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The Innocent: A Novel | [David Baldacci]

The Innocent: A Novel

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....

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jo-Netta Vancouver, WA, United States 09-12-12
    Jo-Netta Vancouver, WA, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lots of twists and turns in this book!"

    The Innocent was a great book to listen to on a very long trip home and back. There are lots of twists and turns, as is typical for a Baldacci novel. At first you don't know who's the 'good guy' or the 'bad guy' and it can be a little confusing, but we were able to catch on quickly. The characters were engaging, and we liked the reader's style of narration. We'd recommend this book.

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    Wendy 09-11-12
    Wendy 09-11-12
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    "An excellent listen"
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    This is a thoroughly engaging story. Not particularly original, not serious literature, but an enjoyable story that keeps the listener's attention. I am not a fan of the sound effects that were sporadically added, and think it might have benefited from a couple of additional voices for the various characters, but all in all, a good listen I would highly recommend.

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    Donna L. Cundiff OH 09-11-12
    Donna L. Cundiff OH 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Glad I ignored negative review"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

    Really, it compares favorably with most David Baldacci novels.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I truly enjoy reading novels more than listening to them, but lack the time to read as much as I would like so I supplement with audio books. So, the narrators don't add more to my enjoyment. However, they are two of my favorites, Ron McLarty especially.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I did not pay attention to the negative review on the postings. The individual criticized the background sound effects, but I found out they were only used for the prologue. The negative review also criticized the relationship between the main character and the teenaged girl. Conversely, I found the relationship quite believable. This was not Mr. Baldacci's best novel, but it was worth my time to listen to it.

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    N TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12
    N TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This was a great book. I loved the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Very intense.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Energy, Intensity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold Lund Kadoka, SD 09-07-12
    Arnold Lund Kadoka, SD 09-07-12 Member Since 2015

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    "The best Audible Title I have ever listened to!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes, intreging developed characters, lots of surprises


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This I can't be specifiic but the end is captivating and totally surprising. The most memorable moment in the book without revealing too much is relationship of the strong women characters and the failed assignment which he could not do morally and because he did the right thing it weaves ir leads to a very profound and enjoyable adventure for the reader . Notice I am leaving out names as it would spoil the magnificance intique of this book.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The intricate details and the two big surprises ant the conclusion, which cannot even be hinted at!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Yes surprise at the end (The Party/Assination?) which made me feel for Robie over lost relationships?
    Also the parting of the Girl and Robie, because it is one part that seems incomplete to me


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Please more Will Robie

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    Joseph Homosassa, FL, United States 09-06-12
    Joseph Homosassa, FL, United States 09-06-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Just what happens next?"
    Where does The Innocent: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found this to be one that was hard to put down. You kept wondering where the next bullet was going to come from and from who?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic and believable every step of the way. Story line intrigued you thru out the pages.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The action that took place in the safe house when Robie noticed the red dot on Julie's chest.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No one is safe anywhere


    Any additional comments?

    Sad commentary on men who have served this country but not provided with the help needed to adjust when they return. I know it's just a book, but it rang true for me. The government can tract you and knows what you are doing but does not step in to help.

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    carolyn 09-04-12
    carolyn 09-04-12
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    "awesome...."
    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Novel?

    awesome.... excellent.. kept me on the edge of my seat... characters very realistic.. and our hero is very lovable...


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story line was very well written and the characters were very true.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayla Huntsville, AL, United States 09-04-12
    Gayla Huntsville, AL, United States 09-04-12
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    "KEPT MY INTEREST ..."
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    Loved this book ... kept you guessing throughout till the end ... great character and hope David Baldacci brings back Will Robie in his future books.

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    Thomas Hamburg, NY, United States 09-04-12
    Thomas Hamburg, NY, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Enjoyable"

    Excellent story, but of course all the good guys win. I like the use of 2 narrators.

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    Eve United States 09-03-12
    Eve United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Captured my interest from the beginning. Great"
    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Novel?

    Baldacci is an excellent story teller. I would recommend it to anyone.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great in audible.

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