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
This is another in the terrorist, evil doer government, moralist assassin genre. Unfortunately, the book is just silly and ridiculous. David Baldacci can churn them out. Spend your casual reading time with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, or Thomas Perry instead. You will be glad you did.
A great spy/mystery novel. The twists and turns keep the reader off guard until about the last hour of the book. And even then, the "why" is still unknown. The only downside, and its not much, is that the wrap-up at the end is all a little too simplistic.
I've never been disappointed with a David Baldacci book
They both were the perfect fit for their characters. And there ability to give each character a different voice brings realism and clarity to the book. I hadn't heard of Oriagh before, but I've never been disappointed by a book done by Ron McLarty. I hope I hear from the duo again soon
The plot does not hang together at all. I enjoy mysteries that leave you guessing until the very end but this one was quite farfetched. The male narrator is good. The female narrator has a tough time switching between adult and teenage female voices - they all sound the same. The main character Will Robie is your standard tough guy with a heart of gold (no flaws that make him human unfortunately). There is a lot of social commentary mixed in (plight of homeless, ill treatment of war veterans, sorry state of health care) that detracts from the cohesiveness of the story.
Another one of those thrillers which takes an unlikely path to achieve a tortuous but entirely predictable twist in the plot. The characters are interchangeable and the plot is irrational.
I have to disagree with those who thought the production of this book was annoying. I have to agree that at first the sound effects and two voices caught me by surprise as most books are not performed like this; however, as it went on I got used to it and it did not subtract from the story or the characters (the most important thing about a book!). The story was unique, not run of the mill who-dunnit, and kept you listening to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed the character of Julie and how she handled some very horrible circumstances. I also liked Robie who is not your run of the mill hit-man but one who could actually "think" for himself (in so many books they are portrayed like robots who just do as they are told). I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it!
No. Would not want to turn them off to Baldacci usually much better then this
Get rid of 14 year old, some background as why a hitman is also an investigator. Shallow forced story hard to fix that.
Womens preformance and voice did not help.
I enjoyed this book. I agree that the music was annoying, especially at first. I think it's over produced. Ron McLarty can do just fine on his own. But either it got less intrusive, or I just got used to it because the story was so well paced and spare and compelling. I got lost in it; which is the goal. I like the new main character, Will, and would like to see him, and Vance, and the young girl in future stories. I also had an initial problem with the female voice, but will few exceptions Orlagh Cassidy blended her performance nicely into the production.
With as much charisma a Sgt. Joe Friday on "Dragnet", Will forges ahead into a complicated plot that is very good, with many twists and turns. It could have been SO much better if the protagonist had an iota of wit or charm--something that Baldacci is so good at! The young 14 year old Julie is actually the best character, while Will Robey is wooden. It is made clear he DOES have a soul, but absolutely no personality. Baldacci has proven in the past that you don't have to be without personality to be a good cop, operative, or investigator. Also, the endgame was not that difficult to predict, based on Robey's own honed paranoid instincts, which he mysteriously suspended for another character.
Baldacci is always worth the read; but, it felt like reading an old school Sam Spade-type of character--just without any clever repartee.
This is right on par with the many other David Baldacci books I have listened to or read. The protagonists were more interesting to me than the King & Maxwell series, but not as engaging as those in the Camel Club series.
Ron McLarty's voice fits assassins so well! And Orlagh Cassidy is so skilled with voicing different characters. Added to that, the production is so good that I often forget that there are two different narrators.
No, but that says nothing about the book's quality. I enjoy reading action / violence, but the visual images are a bit much for me.
If you already like David Baldacci, you're likely to enjoy this book. If you're new to reading his books, it's a good representation of the majority of his catalog.
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