The Target

David Baldacci ( began writing stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them. He wrote for more than two decades, penning short stories and later screenplays without much success. While practicing law, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. Published in 1996, it was an international bestseller. To date, Baldacci has published 27 best-selling novels for adults as well as three novels for younger readers. The Target is his latest thriller, and the third book in the Will Robie series.

The summary is as follows. Their mission is to enter one of the most dangerous countries in the world and 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. This is indeed high octane stuff. I’d take a walk round Lanark Loch first and have a pot of chamomile tea within reach.


400 pages in Macmillan

ISBN 978-1447225294


David Baldacci

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