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Will Robie #1

The Innocent

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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 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.

422 pages, Hardcover

First published April 17, 2012

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David Baldacci

357 books117k followers
David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then.”)

David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; the feature film adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 46 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. David has also published seven novels for younger readers.

In addition to being a prolific writer, David is a devoted philanthropist, and his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States.

A lifelong Virginian, David is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Profile Image for Alex is The Romance Fox.
1,461 reviews1,120 followers
July 21, 2017
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 justification.

The book starts off with some back-story of some of Robie’s previous missions which gives us a bit of an insight into his character and his life.

Robie is somewhat surprise about his latest assignment. The target is a Washington DC female government employee with a family. His instincts are telling him that something is not right and has he hesitates to carry out his orders, some other sniper finishes the mission instead. He realizes that you don’t play around with not completing a mission, so he leaves town under the radar and heads off to New York City until he finds out more about his failed mission and the possibility that he may be the next target.

Julie Getty, 14 years old, smart, touch and street-wise is on the run after witnessing the murder of her parents.

Robie and Julie’s paths cross when they both board the same bus. When he saves her from an assassin that he recognizes, they team up to solving the reason for both being targeted. Their meeting at first seems unrelated to each other’s dilemma but the events that follow show a connection between his mission and her family’s murder. Joining forces with a local FBI agent, who offers to help them. A race against time to find the people responsible for the crimes and not knowing who they can trust.
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The plot reminded me a bit of the movie, Leon: The Professional, where Jean Reno, a hit man, saves and helps his next door neighbor, a young girl, Natalie Portman, after she witnesses her parent’s murder and how she makes him a more humane person.
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Engrossing, good pacing, tense, believable characters, action packed twists and turns and humor…
“Any spies work there? Doubtful. While lucrative, corn subsidies don't really get bad guys all that excited.”

“He has twenty-nine friends, which isn't a lot, but I don't know how long he's been on Facebook either. And he's a really old guy.” “he's only fifty,” Vance pointed out. Julie shrugged. “Like I said, he's a really old guy.”
A great introduction to a new series and a strong, intriguing and likeable hero.

I liked this quote:
“You had to take life as it came. It gave no quarter, spared no feelings. Limited no pain. Put no ceiling on happiness.”
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765 reviews758 followers
April 28, 2021
When I realized that other books, that shall remain unnamed here, are being gleefully accepted, hugged and devoured in mere hours, I said screw the hype. I have my own quiet, and genuinely good favorites. The book is about Will Robie and his priorities in ending and protecting life. Other characters are Julie Getty and Vance. There's a nifty trick that Baldacci has used a couple of times. It consists of showing a major coincidence, an unlikely event, and then show that it was all part of a plan.

Baldacci is not a universally revered author. If he was, he would be a household name. I suspect, no, I admit that his style is not universally renowned, but it's terrifically compatible with me and other fans. The Camel Club was a stroke of brilliance, but for lightning to strike twice? It just means that while I was a fan, now I'm a fanboy. This type of authorship is what I've been looking for my whole life. I await the rest of Baldacci's work with perhaps the highest expectations I've had ever.
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97 reviews35 followers
July 27, 2016
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 GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN TATTOO. I only read Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series when stolen or forged art is involved, and Brian Haig has stopped writing his Sean Drummond series at the bequest of his publisher BUT I found a new author that I'm currently reading and enjoying...

Ten months later I'm a happy camper again having just finished the second of the last two thrillers by David Baldacci....and he's forgiven: no more Camel Club nor summer romance "stuff..." DB has created two new hero spies........John Puller in ZERO DAY and now Will Robie in THE INNOCENT.

In a way Will Robie of THE INNOCENT is the more exciting hero! He's a clandestine assassin for the USA who falters on his last kill. He teams up with a 14-year old bright kid, a runaway from foster homes...and an attractive FBI agent...and seriously considers dating a lovely gal who lives in his apartment complex in Washington, D. C. Quite a change in lifestyle for a spy who's always been a loner!

There's a bus explosion, a run at some Gulf War vets, several foiled assassination attempts by the other side, and a heavily armored government black SUV with no-flat tires and tinted windows that's chasing Robie and the young girl. Lots of action, a nice twist for the ending but...

Stop tying up loose ends at the end of your thrillers, Baldacci, that aren't loose. You had me satisfied about twenty pages before you ended both books.

May we have another helping of John Puller and Will Robie, please?

4.25 stars out of 5 stars.

24 reviews3 followers
December 4, 2012
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 I just could not find a single reason to recommend this book to anyone for any reason.
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3,323 reviews2,144 followers
February 18, 2021
I was recently introduced to Will Robie in book 6 of the Amos Decker series. Good tactics Mr. Baldacci - encouraging your readers to crossover to your other series. It was a worthwhile move for me anyway.

Will Robie is a highly trained and very successful assassin and The Innocent opens with a few examples of the man at work. Actually the first part of the book is quite slow even though the body count is huge. Robie works quietly and methodically with all bases covered and there is no tension. Then something goes wrong, Robie stops feeling in control and the fun and excitement begins.

I find I nearly always like Baldacci's novels. They are not books to take seriously but they are splendid entertainment and always very readable. And so I begin another series........
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2,183 reviews212 followers
August 24, 2019
Outstanding. Very well written with great intrigue. 10 of 10 stars!
March 16, 2018
Rereading on Audiobook 2/18-

I wanted to listen to this book because I have come to love listening to action/adventure books, and this one impressed me so much when I read it. I still love Will Robie on the second listen. He's all business, but he's also a moral person. That's a very important balance for a man who kills at the will of the US government. He's enigmatic in many ways, his history not explicitly spelled out. The reader is left to wonder what led Robie to this life. Also the reader feels his sense of disconnection. He's much too self-possessed to come off as emo about it, but there's an underlying sense of loneliness that he feels living the life of a killer who has to jet about to parts around the globe to take out targets. Killing changes a person, and the effect it has had on Robie is clear.

I reread this after reading the first two John Puller novels, and I can discern what is part of Baldacci's narrative style. Having said that, Robie does feel distinctive from Puller. Robie doesn't color in the lines like Puller does. Robie's work puts him outside of the discipline of the military and makes him more of a loner who has to make split second decisions to accomplish his task. But both have a sense of honor, well-honed instincts and survival skills.

As before, my favorite aspect of this book was Robie's interactions with Julie. Julie helps Robie remember what it's like to be human and to reconnect to people. In some ways she saves him as much as he saves her.

I bumped this up to 5 stars.
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 trying to kill her, he takes out the assailant and gets Julie off the bus, seconds before it explodes. Normally Robie is a loner, but this time he has to take on a partner, a person to keep safe while he figures out why their paths have crossed and people seem to be gunning for them both.

I enjoyed this book a lot. Baldacci develops a story of obvious complexity with great skill. He makes it look simple with his straightforward writing. However, layers keep getting pulled away to reveal something very multifaceted as the two various characters' lives intersect in a way that seems random initially. I liked how he conveys Robie’s expertise at what he does. He’s the real deal, Robie is. He’s very observant and skilled, but understated about it. I loved the dialogue between Robie and others, particularly Julie. This book had me laughing a lot. A big, tough guy like him finds out just how mouthy a teenage girl can be (and they can be very mouthy). She’s almost like a chip off the block with her own set of survivor skills. She’s had a tough life and is just as much a survivor as Robie is himself. Although this game they are in is high stakes and playing for keeps. She needs a protector who knows a lot about getting the bad guys dead and keeping alive.

I’m really glad my library had this book. I practically devoured it. I would love to read more books about Will Robie, and hopefully Julie will show up as a cameo. I can’t believe they will see the last of each other.

Definitely recommend this to fans of literary tough guys.
Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.
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1,991 reviews897 followers
September 23, 2021
4 estrellas sólo para que mis amistades de GR no me pongáis a parir por aumentaros la saca.

Por enganche lector se llevaría la quinta, conste. No lo he soltado. Bueno, tb pierde puntos porque la sinopsis, …El trabajo más reciente que le han encomendado ha salido mal. Robie ha sido enviado a eliminar a una persona en Washington, pero en la misión hay algo que no encaja, y él hace algo impensable: se niega a matar.
A partir de ese momento, Robie se convierte en el blanco y debe escapar de su propia gente. En su huida, se cruza con una adolescente díscola …
ya dice que muy original no es que sea.

Vale, y que se ve venir el final. Y los personajes son un poco (bastante) estándar.

Coño, parece que lo estoy poniendo a parir y a la vez digo que casi se podría llevar las cinco estrellas, ¿no? Pues imaginaos lo que engancha la novela para ello.

Por cierto, me pongo de inmediato con el siguiente de la saga, segundo de Will Robie (el killer de este, vamos).
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Author 3 books185 followers
September 19, 2016
What a ride! Baldacci is turning into one of my favourites.

This is a fast paced, non-stop thriller with a few twists and turns, some that I saw coming, others I didn't.

Superb audiobook narration.
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487 reviews107 followers
June 21, 2012
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 actually saying it, and then doing just the opposite.
An assassin with a mission. But whose side is he on?
Another action-packed thriller from one of the world’s most popular writers.
Back in DC after successful missions in Edinburgh and Tangier, assassin Will Robie sees his latest assignment, to eliminate a US government employee, go badly wrong. What had she done, or what did she know? Robie is now a wanted man.
But it seems that he’s not the only one on the run. Young teenager Julie Getty is devastated by the inexplicable murder of her parents in their home. Who wanted them dead, and why, is a mystery. But Julie is smart enough to believe that their killer will come after her. Robie and Julie meet when he saves her from an attempt on her life as they were trying to leave town.
The police investigating the hit start to take an interest in Robie. He’s particularly attracting the interest of Special Agent Nicole Vance, who believes that the two cases are connected. Robie finds himself in a dangerous position as he is tasked to investigate a crime at which he was present. Does he need to change sides to save lives – including his own?
So, the synopsis made it clear that the central character is Secret Agent Will Robie, who is actually an official assassin of the US government’s secret services. He is trained to kill people without questioning the reason and he is the best at his job. Initially he comes across as ruthless and cold-blooded, but redeems himself when the reader learns his “victims” were international terrorists or national threats. During one such assignment his Still-Human side overcomes his Cold-Blooded-Killer side and gives him pause. For the first time in his career, he disobeys the agency’s orders and runs from the kill site. What happens during his run is interesting. He finds Julie Getty, a fourteen year old girl running from her killer’s parents and still in the throes of his Still-Human side, he lets her join him. His plan is simple: keep both of them alive.
Now Julie is the real star of the story. Not only is she talented beyond her age, she is fearless and sensible as well. She saw her parents die right in front of her eyes and now she is beyond any emotion, suffering or pain. But she knows whom to trust and she trusts Robie. She also makes him feel. Under Julie’s tutelage, Robie discovers a new side of himself. He even develops a semi-crush on a White House Staffer named Annie Lambert, which is really not his natural behavior.
The story takes a turn when Robie’s agency finds that his ‘handler’ has turned up and deceived the country by sending Robie on an innocent’s kill. At this point, I started to feel that everyone was a convict, be it the FBI or DCIS.
It’s proof of the author’s terrific storytelling capabilities that he drew me in from the very first chapter and retained my attention till the last. Baldacci has a natural capability to make the reader visualize things by describing every minute detail in a way that isn’t tedious. Sometimes I felt as if I was an eyewitness to whatever was happening.
The story is like a puzzle but every piece is placed at a location where you can start thinking of next possible match. I am still amazed with David Baldacci’s capability of scattering the plot into million pieces but putting it back together with so much precision. At the end of every chapter my mind was working faster than usual by trying to guess the next event. I am also awed by the perfect sync of the chapters. Baldacci didn’t miss even a single time frame, something that made the book a One-Sit read for me, which is applause-worthy seeing how long the book is. The twists and turns of the story kept me enthralled throughout the book and even after that, I kept on thinking about them over and over again.
The language was simple yet very gripping throughout the book. I consider it a Visual Book instead of just a novel because you will actually see what you read. ‘The Innocent’ is a book that will keep your brain engaged all the time, so make sure you don’t have anything else worth doing when you’re reading it. ;)

originally reviewed at : http://www.the-vault.co.cc/
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576 reviews88 followers
January 31, 2017
I enjoy reading books by David Baldacci and have read many of them. He has some great series, Camel Club; King & Maxwell; John Puller; and Amos Decker, as well as stand alone novels. This is the first book in the Will Robie series. It did not start out well. Very short sentences that all started with "He". He this; he that; he did; he didn't. I found myself hoping that this would change and change quickly or I would never be able to finish. Fortunately it did and the remainder of the book was an action packed tale of suspense.

Will Robie is an assassin for a clandestine United States government agency. The first couple of chapters are about assignments Robie is on. A drug lord and a Middle East terrorist. The next assignment is not as clear cut and Robie does not follow through. Fleeing the scene he crosses paths with 14 year old Julie Getty who ran away from her foster home only to witness the murder of her parents. Now they are both on the run and in danger. But who is the target? Robie because he did not carry out his mission? Or Julie who witnessed her parents murder? As the story unfolds it could be either one of them. Or both. Could they be linked? That would be a heck of a coincidence. The two of them fleeing separate events and are now targets of the same bad guy(s). As deaths mount they team up with FBI special agent Nicole Vance in the investigation. The story is not very believable but it is certainly entertaining and this is fiction and being entertained is what I look for in a story.

Will Robie starts out as a loner. He is after all an assassin and a loner by nature. Julie Getty may be fourteen but she is very mature and intelligent. There was a scene when Will and Julie first crossed paths that made me laugh. Will was thinking Julie was going to be killed and he would have to step in to prevent that from happening. No need for the professional. Julie manages quite well ... this time. As the story unfolds we start seeing a transformation in Will. He bonds with Julie and feels some responsibility for her welfare. He is also attracted to a woman who lives in his apartment building. Dating is not something is he familiar or comfortable with given his occupation and he has mixed emotions.

Overall this an enjoyable story. It did not start out that great but picked up as the story developed and kept you guessing trying to figure out what was happening and who, if anyone, could be trusted. I plan on reading the other books in this series, The Hit; The Target; and The Guilty.
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1,286 reviews194 followers
March 25, 2019
3.5 stars

I can’t decide if I want to round up or down. There were some great moments, but I’m not sure if there were enough for me to round up. I loved the audiobook narration!

OK, so my coworker kept bugging me to try David Baldacci (specifically this series) and Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan series. I finally gave in and decided to read one book from each author at the same time.

I have to admit, I did enjoy this even though I’m not a huge thriller fan, except for psychological thrillers. This type of thriller, not so much, but I do crave them sometimes. I get why readers love his novels. They're well written, great character development, lots of action, and good pacing. I especially like the character Will Robie. The more I think about it, the more I realize that yes, I will continue this series and read other Baldacci novels…eventually.

If you’re new to Baldacci like me, this is a good place to start.
June 17, 2023
David Baldacci has written a superb action packed thriller. Will Robie is employed by a US government agency as a hit-killer. He has killed many with ruthless meticulous military style preparation on the orders of his superiors who perceive threats to US on a global basis or merely see people or situations as problems. A muscular rock-solid intelligent assassin turning 40,he had recently killed a heroin supplier (Rivera) in Edinburgh along with his bodyguards intent on raising finances to plan a military coup in Mexico, a potential threat to America. His next mission was the killing of Saudi Prince Talal in Tangier who had abducted and murdered US servicemen and was a threat to the West. He returns to Washington.

No mission for 3 months until instructed to kill a woman in her 30's with 2 children. Robie finds she is a government agent and told she is part of a terrorist organisation. After breaking into her apartment he finds her in bed with her 3 year old son. Conscience kicks in and despite the angry insistence of his handler to kill them both, Robie cannot. The situation is resolved when a single shot from a long range sniper kills both. Robie realises he is probably the next target and puts plan B into action and makes a run for it.

Meanwhile, we are introduced to a 14 year old smart and intelligent precocious 14 year old Julie Getty, in and out of foster care because of her parents' drug problems from which they are trying to recover. Julie loves her parents, escapes from the current negligent foster carers and heads back home. Unfortunately, she enounters an argument between a man and her father. Her parents are both shot dead. Julie witnesses the killer and realises she is in danger and needs to escape and goes on the run.

Coincidentally and fortuitously,both Robie and Julie end up on the same bus going from Washington to New York. Julie is under threat by an unknown man on the bus and Robie intervenes for her safety. This is the start of an aquaintance and unsual liaison between the two and a series of tense situations superbly narrated by the author. Any more information would be spoiling the events of which there are plenty.

Baldacci writes with incisive clear prose. Short paragraphs and chapters each leading on to changes and developments in the plot with introduction of many more influential and important characters essential to the narrative and storyline. The crux is mostly which of the two leading protagonists is the real target. The relationship between them becomes engaging.

This is fast-paced suspenseful writing with never a dull moment. Difficult to put down. Many times a guessing game as to who is doing what to whom and why. The clever twists and turns continue especially in the final chapters when the bad guy is found out, the second not totally unexpected but the ultimate climactic revelation was a total surprise and fittingly fulfilling. The mysteries of the book's contents become evident.
I found this novel cleverly constructed and totally enjoyable.

#DavidBaldacci #GrandCentralPublishing
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Author 12 books186 followers
September 19, 2017
Will Robie, a highly skilled U.S. government assassin, has a pang of conscience for the first time in his long career and is unable to pull the trigger on an assigned target. Soon after his handler disappears. Which can mean only one thing: Robie is now in an equally talented assassin’s crosshairs. His contingency plan: to assume one of his many aliases and make an urgent and stealthy escape on a hackneyed city bus.

Fourteen-year-old Julie Getty believes her parents when they declare they have successfully battled their chemical demons for the last time. Confident the recent rehabilitation will stick, she makes a clandestine break from a creepy foster family and strikes out for home. While packing her suitcase, per her mother’s earlier instruction, she hears her parents arrive, accompanied by an unfamiliar guest. An escalating argument ensues and Julie bolts downstairs to discover her father shot dead. Obeying her mother’s plea, Julie backtracks upstairs and escapes through her bedroom window. Her mother’s last words to the killer, She doesn’t know anything, continue to haunt her as she boards the same hackneyed bus where a second killer waits to finish the job.

Is their chance meeting merely a coincidence? Robie doesn’t believe in coincidences or becoming an easy target. And now it’s not just his life on the line.

Baldacci paces the action and backstory with the proficiency one would expect from a multi-title author, though many readers have expressed dismay over his compulsion to humanize the protagonist, stating these efforts are not only unconvincing but also bog the story down. I would suppose ─ even though Robie believes his targets “deserved killing,” ─ as the bodies stack up and the road ahead becomes much shorter than the one behind that even a stone-cold killer might feel remorse. Despite the occasional lull, I would recommend The Innocent. On to your next rousing adventure, Mr. Baldacci!

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3,818 reviews12.8k followers
May 4, 2012
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-suspecting (or at least less 'rough') female main character. In this case, a forty-something assassin of the US Government with a teenager on the run fro ma crummy life in foster care. What begins as a jilted friendship explodes into the discovery of an evil web of terror and deceit, implicating both of them in something horrific. Baldacci peels away the layers of the story while moving the characters ahead in such a way that you can't, as the reader, help but feel for them. Add some romance and agency jockeying, and you have the crux of the Baldacci recipe for a successful novel.

While I am always a sucker for his series, Baldacci has done an excellent job of leading the reader through the pages of this well crafted book.

Kudos, Mr. Baldacci. Keep turning out these great books!
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1,094 reviews1,537 followers
December 15, 2012
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 assassinations of worthy targets around the world. Back on the home front in D.C., he balks on a domestic hit and becomes wary of some form of treachery within the U.S. powers-that-be. Soon thereafter he has a close call on an event I will not disclose, in the process saving a 14 year old runaway girl, Julie, who may have been a target. Though the rest of the book, Robie bonds with the smart and brave teen and the lady FBI agent while working to figure out a fiendish conspiracy. There is a long gap of paranoid ignorance and an accumulating body count before the puzzle is solved near the climactic close. Fairly satisfying for escapist reading, although in the end the book left me with the same sense of empty calories as I used to get after reading books of the Ludlam Bourne series back in the 80’s.
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1,908 reviews853 followers
March 23, 2018
Really liked Will Robie, and I'm looking forward to more adventures with him. This one was heavy on action and some of the plot seemed a little implausible, but entertaining even so.

This narration was different from what I'm used to with some sound effects. Kind of added a fun layer. Loved that there where male and female narrators and they played their parts throughout the story.
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1,002 reviews313 followers
July 20, 2017
Very entertaining. Full of plot twists, I listened to this on audio and it was great. Sound effects, his and her voices, and music. Quite enjoyable.
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916 reviews162 followers
May 5, 2018
An assassin for the US. Of course this is interesting! Pretty good start to this series. I am going to read The Hit tomorrow if I have the time. I’m completely into these Baldacci books right now. Still reading the Alex cross series and my YA addiction but it’s nice to have these Baldacci series on my nightstand also!

My quick and simple overall: interesting and not easily predictable at all. Very good start to a series!
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677 reviews119 followers
March 13, 2014
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 Reacher, and Will Robie will return later on the year for The Target.

I also do enjoy the youg fiesty charcater Julie Getty and FRB Agent Vance.

Highly recommended, as is The Hit.

What I find difficult is I read a author, like David Baldacci, love his books then want to read all of them, but then given so many other recommendations, then I love to read all of another author.

Oh why do I have to work for eight hours a day and fit so many other things into my day.
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341 reviews520 followers
December 20, 2014
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 absolutely root for the guy from the beginning. And because we deeply cared for him, in the end even after everything perfectly worked out, we feel sad to see him suffering so much.

I was hoping for some reveal in the end that would tie with Robie's past, but looks like Baldacci completely shut out that part to be related with the main story, at least for now. I still hope in future novels the story will delve deeper in to Robie's past.

Anyway, the book was simply put, A BLAST. Even in 500+ pages it was a very VERY entertaining and a lightning-fast read! Not for once the tightly-woven plot shagged, not even in the middle. Its more commendable to the storytelling ability of Baldacci as the head-scratching mystery didn't gave up almost any revelation until there's only less than a hundred pages to go. But the story grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn't let go till the very end, with a very satisfying conclusion, so that's all that matters. Although I personally would've preferred slightly more action, I flatout loved all the mindgames! This was my first Baldacci novel, but off course it won't be the last, as I've already started on The Hit, Will Robie's next adventure. Let's see where that goes.
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12.7k reviews447 followers
March 2, 2012
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 wasn't too far behind. He managed to make some great leaps in logic that seemed to come out of no where, but if you made your living like this maybe things would make sense.

Julie happens to be wrong place wrong time, only more wrong person wrong time. I loved how she wanted to be included in on all the plans. She had to do something to make up for her situation. I thought that Robie did a great job of including her and at times she did come up with some great info that Robie couldn't.

While I didn't guess the main big bad person, I did guess one of them. It seemed like it was obvious right from the start, I just kept waiting to see just how they would be involved.

I loved the ending with Robie and Julie. I would love to see more books with these 2, not sure how that would work, but they make a great team!

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73 reviews39 followers
July 4, 2022
Will Robie is a stone cold hitman who always nails his target without questioning orders. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target close to home in Washington D.C. When something about the mission doesn't feel right to him Robie does the unthinkable and refuses to kill the intended target. Now Robie has become the target himself and must escape his own people. Fleeing the scene Robie comes across a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen year old running away from her foster home. But the girl isn't any ordinary runway. Her parents were murdered and her own life is in danger. The more Robie learns about the girl the more he's convinced she's at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents deaths. But by stepping out of the shadows to save this girls life has Robie made the first and maybe last mistake of his career? Have been a fan of David Baldacci for a long time and the Will Robie series is a favorite and highly recommend. Four stars.
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807 reviews609 followers
November 28, 2017
Just your standard, off-the-shelf thriller. Nothing special here, unfortunately. I don't mean to bash this book, the technicalities are all bolt-locked in place: the dialogue is well paced, there's not a dull moment, the rhythm is kept. Unfortunately, there's not much substance to it. As well paced as it is, the dialogue is rather vapid. There aren't many dull moments, but that's because the plot is pushed forward with deus ex machina moments that make you want to slap yourself with the book. And the rhythm is there, but there's plot holes in this work that make it look like Swiss cheese. The main character is not that bad (surprising for this kind of literature): he is a walking, living, breathing cliche, but a well-constructed one. However anything past him is pretty much predictable. His relationships, his mishaps, his thoughts - there's not much you can't see through. All in all, if this is your literary cup of tea, it's pretty difficult for me to understand why. But hey, who am I to judge?
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3,351 reviews412 followers
February 6, 2013
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 being manipulated and why. With the help of an FBI agent, Robie figures out the true purpose of the killings just in time to avert disaster.
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1,533 reviews9 followers
April 25, 2015
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?
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1,067 reviews33 followers
September 4, 2016
A great read to a new series !! Will Robie, is a stone cold hit man who never questions orders and always nails his target. There are two story lines going in this book - Will Robie, who was ordered to kill someone-at the last minute realizes that something just isn't right with this--- a mother, with 2 children- he aborts that mission (which you are NOT supposed to do!) - Then the other story line is about a 14 year old girl who is now running away for she witnessed the murder of her mother and father...... Baldacci has an uncanny way of telling both these stories- and you know that they are somehow related - but how?

We go on a nice long journey- the ups and downs and the mystery slowly starts to unfold- I will say that this book is just a 'tad' but too long- but Baldacci books seem to be more on the longer side than not. Having said that - It was a page turner and I really enjoyed it. I'm very much looking forward to reading the second book in this series..... a sold 4.5 stars plus 1/2 star because - well because he is "Baldacci" !!
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