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The Innocent: A Novel | [David Baldacci]

The Innocent: A Novel

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....

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    04-26-12
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    If you could sum up The Innocent in three words, what would they be?

    very good book


    Any additional comments?

    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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Mesa, AZ, United States 07-16-13
    Erin Mesa, AZ, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Series"

    I really like the character and I was surprised several times. I like most of Baldacci's books but had taken a break for awhile a skipped a couple but I really like this and love the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 05-11-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Not a particularly engrossing listen"

    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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 11-09-12
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Doesn't have a soul"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have no idea, how would I know how to best fix a work of art? Stupid question.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure, nothing really sticks in my mind.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Another stupid question.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book, but not Baldacci's best. The whole book feels way too familiar to Hell's Corner, the hero is being hunted at the same time he has to investigate homicides. By the time we find out how and why the killings are going on, it's sort of like: Really? You are thinking and thinking if the explanation actually makes sense with all the facts, and then you are like, does it really matter? Do I care?

    The main character comes to life, but he struggles to flesh out. He's a skeleton. I think the basic problem with a stoic main character is bringing him to life without making him either a clown or a man who's a little too in touch with his feelings. You do that by letting his friends fill in the gaps.

    There was good suspense and action. And there were a lot of times where I wanted to keep on listening even though my drive was over. I listen to these books while I drive. I don't want to sound too critical, but the more I think about it the more forgetable this book is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 09-08-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "great thriller"

    What's not to love! It a Baldacci novel written so well and read beautifully.
    A mystery with rough characters you end up rooting for. I liked it and will look for another novel with the same main character. I hope that happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malia Nash Hawaii 07-14-12
    Malia Nash Hawaii 07-14-12 Member Since 2010

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    "At last, a new author I can listen to his books!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    None of the characters did stupid things. None of the women were rude or hated men. It was refreshing to have characters the reader could root for and care about.


    What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

    Actually none. This is the first book in memory where I wasn't saying, "oh come on...!" Brilliantly plotted, page turner, nice characterization.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Both didn't over act. It flowed nicely.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Relief. High Five. At last. I kept looking to see how many books David had written and smiling.


    Any additional comments?

    I've begun on the Camel Club..I do hope my subscription keeps up or David does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-24-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2014

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    "CIA HITMAN & Teenager team up~ 4 STARS"

    PLOT: CIA Hitman is about to make a "kill' when he changes his mind seconds later he is the the TARGET~


    Robie is one of the BEST CIA hitmen ~on his latest job he finds *PREY* is a mother living in poverty~ every bit of info he has been given is WRONG. After discovering a small child and infant with her Robie backs off the kill and a "back up" sniper kills them instead now Robie is NOW the target. As he makes a brilliant escape he comes across a teenage runaway. When the bus they are both riding on goes up in flames in a explosion both Robie and the teenage girl are now on the run *together*~ the girl is more than a run way she witnessed her parents murdered. AS Robie and the girl who is both intelligent and a computer savy. they find the path of several muders are part of the same dark plan. ..ending with a mysterious ARAB who has his own agenda to kill the President. This a very good audiobook. The characters are both entertaining and build as they move along. The Reader was very good and over all this was a long audio but held up and did not drag at all. Lots of twits and turns and holds the intestest. Baldacci is a very interesting author who also a lawyer who also blends in some legal issues with black ops in his latest thriller I would give this 4 out of 5 for very good audio and reader and over all story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc SANTA FE, TEXAS, United States 06-16-12
    Marc SANTA FE, TEXAS, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2003

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    "This is poor radio theatre not an audio book"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I might if it were produced as an audio book, not bad theatre.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    The production.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By trying to act. The sound effects and music were the most detracting part.


    Any additional comments?

    Audio books shoul dbe just that. An opportunity to listen as a form of reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adry arlington, TX, United States 05-08-12
    adry arlington, TX, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I love it"
    What did you love best about The Innocent?

    Me pareció una historia maravillosa, los sonidos que ambientan sin olvidar la representación de Cassidy y McLarty EXCEPCIONAL


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claro que Judy...si todos los teen fueran asi de avidos,,,


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    I LOVE THEMMMM


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    CRY, AND A LOT OF ANXIETY....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MadMex 05-04-12
    MadMex 05-04-12
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    "Restored Faith"
    What did you love best about The Innocent?

    This was not a typical GI Joe, Navy Seal, Super Hero Gorilla. The introduction of the young side-kick made the character Human.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Maybe not on the edge but certainly well planted. The uncertainty of the characters next move did this.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The male, female voices makes the story esier to follow
    Need better inflection in the female voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time, yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good entertainment for the money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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