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The Hit

(Will Robie #2)

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  46,626 ratings  ·  2,943 reviews
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 hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is e

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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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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
2nd read completed in 4/2018 on Audiobook.

I am rereading these first book on audiobook and I have to say it was a great idea. I love the way the narrators brought these beloved characters to life. Will and Jessica are mirrors of each other, and the way in which Baldacci explores that relationship is beautiful. Jessica's life seems more tragic than Will. The fact that she isn't a sociopathic machine killer is a great testiment to her inner character considering the way she grew up and the fact th
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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
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Jim
Baldacci delivers ... again. If you like conspiracy stories chances are you will like this one. When I started reading this book I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as much The Innocent, the first book in the series. But fortunately things picked up and didn't let up.

Will Robie is a professional assassin with the CIA. He is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate our enemies, terrorists, traitors. He is not the only professional assassin with the CIA. Jessica Reel, a fellow assassin, is
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...He checked his rearview for Vance, Reel, and assorted bogeymen.
I’m not growing paranoid. I am paranoid. And who could blame me?
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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
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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
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D.B. Woodling
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it

3.75 Stars

Will Robie is an exceptional CIA assassin, whose true love is his current weapon of choice. When an agency “handler” and the Deputy Director of the CIA are executed, the evidence points to another equally skilled killer, Jessica Reel, and the white paper dubbed “Apocalypse” — a recipe for eliminating menacing leaders of unstable regions, simultaneously.

Initially accepting his superiors’ conclusion, Robie packs up his arsenal and sets out to hunt down and kill Jessica Reel before she c
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Jodi
Apr 28, 2013 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.
Gary
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in this series and I thought it was okay. This one had me hooked. The author has a way of balancing action with story that works really well.
Suzanne
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
There were some really entertaining moments in this book but I did not get into it as much as I did book one. I will continue the series because I do like the character of Will Robie and want to see how things go on the Jessica Reel front. If you like conspiracy types of storylines, I believe you will enjoy this book and series from what I have read.

My quick and simple: good but had trouble really getting into this installment.
Luffy
May 30, 2014 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
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Alicia Coast
May 13, 2013 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.
Will M.
Oct 31, 2014 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
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Kurt Young
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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,
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Paul O'Neill
Jan 27, 2017 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.
Anand
Apr 22, 2013 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 rated it it was amazing
Another page turner from David Baldacci! He is becoming one of my favorite authors of all time.
Archit Ojha
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
David hooks his readers from the beginning.
His characters are playing with fire.
Audacious it was.
Javi
Jan 21, 2017 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
Kathy
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So....not a fan after all. I enjoyed the first book due to the heroics required for Robie, the hit man, to put someone else above his own needs in the case of his protection of young teenager, Julie.
I did find it outlandish in many respects, but all was forgiven because of the character he exhibited.

This one continues with the "out there" theme of moles/conspiracies/rogues within government agencies, etc. So I skipped over much of the content in this book to see how it ended, and now I am done w
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Nilesh
Apr 25, 2013 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
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Michael
Jun 14, 2013 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
Rizwan
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
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Linda Wells
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Baldacci created a scenario, incorporating contemporary government inter-agency struggles, to expose and eliminate a plot that would de-stablilize major worldwide political forces. Two US government assassins, Will Robie and Jessical Reel, set out to thwart the plot. At times, they find themselves in potentially fatal competition with each other. Baldacci blends political reality and believably constructed fiction to produce a great story.
Skip
Sep 22, 2013 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.
Matt
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Baldacci’s latest brings the reader back to the Will Robie scene, the reluctant US sniper whose assignments always seem to pull on his moral compass. When assigned to remove a sniper gone rogue, Robie is left to chase her around, trying to piece together her next move before it is his last. With his friends in the crosshairs, Robie must find this renegade before it’s too late, while also piecing together a terror plot that’s fallen into his lap. What looks like a simple kill order at the outset ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
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
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Fred Forbes
Apr 23, 2013 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
Veronica
Jun 10, 2016 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.
Serryl
Aug 15, 2013 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
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Maureen DeLuca
Oct 13, 2016 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
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Monnie
May 02, 2013 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
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David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then.”) He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; it was subsequ ...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.” 3 likes
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