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Random Musings & Book Reviews

09 July

The Hit by David Baldacci

THE HIT is the second book in the Will Robie Assassin series after THE INNOCENT. I could barely get through The Innocent. I saw a David Baldacci book at the airport before I left for London. On the flight I started The Shining Girls, and read all three of Lauren Beukes’ books by the time we were flying back to the states. The husband picked up some Baldacci for my Kindle while in London, so on the day flight back, I started THE HIT.


It begins by pedantically explaining how the U.S. Government needs hit men and women for black ops assassinations, which is really just murder for hire. Not a leap, as other books have had the same premise, and we are now living in the post Edward Snowden America. An America where even our library book borrowing history was gathered by GWB’s administration, so why would BHO’s administration be any better? These assassins, specifically Will Robie and Jessica Reel, supposedly have deep-seeded issues that make them the perfect killing machines to rid America of undesirables and threats in our own, and other countries.

Will Robie is the de facto killing machine, and he is sent after Reel when it is discovered that she killed one of their operatives. Robie blithely follows what “Blue Man” and his other superiors tell him to do, hunting down Reel. But there are two sides to every story. Has Jessica really gone rogue, or has someone high up in Government made it look like she’s a threat? Then it starts to become droll. Reel is actually fighting a systemic internal problem that is all about preserving the end of the world as we know it, for the rich. A think-tank employee, and what actually reliable papers come out of a think tank?!, turned middle-of-nowhere conspiracy theorist with a militia, is tracked down by Reel because of a paper he wrote. A hypothetical paper. That people in the American government are supposedly implementing.

It’s so far-fetched by now, adding the lack of any critical thinking I have to do, and absolutely no words harder than a fifth-grade vocabulary, made me want to put this book down many, many times. But I wanted two things: 1) I wanted to know what in the heck Americans actually *think* is good literature because Baldacci couldn’t have become so well-known if he sucked (oh, wait, this is the same population that reads Patterson, so I’m just shaking my head); and 2) I thought my 13 year old before finishing middle school next year could read this for summer reading. I continued reading because of #2, because in all honesty I made up my mind about Baldacci around 25% of THE HIT.

I finished it. I was disappointed. The husband nagged me for something new to read, and I told him THE HIT. He hated it. He said, “Didn’t you tell me to read The Innocent?” I checked my Kindle. By golly, I didn’t even get past 50% in that book and my husband read the whole thing. All the glowing five-star reviews make me think I’m crazy, but no, in all honesty, that book made me stupider. I did not exercise one brain cell while reading THE HIT. I read a book a day (about, unless it’s some hard stuff, or I’m out of town actually doing things for 16 hours a day), and in 2012 I completed 264 Kindle books, 42 library books, and a myriad of print books; none of them came close to this level of dull, except for Patterson.

If you’re looking for a book for a kid, this is a decent choice for a boy; if you have a better than 8th grade reading level, try something challenging instead.

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