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Did Baldacci really write this?
on 25 November 2014
I have to give this one star - there isn't an option for none.
It starts badly and then goes downhill.
Sadly, this was the worst book I have read for a long time. I enjoyed the first two Robies but this doesn't seem like a Baldacci at all. It gives me the impression that my favourite author has gone down the James Patterson route of lending his name to a ghost writer, in this case a first-time author.
It also seems that there has been no overall editing of this book which, at nearly 600 pages, is over-long and has no continuous plot-line, merely a number of them linked only by the two main protagonists who are barely believable superheroes. Sorry, I mean 'unbelievable'. Some bits of background information are repeated, for example the Korean killer's history of being brought up in a concentration camp, as if the author expects the reader to have no powers of retention.
The depiction of the President of the USA as a semi-moron and of the head of the CIA as a petty vengeful character has often been part of the opinion of the characters such as King and Maxwell in Baldacci books but in this one it is almost a given fact and is totally over-done. (I know many people think that, but that is just politics - no-one like these characters would reach such positions in the real world).
In past Baldaccis there has always been a good deal of exciting action and long such sequences. In this there is virtually none of it, in particular the 'rescue' from the concentration camp is laughably short and almost over before it has begun.
The other thing that is lacking is the humour - I for one (I know others don't) have always liked the humour and the debunking of pomposity in Baldacci books.
Finally, it's mis-named: there isn't one target but multiple ones and even then it's not clear who is the actual Target in each story (there are at least three or four separate stories herein).
I'm saddened to write this and just hope David Baldacci will disown this book and return to the humorous and exciting stories that have kept me enthralled over many years past.