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
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'm on the Interstate when I notice I passed by my exit---TWICE, while I was listening to this book. Of course I hate having to turn my big rig around to head it back into the right direction but, the story was worth it. Thus, if you have to pay attention to where you are going then this may not be the book for you. As for me, I enjoyed every lost moment it caused on this trip. Well written. And well performed by Ron McLarty with Orlagh Cassidy.
So, I guess I'm now officially addicted to the rest of the David Baldacci series.
Yes! It is so intense that one listening will not detect everything. There are going to be some clues that are missed.
Julie. Because Baldacci took his time in developing that character.
Honestly, I wish they had chosen someone different for this book. Not that either are bad, but they sound like Maxwell and King and that can be confusing.
It was too long to occupy that much time but made you want to hear more.
This is one I figured out early on because Lambert was not connected at the beginning and really had no reason for being in the book, so obviously there had to be a reason for her existence. I just waited but my money was on her all along.
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