The Target : Will Robie

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, Ron McLarty
  • Series: Will Robie
  • 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- N. D. Holt


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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- Martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-04-2014
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd