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The Innocent

(Will Robie #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  94,885 ratings  ·  4,985 reviews
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)
Michele Yes, there are three sequels to date. They are as follows in order: The Hit, The Target, and The Guilty.
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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, w
Jun 18, 2012 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
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dec 04, 2012 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
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2021
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. Th
Paul O'Neill
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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 f
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. Very well written with great intrigue. 10 of 10 stars!
Jun 08, 2012 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
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 ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jenny Baker
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 typ
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
D.B. Woodling
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thriller and mystery fans
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 su
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
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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.
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
Feb 29, 2012 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
Sean Peters
Oct 29, 2012 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
Feb 05, 2013 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
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. An ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Maureen DeLuca
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now, that's how a mystery/spy thriller is done. I must confess that I'm somewhat biased when it comes to David Baldacci since he has yet to write a book that lets me down but man, this was good. Not literary-award-winning good but crazy-fast-paced- relentless good. It's like playing a video game you like a lot, or eating chocolate- a sort of guilty pleasure. The story is multi-layered and there are several mysteries going on at the same time; the pages fly by at astonishing speed and just when y ...more
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?
Lewis Weinstein
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
a powerful exciting read ... not totally believable but so what ...
Assassin Will Robie is back from two assignments to eliminate the enemies of America abroad. He doesn't need to know why they are being targeted...he just pulls the trigger. When he sees a small child in the bed of a woman he's been ordered to kill, he hesitates. Another shooter kills the woman and child as Robie questions his handler. What happens next sets an intricate story into motion.

Robie decides to get away by taking a nearby bus. Along comes a 14-year-old girl, followed by a man whom Wi
Michael Slavin
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
I listened to this one while driving around. Very good, great start and strong story. Robie is an assassin working for the US and then gets on the wrong side of some bad guys and has to solve a mystery, while saving his life and a young girl. Excellent! Baldacci is the best.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far fetched and unbelievable as plot lines go, an engaging and entertaining book nonetheless.
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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.”) He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; it was subsequ ...more

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