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The Innocent (Will Robie, Bk 1)
The Innocent - Will Robie, Bk 1
Author: David Baldacci
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 . . . — THE INNOCENT — It begins wi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446572989
ISBN-10: 0446572985
Publication Date: 2/26/2013
Pages: 576
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 120 ratings
Publisher: Vision
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
WOW WOW WOW! This is the beginning of a really good character, I have so many to keep up with that sometimes I don't like to get started on another series but this one is a keeper!
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Will Robie is a government assassin able to calculate, move, and execute his target without much remorse. Then he gets a case that isn't off in a remote country somewhere, but in his own. He is ordered to kill a US citizen. He's told she has ties to terrorism and stalks and prepares to kill his target. When faced with the reality of the situation, he knows something isn't right and decides to ignore his orders and spare the woman and the little boy who sleeps beside her. Unfortunately, a fail safe has been put in place and a sniper takes control out of his hands and kills the woman and then turns his long range sniper rifer on Robie himself. Thus begins a thriller where Robie comes upon a teenager also running for her life and an FBI agent who just can't leave well enough alone. No spoilers here - this is just how the story begins.

Told mostly from Will Robie's point of view the story is about an unquestioning cold-hearted killer. He never gets involved with anyone, living a solitary existence. Even his apartment has no personality, very few personal effects, just a generic space as generic as he is. However, with good story telling, the hero begins to change and grow. That proved just as interesting as the threat that he investigates while running from it.

At first I wasn't fond of Robie. The prose was as wooden as he was. As the story progressed, Baldacci was able to make me care about what happened to Will, while not making the mistake of changing a killer suddenly to a puppy dog. By the end of the story I found myself wishing for more Will Robie. I also became interested in reading more of Baldacci's work.
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