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2.0 out of 5 starsExtremely Disapointed.
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2019
I really hate to write a bad review but sometimes the book deserves the punishment. The Innocent starts off good and has me hooked for the first few chapters then the story gets confusing. From the eight chapter to up to the 85% mark read (Kindle) there is no story. It is the same information being repeated over and over and over again. Robie works for a super secret agency with a lot of power, or so you're suppose to believe but obvious and simple detective investigating techniques weren't even used. Then...., at the very end, Robie obtains all the answers in one paragraph. I swear I was reading a murder she wrote novel but Robie was inserted as the main character. It's my best guess that Balducci had a deadline to met and this book was the end result.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
I almost put this book down at the beginning. I did not want to read a story about a hired assassin, especially one sanctioned by our Government. But the story turned from that initial dark side to one when Will Robie, using his special skills, is fighting to save the life of an innocent 14 year old, feisty foster kid. Somehow the bus explosion he saved them from appears to be related to his own botched last hit- one he drew back from but one that occurred anyway with an unknown back up. And now someone unknown is after him. After very reluctantly teaming up with an FBI agent, and unable to share his involvement in the 2 events she is tasked with exploring with him, things get even more dangerous as both realize that there is an apparent mole in one or both of their organizations- but who are they after? The girl? Will Robie? The FBI investigation? No place seems safe. Read the gripping story to find out how the pieces all interconnect and how the first kill in the book comes back at the end to almost destroy everyone. Another page turner from the master mystery writer.
4.0 out of 5 starsI Always Give Assassins A Second Chance
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
As an author, I like Baldacci's work to date. I enjoyed "The Camel Club," "Zero Day" and several others over the years. Baldacci begins a new franchise with the Will Robie character and so I am inclined to let the author work out some early kinks here. The plot gets better as the story evolves but most is revealed in the closing pages. I think perhaps letting the reader discover a few clues along the way wouldn't have hurt. To the discerning reader, several factors pop up that appear to need closer attention from our protagonist. But we are left with the feeling he's either not absorbing these clues or ignoring them. So when the story resolves, the reader might feel ahead of Mr. Robie. But with more Robie books to read, I'll see if he gets more perceptive down the shadowy road.
4.0 out of 5 starsI’m a big fan of Baldacci but....
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2019
I would’ve really like to give this book 5 stars. Being a Baldacci fan I can say this book had all the Baldacci characteristics about it, complex characters, exciting plot, element of mystery, fast paced, thrilling with the desire to not want to put the book down. I like Robbie. He’s a character morally defied at times and at will so you continue to have a love/hate relationship with him. What prompted me to give this book 4 (it actually deserves 3.5) stars is because everything was great until the layers of the mystery began to unravel. I kept saying to myself, this all can’t be happening because of “this”. But it sure did. I didn’t like why things happened the way they did. The finale was weak and didn’t make sense at all. It seemed like the author himself wasn’t too sure how he’d connect the dots so he pretty much rushed through the ending explaining everything in one paragraph. And frankly, it just didn’t sound believing, almost forced. The book was great; the ending fell flat. I was a bit disappointed. Nevertheless I look forward to reading more books about Robbie because I think his character is so multi-dimensional, the author can create some great stories around him/about him. Still remain a Baldacci fan.
This is my second go around with David Baldacci (the first being ‘The Forgotten’) and I have to say that I really enjoy his writing style. He doesn’t waste time with an over abundance of details and gives you enough to keep the story flowing at a good pace. Don’t get me wrong, details are good but I don’t like saying to myself ‘c’mon already’. I liked that there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end. For being a stone cold bad ass, Will Robie is a character with a heart and good morals which makes him human and not some invincible, untouchable super being. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read his next Will Robie book.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother wonderful book from Baldacci
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2015
I loved this book! It amazes me how Baldacci is able to write such intricate stories with so many twists, turns and shockers! The last 100 pages were incredibly exciting. I enjoy nothing more than being completely surprised by the author and Baldacci does that so well. The young girl, Julie, in the novel is such a bright, precocious character. You will find her very enjoyable. I hope he brings her back in future Robie stories.
While this book does have violence and murder involved, Baldacci doesn't go into graphic details that could offend some readers. In addition, while I'm certainly no puritanical prude, I REALLY appreciate the fact that he writes an incredibly good book without using the f-word one time! In fact he uses very few swear words. It just shows you can write a great novel without an overabundance of that sometimes unnecessary language. I'm so tired of authors using the f-word word so often that it is no longer impactful. John Sanford has gotten to the point of distraction because you are bombarded constantly with it on almost every single page. It's too bad because Sanford writes great stories. I'm going to start The Hit tonight and really look forward to it and next The Target that is also sitting on my book shelf.
Baldacci continues to remain one of my favorite authors. I can't think of one novel that he has written that I didn't like. He should consider bringing back the Camel Club series. That was one of my favorites and much more could be written involving those unique characters.
The first in David Baldacci’s series of books featuring character Will Robie. Robie is an assassin working for a clandestine US government agency. His role is to take out people who are viewed as being detrimental to America and its interests. Officially he does not exist and if his missions fail the USA will not acknowledge him.
Robie is tasked to enter the apartment of an American citizen and kill them. Their crime is to have had links with a terrorist organisation committed to destroying America. Robie is concerned to find once in the house that the person does not appear to match the details he had been briefed on. He does not carry out the mission and is lucky to escape with his life.
Robie is left wondering as to the validity of his assignment. He is concerned that someone in his department may be using his skills for their own advantage. His life is on the line and using his own discretion he seeks to get away as quickly as possible. However his opponents always appear to be one step ahead of him and again he is fortunate to survive.
Forced to team up with a fourteen year old runaway Robie endeavours to find out who wants him dead. Issues that appear to be unconnected now take on a greater significance. Government agencies appear to have been infiltrated and soon Robie is left wondering if there is anyone from his past life that he can trust?
Baldacci paints Robie as a loner who goes about his job with little emotional attachment to the world around him. He expects to fail one day and will subsequently die as a result. However this pessimistic outlook does not mean he is looking forward to his death. If anything the opposite is true and he will take every step necessary to prevent it from happening. This makes him a multi-talented individual whose skills make him a dangerous enemy.
An enjoyable book and the character has potential for future growth. Could it be transferred to the big screen? Almost certainly though the concept has been done before. Just watch any Jason Statham film. Still worth a look though.
5.0 out of 5 starsReally enjoyed this unusual book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2019
I had only read one Baldacci book, ages ago (The Christmas Train) and couldn't remember his style, so approached it as a'new' Baldacci reader. I really enjoyed the style of writing -short sentences and chapter - and found this to be a very unusual story about a government assassin who became embroiled in a plot that ended with 3 couples and numerous other people being killed. He became involved with the 14 year old daughter of one of the slaughtered couples and her story becomes entwined with his , when an assignment he was given went very wrong after his handler went rogue. It has been a long time since I found it hard to put a book down and wanted to keep reading, but I just had to know how this story panned out. It has a satisfactory end with no loose ends (though one part stretched belief!) and I look forward to reading more in this series.
5.0 out of 5 starsMy first dive into the world of Will Robbie and David Baldacci
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 1, 2018
This is not only my first dive in to the world of Will Robbie, it is also the first book I have read from David Baldacci. Quite fitting as it is the first book I have also read on my brand new paperwhite Kindle.
I won't lie, when this book started I thought it was going nowhere. I thought it was just a random time jump into different scenarios. How wrong was I?
Stick with it and you will be rewarded with one amazing read. I can see why this character has spawned so many other books.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2017
Have read all Clive Cussler, Lee Child books and wanted another thriller writer to read. Saw these in the bookshop and obviously popular. Started with this the first Will Robie book. Really enjoyed it, fast moving, interesting from the start so read over three days. Looks like I will be buying the rest now.