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5.0 out of 5 stars Murders and Innocent Bystanders
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...
Published on 28 April 2012 by ACB(swansea)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome nonsense
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome nonsense, 16 Dec 2012
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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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21 of 22 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good, 7 Aug 2014
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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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129 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murders and Innocent Bystanders, 28 April 2012
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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.

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. More to come from the characters hopefully and David Baldacci.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This certainly did not seem like it had been written by Baldacci, 14 Aug 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing bad guys to make the world a better place is maybe acceptable, but killing of innocents not, 18 April 2014
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This review is from: The Innocent (Will Robie 1) (Paperback)
David Baldacci, an American author of the bestselling ‘Absolute Power’ wrote this extremely tense thriller novel which requires equally extreme reader concentration.

Will Robie is a secret agency hitman that handles the villains, making the world a better and safer place. He does his job routinely, very calmly and professionally, however, when a mother will found herself at his gunpoint with a child in her arms, Will disobeyed the command of a superior, and expectedly will become a target himself.

Although he was ready for such scenario and booked a bus ticket to get away, for the path in which this bus will take him he was not at all ready. In the bus from certain death he saves fourteen year old Julie, and after some time this same bus will explode immediately after his exit. Then Will realizes that in addition to his own, he must keep the head of this very stubborn and brave girl.

Will be contacted by Blue Man, both a superior to him and the person who gave him the assignment to kill an innocent woman, telling him how he became a pawn of people who have decided to move to the side of the villains. After being involved in the FBI investigation of a murdered woman (whom Will should have killed) and exploded bus, Will becomes more and more tangled in an intricate web of conspiracy, betrayal and corruption that has crept into all spheres of society.

Not trusting almost anyone, he confides only to FBI agent Nicole Vance, and with each step closer to a case being solved, Will and Julie are becoming increasingly frequent target, while the number of innocent victims is growing...

Extreme – is the adjective that most accurately describes the plot and its twists, and no less extreme concentration will be required by reader to connect all the parts of this tense puzzle.

In a complex plot equally complex characters were to be inserted, and the author was able to successfully achieve it. They are very realistic, up to the each challenge and their relationship is devoid of unnecessary pathos.

For all the lovers of mystery and thriller genre ‘The Innocent’ will be a real treat. To anticipate any move in this novel is impossible, and the inability to make any conclusions before the end is the proof of author's ability to create a fierce, tense and unexpected story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable., 20 Jun 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 9 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Jun 2014
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Great characters and an original plot that kept you going to the end. A really good action read. More than just a holiday read.
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