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The Target (Will Robie Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

David Baldacci
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,454 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive.

As they prepare for their mission, Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her. And all the while, 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.

Editorial Reviews


"Baldacci inhabits the skin of his creations - tripping us up with unexpected empathy and subtle identification' (Sunday Express') "One of the world's biggest-selling thriller writers, Baldacci needs no introduction.. Brilliant plotting, heart-grabbing action and characters to die for' (Daily Mail') "The page-turner of the season' (The Times')"

About the Author

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 different languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at, and his foundation at, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1209 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EHMFC78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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147 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~~From the Burner Box to North Korea and Back~~ April 22, 2014
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Robie and Reel are called back to a meeting at Langley with the new CIA DD, Amanda Marks. She informs them that there they both must go to the Burner Box for "recalibration". This is to ensure their willingness to follow orders. This training is both physical as well as psychological in nature. Reel's explanation on following orders is excellent: "I have to execute the assignment in the best way I see fit". A part of Reel's past life comes to surface which could create immense problems to those closest to her.

The action is fast paced and takes place on many fronts. It starts with an order to kill in France and progresses to a North Korean Gulag for an attempted rescue of two individuals. And, the end finds Robie and Reel at Nantucket with the First Lady and her two children.

A North Korean agent named Chung - Cha (Comrade Yie) also has an immense role in this book. She was raised in Yodok or Camp 15, one of the Gulags. A most interesting glimpse into the life of North Koreans for me.

I found it to be an intense novel to read with well defined characters. Lots of twists and turns and a captivating read. And, there isn't much quiet time to wait for the next action scene. So, take a deep breath and buckle your seat belts up for this one.

Most highly recommended.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 3, 2014
By Ted
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I have read most of David Baldacci's books and have enjoyed all of them, but this may be the best yet. Will Robie and Jessica Reel are great characters and the author does a great job of showing a soft human side to two tough characters. It takes two good stories and brings both to a great finish with all the action you could want.
Buy it and read it, you won't be sorry.
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104 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler alert! April 25, 2014
By Lavrans
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One of Baldacci's best. The spoiler alert is to warn readers against reading some of the amateur reviews posted here, as they tend to give away the plot. The best way to enjoy this book is to be surprised. Don't let these well-intentioned dummies spoil it for you! The rule should be: tell us what it's about, but don't tell us what happens.
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83 of 103 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment. By far not his best. April 25, 2014
By MizLiz
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I can't remember the last time I gave 2 stars to any book! I like to think I research my reading choices for quality and a story that will stay with me. I have always loved reading David Baldacci so I never gave ordering "The Target" a second thought. Yay..a new DB...I always look forward to each new publication. I agree with one of the other reviewers....I had to make myself stick with this book until I finally decided that the monotony of the first part of the story segued some pretty unbelievable actions as the story progressed. I read to enjoy, to place myself into the story, to live the characters. DB has always given my mind's eye a graphic description of the places and the people involved. I didn't find that in this latest book not to mention the plot is so far fetched. So disappointing for this talented author. I'll wait for the next one. He hasn't lost me yet!
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Baldacci has Jumped the Shark May 9, 2014
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For years we all knew what we were getting from David Baldacci - solid, sometimes spectacular fiction with interesting multi-dimentional characters. Sure, you had to look past the sense that he was emulating other popular writers, initially Grisham and lately Vince Flynn and Lee Child, but you could count on a pretty good read. Now we are watching Baldacci begin to emulate the James Patterson formula - I'm famous and I'm going to cash in on it by cranking out books of dubious quality as quickly as poosible. The Target reads like three separate short stories slapped together with preposterous action, stomach-churning abuse of women, and cartoon-like character development. This book makes Flynn's Mitch Rapp novels look like great literature in comparison. All Baldacci needs now is to add beach novels and a stable of ghost writers and he will have attained the Full Patterson.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Very disappointing. Far fetched and slow. Too much introspection on the part of the protagonists, kind of depressing, no fun here. Hopefully DB hasn't lost it and his next book will be up to his high standards.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not on Target! May 7, 2014
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I will not be buying any more books featuring Will Robie/Jessica Reel. The author seems to just re-write the same storyline over and over again. The characters seem to be almost superhuman in carrying out the duties assigned to them. They come through every obstacle put in their path to save the day, yet again! Not entertaining any more.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother July 11, 2014
Absolutely dumbfounded at all the positive reviews for this book!! Really terribly written and poorly plotted effort by Baldacci. And I've read pretty much everything he's written. Offers several different disconnected storylines and no rhyme or reason that ties them together. Very disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!!
Typical Baldacci.. A great ride in the Will Robie series!
Published 1 hour ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book was hard to put down. Really really well written with a great plot.
I definitely would recommend it.
Published 5 hours ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great writing a real twister
Published 2 days ago by Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner
Amazing story and nice follow up to the previous two books in the series.
Published 2 days ago by Michel Heijnen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great storylines and heroic characters. I couldn't put the book down. Baldacci scores again. I highly recommend it. Great read!
Published 3 days ago by C.W. FITZGERALD
5.0 out of 5 stars but I would still recommend the book as a good read
It could have ended a bit sooner without the last minute turns and twists, but I would still recommend the book as a good read.
Published 3 days ago by DJLow
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read! Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Published 3 days ago by adamalis vigil
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Robie and Company
As an author David Baldacci is unsurpassed in the ability to weave character descriptions with story lines that ferret out the significant aspects of personal conflict in the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by TeeJay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A really good read which kept up the suspense throughout.
Published 3 days ago by John Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Next?
Looking forward to the next book on Will Robie. A good story in a background of current world tensions and conditions
Published 4 days ago by Will Taylor
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More About the Author

David Baldacci published his first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 29 novels for adults, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print. David has also published four novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller THE FINISHER, which is in development for feature film.

David received his Bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family's Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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