- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 5743rd edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083IKE16
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,668 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,322,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Innocent [Hardcover] Unknown Binding – 2012
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The novel opens with Will Robie. We learn that he is "an inch over six feet and a rock-solid one hundred and eighty pounds", that he is one day shy of his 40th birthday, and that he is a professional killer. But this is no thug off the street; this is a man with a rich interior life, a moral center, and more than a little going on upstairs. Therefore, it's not too surprising when we soon learn that Robie is employed by an unnamed federal agency to carry out "sanctioned assassinations." In his own words:
"Sometimes he went after people intent on global menace, like Rivera or Talal, or sometimes he simply went after a problem. You could take your pick of labels, but in the end, they all meant the same thing. His employer decided who among the living and breathing would qualify as a target. And then they turned to men like Robie to end the living and breathing part. It made the world better, was the justification."
Except this time, he's being sent after a different type of target--a woman, an American, a mother. At the crucial moment, Robie refuses to fire. It doesn't smell right. Someone finishes the job with a long-range sniper shot, and it looks like they'll finish Robie as well if he doesn't run.
Elsewhere, we meet the wise-beyond-her-14-years Julie Getty. She's been in and out of the foster care system, and she's in the process of escaping her latest "caregivers.Read more ›
After this dramatic opening, the story takes a strange twist when Robie, who wonders whether he has become the target of the government he once served, encounters fourteen-year-old girl named Julie whose parents have been murdered. Robie and Julie barely survive the explosion of a bus on which they had been riding. Who was the target: Robie or Julie? What, if any, is the connection between the woman Robie was sent to kill and Julie's parents? Many gun battles and explosions later, the answer to those questions remains unclear. That's what held my attention to the end of this fast-moving novel.
I wouldn't call the plot byzantine, but it is deliciously complex. To my amazement, every plot thread (even an incident or two I didn't expect to be important to the overall plot) comes together in the final chapters.Read more ›
In this line of business there are penalties for failure, and he immediately finds himself dodging bullets from his former employers, on the run and running out of options. He nevertheless detours to rescue a 14 year old girl who seems to be targeted by killers too. They form an unlikely (granted, the whole thing is unlikely, but one expects that in this type of novel) alliance, one that provides entertainment and an emotional foundation to the story. There are several climaxes, as different story lines resolve, and one of them was too obvious to be satisfying, but the whole novel was still quite good.
The action is fast and non-stop, the dialogue crisp and realistic, the characters thinly drawn but likeable. This is a superior action and mystery novel, by one of today's best action novelists. Baldacci gives his fans what they want here, with plenty of cliffhanger moments, with a plot that twists and turns, surprising the reader in almost every chapter. This is one of the author's better efforts, superior to Hell's Corner (my last review of his writing). I recommend this enthusiastically to Baldacci fans, and those who might just become fans.
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The Innocent By David Baldacci
Reviewed by John
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Good imagery and wonderful facts about a life I don't live. The words and storylines flow fluidly. I like the idea that I get to go on other adventures with Will Robie in this... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by JUDY
This is a good story, but there are errors that show a lack of research or at least a lack of good sources for research. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Chann
This book takes off from the go and keeps it up for the entirety. This was so good I read the first 2/3rd in one day, I couldn't stop. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kent R. Johnson
I loved this book, and even though I thought I had things figured out, there were some surprises for me.Published 3 days ago by Terri A
Fast paced. An entertaining who done it. Suspenseful reading from cover to cover.this one ranks with the BAldacci best. A good investment in entertaining reading.Published 4 days ago by walter r koscica
I read two other of the Will Robie stories before this one, so I had to get number 1 to see how it started. I'm glad I did. The story line was good and the action was plenty. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dave Johnson
A must read. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. Hard to put down one you start reading.Published 5 days ago by Reader
Never saw what was coming, and I pride myself on being able to be ahead of the storyline. Couldn't put it down!Published 5 days ago by Danny Elliott