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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

Hardcover, 422 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Aydin Turgay Although I agree that it IS similar when summed up into a couple of paragraphs, but I found the characters to be a lot more likeable and the story to…moreAlthough I agree that it IS similar when summed up into a couple of paragraphs, but I found the characters to be a lot more likeable and the story to be much more complex.
And the tone was MUCH lighter.

I'd say if you like The Professional, you'll likely enjoy this even more.(less)
Kathy No comparison is right. Jack Reacher is much better, more humor, less need for "perfection" more spontaneous. The only thing that make Robie books…moreNo comparison is right. Jack Reacher is much better, more humor, less need for "perfection" more spontaneous. The only thing that make Robie books intresting is the reader of the audio books.(less)
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Jun 04, 2014 Janebbooks rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it
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
Alex is The Romance Fox
The Innocent, is the 1st book in David Baldacci latest Will Robbie Series featuring the new character Will Robbie.
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Will Robie works for a secret clandestine US agency and is one of their top operatives. His life revolves around his job and missions and is portrayed as the perfect operative…..
His employer decided who among the living and breathing would qualify as a target. And then they turned to men like Robie to end the living and breathing part. It made the world better, was the justifica
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)

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
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
Mar 01, 2012 Darcy rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Apr 05, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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
Vera Neves
Mar 15, 2013 Vera Neves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestados, 2013
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!!

“Os Inocentes” foi a min
My first Baldacci book, and I am on the fence about reading any more. It had some pretty exciting parts, and some that were implausible. I did figure out where a couple of the plot points would lead, but I think the author has created some interesting, likeable characters. A hired killer with a heart, for one. Who would have thought?
Sean Peters
Mar 13, 2014 Sean Peters rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2016 Xana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Li vários livros este ano dentro deste género, uns melhores outros piores.
Este destacou-se porque gostei imenso dos personagens. Will, apesar da profissão, é um homem correcto. Julie é uma personagem forte e que eu adorei.
Quanto ao final, já o previa e acabou por me deixar triste.
Muito bom, aconselho. É uma leitura rápida e que me manteve sempre interessada.
É um autor a seguir.
Mar 26, 2016 Corey rated it it was amazing
The Innocent introduces us to Will Robie, a mysterious U.S. Government Assassin who targets enemies that threaten the United States. Robie never fails to kill his targets, but when he is sent to take out one target, this one feels to him like a set-up, so he backs down from this one, but then the target is taken out by a second shooter. Now Robie is on the run with a teenage girl named Julie in tow, who's parents have been murdered by an unknown party, and an FBI Agent who is investigating a bus ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Regan rated it it was ok
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
William Bentrim
Mar 25, 2012 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Lignor
Mar 22, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
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
May 07, 2012 Julia rated it liked it
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
Apr 28, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Foi o primeiro livro que estreei com o autor David Baldacci e este ganhou mais um novo fã: eu próprio.

O Robin, um assassino profissional, é mandado para matar uma mulher, mas no momento em que pretende matá-la, é apanhado desprevenido. Já não conseguia matá-la… Não vou dizer o porquê, pois é a surpresa do livro. Tentou salvá-la, mas o outro assassino que se encontrava escondido e a vigiá-lo, completou o “trabalho” e pôs-se a perseguir o Robin por este não ter cumprido a missão.
A Julie, uma rap
Nov 05, 2013 Salymar rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2013 Robby rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 05, 2013 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
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আদি পরকাশনের কলযানেই আজ এত ধুমধারককা একটা একশন পলিটিকযাল থরিলার আজ আমার পাঠযতালিকাতে যুকত হলো। আদির করণধার সাজিদ ভাই কে অবশযই সাধুবাদ জানাই আদি পরকাশনের এই অগরযাতরাতে । তবে সপেশাল ধনযবাদ দিতে হবে নতুন অনুবাদক সাঈদ শিহাবকেই । উনি অনুবাদ করেছেন বলেই না এই বইটা হয়তো পরা হয়েছে। তা না হলে এই ডেভিড বালদাশি’র
Will M.
Aug 23, 2014 Will M. rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2013 Ware rated it it was amazing
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 04, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
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
May 11, 2012 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
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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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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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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