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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 ta
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Hardcover, 422 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Janebbooks
Last August when I wrote a review of THE TOURIST by Olen Steinhauer, I said a few things about some other spy/thriller writers...

Lately, my favorite spy, espionage, thriller writers have gotten a bit boring. Vince Flynn writes thrillers after the fact which makes them alternative history, Tom Clancy has forsaken Jack Ryan, David Baldacci is writing cute (last one was a Nicholas Sparks with a happy ending). The only thing Alex Berenson wrote that I enjoyed was his 2008 review in NY Times of THE G
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VaultOfBooks
By David baldacci. Grade A

This is the first time that I have gotten my hands on something written by David Baldacci, and now I regret not having read anything by him before.
As is often the case, I try to guess the plot by looking at the jacket. The first one was: a common American who turns against some extremely powerful System to save his daughter. The blurb cleared that misconception. This was the first of many; Baldacci is good at that – flawlessly leading you to believe something without ac
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Susan
I listened to this book on a long road trip, and would have bailed after the first chapter if I had not been trapped in the car for hours. My first Baldacci book, I found the writing in The Innocent comically sophomoric. Really, I laughed out loud several times and found myself predicting the inane dialog aloud while hurtling down the highway. It was impossible to suspend disbelief listening to this over the top ridiculous plot and cartoonish characters. Clearly, many people love this book, but ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)

The Innocent is perfect for fans of the enigmatic, laconic, capable action/thriller hero. Will Robie has already been added to my list of kickbutt artists. Robie kills people for a living on behalf of the US government. He’s very good at it. He has never failed a mission yet, until he is hired to kill someone who clearly doesn’t need killing. He has to flee the scene to stay alive, and ends up on a bus out of DC with another runaway, a young girl named Julie. When he observes that someone is try
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Michael
This started out as a pretty thrilling and fun ride and promising for my first experience with a Baldacci tale. But ultimately the trope of someone trained to be killing machine slowly learning to become more human wore a little thin. That and the somewhat sappy role of a female FBI agent and a scrappy teenage girl in this process leads me to rate it modestly.

Right away Baldacci sucked my tense attention in pretty good as we follow CIA agent Will Robie through a series of thrilling and crafty as
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Darcy
This book was so much fun to read, but for odd reasons. For me the big appeal of the book was Robie and his awkwardness in relating to other people especially Julie, who was the other big appeal of the book.

At first glance Robie seems like every other bad ass spy assassin, but as the book goes on you realize that Robie is not like that. Yes, he kills people, but he he has a moral code, one which seemed to toss him in this mess. He kept trying to keep ahead of things and for most of the book he
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Sean Peters
How can you become even more addicted to reading ?

Well after 3-4 brilliant books that's how I have become even more addicted.

The Innocent and The Hit with Will Robie are both great.

The Innocent is the first of the Will Robie books, and David Baldacci has created a great strong character.

This is a gripping, tense, fast paced, action packed thriller, keeping you on your toes all the way.

I started to become suspicious of one character, and right to be.

David Baldacci brought a new hero matching Jack
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Cynthia
Will Robie is a loner, he’s precise, and he’s a hit man who takes out America’s enemies. In the first 50 pages or so we go along with Robie on a few of his missions but the next one goes horribly wrong and now he’s being hunted by some scary folks. On his escape he teams up with a 14 year old named Julie Getty who’s just left foster care only to witness the murder of her beloved parents. She narrowly escapes the killers. In “The Innocent” Baldacci takes us all over the globe and into internation ...more
Rizwan
Wow, that ending was sad or what? It was definitely a bit tragic than I was expecting, and in my opinion, that said volumes to the wonderful writing of David Baldacci. Because, even though after finishing the novel we still don't know much about our protagonist Will Robie's mysterious past or how or why he came to be what he was here, other than the fact that he's a superbly efficient government-sanctioned assassin, Baldacci perfectly fleshed out his character and his morale, and made us absolut ...more
Jim
Well read & a fun mystery-thriller, although the plot was too complex. Some of the foreshadowing was excellent (view spoiler), but I was disappointed by one scene (view spoiler) ...more
Vera Neves
Li-o todo ontem, comecei de manhã e acabei à tarde!
Acho que a escrita é muito boa, foi a minha estreia com este autor e gostei imenso.
É daqueles viciantes que dão gosto e que não se conseguem largar! A minha curiosidade foi crescente até porque não fazia ideia como o autor ía ligar as histórias das duas principais personagens. Essa ligação foi a única coisa que não me convenceu no livro, que achei um pouco forçada. De resto, é uma leitura altamente recomendável!!

OPINIÃO:
“Os Inocentes” foi a min
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Ron Hummer
This is the first book in the series about Will Robie, a ruthless hitman who has to carry out his missions when the CIA and the FBI can’t do anything. Seems like a great premise as it relates to other great books of this genre such as Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Barry Eisler.
You won’t find martial arts scenes like you would with the other books but that doesn’t take away from a great character that Baldacci has portrayed in this book. Robie is a stone cold hitman and you can read his thoughts
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William Bentrim
The Innocent by David Baldacci

Baldacci has another new hero, this one is an assassin. This is a typical never boring cliff hanging, throat grabbing thriller.

Will Robie does his job without a lot of soul searching. He believes in his government and assumes that the people he is assigned to assassinate deserve it, that they are a threat to national security.

When Will is thrust into a situation that doesn’t fit his personal mission parameters he is faced with hard choices. This novel is centered
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Amy Lignor
Will Robie is an assassin working under the auspices of the U.S. Government to rid the world of America’s enemies. He’s always called in to take care of those who cannot be eliminated through the FBI, military, or police. A very cool customer who knows that his life isn’t worth a nickel most days, Will lives in the shadows until his next assignment is received.

Soon one comes along that keeps Will very close to his home base of Washington, D.C.. This is one of those very odd assignments that see
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Julia
I find David Baldacci's books very erratic in terms of quality. For example, I enjoyed Zero Day but I thought that True Blue was appallingly bad. The Innocent has a lot of his trademark characteristics and if you're a fan of his, you will no doubt enjoy it. I thought it started really well, but it falls apart due to an absence of credibility that becomes laughable by the end of the book.

The main character is a Government assassin called Will Robie. The early chapters establish that he's a very e
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Salymar
I'm still a little lazy to write a review, but enjoy this summary from David Baldacci's website!

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 W
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Robby
Sep 13, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Goodreads Friends
Recommended to Robby by: Self
As usual, David Baldacci's writing skills are at the forefront in this debut of a new character; Will Robie (a stone-cold hit-man who never questions authority and always hits his target). These skills are what contribute to making this both an easy to read and an easy to follow novel. At the same time giving the reader plenty of action, thrills and a few twists that keep the pages turning at a rapid enough pace that before one knows it, your finished. The fact that Will is government sanctioned ...more
Kelly
I just finished The Innocent and didn't want the book to be over. A great book with with a lot of action and wonderful cast of characters. Will Robie is the ultimate hit-man for the US government and gets caught up in situation he's never faced before. THrough a series of events he hooked up with 14 year old Julie who has just seen her parents murdered. The plot is intense with a lot of twists and turns. I had the "bad" guy narrowed down to two people but couldn't figure the how and why until th ...more
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Will Robie is a U.S. government assassin, tasked with killing enemies. After two successful missions overseas, he is asked to shoot a mid-level government employee, but he balks when he sees she has two small children with her, but a sniper kills the mother and one child and Robie flees for his life only to find himself on a bus with 14-year old Julie, who is also fleeing for hers. Robie saves her life, only to have the bus explode after they jump off, and then the two have to figure out who is ...more
Will M.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did to be honest. It's been months since my last crime novel, and I really miss reading one. I decided not to read another of James Patterson because most, if not all, crime novels I've read's written by him. I saw the cover of The Innocent and decided to try this one out. I also heard a lot of good things about Baldacci, and in the end, I'm really impressed.

This is my very first Baldacci novel, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Honest
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Regan
After receiving this book as a gift, I hid it in a box rather than display it on my bookshelf. I only picked the book up because I needed something completely mindless to read while flying. I started reading this book with about 30 pages left in Faulkner's "Absalom Absalom" and I can't adequately describe the flood of absolute mental relief that washed over me while reading Baldacci. Short sentences, bad dialog, predictable dialog, predictably bad dialog: it was all in here. The story itself is ...more
Ware
Just when you think, David Baldacci has lost his touch, along comes The Innocent.

Baldacci has created several series, most notably The Camel Club. After a while Oliver Stone and his strange crew of club members became cartoonish. Apparently he recognized this as well. The Innocent features two new characters who are undoubtedly headed for a series on their own- Will Robie and FBI "super agent" Nicole Vance. Robie is a professional assassin for the good guys at a federal agency known by its initi
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Jeffrey
Baldacci continues his streak of fast paced action packed thrillers that succeed in keeping a reader fully invested in his characters and emmershed in his stories.

Will Robie is an American assassin. In the first couple of missions in the novel he targets and kills two terrorists. He is then sent to kill a young mother in America. He balks at the job and watches a sniper bullet end her life and the life of her son. On the run from the sniper and whoever else wants him dead, Robie activates his es
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JoAnne Pulcino
THE INNOCENT

By David Baldacci

When the U.S. government assigns agent, Will Robie a new target, the cold hit man who always hits his target, no questions asked does not fulfill this mission. For the first time in his career he does not kill the target as something doesn’t feel right. Now, his life is on the line and he becomes the target.

When fleeing the scene he becomes involved with a teenage runaway from a foster home. She’s not your ordinary teenager as she is also on the run after her parents
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Matt
Baldacci hits another one out of the park with THE INNOCENT. He takes his fast-paced thriller genre and applies it to this great independent book, keeping the reader interested from the get-go and not releasing them until the final page has been turned. His apparently newer major male and female characters make this book quite exciting, especially if listened to, as I did.

Baldacci applies what may seem a quasi-cookie cutter theme to this novel; pinning an independent male together with a non-sus
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Alyssa
I debated whether to give this 4 or 5 stars, bc I feel a little odd giving a thriller/suspense 5 stars, since it's not a "huge classic work of art," but this book was really good. And it's MY review, so I'm going with 5 stars.

Will Robie is an assassin for the U.S. government, and a pretty successful one, up until he gets a job that he can't complete. As he realizes people are out to get him, he crosses paths with a tough teenager who ties into the overall situation. Used to working by himself, h
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Terri Lynn
I read this because it was recommended to me and am so glad I did. This is a real thriller from start to finish. Will Robie is an assassin for the United States government and is very good at his job. In many ways he seems like a robot that is set to obey orders and kill without questioning why.

Then comes the hit he is ordered to make on a lovely black lady who works for the government. When he gets in her apartment, he is shocked to find she has a small son in the bed with her and another baby
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Sue Smith
Well that was a fun ride! I haven't read a thriller that has left me guessing till the end for a long time! It was a pleasant surprise actually, and way overdue. There's too many books out there that are just too easy to anticipate the outcome and they all become boring because of it.

I have to admit that I'm a fan of the clipped, short chapters - at least the ones that are complete and convey you to the next sequence of the story in a seamless manner so it doesn't feel like you're reading someth
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Mike (the Paladin)
I was sort of torn on this one at times. Would I go with 3 or 4 stars??? I settled on 4 as it does settle in and tell a good "yarn". We have a bit of cliche and some "been there done that" but today it's a little hard not to have that if you read a lot.

Read the synopsis of this one and you'll get an idea of the novel that's pretty good. Robie is a killer. He's an assassin who kills for his country. He seems to have had a reason at one time. He seems to once have thought that he was doing things
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Doug Clark
I recently finished both Zero Day and The Innocent by David Baldacci. I thought I would write a quick review of both of them together as the lead character in each novel is very similar. John Puller, a CID investigator in Zero Day, and Will Robie, a government-sanctioned hit man in The Innocent are both what is commonly known as the strong, silent type, made famous by such actors as Gary Cooper in High Noon, Alan Ladd in Shane and Clint Eastwood in countless spaghetti Westerns. Both Puller and R ...more
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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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