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
I did not read the print version; I have no comment.
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.
I don't have that kind of time; however, I did listen to it exclusively over a period of several days.
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!
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.
I liked the story and the characters, even Robie, and I'd like to see what happens next in his life.
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.
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.
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.
I love Ron McLarty as a narrator, so am nmore inclined to listen than read when he narrates.
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.
Not one comes to mind particularly.
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.
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!
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.
The Innocent is vintage Baldacci, any book.
Anything with Julie, the girl.
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