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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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    sundog09 Placentia, CA, United States 03-02-14
    sundog09 Placentia, CA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A great workout listen"
    Would you listen to The Innocent: A Novel again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is fast paced and exciting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The finale. No additional spoiler info, I just liked the finale.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several of Baldacci's other books and he seldom disappoints. He is one of my favorite contemporary authors.

    2 of 2 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

    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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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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    Think about this 09-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "An assassin with heart"

    Will Robie is a government assassin, thinking about being 40, then letting his conscience be his guide on an assignment. A correct decision opens a whole can of worms and never ending consequences for Will, including involvement in a murder, and protecting a 14 year old eye witness.
    This is a non-stop thriller with an ever evolving plot, likable characters and dramatic conclusion, left a tad open for the next book. The narrators do an excellent job (although Julie does sound somewhat older than she should). Glad this is only the first of the Robie saga, cause growing attached to this group was an easy thing to do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leojsayta 07-16-14
    leojsayta 07-16-14
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    "Liked the book. Hated the 2nd nar. & snd effcts"
    What did you like best about The Innocent: A Novel? What did you like least?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stan Texas 07-16-14
    Stan Texas 07-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disliked all the Sound Effects."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story with lots of turns that kept you away from the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I just didn't like all the sound effects, didn't feel they added anything to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SunsetPass 07-11-14
    SunsetPass 07-11-14
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    "Too much reading, insufficient speaking"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Innocent: A Novel to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, but only if they didn't have anything better to read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    I will


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-06-14
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not so much"
    What did you like best about The Innocent: A Novel? What did you like least?

    The narration by Ron and Orlagh made the book


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Sure - just disappointed in this one


    Did Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    If it was not for them, this book would have been a snoozer


    Could you see The Innocent: A Novel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really - nothing new here


    Any additional comments?

    The book took a long time getting to the point. You were never able to figure anything out which made the story even more frustrating. Everything gets summed up in the last chapter. What is supposed to be a big cliff hanger just makes you glad to be done with the book. It started off well, died in the middle and then quickly summed up in the end.

    1 of 1 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
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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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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-03-13
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2010

    MTF

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    "Engaging thriller/mystery"

    The start of this novel was amazing - it totally grabbed me. Will Robie, a government hitman, finds himself pursued by the government and the target of an assassination. His path crosses with that of a 14 year-old runaway who is also targeted. This mystery is fast moving and fun, and the the girl is a fun character. While the second half of the novel slows down and sinks to a standard mystery, it is still enjoyable. The truth behind all the killings seems a bit far-fetched. The readers (one male, one female) were great, and side sound effects added to the suspense and enjoyment. I liked this overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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