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
Unnecessarily complicated plot, so farfetched that it needed to be explained at the end. There's no room for self discovery ie. opportunity for reader to guess at the direction the story is going or why certain things happened. The author jumps from one impossible coincidence and farfetched plot twist to the next... Average.
Narrator ok, as usual.
Long commutes need something to remove the boredom! Love history, mysteries/thrillers, scifi and bios, but read a little bit of everything.
And for me a new author. This is the first Baldacci book I have read and I couldn't be happier. Great plot line and characters. Excellent narrators. This story keeps you involved all the way through. My only complaint is that I figured out who the antagonists were relatively early in the storyline, but it didn't change my enjoyment of the book. Highly recommended.
This is first David Baldacci novel I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed book hating to pause when life demanded. Will definitely look for more books by this author.
I love a great story -- historical, science fiction, relationship, contemporary nonfiction. I'm a writer so look for great characters.
These novels are well-plotted and unpredictable. Baldacci builds in great twists and turns. He builds 3 dimensional characters and fills in colorful location and historical detail. The actors do agreat job of assuming their characters and varying heir voices and reads for different hats tee. Ron McLarty's pitch is perfect for Baldacxi's heroes. Read them all!
A few too many story lines to weave together realistically. Nevertheless, endearing characters and exciting action sequences pulled it through. Narrator/ narration is great, sound effects use of music, not so much.
Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys high drama, and larger than life characters. I was riveted from the opening scene, right to the end.
When Robie refused to carry out his orders; however, another did it for him, but I gave him credit for standing up to his high standards, even when up against what could have been his own demise.
The first scene on the bus, when Robie recognized the threat and took action to save Julie.
I was moved by Robie taking care of Julie and keeping her safe even when she rebelled.
Baldacci at his all time best.
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