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 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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I enjoyed the character development. I listened to the third book of the series first.
The plot kept me engaged with a well told storyline and a few large twists that were reasonable.
There were several scenes that gripped my attention... I tend to be drawn more to the action sequences for "memorable scenes". There are several in this book. Near the beginning, one of the main characters and an unknown sniper have a run in... then there is a drive-by shooting at a restaurant, then several more... an action packed book.
I would keep the same title as the book.
None at this time.
Here is a dangerous man who has compassion tempered with wisdom. The tension is endless and satisfying.
Baldacci's main character character, Will Robie, is like Brad Thor's Scot Harveth. Nevertheless, Thor has a tendency, as many action 'action thrillers' do, to glorify violance. This is not totally the case with Will Robie. He recognizes that violence is often necessary, but doesn't see his lethal skills as the only answer to all paths in life.
I would like to see more of Will Robie, and his friend in the FBI.
Once again, the reader of the book did a fantastic job narrating the story !
The characters Julie, Robbie and the super agent Vance.
Beyond a doubt, it was the attempted assassination by Robbie's female love interest against the U.S. president and the Saudi Prince.
Never judge a book by its cover
Plot was a wee bit convoluted but overall, the characters were so endearing that it helped offset this minor concern.
I have never read Baldacci, (I know what am I waiting on right?)
Well, have already ordered two more. Great story and the characters are relevant and likable.
Robi and The Girl and both a likeable pair and would like to see her continue in the series.. I haven't read the second one yet....
I had not heard of these two before but will visit more things they have done.
"When Innocence is stolen...."
I do hope they make this into a movie. It would be so exciting.
Publishers: Please drop the sound effects and music from future installments in this series. The readers are good enough and listeners' imaginations are good enough to supply those details. Those unnecessary sounds were distracting (and actually were pretty "cheesy" quality, too). Have some faith in the quality of your basic product: you have a good author, a good story, and some good readers.
I thought the story started a little weak, but it built in complexity and became more satisfying by the middle of the book. I listen to dozens of books per year and haven't decided whether I will grit my teeth and listen to any more of this series because the sound effects really set my teeth on edge each time they intruded. So, other listeners - let me know if the sound effects go away in future volumes. . .
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