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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
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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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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 Baldacci - Robie July 4 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this latest series. Great characters. Can't wait for the next instalment!
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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 Awesome story line May 1 2014
By cindy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Loved it!! Great read! Keeps you guessing all thru it. Liked how he was protecting the teenager and the attitude she threw back at him. She was tough but innocent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A dry formula April 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 !
There was so many twists and turns and whenever you thought you knew where the story was going, there was a new twist. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Louise Constantin
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mema
5.0 out of 5 stars A potential blockbuster
I can picture this story as a blockbuster. The Innocent is one of the best Baldacci story I have read for a while. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Te
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I really like David Baldacci. I have read several of his books and will continue to do so. Keep them coming
Published 5 months ago by Kathy Muir
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 6 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 7 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 8 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 11 months ago by N. Matthews
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