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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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    Cyndi Pasadena, MD, United States 08-22-12
    Cyndi Pasadena, MD, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great Listen"
    Would you listen to The Innocent: A Novel again? Why?

    Yes, the story was very interesting-single older man, working as an assassin realizes his career is up while on a hit, escapes and runs into a scared, uptight teenager-both very set in their ways, and they both must learn to trust, respect each other so they can find out why they were thrown together. There were many plot twists which allows the story,and characters to pull you in so you are wanting to know what is next. The only criticism is the ending left us wishing for a sequel.

    The narration was very good. I hadn't listened to a book with 2 narrators before, but Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy were really nice to listen to and i enjoyed the distinction between the characters, especially since one is a teenager. Orlagh Cassidy helped bring her to life and was very convincing as a 14 year old. I think if it was done by one narrator some of her scared, but independant nature would have been lost.
    The book flowed, never stalled, and we both stayed up one night to finish. I will definitely listen to it again.

    My husband and I listen to it in the car as we drive to class, and we both enjoyed it, which speaks volumes for this book. I don't usually read this genre-I like historical romances and he is into sci-fi, but we chose this book as a middle ground, and we are both glad we did. Will definitely listen to other books by Balducci; and these narrators.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Will Robie. He is the cliche of the older single man- a solitary figure, focusing on his career-never time for romance, family. But as the story progressed I loved seeing the cracks open up, as he fights his feelings for his neighbor, and he allows a teenage girl, Julie, to be more and more a partner of his instead of an inconvenience; and seems to enjoy it. His character thrives on taking her in and helping her find out all the answers. He would never admit it, but he wants to have a family, a normal life, and starts feels that is possible at the end. Very dynamic character- I loved him!!


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Will Robie for the same reasons.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, not necessarily a touchy-feely moment, but when Robie realizes that Julie is in real danger while being protected by FBI, he rushes to get to her. This is the first time that he allows himself to get emotional about her. He has always thought of her as a hinderance, someone he has to have close to him so he can figure this whole problem out; So it was nice to see him have genuine feelings for her- really getting upset with the thought that she might actually come to some harm.


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    Tedd United States 08-16-12
    Tedd United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Convoluted and implausible"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    An interesting new character, great action but the story line just left a bit to be desired. Not Baldacci's best.


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    Greg Diamond Bar, CA, United States 08-14-12
    Greg Diamond Bar, CA, United States 08-14-12
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    "Fast paced and a great story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I'm an audio-focused person and enjoy the audio books more than the printed version. You get the reader's intonations that help the story be richer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My interest hasn't changed, still solid in this type of subject.


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

    The twisting and inter-weaving of the story line keeps you guessing and wondering how it comes together and where it is going. Fun.


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    AP pa 08-14-12
    AP pa 08-14-12 Member Since 2015

    Ann

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    "Excellent!!!"

    I love all of David Baldacci's books but I thoroughly enjoyed "The Innocent!" The story was excellent and the narrator made the story very easy to listen to.

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    Larry United States 08-09-12
    Larry United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Deep Dark Government Secrets"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was good. It had its far fetched times but then again that may be what makes it good


    Would you recommend The Innocent: A Novel to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always like the covert acts parts


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

    I didn't but I could have


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    Amazon Customer Los Ranchos, NM, US 08-07-12
    Amazon Customer 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.

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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!

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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

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