Book Critique - The Target (Will Robie Series # 4)

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Political thriller with all elements involving governments, secrets and plots that could topple thrones - successful recipe to lure the readers into the world the author creates with these elements. 

The Target is the fourth book in the Will Robie Series by David Baldacci originally published on April 22 2014. It revolves around Will Robie and his partner Jessica Reel - two highly skilled U. S. Government Assassins.

For a long while I have been meaning to read David Baldacci's books but I have so many authors that I still have piled up to read I couldn't pick up another new author into my collection. However, one day, a very good friend of mine, Patty, gave me one of her copy of this David Baldacci book in exchange to the books she was borrowing from me to read. I couldn't wait to read the book. So finally here is my take on the book.

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two highly trained U. S. Government Assassins working for CIA who are sent out in covert operations usually to take somebody out, more precisely someone who is an enemy to United States in any manner. Although Robie was introduced in the first book The Innocent, somewhere along the line he partners up with Jessica Reel in taking up hard to difficult assignments in making United States and the world a better place in the only way they can. These are their stories in this series by David Baldacci.

In this installment, Will Robie and Jessica Reel are assigned to a high risk assignment that is coming directly from the highest possible order. As they prepare for the assignment they are thrown in together in a series of trainings that they are expected not to survive, and even if they survive their assignment would definitely make it hard for them to survive. While they try to figure out why or who is setting them up, old enemies surface, old wounds fester with more dangers lurking around every corner for them to face.

I am starting in the middle of the series, so there are a lot of references to previous plots and adventures, for the lack of better word, Robie and Reel had together. All the reading has made me want to read this series from the beginning now. And you may as well find me doing the same soon, if you know me well.

A lot of history about Reel is focused in this plot, a little only of Robie, yet the plot does center on them both. Quite a few sub-plots are thrown in to keep the reader engaged throughout the plot and at the same time pique interest about other books in the series.

It is amazing how countries want to go to any extent to wage war and sometimes to avoid war too. Baldacci shows both sides of a decision made by any supreme power. But what appalled me were the places he takes the reader, where there is so much depravity to fellow human being, where life and death are hung by a mere thread, where it is kill or be killed Those dark places did create a shudder in my back and raised my hairs on my arms. 

A political thriller infused with spies and assassins, secret assignments, attempts to stop or start wars and somewhere in there a little about saving people. It reminded me so much of Derrick Storm series by Richard Castle. My review of books by Castle including the Derrick Storm novels can be found here.

A successful thriller that is very hard to put down for a reader without finishing it and entertaining enough to consider to pick up the next book in series. A very good read for any day of your life.

Spoiler Alerts:

Plot Reveals:

1) Robie and Reel's adventures and people from previous episodes (perhaps) that are mentioned in this plot are: Situation with Ahmadi in Syria; someone called Blue Man who is a more of a benefactor to Robie and Reel and always takes care of them; Nicole Vance, another agent who wants Robie for herself; 

2) Robie and Reel have some unfinished business with the head of the CIA - Evan Tucker. Perhaps covered in previous plots. 

3) Robie has a 15-year old ward named Julie Getty. There is more to their story that perhaps I will know once I read the rest of the books in the series.

4) Chang-Chu, assassin for the North Korean Government, rescues a girl - Min - from one of the camps, the penal labor colonies of North Korea.  Will Min reappear in another boo by Baldacci?


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