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Will Robie Book 3
Baldacci has the gift of making all of his works fascinating, spellbinding, and captivating. The Target is certainly one of these novels capturing the reader’s interest from the get go. The Target is the second book about Jessica Reel and Will Robie, two of the CIA’s most talented assassins. In the first book about them they had both been assigned to kill the other. Jessica had discovered two traitors working at the CIA and determined that in spite of orders they must be killed. The ending of that book leaves both Will and Jessica under scrutiny by their supervisor, but close together and partners.
The Target opens with the pair being assigned to the “Burner”, a CIA training depot for retraining to perform an operation sanctioned by the president of the United States. It looks like they are actually there to be killed for their behavior in book one of the series. Events than cause the pair to witness a suicide of a top ranking North Korean General, Jessica to meet her father whom she hasn’t seen in years and than both be assigned to extract two people from a concentration camp in North Korea.
In the course of the novel Baldacci introduces a North Korean assassin named Chung Cha, a deadly woman that has lived her entire life in training to become a killer with no peers. His treatment of her thoughts and feelings , and her ability to perform her assigned tasks is,by itself a masterpiece. He brings his readers into the mind and reactions of a person so alien to the normal world that, by itself could be the centerpiece of the book.
The Target is certainly among David Baldacci’s top novels and guaranteed to keep his readers in awe of what they are reading. Superb book, and doing it’s part of maintaining the author’s place among the top authors of our generation.
10/14 Paul Lane
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THE TARGET by David Baldacci. Grand Central Publishing (September 16, 2014). ISBN 978-1455521180. 464p.
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. Together, Robie and Reel’s talents as assassins are unmatched except there are some in power who don’t trust the pair and want to see them fail.
In the middle of the mission Reel’s imprisoned father reaches out for her to see him one last time. There is more to this than it seems. Once Robie and Reel finish up the aftermath of the visit its back to the now modified mission.
However, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets–a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.
8/14 Jack Quick
THE TARGET by David Baldacci. Grand Central Publishing; 1st Printing edition (April 22, 2014). ISBN 978-1455521203. 432p.