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The Target

(Will Robie #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  36,128 ratings  ·  2,408 reviews
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
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jerry B Actually, I believe they are best read in order, as Jessica Reel, really as important a protagonist as Will, and the interesting teenager Julie, are…moreActually, I believe they are best read in order, as Jessica Reel, really as important a protagonist as Will, and the interesting teenager Julie, are featured throughout the set, so their stories make more sense in chronological order. Also the relationships between our leads and their higher-ups in the CIA will seem more logical as well. JB(less)

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Miriam Smith
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love David Baldacci's wonderfully captivating books, they are so polished, professionally written, imaginative yet realistic and very easy to follow, so I was looking forward to reading "The Target", the third in the fantastic and exciting Will Robie series.
Blurb - 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 agains
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Ok, this one is weird.
What I really like about the series is the personality building of the MCs.
What I strongly dislike is the fact that most of the plotlines are between the POTUS and some villainous person (of either Muslim or Slavic ethnicity). And the actions is basically either POTUS ordering unsanctioned killing of the said villain or the reverse is underway. It makes me think 'euphemistic much'? It makes me wonder, what the hell, is there some shortage in original thriller story ideas?
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was on the edge of my seat the entire read!

So many things went down here. Tucker gunning for Reel and Robie. North Korea and their HORRIBLE prison camps! Jessica's despicable father pulling her into the past. Julie very much a part of one of the conflicts!

Gotta say, if the situation in North Korea resembles real life in any way, my heart goes out to those people! Wow!

I totally recommend the audio book! Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy were perfection!
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
James Elliot Leighton
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was great getting a more in-depth read on Jessica’s past but now I’m ready to hear more on Will’s past. I enjoyed the plot and subplot of the book. The way the end turned out with the North Koreans was actually a bit surprising and I thoroughly enjoyed how the book ended with Min. I look forward to reading more on what happens next with these characters’ lives. The president’s daughter was actually amusing in her flirty behavior.

My quick and simple overall: another good installment into the
I don't remember the last time a book almost brought me to tears, and an espionage-action-thriller no less, that's saying something! The book had quite a few problems storywise, but in the end the perfect characterization and hearttouching, heartwrenching developments and 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. :(
Mike (the Paladin)
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
3.5 stars

I am a big David Baldacci fan and enjoy most of his work. When I first started reading this story I thought it was going to be one of the exceptions but I am glad I stayed with it. The ending was worth it. There are several story lines in this book and at times it was hard to follow along and connect the dots.

Jessica Reel is on the out with some in the CIA because of things she did in The Hit. Will Robie, to a lesser extent, is in the same boat. Guilt by association. No less than the Di
Jon Kurtz
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jan Dunlap
Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
I will have the book review done in one to two weeks.
Vicki Elia
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
kartik narayanan
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

The Target is the best Will Robie book yet. The pacing is excellent - for the first time in this series, I did not put down the book even once. The characters are strong and we get to see new ones which are nuanced. The plot is also something quite different.

Overall, this is a great action thriller.

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Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Gotta say 'The Target' had its good moments but it certainly also had its share of bad moments. This is the third novel following special agent Will Robie and his partner CIA operative Jessica Reed. There are lots of good moments and good story plot developments. We see both Will and Jessica go through an enduring CIA re-training camp in the beginning of the book. Lots of ugly torture scenes here...yikes.

No spoilers, but eventually the story introduces radical extremists in North Korea plotting
Sean Peters
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Love reading Baldacci.....usually. Love the characters in the Will Robbie series, but this installment was a bit over the top. I love a complex storyline, but there were just TOO many plots and subplots, not all of them intertwined. There was an extra 100 pages or so in a subplot that added NOTHING to THE TARGET! That was a disappointing , if not frustrating, non-essential. Since Will and Jessica are government sanctioned CIA assassins, and have earned a debt of gratitude from the sitting Presid ...more
Steven Walle
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Baldacci returns with a high-thrills adventure, featuring both Will Robie and Jessica Reel. After the CIA tries to deal with the fallout of Robie's last mission, they struggle with a plot that could leave the President of the United States in international hot water. Putting Robie and Reel through their paces, the Agency sends them off to handle a mission with complete deniability and dire consequences. When the mission takes a turn, Robie and Reel find themselves free to handle some personal bu ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Will Robie returns in the 3rd installment of the series, along with Jessica Reel, for another awesome thriller! We are introduced to a deadly Korean Assassin who is ordered by North Korea to carry out a mission that will send a violent message to the US. We find out more about Jessica Reel's past and what made her become known for what she does. The book was a little slow and hard to follow to start out with because they kept jumping back and fourth between Robie and the North Koreans, and I did ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Linda Wells
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Baldacci brings the Robie/Reel team back in response to international terror threat. He combines the the tried and true Robie/Reel assault team with a startling personal story. I loved the final scenes and appreciated the additional dimensions of the duo.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Terence M
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars out of 5.0
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