan
Jul 06, 2012 Deanna rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for a honest review.

It finished up better than I thought.

It's a somewhat fast paced FBI thriller that also had a romantic story woven in. There was action, there was suspense, there were big reveals (well, sort of big, I had a feeling...) There was a cute little girl who was hurt and a handsome stranger who finds her, then there's her feisty mother who mistakenly thinks the "hero" is actually the "villain". Then when everything is cleare
May 28, 2009 Ginny rated it liked it
This particular story involves a man on vacation in a cabin finding a little girl who was kidnapped and abused. Enter the little girl's mom coming to the rescue because she finds the police doing nothing. Throw in the mom's father, a known "godfather" type criminal, a little feud between crime families, and a worthless ex-husband. The story kept my interest, though barely, to the end--only because of the side trip to Ireland and description of Bunratty castle and the Cliffs of Moher, two of my f ...more
This is the third book in the FBI Thriller series, where we are introduced to two new characters, and 2 old ones have a little cameo as well. Judge Hunt (from SF!) goes off into the mountains to escape a traumatic event, and have peace and quiet and write. But instead, he finds a six year old girl, who has been kidnapped, beaten and raped, but escaped. He wins her over, and she wins him over, and they form a close bond. Her mother shows up, and it turns out they're being followed, so the three f ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Jonetta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I fell in love with this story. While Savich and Sherlock didn't have a major presence in this installment, the main characters more than adequately filled that space.

The relationship between Ramsey and the child he discovers is touching and it was written in a way that had you experiencing its development rather naturally. The suspense surrounding her story unfolded at the right pace and I couldn't put the book down.

This story stands on its own but I appreciated having read the previous two. N
Elena Goodlad
Jul 17, 2012 Elena Goodlad rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-first-reads

I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and I was afraid I would be lost since it is the third book in the FBI Thriller series, but I wasn't. I'm sure it would have been better to read the other two books first, but it's not necessary. It was a very good book despite the fact that I couldn't get over the main character's stupidity in the beginning of the book. The book got better and better the further I got and I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.
Aug 04, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it
This book was about a Judge who finds a 6 year old girl who was abused and kidnapped in the mountains. It's all about his journey of finding out who she belongs to and why she was taken. I could tell this book was a litte dated, but I liked it. A suspense mystery with a touch of romance.
Jan 07, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it
I have watched later stories in this series that focus more on Savich and Sherlock. I am now reading them in order. I am enjoying meeting the other characters that are in the later books. This book was a little contrived as in all the things that kept happening in such a short time.
May 10, 2012 Pamela rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The hiding, and running ,and attempting to keep the child safe. It was brilliant. The two main characters join forces to figure out the mystery, and protect the child at the same great..
This book was read years ago, and reread of her best...
Feb 04, 2008 Joene rated it it was amazing
Another great story from Catherine, fast paced, interesting and she invents characters you long to actually meet in person.
Narrator: Sharon Williams

The Narrator: Williams wasn't as good as Ericksen, who narrated the previous book, The Maze. Her voice for the little girl, Emma, was not very good. Emma sounded like a teen rather than a 6 year-old girl.

The Story: I always try to separate the story and characters from the author so just because I hate a certain character or book, doesn't necessarily mean there's something 'wrong' with the author. For example, many years ago I
May 16, 2017 Patsy rated it really liked it
Coulter continues the suspense-filled series she began with The Cove (1996) and The Maze (1997), even bringing in some of the same characters. Her latest is set in the Colorado mountains, where Judge Ramsey Hunt has fled to recuperate after being forced to shoot a man during a melee in his courtroom. But his dream of peace and quiet is shattered when he discovers an unconscious, beaten, and sexually abused little girl who is too traumatized to speak. Reluctant to subject her to any more terror, ...more
Rebecca Delio
Jul 07, 2017 Rebecca Delio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional Story

I have read this book at least 5 times, yes 5 times, and I loved it each and every time. The first 4 times I read the hard cover as I always buy Catherine Coulter books in Hard Cover first.
I remember reading this book years ago while sitting in the hospital with my mom. While I really liked it then it just hasn't aged well for me.
Carol Kaier
Jun 25, 2017 Carol Kaier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FBI Thrillers

I Absolutely love this series! I have most of the books on my shelf and was so happy to find the first three in the Kindle store.
Tamara Haxton (Foreman)
great series!
Jennifer Kohnen
Dec 03, 2016 Jennifer Kohnen rated it it was amazing
great book
Jun 05, 2017 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
good book
Jane J. Janas, Ph.D.
Feb 25, 2017 Jane J. Janas, Ph.D. rated it it was amazing
I love this thriller romance by Catherine Coulter. It was fast reading and the hero wasn't at all overbearing, but a really nice & considerate.
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