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The Innocent (Will Robie Series) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013
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"[A] spectacular entry into the hardcore action-adventure world...a tour de force of storytelling power and grace. Baldacci at his best, which is as good as it gets."―Providence Sunday Journal
"This is another great novel by a brilliant writer. Baldacci catches you from the very first page and grabs your attention until the last word. Read it."―Lincoln Journal Star (NE)
"Another action tale of espionage and betrayal from a master storyteller. Baldacci brings his unusual, distinctive skill in character development to portray people who seem very real, with a degree of unpredictability that advances this very clever plot."―The Free-Lance Star
"This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldaccis since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled."―Suspense Magazine
"Baldacci...crafts government-inspired thrillers like nobody else."―Inside Jersey
"The Innocent is....all-American, all-heart... a maze of bread-crumb clues keeping you riveted to the page as each precious minute ticks toward its deadly ultimatum ....His talent for weaving so many disparate and delicate strands into a perilous web of deception is masterful, resulting in a remarkable, intellectually satiating experience."―Everyday eBook
"The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best...Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning...Five Stars."―Examiner.com
"David Baldacci is still at the top of his game...He is a meticulous writer who blasts his plot into a million pieces yet is able to pull it back together before the final page is turned. [He] continutes to impress."―The Huffington Post
"The spine-chilling action begins on the first page and doesn't let up until the last...The Innocent is not just a scary read; this is heart-stopping stuff!"―BookReporter.com
"Forget Fifty Shades of Grey--the page-turner of the season is The Innocent by David Baldacci...The reader wants for nothing: there are car chases and shootouts, snipers and moles, safe houses and digestible bio-transmitters...The tale starts at a blistering rate and accelerates through 100 short action-packed chapters...this is Baldacci back at his best."―The Times (London)
About the Author
David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org.
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The author has created a fascinating character in Will Robie. He is a professional assasin who has a heart. He goes out of his way to protect the innocent in Book 1 while working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to solve multiple murders. None of which he is responsible for. A thoroughly enjoyable fast-paced thriller that would make a engrossing movie.
I look forward to more books in this series.
1) There is a main supporting character who is a 14-year-old girl. At only one point in the book did she act or talk like a 14-year-old girl. The rest of the time, she spoke like a middle-aged man whom you have been told is a teenage girl. Consistently jarring handling of this character.
2) The prose is filled with jump cuts that bumped me out of the story. Stuff like (made-up example) "As he drove home, Robie wondered why the killer's bullet had missed him. Stepping out of the shower, he realized..." What, there's a shower in his car? Nope. Just leaping ahead within the selfsame paragraph. This happened in the book so many times I can tell it was intentional, probably done in the name of skipping the boring parts. But it makes the novel read more like the outline of a novel, than the novel itself; I think this style is inelegant and disorienting. The same technique is showing up a lot also in the Evanovich/Goldberg novels, so I guess it's trendy among New York editors.
Obviously Baldacci is having a sterling and long career despite my misgivings, so odds are, I'm the one out of step and your mileage may vary. I read the book to the end and mostly enjoyed it, but to me it is not written at the level of polish that many of Baldacci's rivals display in the Thriller genre. If you care much more about plot, pace, and action scenes than you do prose and characterization, this could be a five-star blockbuster for you. Personally, I like to see the good ideas expressed with more craft.
Although there was no build-up, it wasn't that exciting from the get go. The first 5 or 10% of the book had almost no dialogue. Will Robie, the protagonist doesn't speak for several chapters in the beginning. This made me feel uncomfortable and I was already getting tired of his character. But the book eventually transformed into a regular crime-thriller novel.
Robie was an interesting character, although not extremely likable. This was understandable because of his line of work. He is a highly trained government hit man who has been taught to keep information to himself and not give stuff away readily. Therefore, he doesn't talk easily. But there was some interesting development as the novel progressed. Same can be said about the development of other characters. I thought Nikki Vance, the FBI agent was a very cool person.
I loved the story and the writing style. The whole thing was comfortably complex and not overdone to the point of overwhelming me with information. Baldacci also did a great job of explaining everything that's happening at the moment and also conveniently going over all the information and leads the characters are using for investigation multiple times as revision (without making it sound boring, repetitive or annoying at all). It was very easy to follow the story despite the healthy complexity of it. The whole mystery unravels itself at the end pretty efficiently like a drain being unclogged all at once. Baldacci did a spectacular job of explaining tiny loose end within just a couple of pages. The whole novel had me turning page after page at the edge of my seat for long periods of time. One of the reasons was that the chapters are very short and I would binge on them thinking 'eh, one more won't hurt.' My Kindle kept telling me it would only take about 3-5 minutes to read this new chapter and I just kept going.
This was a very close to perfect thriller novel. It has got me hooked to this author.