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 14-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.
©2012 David Baldacci; 2012 Hachette Audio
Baldacci creates a captivating novel of absurdities. If you like a yarn that help you pass some time and get involved in trying to understand the puzzle of the story then you'll enjoy this book. I did! But, I also thought it was so far removed from reality and believability that it was a real stretch to just say, "Give me a break".
Make it less convoluted, make the # of people killed much smaller, make the number of government traitors much smaller.
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
No review this time. Just some quick notes.
The novel starts slowly. It takes awhile for the plot to grab your interest. But once it does, the ride is good fun.
The concluding tying up of loose ends is hackish. Build the conclusions into the plot. Don't wait for the last few chapters and then have the characters amaze each other with descriptions of how each plot line was resolved. At best, this is evidence of a lazy writer. At worst, an incompetent one. Baldacci is fully competent. He can do much better.
Narration is uneven. Female voices, in particular, seem miscast. An FBI agent with such a strong, though intermittent, Brooklyn accent?
Audio production is awful. The sound effects and music are distracting, making it impossible to lose yourself in the story. This audiobook would work better with less: fewer narrators (McLarty could handle it better alone), fewer sound effects, less music. It might be good for Baldacci to remember: One reason many of us prefer books to, say, movies, is that books allow our imaginations to "fill in the blanks." The sound of a stereotypical bullet adds little; and has a cost.
Conclusion? Decent escapist fiction. But probably a story better READ. Buy the book. Skip this audio.
Story was pretty good. I like lots of action. I would have been happy to have more action especially of the hand-to-hand combat variety of which there was none.
Only one narrator. I kept thinking the second female narrator was my bluetooth earpiece talking to me. I found the second narrator and sound effects distracting and detracting from the story. The sound effects so nothing but alert you to early to the possibility of a plot twist. Also the main male narrator sounds a little old for the main character.
Good story with lots of turns that kept you away from the ending.
I just didn't like all the sound effects, didn't feel they added anything to the story.
I have listened to nearly all of Baldacci's books in audio format and Mr. McLarty's presentations, but this is the first book I have listened to where Ron McLarty's sounded as if he were getting paid to read as fast as possible. The normal pauses, intonations and voice changes provided by the best readers is lacking in the performance of the book, so much so that it does the content a disservice. As for the content, it's not up to the standards of previous Baldacci works, as the sequence and timing of events seem to be edited for brevity, which made the story choppy.
Mr. McLarty did much better with the Camel Club series.
I would, but only if they didn't have anything better to read.
Mr. McLarty, you've a terrific voice, but please remember that your audible audience enjoys a book as much for its performance as for its content; and we come to this medium with different expectation that does a kindle reader.
I live my life by just a few rules: "Be a friend, love deeply, don't believe everything you see, hear or read and always watch your six."
I try to workout five days a week. Boring! I absolutely abhor lifting weights and doing mindless cardio. But, I gotta do it...doctor's orders. I used to listen to music. I like music...all kinds...rock, pop, country, easy listening, classical...it soothes the soul. But, it wasn't enough. I tried listening to the news. Got upset about the dysfunctional political environment. Tried listening to market news. Gibberish and arbitrary. Then, I began listening to The Innocent from audible.com and that changed everything. For an hour or so each day I was able to escape. Is it classically written...uh, no. But, David Baldacci writes in such a readable fashion with characters that are plausible yet outrageously different from the rest of us. His story line is understandable and, yes, maybe a little predictable, but I really like it. I care about his story and his characters and I thank him for sharing his world with me if only for an hour or so each day. And I share the values of his main character, Will Robie.
It is fast paced and exciting.
The finale. No additional spoiler info, I just liked the finale.
Yes and no. As I mentioned above, I use this to deaden the senses against the physical workout I am putting my body through. On the other hand, yes, I wanted to just keep listening.
I have read several of Baldacci's other books and he seldom disappoints. He is one of my favorite contemporary authors.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I really dislike sound effects..and apparently David Baldacci's producers think we need sound effects and musical interludes to perk up what was a fairly tedious listen.
McLarty and Cassidy did their best to perk the book up but it was not at all believable. The second novel in a series, I won't be buying the third (if there is one).
Save your credit
I might if it were produced as an audio book, not bad theatre.
By trying to act. The sound effects and music were the most detracting part.
Audio books shoul dbe just that. An opportunity to listen as a form of reading.
very good book
This book will hold your interest and you will dread putting it away when it is time to sleep. I enjoyed the people in the book, the plot and the writting. It was easy to read and I could say it was worth my time and my money. Read this book it will be a pleasure
Seriously hated the sound effects....this is my first book by this author and I really didn't like it at all!
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