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The Target

Written by: David Baldacci
Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy,Ron McLarty
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Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times number one best-selling author

Will Robie, from The Innocent and The Hit, returns in his toughest mission to date. A time to kill - or a time to die?

The mission is to enter one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The target is one of the toughest to reach. The result could be momentous - or it could be Armageddon. There is no margin for error.

US government operatives Will Robie and Jessica Reel have to prove they are still the best team there is. But are they invincible when pitted against an agent whose training has been under conditions where most would perish?

An old man is dying in an Alabama prison hospital, it seems there is one more evil game he has still to play. And it's a game which comes close to home for Reel and Robie. But this time the stakes might be way too high.

©2014 David Baldacci (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"David Baldacci has long proved one of the most accomplished of American thriller writers and has dabbled in a variety of genres…As ever Baldacci keeps things moving at express-train speed..this one will whet appetites for the next appearance of his agent hero" ( Daily Express)

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  • Carly
  • 02-06-14

Pushes credulity too far

Baldacci stories always push the boundaries of credulity to the limit - and the first two Robie stories most of all - but this goes way too far. It's also poorly put together, with two separate stories that have no overlap other than the highly contrived. There's also way too much unnecessary back story on the North Korean side - and when those characters hit US soil the story just gets even more painful. These narrators are always decent but htere wasn't much they could do with this, I feel sorry for them. Oh and the sound effects are always highly unnecessary but they seemed particularly grating this time.

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  • Archer
  • 30-06-14

Best Will Robie book. Very Entertaining.

Well I'll keep it short this time. After the second Will Robie book "The Hit", it was safe to assume that we will see more of Jessica Reel. And to make one thing clear: that's a good thing. The two characters simply work well together and dragging a 15-year old teenager (the character "Julie" introduced in "The Innocent") around as a potential victim wouldn't have worked indefinitely anyway.
However that brings me back to a deficit that plagues many authors who write a large amount of books and/or different series: the main characters become too similar, and the stories tend to show a pattern. That's also true this time to an extent. Will and Jessica in many respects have become similar to Sean (King) and Michelle (Maxwell) and the story basically is something that could have happened to them as well. Without saying too much: If I remember correctly the ones who become a target in this book once were a target in one of the King and Maxwell books as well ;-)
What I especially liked, was the author's focus on the North Korean assassin and her life. That decidedly made the story better and had a nice "two sides of a coin" feel to it.
So if you like Baldacci I believe you will be well entertained this time too. The story is fast paced, shows some nice twists (and one strange twist, as well as some things that could have been a little less obvious) and has an interesting sub plot that gives some background knowledge about Jessica's past. As with King and Maxwell the male character's past remains largely obscure.
Performance is great as always. Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty make the story come alive very nicely and I also like the sound effects thrown in from time to time.

It seems I didn't keep it short after all but I hope this helps you decide.
Have fun


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  • Chisik
  • 10-07-21

Another Edge of seat

absolutely loved this book also, I have found all David Baldacci's books keep me on the edge of my seat, all the twists and turns throughout even at the last minute are excellent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-20

Thrilling!

Another thrilling Baldacci story! After finishing it, I felt I had listened to two books, so intelligently interwoven. A great listen, well performed.

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  • Dejan
  • 21-11-14

First two were way better

What made the experience of listening to The Target the most enjoyable?

I liked the narrators. They're always great.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't really like it. As if the author didn't have enough ideas.

Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I always found them very good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

Well, Will Robbie series was the one of three I was the most fond of. But the third book is just too much of a mix of stories...At least one was too many. I love thick stories, believable characters, but Baldacci did that in less words and more persuasive in first two books.
Also, Jessica's character wasn't as firm as in second book (I don't mean firm as in tough, but in believable).
This was the first book I preordered. And I am disappointed.

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  • N. D. Holt
  • 27-04-14

Fabulous!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Target to be better than the print version?

No idea ... but the Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are (again) masterful at bringing the book to life. David Baldacci's writing and Ron and Orlagh's narration is a hard to beat combination.

What did you like best about this story?

The Target seems to be a collection of shorter stories woven together into a whole ... David Baldacci has created a great thriller which doesn't really let you relax much at any point. Start to finish in 2 days ... I just couldn't stop.

What does Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ron and Orlagh bring the characters alive for me ... this is the 3rd Will Robie book, and the 5th I've listened to with them working together. I get lost in the characters and the story and forget it's an audiobook ... it becomes more of an audio play.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Don't know ... but I'd definitely be at the cinema to see it!

Any additional comments?

I think I'd have preferred a different ending to the book ... but I can tell I'm still pumped full of adrenaline - I hadn't really noticed it until I sat down to write this review.

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  • Martin
  • 13-05-14

Balderdacci

I had read several David Baldacci novels prior to this one, and had found them to range from reasonably good to very good, but this is absolutely dire. You can just about put up with the annoying sound effects which this particular publisher seems to think necessary, but the story itself is horrendously cliche-ridden and mawkish to the point of nausea. Far too much tedious ramblings about family and children, and the book comprises two completely unrelated stories, as if the author didn't have enough material for either strand. Then we have the North Korean stereotypes spouting stilted anti-American insults coupled with a nonsensical plot embedded within a very badly written story where the protagonists are endlessly exchanging meaningful glances. A real potboiler which the author appears to have dashed off in an afternoon. If this was a movie (and it seems to be trying to be one) it would be a brainless actioner. To be avoided.

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  • Jenny Elliott
  • 11-12-17

The Target by David Baldacci

Love this book as all Baldacci books are brilliant. Narrators as always were excellent. Many thanks.

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  • Adrian Austin
  • 17-07-17

The Target

Far too many sub plots and at times almost boring I was tempted to abandon it . I stuck to the bitter end but only enjoyed it in parts. Gets the thumbs down from me.

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  • foxyfilly39
  • 12-02-17

another great listen in the series

Brillant story and listening, can't wait to start the next audio book in this series

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  • M J P
  • 28-10-16

Brilliant Action/Thriller

I like the occasional strategic sound effects.. Really adds to the story. Both narrators are fantastic.

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  • Karen
  • 13-05-14

Predictable story line

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It passes the time on long car journey.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

Yes but this is not one of his best

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-22

excellent

I really love the characters and the plot. very well read. sound effects are a nice touch.

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  • Frank
  • 12-08-22

Good all round

Lots going on, all good sub plots, not overly strung out, not bad at all.

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  • Robert Walters
  • 23-06-22

Another edge of the seat job from DB

Cracking listen 10/10 great story you
really should get this book - ffs your word counter is a pain in the arse

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  • Waymax
  • 13-01-18

Enough of this diatribe

Struggled through. The deep and meaningful conversations are banal, action moments are brief nonlogical, unrealistic

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-20

fabulous

i can't believe how David Baldacci keeps coming up with story after story which are all fabulous. thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-18

Brilliant isn’t enough for this

Really enjoyed the book. Orlagh and Ron are fantastic I felt it All as something new happened I thought oh know what are we going to do?
I laughed at my self and found out.

Great entertainment on my long journey

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  • Nessiebee
  • 28-05-18

Master author

I am in love with this author and series it keeps you listening and guessing I found the make female performers blended well great performances

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  • susan Rossiter
  • 29-07-17

continuing excellence

loved it. so sad that it finished. roll on the next in series. can't wait