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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447225325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447225324
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (658 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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'The page-turner of the season' The Times 'One of the world's biggest-selling thriller writers, Baldacci needs no introduction ... Brilliant plotting, heart-grabbing action and characters to die for' Daily Mail 'Baldacci inhabits the skin of his creations -- tripping us up with unexpected empathy and subtle identification' Sunday Express --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Utley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 April 2013
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Will Robie and "Super Agent" Vance return (we first met them in The Innocent). The theme is a familiar one for devotees of Baldacci. The government of the USA is continuing its relentless campaign of killing off everyone with whom it disagrees. But it may not be that all its targets for murder are actually evil. And, of course, there is suspicion of there being some bad apples right at the top of the barrel.

Robie is told to hunt down and kill a CIA agent called Jessica Reel. She, like him, has spent her professional career killing people who have fallen out of favour with the government. But now she seems to have turned. She has embarked on her own, independent, killing campaign. And the victims are federal employees. Once again (it happens in almost all Baldacci books) the government has decided that Jessica must be killed, that she should not be allowed to stand trial. Robie is given the job.

But is Reel really a traitor? Could it be that the real traitors are right at the top of the federal security agencies? Is something horribly sinister going on? I shan't answer those questions. You must read the book yourselves. And I reckon you will enjoy it.

Of course, it is all dreadful nonsense. The story is grossly unbelievable. But that doesn't matter. Baldacci writes escapist stories. When we embark on reading them we happily accept that we are going to be required to believe extreme fantasy. At least I hope it is fantasy, for Mr Baldacci's sake. If the federal government of the USA really behaves in the way he portrays he is likely to be gunned down by a CIA agent himself (for revealing what they get up to).

This is splendid page-turning stuff. There are one or two holes in the story, but they can be easily overlooked.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2013
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Will Robie is a Government assassin who made his first appearance in The Innocent. In this instalment he is assigned the task of tracking down a rogue agent who is systematically killing off members of the CIA. Robie trained with Jessica Reel and has always respected her. He wants to understand what has led her to turn on her handlers, but at the same time he is aware that he is in danger as is anyone close to him.

This is typical of many of Baldacci's recent books in that the action moves at a good pace but the suspense factor is low and the credibility factor is zero. I just don't buy Robie as a top assassin - he is far too impetuous, emotional and sloppy. I was hoping that we would be spared Julie the homework obsessed 14 year old and FBI agent/potential love interest Vance who made an appearance first time round, but no, here they are again. Why do we have to keep being reminded what a good guy Robie is underneath? A far more credible assassin for me is Victor, the hero of the series by Tom Wood (start with The Hunter (Victor the Assassin)) - he is a genuine professional with an icy exterior. Not Robie. As for the plot - well it unfolds much as you expect it will and has all those trademark Baldacci touches like an obsession with descriptions of people driving in cars, wooden dialogue and statements like "He operated in the world of government power, and it was as dirty as the grimiest alley in the city".

What it adds up to is a thriller that doesn't thrill. I was bored reading it. Yes, there's action and yes I suppose technically there are twists and turns, but if you don't see them coming from a mile away I'd be surprised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony on 16 Mar. 2014
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Firstly,I've really enjoyed most of his books,so when i saw The Hit in the library I thought happy days.How wrong I was,the story which started promisingly went downhill fast,superman and super women against the world,I've read it all before,unbelievable storyline and daft characters,I should have smelt a rat when disguised as an old women the leading lady passed through airport security armed to the teeth,no questions asked.How I got as far as page 437 I never know,hoping it would improve I suppose,it didn't sadly.How DB can can write such a bad book is disappointing,I got the feeling he was writing a film script,I wonder if cruise has already bought the rights!.Cant possibly recommend this book and I hope DB has better luck with his next effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2014
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David Baldacci has been one of my favorite authors for a number of years, but I have been rather disappointed with the last two or three more recent offerings I have read. They seemed to me to be both overlong and the stories just did not hang together very well. I do not include The Innocent here, which is the predecessor to this book, as I have not read that one. However, this is very much a standalone volume and not having read the other did not diminish my enjoyment.

I thought this represented Baldacci on good form. It's a clearly thought out plot, not overly long and with plenty of action along the way. It never really loses momentum. The story is perhaps a little unlikely. A US Government hit man is sent after a former colleague who has, apparently, turned rogue and started to kill senior figures on her own side. However there are doubts as to whether she really has turned and indications of a huge conspiracy. Personally I am more than happy to suspend disbelief if the story is good enough to warrant it and this one certainly is.

Overall an excellent tale which most who enjoy this genre are going to appreciate. Let's hope that Baldacci continues to write to this standard. Recommended!
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