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
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.
recommend as a hardcover and not audio book. I believe that the recording detracted from the story. Not the best audio performance too away from Baldacci-one of the best author in our time.
yes. I believe in a single performer who can maintain the multitude of characters.
Gets high marks because NO USE of PROFANITY. Books can be written and engaging without the use of profanity.
Maybe Baldacci, but not McLarty.
I couldn't finish the book it was so bad.
Not at all.
Horrible, bad, couldnt understand him.
Say something about yourself!
I like a good series, no make that I love a good series. And this new series from David Baldacci ranks right up there with his Camel Club series. He brings us Will Robi, an assassin for the government, who does not fit the typical assassin profile, as if I know what that is. Baldacci paints his newest hero as man with not only with a conscience but also as human and over the trilogy we see Robi become more human and less robotic in manner.
Will Robi is the hardened assassin in The Innocent that America calls on when others are not able take on. Robi doesn't question his orders until one night he goes against orders and refuses to kill a woman and her young child. Fleeing the scene of the crime, Robi makes the acquaintance of a teenage girl who is fleeing the scene of her parents deaths. As Robi learns more about his young companion, he believes that she is at the center of a massive cover up that reaches to the highest levels of the U.S. government.
This book is a good read if you are on a long road trip or at the airport slogging through a delay.
Thoroughly inprobable but highly enjoyable romp. Kept us engaged for many long hours on the road.
Great performance, great direction. Enjoyed the extra sound affects. I downloaded the second book before completing the first.
Will and Julie
Great read about "SPOOKS" with the added "WHO DON-IT."
First time I've listened with 2 narrators but found it really worked. I'm currently listening to the next book in the series.
The Innocent's story line is similar to the movie Leon: The Professional. The story line is a bad-ass hitman meets a precocious yet cheeky teenage girl, who happens to be involved in deadly, international drama. The two develop a bizarre but solid bond while surviving unbelievable situations. The difference is, well that would be a spoiler. Having loved the movie, I wasn't sure when the similarities started that I would enjoy this book. However, what it took was to listen to it as a screen play for a US, espionage, action block buster instead of a tender tale on the fragility of human life and the ability of even the most jaded to find love (see book 3 for that). The other element that makes this a good read (listen) is teh narration and sound effects. Yes, that's right sound effects. The narration is excellent. It's a perfect match for the character(s) and is read with elegant pace. At first I was shocked at the sound effects and thought this would be a total waste of money. I felt it was the cheesiest thing I'd ever heard, but by the end I couldn't imagine listening to the book with out them.
Great detail of the plot and characters.
This is the first time I've heard Ron Mclarty or Oriagh Cassidy and I am very impressed
They are a reason I would listen to just one more chapter.
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