The Innocent [Hardcover] Unknown Binding – 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
The plot is complex and also stretches credulity a bit, but the whole scenario is ingenious and well written. As for, "this really couldn't happen, could it?", well, I'm sure that fifteen years ago not many people could have forecast 9/11.
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