Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Target (May 30)

targetOne of our volunteers, who knows that I like to read a lot, loaned me a book by one of her favourite authors the other day and said she was sure that I would enjoy it. The book is The Target, by David Baldacci, and I have chosen it for this week’s Friday meme combo. I have started reading it and so far it’s not that bad. GoodReads has the following description:

The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.

Together, Robie and Reel’s talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don’t trust the pair. They doubt their willingness to follow orders. And they will do anything to see that the two assassins succeed, but that they do not survive.

As they prepare for their mission, Reel faces a personal crisis that could well lead old enemies right to her doorstep, resurrecting the ghosts of her earlier life and bringing stark danger to all those close to her. And all the while, Robie and Reel are stalked by a new adversary: an unknown and unlikely assassin, a woman who has trained her entire life to kill, and who has her own list of targets–a list that includes Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Target:

Four hundred men lived here, most for the rest of their time on earth.

And then hell would get them for the rest of eternity.

It’s not the cheeriest of beginning, but it is quite intriguing.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Target:

“We’re just trying to survive, Frank. Any assistance you can give on that will be much appreciated.”

“I’m not sure I can do anything to help with that.”

It doesn’t look like someone wants to be helpful. I haven’t got this far yet, but I hope to get some of it read over the weekend if I can.


5 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Target (May 30)

  1. I listened to True Blue by Baldacci and was surprised it kept my attention. On audio that is pretty hard. Shows to me he’s a good writer and engages the reader or listener.

    Happy weekend!

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