The Target

The Target

eBook - 2014
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Earl Fontaine, a terminally ill Alabama death row prisoner, plans one last killing that will personally affect Robie and his fellow agent, Jessica Reel. Meanwhile Evan Tucker, the head of the CIA, recommends Robie and Reel for a mission to assassinate a foreign leader.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781455552030
Characteristics: 1 online resource (420 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 17, 2019

Like smchen, this was my first Balducci novel and likely my last. I'd read many references to how good Balducci is, so had to see for myself. The Target kept me company as I drove around the city for a month or so. The relationship between car's sound system and the cds was such that every cut re-started after a minute and a half or so, but clearly that can't factor into evaluating the story. I had the impression that like James Patterson, Balducci writes very quickly. I am very ready to be entertained, and I don't hold out really high standards for fiction writing, but there were a few clangers in The Target that should have been caught by even one re-read by an editor. At one point, Julie (I think) says to Jessica, "There's no crime against it." instead of no law against it. Maybe this was purposeful, like 'rocket surgeon,' but I suspect not. There were some interesting pieces of introspection -- how do heroes retire? And although the ending was not a surprise, it was a nice emotional ride.

Jun 19, 2017

My first Baldacci book and probably my last. The dialogue was trite, the characters unbelievably superhuman, and the exposition read like Wikipedia articles. There were some touching moments toward the end and the action was decently interesting, but I wouldn't sit through this again.

Mar 30, 2017

Thought this was an amazing book - as with most of his books, the incredible talent of Baldacci is awesome.

Aug 26, 2016

David Baldacci has written many wonderful books, and "The Target" is absolutely enthralling! I found this book almost impossible to put down. I had previously read "The Hit" and I will soon be reading the other books in the Will Robie/Jessica Reel series.

This series is wonderful! It is right up there with Baldacci's "Camel Club" series which is one of my favorite mystery series.

Baldacci weaves a rich tapestry of informed fiction, breaking new ground with each book. He is rapidly climbing my list of favorite authors!

In "The Target" there are so many conflicting international interests at play that the reader becomes conflicted as well, hoping for an ending that, against all odds, will generate a good resolution for all of the heroic players, yet knowing in one's heart that this will never be. At least one of the endearing characters in this story will not endure.

Although this is the 3rd book in the series (and I have an obsessive tendency to read an author's books chronologically) my recommendation is to READ THIS BOOK NOW!

If this book does not turn you into a David Baldacci fan, it could only be because you already are one.

Jun 30, 2015

The book had 3 story lines that the authour eventually tied together. And the series really should be called: Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

Mar 01, 2015

Really it's three stories with Robie and Reel as key characters in all. It works well.

rowanquincy Nov 22, 2014

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 10, 2014

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.

broadhead Oct 31, 2014

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

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.

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Nov 10, 2014

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

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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