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David Baldacci , Ron McLarty , Orlagh Cassidy
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18 Feb 2014 Will Robie

When government hit man Will Robie is given his next target he knows he’s about to embark on his toughest mission yet. He is tasked with killing one of their own, following evidence to suggest that fellow assassin Jessica Reel has been turned. She’s leaving a trail of death in her wake including her handler.

The trap is set. To send a killer to catch a killer. But what happens when you can’t trust those who have access to the nation’s most secret intelligence?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Abridged edition (18 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478951494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478951490
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,535 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.

About the Author

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 different languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world’s favourite storytellers. His family foundation, the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization, works to eliminate illiteracy 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Accomplished Writer 16 April 2013
By C. E. Utley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that doesn't thrill 22 Jun 2013
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Criminal Read to the Intellect 17 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
How the Amazon ratings for this book remains high is one of the most staggering mysteries to me. Since after reading previous works from the author that were okay combined with what seemed like many positive reviews made this definitely worth adding to my book list.

However, on this occasion the wisdom of the crowd was wrong and the book is too bad that it would be embarrassing for me to pass onto friends and family (or even a charity store). The plot is inconceivable, unbelievable, meanders aimlessly, un-engaging, uninspiring with flat one dimensional characters.

The book had the ingredients for a good read and the first ten pages seemed on the money but that rapidly deteriorated like air from a burst ballon. But what let it down so much is the poor quality of pigeon English writing that for an international best seller is absolutely unforgivable. The writing skill is amateur, and lacks any sort of descriptive qualities necessary to build a scene in one's mind, and again the prose is so sterile it would be difficult for any editor to redraft and return to a pleasing readable syntax.

Overall this is a crime novel whose main crime was swindling me out of money and the time spent reading such far fetched rubbish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is one David aldacci best and has a story that keeps you interested all the way through. I gave it 5 starts due to having read others of his books and this is the best so far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant follow up about Will 20 April 2014
By Kev
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
David is one of my favourite authors and Will one of my favourite characters. This is a must read for anyone who likes thrillers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, full of suspense 12 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent, you were kept guessing to the end. Full of suspense. Can't wait for the next one to see where they are.
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