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The Innocent (Will Robie 1)

The Innocent (Will Robie 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Baldacci
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"Forget Fifty Shades of Grey--the page-turner of the season is The Innocent by David Baldacci...The reader wants for nothing: there are car chases and shootouts, snipers and moles, safe houses and digestible bio-transmitters...The tale starts at a blistering rate and accelerates through 100 short action-packed chapters...this is Baldacci back at his best."-- The Times (London)


"A complex puzzle . . . Baldacci is a master craftsman."-- Associated Press on The Sixth Man

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 878 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446572993
  • Publisher: Pan (26 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230749259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230749252
  • ASIN: B007L24T52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (392 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at, and his foundation at, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome nonsense 16 Dec 2012
By RoverP
Yes, it's a fast paced action thriller but the plot is so contrived and implausible and the characters are nearly all so stereotyped and unlikeable that well before half way through I was getting bored with it.

It contains so much of what is worst in American crime / thriller writing. The central character, Secret Agent Will Robie is depicted as an all American hero who almost single handedly defeats a bizarre terrorist plot. What a guy! Sure, he gets some help from a female FBI agent who also seems willing to put her own and other people's lives at risk, so, hey, she's cool too! They "gun" engines, do donut turns, run red lights etc and when they face gunfire from well trained and well equipped adversaries they are seemingly protected by a magical shield whilst death and destruction explodearound them. You get the picture.

And despite a bus full of passengers being blown up and numerous other murders being committed it seems that the FBI agent is the only person officially on the case. Nonsense, of course but it creates the vacuum of reality which allows Baldacci to hype up his hero.

No doubt this storyline would make for a half decent action movie but for me it just doesn't work as a book. It is one shallow chapter of contrived action after another and it simply gets tiresome.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed!! 18 May 2012
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Firstly, just let me say that I love the works of David Baldacci, until this. I've waited eagerly for the lastest offering and was sorely disappointed. It was as if this book had been written by someone else. Badly expressed, laboured (I felt as if I was being talked down to a lot of the time) and just not Baldacci. I know from other reviews that it has been raved about - sorry, not for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murders and Innocent Bystanders 28 April 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 7 Aug 2014
By Galning
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Hmmmm - I've liked other books by DB - but this one was fairly wooden.

I didn't like Robie (and kept reading it as Robbie, which was irritating me) and certainly couldn't relate to Julie. There was no suspense and I actually put it down for about a week and read another book. It all just seemed too far fetched. If a books well written and entertaining then I can let my imagination go and accept most things. But this wasn't enjoyable and I thought the ending was poor.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of "The innocent". 26 Mar 2014
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Not one of Baldacci's best offerings - the plot takes a sharp detour towards the end; not what you could call a twist, but more of a change in direction. Not sure that I'll be keen to read any sequels...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By ka
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This certainly did not seem like it had been written by Baldacci...or if it was then he has done it without any real thought for his readers.....maybe this was a 'contractual book' to fill a stop gap and get a book out regardless...I have read the 2nd in the Will Robie series The Hit, just to see if the plot was any better or made things believable...sadly it did not ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really gripping and unpredictable read 24 Jun 2014
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This is the 4th of David Baldacci's books I have read. The story line is never boring and moves at a fast pace throughout the book. I am on my 3rd of his books in s many weeks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. 20 Jun 2014
By baine
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I started with "the hit" first and found that to be disappointing but this first introduction was better paced. Found the page turns to be quicker. The characters are very likable but unfortunately a little two dimensional. I would have liked more dialogue in place of narratives.
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