Baldacci once again pairs up
Will Robie and Jessica Reel -- government assassins’
extraordinaire. When Robie and Reel first met in The Hit
they were on opposite sides. In this storyline they’re
dependent on each other for survival. Also returning is Julie
Getty; her first appearance was in The Innocent. If you want
a full background of all three characters or want to avoid
spoilers, I recommend starting with The Innocent
followed by The Hit.
Robie and Reel are brought to what the government calls the
Burner Box. They will be vetted for an international mission.
The president wants to assassinate a foreign leader and doesn’t
want to get caught. When Reel accepts the case she assumes
all is forgiven in her last kill (The Hit) but someone
wants revenge -- and if Robie’s an innocent casualty,
so be it. When the Burner Box vetting becomes deadly, Robie
and Reel need someone on their side. The Blue Man makes a
secret visit with some news. The two discover who the target
is and how plans have changed due to an unknown assassin.
This assassin’s childhood in a North Korean concentration
camp fills the storyline. Her job after killing a traitor
is to attack America and teach their leader a lesson. She
is invisible and lethal. Robie and Reel won’t see her
During a break from the international situation, Reel deals
with her father, a former Alabama Nazi sympathizer now on
death row. The visit is an added thread to the storyline which
reveals more about Reel and her past. This is where Julie
Getty meets up with Robie and Reel, as well.
After listening to the multiply storylines, all I have to
say is Baldacci gets better with age. Readers can expect plenty
of action, twists and turns and - best of all - justice served.
The audio version is so intense. It had me coming back for
Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy narrate The Target. They
also narrate The Hit and The Innocent. The
Hit is a 2014 Audie Award Winner, Thriller/Suspense.
McLarty narrates a professional side of Robie and provides
a slightly softer tone when it comes to Reel and Julie. He
really brings out the creepiness of Reel’s father. Cassidy’s
narration shows listeners an unwavering Reel; a young Julie
with an old soul and a soft-spoken, chilling North Korean
killer. I can’t think of a more professional pair than
these McLarty and Cassidy; these two steal the show.
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