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
The imagination needs to stretch a lot to wrap your brain around a very absurd story. The CIA superman protagonist is much in the character of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp or Brad Thor’s Scott Harvath. Will Robie blows bad guys away with impunity, but when confronted with an assignment that involves killing a woman he finds sheltering her young son, alarm bells ring in his conscience; something is not right. Thus begins a wild ride and an extremely convoluted plot involving his unlikely partnership with Julie, a twelve year old street-wise girl. Julie is running for her life, literally, having witnessed the murder of her parents. It’s a page turning story, but the plot so far fetched, you’ll roll your eyes. Sort of amazing that Baldacci moves from this scenario to a White House dining room assassination attempt. Personally, I enjoy the who-done-it espionage genre, but prefer story lines with more credibility. Audiobook review, about a dozen hours.
Yes. Very entertaining and suspenseful.
General Carson. Gave the army a real quality .
The bad guy going to Bulgaria in a box.
The character of John Puller is excellent. Just read Zero Day and loved it.
The Suspect due to the plot twists.
On the bus when the young girl handled her attacker.
The characters were an interesting combination.
Very good story, intriguing and well presented. While the plot is really a standard, the characters came to life as read by the narrators. No one was over the top.
When Julie realized that she had really lost her parents.
Down to earth narration. No extremes. Provides a "face and personality" to the characters.
No, but did want to return to quickly. I need a break from audio from time to time or my mind wanders.
Great start to a new series. Will look forward to other installments
Nonstop. Exciting, Unpredictable.
I had read this book and I enjoyed it even more in the audible version.
I listened to the whole story....I liked it but I didn't. Maybe I just didn't find the story as gripping as other reviewers. I always enjoy multiple narrators. I feel they bring so much more to my listening experience.
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
Baldacci does it again! Believable hero with good supporting characters. Lots of action, a touch of romance, intrigue, suspense and good narration.
It kept me interested from the beginning.
When he realized that he was responsible for someone other than himself.
I don't know
I read some of the positive and negative reviews of this book, and found that most of the negative reviews I read found the story to be unrealistic and unbelievable. Unfortunately, these kinds of horrific acts happen more often than people seem to realize, and Mr. Baldacci has written a novel with a "what-if" type of drama. I quite enjoyed the book, and look forward to listening to the sequel, "The Hit".
I actually read it for a law class. I was so busy with other reading, I thought it would be refreshing to just be entertained for once. I would listen an hour or two each night to go to bed. -- It is addicting! The narration was great, and I have a very vivid image of the main character! Overall, as my first book read by Baldacci, I loved it!
The dramatic and surprising ending.. I can't give that away!~
A bit more inflection, I think my subliminal heard a lot of it as I was drifting to sleep. My ears were honestly sore from my Iphone earbuds the next day .. lol
Definitely, Finished in 3 nights.. easily. I looked forward to listening every night!
Can't wait to read the next!
this book was the BEST book from David Baldacci I have listen too, the character called Robie, is a hitman I only wish the audio would Drop the sound effects of gun fire. I truly enjoyed this hit-man. I only hope Book 2 is just as good,
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