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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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    Niesa 10-31-12
    Niesa 10-31-12
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    "Worth the time and $"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version; I have no comment.


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

    Joe Pike/Elivs Cole. It was interesting enough to keep me listening, and didn't bog down in a bunch of details that didn't move the story along. The plot was plausible, and the action not too out of touch with reality. Baldacci handled the kid well. Her dialog and actions were on par with her age. The narrator was good. I would listen to more books with this character.


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

    I don't have that kind of time; however, I did listen to it exclusively over a period of several days.


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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 10-22-12
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 10-22-12

    Ann

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    "What a wonderful read!"

    What a great book. I didn't want it to ever end. David Baldacci is always good, and this book is no exception. It's a real edge-of-your-seater. The Innocent is a joy to read for several reasons: The writing is clear and crisp, the dialog is believable, and the action is non-stop. It was nice to have two narrators for this book: Ron McLarty (who is always great) and Orlagh Cassidy, who is a very believable teenager. When I finished listening to this book I wanted to hear it again, the next day!

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    Cindy 10-21-12
    Cindy 10-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good Baldacci thriller"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Although the first chapter(s) were a bit graphic the story became worth the wait. It took off at a fast pace and never let up.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story and the characters, even Robie, and I'd like to see what happens next in his life.

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    E.D. California 10-17-12
    E.D. California 10-17-12 Member Since 2008

    Goldenthreads

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    "A guilty pleasure"

    Excellent suspense! Interesting plot! So well crafted, I didn't CARE about the things in the plot that didn't make sense! The author is a good story teller, that's important.

    Having just read some "Grocery Store Checkout Line" novels, this was a welcome relief. It was interesting that the GSCL novels had some of the same problems with plot points making sense, well NOT making sense, but they were so moronically written I felt myself being Patient! This book is well written, it makes a big difference, you are carried along on the slalom. The difference is probably talent.
    The elements of an innocent in danger and a dangerous good guy are there but it's a whole different world. The characters feel more realistic, they don't look like they are doing certain things just to force the plot. It feels right. The "Bad Guys" are super secret, super rich, super intelligent(?), super manipulative, and super everything, which I usually find annoying, but the author made me not care.
    The plot is complicated, but well written, not forced. A lot of the time you can't figure what's going on, but not because the author can't tell a story, he can!

    The narration was excellent.

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    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 10-03-12
    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 10-03-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Heard before"
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    Like so many books in this genre -- the super-agent who has unbelievable skills in killing people and deducing far-fetched schemes of his enemies -- this book is filled with our super hero achieving everything while caring deeply. We can ignore the incongruity of him being an assassin who coldly kills people and him being a really nice, decent person. The plot was convoluted, but if you like this genre, you will probably like this book. I finished it, so I guess I have to give it 3 stars for that.

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    Bonnie 10-02-12
    Bonnie 10-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "In a rush to publish?"

    In MY humble opinion, a review should be just that and NOT a synopsis of the plot. Thus, “here lay a review”.

    From what I understand Mr. Baldacci is a prolific writer. This is the first book of his that I have read. I will probably try another because it was fast paced and exciting. I kept waiting to see how the government assassin and the 14 year old girl would have links between them because this was very non-plausible. I am not giving anything away because their backgrounds are established at the beginning of the book.

    The bad guy was very predictable and the overall story line was stale.

    I have to think that the publisher was pushing the author because of a deadline. This caused the author to pull all of the various story lines to a FAST conclusion. I loved the fast paced book and HATED the fast paced, unsatisfying conclusion.

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    VERONIQUE La Frete sue Seine, France 09-26-12
    VERONIQUE La Frete sue Seine, France 09-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall, a good read, a good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I love Ron McLarty as a narrator, so am nmore inclined to listen than read when he narrates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    The book is an original story which grips you and you want to keep listening to ffint out how it all falls together in the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one comes to mind particularly.


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

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Connie California 09-25-12
    Connie California 09-25-12

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    "typical adventure"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Readers who are enamored with modern spy adventures may enjoy Baldacci. Since he is popular, I tried one of his novels but did not find it to be special in any way.


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

    Not particularly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine. I found the sound effects really silly. If one requires gunshot sounds for the action parts to seem sufficiently interesting, you may find this novel appealing!


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    Jeffrey Duncan 09-25-12
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    "Very Enjoyable Listen"
    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Novel?

    The plot twists were interesting and the performance captures you. I almost wanted to drive in my car to finish the book. However, some of the plot was a little too telegraphed.


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

    The Innocent is vintage Baldacci, any book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Julie, the girl.


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    ~AudioBookaHolic~ 09-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "GREAT STORY!!"

    this was my first Baldacci Novel ....I LOVED IT!!! Awesome Thriller...love the hero will Robie! a Must Read!!

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