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The Innocent by David Baldacci

The Innocent (edition 2012)

by David Baldacci

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Title:The Innocent
Authors:David Baldacci
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2012), Paperback, 448 pages
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Review: The Innocent by David Baldacci.

David Baldacci is truly a great writer. I enjoyed every bit of this face paced, well written, unfolding conspiracy, adventurous, compelling story. The book starts out leaving you with wanting more, it will keep you turning page after page till the end.

Will Robie is an inviting character to follow who is a government assassin who can master, move and execute his target without much remorse. He is ordered to kill a U.S. female citizen which he is told she is involved with terrorism. He stalks and prepares to kill her but within moments of her assassination he knows something isn’t right and decides to ignore his orders and spare the woman and the little boy who sleeps beside her….While he attempts to move away from her a sniper shot through her window and killed her and her son. Now he knows the control is out of his hands and he becomes the next target. Robie is on the run….

Within the pages of this thriller Robie meets up with a fourteen year old who is also running for her life. As a FBI agent he can’t seem to shake her loose to save himself. He was concerned for her and curious why she was on the run with a target on her back. The adventures these two encounters draws the mystery of who was really the target, him/ her or both…..A absolute breathtaking, sitting on the edge of a seat kind of book.

The story was told mostly from Robie’s point of view about an unquestioning cold-blooded killer. Robie never gets involved with anyone, a solitary way of life. Even his apartment has no personality, very few personal effects, just a generic space to lay his head. However, he is a very interesting, one of a kind of guy, who thrills you to the very end.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
We meet Will Robie on his 40th birthday, a sanctioned assassin for an unknown goverment agency, as he establishes his bona fides for us in the opening chapters. One of his assigments goes wrong, and he winds up being the hunted, while running into a young street wise 'woman' in a fourteen year olds body, who is also being hunted...and the mystery begins, and so does the body count. Real true action entertainment!( And that's what 'I'm after in a book - entertainment - I'm not after an education or necessarily a reality check -- I just like to be entertained and if you do then I'm sure you will enjoy this book too. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Another fast paced thriller from David Baldacci! This book was really exciting, with lots of danger and plot twists and turns. Just when I thought Robie was getting some answers, he would discover another layer of deception that interpreted into an even bigger problem. I really enjoyed this and will definitely move on to the next book. ( )
  Becky_McKenna | Apr 9, 2016 |
We are supposed to meet Will Robe for the first time in this book but it's my fourth book, having read the later ones first. I'd have to say that like a good bottle of wine, Robie improves with age; or maybe I've just read one too many of his books in too short a time. Be that as it may, I felt that Baldacci belabored the point and it was a relief when the book was over. Julie was the only refreshing character in the book. Good book to read on a rainy day when there's nothing better to do. ( )
  Writermala | Apr 2, 2016 |
Meet Will Robie - his job is to kill people. But he is not a criminal - he is an assassin for the government of the United States. And he never asks questions - an order is to be followed. Until he is sent to kill a woman and he finds her with children and an apartment that does not match anything that he expects. He decides not to take the shot until he does some checks and someone takes it for him. And he becomes a fugitive from his own people.

And while he is trying to escape from them, he starts uncovering the truth. If you are reading the book you expect the high level corruption that will be uncovered. The assassin with the golden hard is an old story and there is not much to make it different from similar stories. And yes, Baldacci manages to find a way - partially by building both the character of Will Robie (who goes by Robie) as a real person, partially by adding a diverse supporting cast - Julie starts as a victim and proves to be anything but, the special agent assigned to the cases manages to see what Robie sees in the world and the Blue Man ends up being an unexpected ally (despite the name). And of course, it is Baldacci - he manages to add a plot after a plot without making it too complex; he puts inside of a single novel more stories than some other authors use to write a whole series.

It is not a perfect novel. It is not a literary novel. But when you need a thriller, there are worse books to find. And there aren't too many authors working today that has the storytelling talent of Baldacci. Time to read more of the books about Will Robie. ( )
  AnnieMod | Mar 23, 2016 |
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America has enemies--ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.
But Will Robie may have just made the first--and last--mistake of his career . . .
It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway-her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.
Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power.
Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life . . . and perhaps his own.
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Will Robie, a freelance hitman working for the government, rescues a teenage girl whose parents' disappearance may be linked to a vast, high-level cover-up.

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