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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
"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
"Zero Day is a nifty, paranoid thriller disguised as a murder mystery, and Baldacci advances it at a speedy clip with a nice mix of intrigue, tantalizing clues and the occasional explosion...Baldacci's books are fast-paced battles between good and evil."―Richmond Times Dispatch on Zero Day
"A complex puzzle . . . Baldacci is a master craftsman."―Associated Press on The Sixth Man
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.
Top customer reviews
Anyways, I liked this thriller, enjoyed it a lot. Will Robie is one of my favorite characters. I seem to be on an assassin kick lately. I am on a list at my digital library for American Assassin, and recently read The Enemy and The Kill Artist. Right now to me things are pretty much a tie between Victor (The Enemy) and Will as to which assassin I enjoy the most reading. Did not really about The Kill Artist.
Plenty of action and suspense. Now I need to keep going in the WIll Robie series and read books 4 and 5.
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.
Alas ~ it was not.
Not only are the characters flat and dull, their dialogue is incredibly unnatural. I considered abandoning the book many times, but I kept thinking that at least the plot might have an interesting twist. But again, alas, not so much. It was all very obvious, and if I could figure out what was going to happen with all my bells and whistles were going off, it's hard to believe Super FBI Agents and Professional Government Assassins couldn't figure it out, which made me feel even more annoyed with the characters.
I might try another series by Baldacci, but not too soon. This book was a waste of money.
It's a shame ~ I know Baldacci can do so much better.
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A Very Interesting story it has been a pleasure to read.