Friday, August 30, 2013

Baldacci's The Hit and Lemonade Punch

Today Kim Hammond continues our series on summer reads with drinks with David Baldacci's The Hit and Lemonade Punch. 

Those who thought The Innocent was a great stand alone will be pleased to see Will Robie return in The Hit. Robie is tasked to eliminate one of his own, a rogue assassin named Jessica Reel. He and Reel worked together before and Robie knows she’s as good as he is, but he finds it hard to believe she’s gone to the other side. Why would she? 

He can’t argue that she killed her handler in cold blood and others are being systematically killed under very difficult circumstances that only a pro could pull off. There are two sides to every story, but Robie isn’t being paid to think on his own. When he gets into a shootout and is clearly outgunned, his life is saved by an unknown gunman that he believes is Reel. Why would she save the man she knows is out to kill her? Robie now wants to find out the truth, but is he willing to betray his country to do so?

I have been a fan of Baldacci’s for many years. I love his Camel Club series and also his King and Maxwell series (as well as the new TV show). Even though Robie kills for a living, you find yourself rooting for him. He has his own set of morals and ideas of right and wrong that I can live with. After two Robie books I hope this means we’ll be seeing more of him.

The perfect beverage to drink while reading The Hit is Lemonade Punch. 

Lemonade Punch

½ cup  lemonade flavor drink mix- I love Crystal Light so I use that
1 can  (48 oz.) pineapple juice, chilled
2 cans diet 7-up), chilled
2 cups  cold water
6 lemon slices
6  maraschino cherries- I like to live dangerously, so I use the entire jar

Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher and serve right away. Hint: I add the cherry juice in too.


  1. I can't wait to read the book and make the punch. How fun.

  2. I used to read Baldacci and just restarted after getting into King and Maxwell. It's like revisiting a friend. This book sounds good!