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The Innocent (Will Robie Series) Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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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 (Fredericksburg)
"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)
"His dialog is succinct, direct, and hard-edged. His sense of place as complete as a tour guide's, the tension is a taut and beautifully maintained as a tightrope walkers, and the narration is top drawer. Baldacci is and continues to be one of the top hitters in the thriller genre working today."―BlogCritics.org
"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
"Baldacci...crafts government-inspired thrillers like nobody else."―Inside Jersey
"This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci's since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled."―Suspense Magazine
"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
About the Author
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.
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He basically never fails, but on his most recent assignment, he does not /can not pull the trigger. But someone is looking over his shoulder from afar and executes the kill anyway. He knows he is now in trouble and has to embark on an escape plan that he has held in reserve. No sooner does he get on a bus for the first leg of his escape, then he notices another assassin type who has apparently targeted a teenage girl. Robie is able to foil that attempt, but from this point on the story takes wild twist after another.
One thing is for sure, someone wants him dead or alive. It appears his every move is being watched. He cannot even trust federal agencies for his protection. Somehow a military unit from the first Gulf War, a hit he did months ago, an attractive female who lives in his building, and the girl from the bus all bear on his situation.
Basically, the story is interesting but stretches plausibility quite a bit; there are too many all-powerful, all-knowing elements. Robie is a good character but takes on a superman persona at times.
However, if you only enjoy stories that have to be a hair-width away from being true, meaning that the verisimilitude factor has to be at a 98% level or higher, then this one would probably not be to your liking. Yes, there are some plot twists that stretch reality, but if you’re willing to play along, then I think the story is a fun and enjoyable one to read. Gotta remember: this is fiction.
This story maintains its pace from start to finish. The dialogue between Will Robie and Julie Getty is some of the best dialogue I have ever read, mostly the result of Julie’s finely tuned skepticism delivered in one-liners. Some reviewers note that the characters tend to be thinly drawn, to which I would agree to some extent, but not so thinly drawn as to make them cardboardie or two-dimensional. I found all of the characters, except maybe Ann Lambert, to be adequately drawn and believable.
The question that was never adequately answered to my satisfaction was whether or not Ann Lambert knew who Will Robie was before he showed up in the dining room at the White House. I went back and reread all of the interaction between Lambert and Robie (which is an easy undertaking when reading on a Kindle) and came to my conclusion that she did not know who he was.
If you are a reader (like me) who likes reading a well-spun story in this genre, then you should enjoy this one. If you are a reader who requires a high level of verisimilitude in order to be satisfied, then maybe you should read something else. I, too, raised an eyebrow when there were so many informants in so many different government agencies, but I was able to get past that stretch of reality in order to continue enjoying the story. As the vast majority of reviews indicate, a lot of readers really enjoyed the storytelling… me included.
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He knows how to keep you in suspense and wanting to read more.Read more
This is a pretty good story, but is quite mysterious.Read more