The Target (FBI Thriller, #3)
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The Target (FBI Thriller #3)

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FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are faced with the case of an abducted child. But is the girl's kidnapper really her savior?

FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are faced with the case of an abducted child. But is the girl's kidnapper really her savior?

Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Jove (first published April 27th 1998)
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Darcy
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Jill
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
Debbie
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...more
Joe Young
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
Marla
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...more
Deanna
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...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
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
Merredith
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
Maureen
As long as you put your plausibility detector aside, this book is an enjoyable read. A cautionary note -- if you believe this will be a mystery involving Sherlock and Savich as in the first two books in the "FBI Thriller" series, you will be disappointed. They show up as peripheral characters.

Putting that aside, this book was a great read. A laid-back judge out in the wilderness stumbles in the middle of a kidnapping gone awry, and can't seem to get uninvolved.

There were some problems with her l...more
Caroline
Jan 21, 2008 Caroline rated it 1 of 5 stars 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.
Khutala
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
Elena Goodlad


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.
Kristi
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.
Lena
Another great book by Ms. Coulter. Not quite as entertaining as "The Cove" or "The Maze" but still very enjoyable. The only thing that irritates me about these books is that people fall in love like the first week they know each other. I mean what is that?
Joene
Another great story from Catherine, fast paced, interesting and she invents characters you long to actually meet in person.
Dotti Elrick
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...more
Kevin
I read a lot of books from mysteries to westerns to bestsellers, and a lot of good ones at that, but I can say this was one that immersed me in from the start and I couldn't take my face out of. I am now an instant fan of Catherine Coulter and I can't wait to get my hands on another one of her books. Only to think this book had been nestled on my bookshelf for years, as it was a selection in a book club long ago. Shame on me, but it is kind of like finding a lost treasure. There is so much to sa...more
Connie
HE TARGET by Catherine Coulter is 381 pages in paperback. It is #3 in the FBI series.

Brief Description:

Dear Reader:
You're about to enter a labyrinth where the unthinkable happens and the unimaginable becomes terrifyingly real.

Escaping unwanted media attention after a notorious incident, Ramsey Hunt retreats into the solitude of a cabin high in the Colorado Rockies. But his isolation is shattered when he rescues a small girl unconscious in the forest and strangers invade his private meadow, their...more
Jeane
Federal judge Ramsey Hunt is in a isolated cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Hearing an unusual sound, he investigates and finds a small girl unconscious. After he takes her back to the cabin, he finds she has been beaten and sexually assaulted. After treating her wounds as well as he can, he waits for her to wake up. She is terrified as would be normal in such circumstances. This child is
smart, but still a hurt child who has been thru a nightmare that
isn't over. Anytime he mentions taking her to th...more
Brianna
I think that this book was good, but it was weird to read as Coulter's approach to the kidnapping/rescue seemed unusual. Stylistically, I think that this book was a definite departure from the first two books, as the circumstances surrounding Hunt's rescue of the girl led to the investigation of her kidnapping being more informal than other detective stories where everything is done through the official law enforcement investigation.

It was also a departure from the first two books in that this l...more
Ginny
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
Wendy
Possible spoilers!

This was a good book for what it is. Definitely not my genre. I guess I'm just really partial to JF and YA books because the subject matter is generally more pleasant and cleaner than a lot of adult fiction. The basic premise is trying to find out who is responsible for the kidnap and abuse of a six year old girl (who happens to share the name of my daughter). Lovely.

I read the book in just a couple of days, partially because I wanted to see how it turned out and largely to com...more
Emily
Either this book or this series was recommended as good suspense in our local newspaper. They've had some good recommendations, but this was not one of them. I got about 40 pages in and most of that was skimming because the writing and plot were so awful. I looked on Amazon & Goodreads & found that most readers who shared my opinion toward the beginning were not swayed by the rest of the book, so I just stopped reading it. The dialogue is totally unrealistic, especially the way the 6-yea...more
Michelle
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Kari
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All I can say is that this series keeps getting better and better! I loved Ramsey and Molly. Their fall into love was just too sweet for words. For a big, tough federal judge, he is such a sweet guy and any woman would be crazy not to fall for him. Sometimes I don't like the addition of a child to a romantic suspense, but little Emma just wraps you around her little finger and doesn't let go. What a great se...more
Kelly
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
Alma Gravel
I thought I had read all the Catherine Coulter FBI series but, when I read Backlash I decided to go back and read the book that introduced Judge Ramsey and crew (was very familiar with Savich and Sherlock) and realized I had not read the Target which was the book that introduced them - so I checked out the other early books int he series and realized i probably started to read them around book 7 or so - now I am catching up on the first 6 books -
I find Catherine Coulter's writing style just a b...more
Hannah
Federal Judge Ramsey Hunt has secluded himself in a cabin in the Colorado Rockies to avoid the media after his court room attack where he disarmed a group of men trying to break free the newly convicted drug dealer. While in his self made exile he finds a little girl in the woods. She had obvious side of abuse and sexual abuse. He cleans her up and takes care of her. After a week her mother, Molly, shows up it turns out their is more then just a simple kidnapping. Together they escape and discov...more
Sharon Hass
Jun 30, 2009 Sharon Hass added it Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Sharon by: a friend
The author has you enter a labyrinth! The unthinkable can happen and does. The unimaginable becomes real.
Ramsey Hunt who is trying to escape unwanted media attention after a notorious incident goes into the solitude of a cabin in the Colorado Rockies. His isolation is shattered when he rescues a small girl unconscious in the forest and strangers invade his private meadow, their intent to kill.
The little girl's mother, catches up with Ramsey and her daughter, mistaking him for the kidnapper. Wh...more
Joel Anderson
Marked as an FBI Thriller, starring Savich and Sherlock, this book actually had relatively little of their presence. A young girl found beaten in the forest by a vacationing federal judge starts the story. As the judge takes care of the little girl until eventually reuniting her with her mother, not entirely by choice or easily, the story takes off as they join together to evade the people after the little girl and them and to find the person who kidnapped and terrorized her. Through several twi...more
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