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The Innocent [Hardcover]

David Baldacci
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April 17 2012
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 . . .
THE INNOCENT
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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"[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 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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7 of 7 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 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"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.

Enjoy!
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Innocent April 6 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great read by Baldacci, the character is great. I hope the series continues. Tough to put this one down!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A dry formula April 18 2014
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Card board characters, predictible "action", and an absence of plot all go into making a book that is started and never really completed. Definitely not a page turned and definitely worse than some of Baldacci' earlier work. Stay clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it ! April 10 2014
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There was so many twists and turns and whenever you thought you knew where the story was going, there was a new twist. Even the last part was difficult to imagine how it came about. Just loved it !
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read March 31 2014
By Mema
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I don't usually read stories about hit men, and violence, but this novel gave me a chance to see the main character clearly and not so much the killing. I enjoyed reading the story and I really thought the ending was brilliant. Let's see what the author has in store for us in his next novel.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great Jan. 20 2014
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I really like David Baldacci. I have read several of his books and will continue to do so. Keep them coming
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot & characters
Suspense, complex plots & great paring of main characters. Enjoyed the book & hard to put down until you arrived at the ending.
Published 4 months ago by Mealoaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This was an excellent book, well written and always interesting. I have already purchased the second book in the series.
Published 4 months ago by Ian McKillop
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Reminds me of The Jack Reacher series .Kept me wanting to keep reading! Would reccommend this book for those who like to follow a primary character.
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Carrier
3.0 out of 5 stars not his best
Kind of corny. I like David Baldacci books but these Will Robie ones are a bit over the top. So so...
Published 9 months ago by N. Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars Innocent at birth
Fast paced, innovative, good vs bad but how they are perceived is what side is pointing the finger. Leader to more stories with same character.
Published 10 months ago by Bob I Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Robie is the next Jack Reacher
If you like Lee Childs adventures with Jack Reacher you will find his
equal in Will RObie as spun by David Baldacci.
Super cool and a real man's man.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed adventure that keeps you guessing.
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great
It was ok but nothing special. It read like a screenplay for a movie more than a book. I will buy The Hit next, hoping its better.
Published 11 months ago by Donnie
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