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The Innocent (Will Robie) [Kindle Edition]

David Baldacci
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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"A complex puzzle . . . Baldacci is a master craftsman."-- Associated Press on The Sixth Man

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America has enemies--ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.
But Will Robie may have just made the first--and last--mistake of his career . . .
It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway-her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her.
Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power.
Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life . . . and perhaps his own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2212 KB
  • Print Length: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (April 17 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many Engaging Thrills Amid Some Mysteries May 1 2012
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
"Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous." -- Exodus 23:7 (NKJV)

I enjoyed this thriller by David Baldacci. He manages to add nuances to the usual clichés in the genre to craft a different kind of story where a government assassin finds himself facing ethical and emotional issues that he doesn't expect. While it's hardly a deep-character-development novel, Baldacci succeeds in making his characters interesting and attractive enough to keep you turning the pages.

While all thrillers are a bit near the top, if not over it, I found that this one contained elements that made it seem more realistic at times than most of the genre. That was due to careful plotting that I admired while reading the book . . . and even more after finishing it.

I also liked the way the plot twists were designed to reveal new clues concerning what is really going on.

If you've liked any earlier David Baldacci books, I think you'll like this one.

The book begins by establishing the solitary work of Will Robie in getting rid of the bad guys under difficult circumstances. After you are well into that, he comes to a hit that surprises him . . . and leads to some unexpected events. In the course of those events, he meets a runaway girl who attracts his protective instincts. In a role reversal, he ends up trying to look out for her while taking care of his own precarious business. It makes for some amusing scenes and sequences that humanize the thriller and increase its appeal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best July 18 2012
By arkon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book by Baldacci is one of the best he's ever written. It grabs you from the first page and continues to the last page. With so many twists and turns, it becomes almost impossibe to stop reading for a minute. Highly recommended and as good, if not better, than The Camel Club.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed adventure that keeps you guessing. May 21 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Innocent is an intense thrill ride from beginning to end. Baldacci introduces us to his newest hero, Will Robbie. This is the the first of a series based on this character. Robbie is a government hit man with a concience. He is betrayed by his handler and so the thrill ride begins.

Baldacci has done a good job of masking the story enough that you don't really know what's going on or who the real bad guys are. With about 100 pages to go I was able to start guessing where things were going. But, like with all action adventure novels it is the unraveling of the plot that makes it interesting and The Innocent unravels at a furious pace.

There is a little character development but this is not a sentimental novel nor are there political or religious undertones. The reader knows just enough about the characters to care about their fate with out getting bogged down in detail.

This was an exciting book with the perfect mix of character development, action and romance.
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This is the first of David Baldacci's books I have read. I like both his writing style and the development of his characters. As I have not yet completed the book, I will reserve judgment on whether the ending meets my expectations, but anticipate it will be as unpredictable as the story itself.
Will Robie may have just made the first — and last — mistake of his career.
It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie refuses to kill his target, and then becomes a target himself. His protection of a teenage girl, who is a run-away from a foster home and whose parents have been murdered are linked to the murder of several people. With the assistance of a DCIS detective, whose life is also at risk through association, they not only try to make some sense of the evidence, but also protect the life of the girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A potential blockbuster Feb. 2 2014
By Te
Format:Kindle Edition
I can picture this story as a blockbuster. The Innocent is one of the best Baldacci story I have read for a while. He showed his mastery again in scene-setting and did a great job with visual imagination. The role of Robie in all his interactions and the other characters in the novel show characterization came out well. The character of Robie reminds me of Gavin in the thriller Triple Agent, Double Cross, who like Robie, is in great shape but equally rugged and soft inside. Complicated though Robie is, his purpose is good. And since he is someone crosses the paths of evil people, the circumstances he finds himself in make him the hero he cannot shy away from becoming in order to survive and stop the bad guys. In short, The Innocent is a story to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Screenplay June 17 2014
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever since Absolute Power it seems as though Baldacci writes for the big screen. All the way through The Innocent it was if the chapters were scene blocks for a motion picture. By no means am I suggesting that it isn't entertaining as a book because it absolutely is. The plot went deeper than anticipated, the action was more visceral than expected and the characters worthy of connecting with (except some of their interactions were a bit sugary). He is the king of the vanilla-thrilla and I applaud his ascension to that throne, still, I believe he is going shock us all in a future effort where the thrills will be less formulaic and the originality will impress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced - Great Characters! Nov. 8 2015
A government hitman balks on the job; something just doesn't feel right.
His former handler disappears and the hit was determined a setup. But why?
Fleeing the scene, the hitman is now a target himself. He meets a teenage girl who's also on the run; and he engages the FBI to find the mole who has turned his work upside down.
I don't always like Baldacci's writing style. But I have to say he's a great storyteller, and I really like his development of characters in every book I read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
my son-in-law really enjoyed this book - this was his first David Baldacci book
Published 4 months ago by Valerie Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved all the action - not super sophisticated but definitely enjoyable - recommend to anyone who wants a light read - well written
Published 5 months ago by G Case
3.0 out of 5 stars it was pretty good - but the rope in the dumpster was ...
it was pretty good - but the rope in the dumpster was just too convenient for me. it suspended my belief.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was an excellent book - kept me guessing until the end.
Published 6 months ago by Sandra Creiger
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read.
I see why he's a number one seller. Page turner. First time reading a Baldacci novel. Well written, great description and I saw the characters well, but a bit predicable at times... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dean P Kitching
3.0 out of 5 stars the Innocent
I'm confused. Perhaps I need to re read but I don't recall what all of those former soldiers knew that caused them to be executed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Kersley
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This was a great book . Unable to figure this book out . Always enjoy your books . Keep writing & give his these great reads. Kathy
Published 10 months ago by Kathleen Bousada
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Certainly not the worst book but not the best either. Beyond some of his earlier work I have accepted that baldacci is and a mediocre writer
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 11 months ago by richard fornwald
5.0 out of 5 stars read twice
well written page turner. Kept you guessing right upto the last page. Baldacchino a master of intrigue and building characters.
Published 12 months ago by l Anderson
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