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- Print Length: 433 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (1 May 2012)
- Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0079HLDCQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 5,315 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Innocent: A Will Robie Novel 1 Kindle Edition
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"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
"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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
HE COULD NO LONGER REMEMBER THE NAMES OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES HE HAD ENDED.
Master assassin Will Robie is the man the US government call to eliminate their most ruthless enemies at home or abroad. He never questions his orders, and he never misses his mark.
He’s just returned from a covert assignment in Edinburgh to neutralize a growing threat, having drawn upon all his expertise to complete his mission and disappear without a trace. The odds were stacked against him, but that’s never made a difference before.
But now he’s facing the most difficult operation of his career. Dispatched to kill a US government employee, he does the unthinkable when things don’t add up – he refuses to pull the trigger. In doing so, Robie finds himself becoming the target. On the run from his own government and with everything on the line, does he need to change sides to save lives – including his own?
‘One of the world’s biggest-selling thriller writers, Baldacci needs no introduction . . . Brilliant plotting, heart-grabbing action and characters to die for’ Daily Mail--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The Innocent is a great fast moving read that takes you on an exciting ride ful of intriguing twists.
Thoroughly rebooked it. I'm reading book 2 next!!
It is really complicated but also really interesting and absorbing.
I'm ready for the next book.
Will Robbie is a more complex Mitch Rapp
Characters had their own inner demons while dealing with solving who was the real enemy and who they could trust.
you will never trust your Government again
Story twists until the last chapter.
thoroughly recommend to all Mitch Rapp, lovers.
Top international reviews
The first in David Baldacci’s series of books featuring character Will Robie. Robie is an assassin working for a clandestine US government agency. His role is to take out people who are viewed as being detrimental to America and its interests. Officially he does not exist and if his missions fail the USA will not acknowledge him.
Robie is tasked to enter the apartment of an American citizen and kill them. Their crime is to have had links with a terrorist organisation committed to destroying America. Robie is concerned to find once in the house that the person does not appear to match the details he had been briefed on. He does not carry out the mission and is lucky to escape with his life.
Robie is left wondering as to the validity of his assignment. He is concerned that someone in his department may be using his skills for their own advantage. His life is on the line and using his own discretion he seeks to get away as quickly as possible. However his opponents always appear to be one step ahead of him and again he is fortunate to survive.
Forced to team up with a fourteen year old runaway Robie endeavours to find out who wants him dead. Issues that appear to be unconnected now take on a greater significance. Government agencies appear to have been infiltrated and soon Robie is left wondering if there is anyone from his past life that he can trust?
Baldacci paints Robie as a loner who goes about his job with little emotional attachment to the world around him. He expects to fail one day and will subsequently die as a result. However this pessimistic outlook does not mean he is looking forward to his death. If anything the opposite is true and he will take every step necessary to prevent it from happening. This makes him a multi-talented individual whose skills make him a dangerous enemy.
An enjoyable book and the character has potential for future growth. Could it be transferred to the big screen? Almost certainly though the concept has been done before. Just watch any Jason Statham film. Still worth a look though.
I won't lie, when this book started I thought it was going nowhere. I thought it was just a random time jump into different scenarios. How wrong was I?
Stick with it and you will be rewarded with one amazing read. I can see why this character has spawned so many other books.
Absolutely loved it
The book is fast moving with short chapters (100 in all!) and easy to read. There is some gore but, in my opinion, nothing too gratuitous.
If you want a good airport or holiday book you could do a lot worse than this.
I can’t wait to read the next Will Robie book.
This great thriller and would make a first-class movie. I read and
And saw "Absolute Power" although it only covered part of the story.This would have been a great role for a younger Clint Eastwood.I seemed to have used "GREAT"a lot that is because it was a"GREAT" story
If you like tales of macho men mindlessly killing complete strangers without questioning the instruction to do so, you'll love this.
In The Innocent we come across Will Robie, a hard-as-nails clandestine operative who moves from a government-sanctioned assassin into the murky realms of inter-agency dirty tricks. Robie is tasked with finding out what the hell is going on as the body count rises, pitching him in a race against time to pull apart the various layers of deceit and counter-deceit.
Along the way he teams up with a rebellious teenager who has been orphaned by the murders of her parents and who looks to be next in the crosshairs of someone, or some group, that needs to ensure her silence. Far from being a nuisance factor within the story the teenager is cleverly crafted by Baldacci into an interesting and refreshing character that becomes a large part of the book's appeal.
Robie also has to juggle with forging a working partnership with a female FBI Special Agent, who seems to have a romantic interest in him, not to mention a good-looking neighbour who just happens to work in the White House.
When it comes to America's multi-agency pinboard nobody has better insight than Baldacci. He takes readers into their murky depths and provides fascinating background on the anti-terrorist paranoia that pervades their every action. It's a world the author knows how to tackle - and he's not afraid to do it head-on.
Throw in the Baldacci's encyclopaedic knowledge of weaponry and black ops and you get a story that crackles with energy. It's one that challenges with twists and turns, gets you rooting early doors for the hero and heroines, and leaves you almost breathless as you pursue a finely-woven plot.
David Baldacci is one of those authors that you know will provide value-for-money. He does `readable' better than almost all his peers and leaves you with a sense of fulfilment when you reach the final page.
What he also does is leave you patiently waiting for his next instalment. In all these respects The Innocent ticks every box.