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"Brilliant use of language...vivid supporting characters and numerous sudden and unexpected plot twists...[Baldacci] doesn't let the action sag at any point...In [Chung-Cha], Mr. Baldacci has created one of his most memorable characters."―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Robie and Reel are complex characters, and anything they do is a pleasure to follow...Baldacci knows how to get readers to turn the pages, and he's in top form here."―Associated Press
"[A] no-holds-barred tale of perfidy and murder at the highest level...Baldacci's prose crackles with urgency...Robie and Reel fans will thrill to see their favorite spies back in action."
"Baldacci deftly plots The Target so that readers can never get a firm grasp on what is going to happen next."
―BookReporter.com --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- File Size : 1606 KB
- Publication Date : April 22, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 432 pages
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (April 22, 2014)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00EHMFC78
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,974 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That fact aside, I still really didn’t enjoy this book that much. This, sadly, tends to be a pattern for me with Baldacci. He seems good coming up with ‘big’ plots, but when he’s forced to write about detail, such as two people talking to each other, his weaknesses are really apparent. There’s just too much here that is contrived, forced, and unbelievable.
Robie is a tough, macho CIA agent that is assigned top level clandestine missions for only the very best. Apparently, he became entangled with co-agent Jessica Reel in the second book. She’s just as good as Robie, but being female, she seems to have a rather large chip on her shoulder and seems to swagger her machismo a bit much. In fact, this book seemed to be more about her than Robie. Apparently in Book 2, the two “did the right thing” but didn’t “follow orders” on a crucial mission. So now the CIA wants to get rid of them (i.e. kill them), but the duo is too high profile and too good, so the CIA has to suck up their bravado and put up with these two misfits. Again, the dialogue between all parties is pretty stupid.
Anyway, the main story here is pretty decent. Robie and Reel are initially called in to help orchestrate a coup in North Korea, but things go a bit wrong, tables are turned and some of the particulars get changed. We then focus on a female North Korean agent who’s being recruited to retaliate against the Americans. Her story is pretty interesting, and I found the chapters detailing her plight to be the most entertaining. Had Baldacci focused on this aspect throughout the whole book, it could have been a much more satisfying read.
Well, I’m guessing that when Baldacci finished this story, he only had about 275 out of the required (?) 400 pages written. Since he couldn’t milk the story any more, he basically inserts a second story within these pages that is completely unnecessary, stupid, and contrived (why do I always use that word when reviewing Baldacci?). This subplot involves a dying old prisoner on death row, some fanatical Neo-Nazis, and Jessica Reel’s past. This portion of the book should have been left in the garbage. It’s completely stupid and unnecessary. There really isn’t anything wrong with a 275-page book, you know. Less would have definitely been more in this case.
Even the ‘main’ story had some issues of unbelievability. At one point, Robie and Reel have to infiltrate a prison camp in the heart of North Korea. The way Balcacci describes the event, it seems about as difficult as driving on the freeway during rush hour. The whole incident takes up about half a chapter. This could have been fleshed out more and made the story much more enjoyable.
Often when a person dislikes a book by an author they enjoy, they’ll state things in reviews such as “I’m convinced that (this author) had nothing to do with this book! It must have been ghost written by someone else!” Well, sadly, I’ve read a lot of subpar books by Baldacci to know that the things that made this book somewhat unenjoyable have also been present in some of his other clunkers. In fact, I really think he SHOULD try co-writing with someone else. Someone who can write simple, believable scenes - like when two characters have a conversation with each other.
Parts of the story take place in North Korea, and while not overly descriptive of what happens in the fictional prison, it did disturb me some. However, I pressed through the novel and am so glad I did. What an exciting and climactic ending! Not only that but it was very touching too. It made me thankful I live in a country that allows so many blessings of freedoms!
What is so engaging is the continuation of the multifaceted plot with the subplots within each book of the series. I didn’t find it hard to follow the action, danger or adventure with some characters coming and going. While written a few years back, it is as if these could be headlines in today’s news. David Baldacci writes with such intricate threads and with all the other action happening it really was a thrilling coaster ride to read!
The next novel in the series it titled, Guilty, so I will soon share my thoughts about the fourth book before reading the conclusion to the series titled, End Game. Readers will definitely understand why the title to the fifth and final book will be meaningful. So, till my next Will Robie review, enjoy reading!
Of course they call on the team of Will Robie and Jessica Reel, America's best assassins, to accomplish it's goal as together Robie and Reel and more than twice as good. All that I can tell you is that nothing goes as planned. I the middle of all this Jessica is summoned to the beside of rer dying father who is on death row in prison. David Baldacci is such a gifted writer and story teller that he easily combines three and four story into one intriguing novel.
The author skillfully tells the story of the life a skilled North Korean female assassin, Chung-Cha wherein the reader is exposed to life in the most closed society in the world. You will be surprised how the author skillfully put this all together. I certainly was and I equally enjoyed the human compassion throughout the story.
Top reviews from other countries
The various stories and characters intertwine throughout the book, from North Korean labour camps to Neo-Nazis in the American south. It takes us back and forth and up and down through this highly exciting story.
I've read the previous Robie books and this one was just as good, if not better.
I have read every one of his books and I am hoping he gets his form back soon.