The Target

Baldacci, David

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Target
"The next blockbuster thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, featuring assassin Will Robie"--

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Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 1455521205
Characteristics: 420 pages ;,24 cm


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Nov 22, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had previously read the first two books in this series and liked them as well. It is so nice to read about female characters that are capable and brave. It was a quick read as I kept wanting to find out what happened next.

Nov 11, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Page turner and good commentary on fringe social conditions at home and abroad in between extraordinary missions by agents Robie and Reel involving international high crimes and domestic felons; latest of the Robie trilogy, after The Innocent and The Hit.

I kept waiting for something to happen to warrant some of the reviews I read. After 200 pages (Large Print copy), I was sooo bored. I gave up. Not one of his better efforts.

Oct 27, 2014
  • gloryb rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Is Baldacci really a "favorite storyteller" as the flaps of this book say? Perhaps once his books were on the #1 New York Bestseller list, but I don't think this title will be. I suspended disbelief and just read/scanned the words on the page. The author moves the story along by showing off the work of his 2 special agents who have appeared in two of his other novels. BTW, Baldacci, towards the end of this novel, is thinking of retiring them. Has the author tired of them too? The author describes 3-4 dangerous, action filled events to show how these agents work. These events are stand alones and are not related to the others in the novel except that the 2 agents are involved. This novel is an easy mindless read and doesn't require much on behalf of the reader. The author often uses colloquial vocabulary, chit chat, and just plain boring dialogue. Perhaps his early novels may provide better reading enjoyment.

Oct 26, 2014
  • Charlietwo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The superhuman main characters are no longer believable.

This book is awful compared to most of all this author's previous excellent work. Th characters and plot are completely implausible and amateurish. Should be in the teen section and even they might find it lacking.

Aug 16, 2014
  • denise99 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Every character is the smartest, most cunning, most athletic, etc. Love David Baldacci but this read like a harlequin novel.

Aug 09, 2014
  • formrfarmr2011 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very emotionally intense book involving a young assassin from North Korea, Yie Chung Cha; Will Robie, and Jessica Reel. It involves multiple story lines in which one learns much about Reel's past. The affection Will Robie has for Jessica Reel, despite everything, is very touching. Both Reel and Robie become a bit jaded with the CIA, and are backed into a corner while Yie survives a horrible past to make some crucial decisions which are agonizing for her. I wish it could have been different for her. This book sheds a lot of light on North Korean culture; one can't help wishing Yie could have had the life she wanted.

Jul 11, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Baldacci is a master story teller. The human, emotional side of this one, given the characters and the circumstances, both historical and current is convincing. It would make a great film or TV series.

Jul 03, 2014
  • mpalik rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Always a good read from this author.

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Nov 10, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Unlike other major cities, D.C. did sleep. At least the part you could see. The government side, the D.C. did sleep. At least the part you could see. The government side, the one that existed underground and behind concrete bunkers and in innocuous-looking low-rise buildings, never slumbered. Those people were going as hard right now as they would during the daylight hours.
“I take it you don’t enjoy killing.” “I enjoy a job well done. But it’s not like I’m a serial killer. Serial killers love it. They’re obsessed with the opportunity for domination of another human being. The rituals, the details. The hunt. The strike. I’m not obsessed with any of it. It’s my job. It’s what I do as a profession. For me it’s a means to an end.
Marx had had it right, she thought: Religion was the people’s opium. Yet Pyongyang had once been known as the Jerusalem of the East because of the Protestant missionaries who had come in the 1800s,

Nov 10, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An open street market said to the world that North Korea’s economy was weak, its traditional stores few in number, and thus the need for vendors in the street. That would be a slap in the face to a leadership acutely sensitive to world opinion. Conversely, an abundance of goods at a street market, if seen by the rest of the world, could result in international food aid being reduced. And since many North Koreans were barely surviving, that would not be a good thing.
“Basically, in Alabama if you have a pulse you can have a gun, as many of them as you want.”

“Can a guy get a cup of coffee on this boat?” asked Robie with a weary smile. “Hell, sir, this tin can is nothing but a big coffee pot.”
“What will you do?” He shrugged. “Who says I have to do anything? I’ve saved enough money. I live simply. I’ve seen the world, or at least the bad parts of it. I might just do…nothing.”


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