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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This book was simply fun to listen to. I found myself completely captivated by this fairly fast-paced thriller. I would highly recommend this book.
Mr. Baldacci turns in another suspense thriller. An unlikely alliance, twists, and tense moments keep this a riveting listen. With a male narrator, the use of a woman for women's voices made this even more enjoyable. Having gender appropriate voices for the roles should be the norm for audio books.
I enjoy good sci-fi and fantasy books. I also enjoy listening to Mysteries and Business marketing.
This totally got me into this writer. It was in my top 10% of listens this year.
Interesting story line with some surprises.
The narrators did an excellent job. Really enjoyed them.
Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.
Not the best Baldacci novel but it kept my attention throughout. Some scenes seemed a bit ludicrous but that's what makes this genre fun. Admit it!
Chekov once wrote: "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." Baldacci follows Chekov’s advice to the letter. Every character, every plot twist (and there are many) and every adjective is a foreshadowing of things to come. And, in a sense, I just gave away the shocking ending. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It is by no means a perfect book, being too over the top to be considered great. But the careful crafting of a detailed and complex mystery is so good that it should keep you in giddy suspense for the most of the book, at least until Chekov’s words resonate. Now my complaints: the sound effects are, at best distracting, and at worst, mood killers. Moreover, the male and female performances just do not work for me.
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