A Quick Snapshot

These thrillers usually feature macho loner-type guys who shoot their guns a lot. The guys tend to be extremely physically fit, stoic, self-assured… and emotionally wounded. They’re usually in law enforcement or the military, or retired from those pursuits, and they can take a bullet or two without even blinking. And there’s something offbeat but noble about ’em, like tarnished knights.

Lee Child’s wildly popular Jack Reacher series falls into this category. As does David Baldacci’s excellent series featuring government-sanctioned hitman Will Robie and his hitwoman partner Jessica Reel (who is muy macha herself!).

THE INNOCENT by David Baldacci

Book #1 of the high-octane Will Robie thriller series.

Government-sanctioned assassin Will Robie is sent to eliminate a target in Washington, DC, but when something seems off about the mission Robie defies his orders and refuses to pull the trigger. As a result, Robie himself is targeted and has to go on the run.

While on the run, Robie encounters a 14-year-old girl on the run herself, whose parents were murdered and whose own life is in danger. Even worse, he’s convinced she’s at the center of a vast conspiracy that may stretch to unimaginable levels of power. Denying all his ingrained professional rules, Robie rescues her and finds he can’t walk away.

Now Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl’s life, risking his own…

THE HIT by David Baldacci

Book #2 of the Will Robie thriller series.

A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst – enemies of the state, monsters who are a threat to untold numbers of innocent victims.

No one else can match Robie’s talents as a hitman…except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and skilled, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now she’s gone rogue, turning her sniper sights on other members of their agency.

To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive.

But as Robie hunts down Reel, he finds there is infinitely more to her betrayal than meets the eye…

THE TARGET by David Baldacci

Book #3 of the Will Robie thriller series.

The President of the United States needs someone to carry out a lethal, high-risk assignment to eliminate a global menace. But if the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment. So he turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: government-trained assassins Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

Together, their skills are unparalleled. But there are some in power who don’t trust the pair, doubting their willingness to follow orders. So when the mission is assigned to Robie and Reel, there’s one caveat… they can’t be allowed to survive it.

THE GUILTY by David Baldacci

Book #4 of the Will Robie thriller series.

Will Robie escaped his small hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi on the Gulf Coast right after high school, severing all ties, including with his father. And he’s never looked back.

Now his father, Dan Robie, a respected local attorney elected town judge, has been charged with murder. Most of the townspeople think he’s guilty, and Dan is refusing to do anything to defend himself.

Learning of his father’s predicament, Will Robie, with formidable fellow assassin Jessica Reel at his side, begins his own investigation into the case. But as outsiders, they’re met with suspicion and violence at every turn.

Now Will finds himself forced to face the possibly fatal consequences of choices made decades ago by father and son. Only this time there may be no escape for either of them.


The first book in the Jack Reacher series.

Ex-military policeman and all-around tough guy Jack Reacher is a drifter, just passing through Margrave, Georgia. And in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome.

Reacher knows he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a cold beer’s chance in hell of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia.

Sill, it’s going to be up to Reacher to solve the series of brutal crimes that occurred here, hunt down his brother’s killers, and destroy the lethal conspiracy lurking behind the town’s peaceful facade. Not a bad day’s work for a drifter just passing through.

DIE TRYING by Lee Child

The second book in the series featuring ex-military policeman and tough guy Jack Reacher.

Jack Reacher is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Happening to witness a woman being abducted in broad daylight on a street in Chicago, he’s thrown into the van as well. Now, locked in the back of the claustrophobic van and chained together, Reacher and his fellow abductee find themselves at the mercy of their captors, being transported across the U.S. to an unknown destination.

Shockingly, the kidnappers are demandiing an exorbitant ransom. Because apparently this mysterious woman is worth more than Reacher ever would have imagined. But there’s no use counting on anyone to pay.

Reacher knows they’re in a tight spot. Some would say an impossible one. But he’s determined to save them both… or die trying.

TRIPWIRE by Lee Child

The third book in the Jack Reacher series.

Ex-military policeman and perpetual drifter Jack Reacher is temporarily enjoying the lazy anonymity of Key West when a stranger shows up asking for him. He’s got a lot of questions. Reacher does too, especially when the guy turns up dead.

Finding the answers leads Reacher on a cold trail back to New York and the dark, dangerous corners of his own past.

When a tripwire gets tripped, anything can happen…


The fourth book in the Jack Reacher series.

Ex-MP Jack Reacher is back, dragged into the investigation of a series of brutal murders by a team of FBI profilers who aren’t 100% sure he’s not the killer they’re looking for. Assuming he isn’t guilty, they think he’s smart enough to help them find the real killer.

Reacher doesn’t really want to be involved, but they’ve got him by the short hairs: phony charges stemming from his inadvertent involvement in a protection shakedown, and a threat of harm to the woman he loves.

Interestingly, all of the victims brought sexual harassment charges against their military superiors, then resigned from the Army after winning their cases. And they all died in their own bathtubs, covered in gallons of camouflage paint. But the cause of death is a mystery, and the FBI forensic specialists can’t figure out why they seem to have gone willingly to their deaths.

Meanwhile Reacher’s pursuing a couple of theories about the killings. One centering on a complex cover-up involving stolen military hardware. The other on a murderous maniac who’s smart enough to leave no clues behind.

Either way, it’s going to be a blind run through hell to uncover the truth, and bring the guilty parties to justice…




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Thrillingly yours,

Kristy Dark


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  1. I have read the Reacher books, love them all. would not give a plug nickel for the movies. Who the hell
    is Tom Cruise?
    Anyway I also love books from Mark Dawson, The John Milton series. John is a “cleaner” for British government, alcoholic, wrestling with his demons etc.
    I have also read and enjoyed Linda Prather and A E Howe. Many others also.
    I love you website, count on me to be back time and again.

    • Hey James,

      I love the Reacher books too! Lee Child is one of my favorite writers, and I’ve read almost all of his books. Unfortunately Tom Cruise was so different from Jack Reacher in the books that it made it hard for die-hard Reacher fans to accept him in the movie role.

      Sounds like you especially enjoy the action-type thrillers, and I agree they’re very entertaining and really keep those pages turning.

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, James. I’m delighted that you like the website and will be returning!

      Thrillingly yours,

  2. Thanks for responding, I will be back looking for more reviews. I have enjoyed some of the Slower moving thrillers. Hey a slow or a quick a thriller is a thriller.

    • You’re welcome, James, my pleasure. Yes, check back soon, I’ll be adding plenty more reviews. You’re absolutely right – slow or quick, what count are the thrills!

      Thrillingly yours,

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