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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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    Tonya Day-Stembridge Los Ranchos, NM, US 08-07-12
    Tonya Day-Stembridge Los Ranchos, NM, US 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    It was action-packed. The story was believable. The characters could be people you might meet in your neighborhood.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I fell in love with Will Robie, a real guy, who takes care of business with a heart. Also Julie Gentry, a kid who just couldn't catch a break. They made a good pair.


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

    They bring the action alive. I really enjoy the way they seem to play off each other.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The explosion surprised me.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love David Baldacci books. He delivers every time on a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trudi Seminole, Florida 07-29-12
    Trudi Seminole, Florida 07-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Tupi

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    "Will Robie - what a man!"

    I can't believe I adore a paid assassin, but Will Robie is such a great guy! Who wouldn't want to have him for a neighbor, especially since he lives in so many really nice places? I mean, how many houses/apartments/condos does the guy own? While that part seemed a little out of nowhere, this story overall held me. I wasn't sure where it was going, and the trip to the end was definitely a long and winding road.

    The juxtaposition of an intelligent teen with a hardened hit man has been done before, but Baldacci brought new life into what could have been an old story. He stretched this novel into an intricate web of international espionage and local mysery; he kept the puzzle alive yet every piece fit tightly! McLarty and Cassidy did a fine job of character interpretation bringing just the right amount of stunned innocence where needed and jaded disbelief where it worked best. A smart mouthed teen showed just enough heartache to bring out her innocence; a hardened FBI agent didn't fall for the tough guy's acts; and the traitor surprised the heck out of everyone. Those characters may have been created by Baldacci, but they came to life through exceptional intepretations by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.

    I love Baldacci, and I really thought this was one of his better stories. It did seem to go on and on and on, I kept waiting for a conclusion, but even the conclusion left room for development. Do I smell a possible sequel? It could work out nicely for Will and Nicki....someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie 07-29-12
    Annie 07-29-12 Member Since 2014

    Rather adorable.

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    "Action, suspense, a hero and a plucky kid."

    It's got it all - if you are looking for a good escape into your typical; action, suspense, rescue, who's behind all this evil - type of book.
    The book kept me hooked till the end. It's a bit predictable in some spots but not entirely - Which my simple mind enjoys being right every once in a while - so I don't mind a few predictable spots to make me feel brilliant on occasion.
    "The Innocent" is Not a life changer or a top 10 but it is definitely a book with a hook and a high entertainment value.

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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 07-26-12
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Baldacci is Automatic"

    Baldacci, McLarty and Cassidy have always been must reads for me. When I saw all the negative reviews because it was Baldacci I used a credit. First, if you are going to have sound effects I suggest you listen to Radio Classics on Satellite radio those shows knew how to entice us with sound effects.Imitation is a form of flattery.

    That out of the way I prefer that an author use a different narrator when a new character in introduced. I had a hard time thinking Will Robie wasn't Oliver Stone. Stand alone books aren't a problem. This isn't a knock on McLarty, I love his narrations. I thought Baldacci was clever to create the heroine somewhat akin to the Lizbeth Salander character in the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Series.

    The Innocent was typical of the thrills and chills you find in one of his books. He's a master of non stop suspense and his plots are intriguing and intricate. Strip the sound effects and the book was vintage Baldacci. It's an automatic download, don't be alarmed by the negative reviews buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delia Hemet, CA, United States 07-26-12
    Delia Hemet, CA, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "True Baldacci experience"
    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The readers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    Liked it all


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

    No but I really liked listening to them


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It was suspensful


    Any additional comments?

    Liked Part 11 also

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-25-12
    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This book kept me engaged!"

    This book is definitely in my top 10 audio books. I couldn't stop listening until the end. I loved the narrators and wow what a great story!

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    Bruce United States 07-23-12
    Bruce United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Baldacci at his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is not one of his series books and the freshness of new characters make it a great listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a hard one as I liked both of the main characters.


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

    When you "read" a book you have to imagine what the characters sound like. Having Ron and Orlagh's voices brings the book to life.


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

    Assassin with a heart of gold


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-12-12
    Tom Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best Baldacci"

    Baldacci is a great story teller. His thrillers are fast paced and entertaining and this was no different.

    The reason I gave it only 3 stars is because the story did not make a lot of sense to me. We have to believe the a ruthless assasin will drop everything to take care of a 14-year old smart aleck he accidently runs unto and whose story just happens to intertwine perfectly with his own difficulties. The performance was amped up with soud effects and music to try and bring something extra (I'm noticing this more often lately). It ends up being too distracting and a little annoying.

    Plus, why do bad guys make their plans so complicated? Don't they know that the more they do the more likely the other guys will stop them?

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    Amazon Customer 07-11-12
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    "Baldacci is The Best!"
    If you could sum up The Innocent: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Twists, Turns and captivating


    What did you like best about this story?

    Will, Julie and Vance


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing as extreme as crying, but some tension and some smiles


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Plano, TX, United States 07-09-12
    Andrew Plano, TX, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Exciting Thriller Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    The performance by the narrators was excellent.


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

    Exciting plot with many unexpected turns.


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

    First time that I have heard the narrators.


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

    American Assasin.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. A bit gory but plenty of exciting plots/subplots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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