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The Innocent: Will Robie, Book 1 | [David Baldacci]

The Innocent: Will Robie, Book 1

Will Robie is an assassin with a mission. But whose side is he on?

Back in DC after successful missions in Edinburgh and Tangier, assassin Will Robie sees his latest assignment, to eliminate a US government employee, go badly wrong. What had she done? Or what did she know? Robie is now a wanted man. But it seems that he's not the only one on the run. Young teenager Julie Getty is devastated by the inexplicable murder of her parents. Robie and Julie meet when he saves her from an attempt on her life as they are trying to leave town....

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Publisher's Summary

Will Robie is an assassin with a mission. But whose side is he on?

Back in DC after successful missions in Edinburgh and Tangier, assassin Will Robie sees his latest assignment, to eliminate a US government employee, go badly wrong. What had she done? Or what did she know? Robie is now a wanted man. But it seems that he's not the only one on the run.

Young teenager Julie Getty is devastated by the inexplicable murder of her parents in their home. Who wanted them dead and why, is a mystery. But Julie is smart enough to believe that their killer will come after her. Robie and Julie meet when he saves her from an attempt on her life as they are trying to leave town. The police investigating the hit start to take an interest in Robie. He's particularly attracting the interest of Special Agent Nicole Vance, who believes that the two cases are connected.

Robie finds himself in a dangerous position as he is tasked to investigate a crime at which he was present. Does he need to change sides to save lives - including his own?

©2012 Columbus Rose, Ltd (P)2012 Hachette US

What the Critics Say

"This taut, action-packed adventure is Baldacci at his very best." (Daily Express)

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    Sarah Bruton, United Kingdom 03/05/2012
    Sarah Bruton, United Kingdom 03/05/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "I Can't Believe I Paid for This!!"

    Dire story, dire "he said, she said" production and OTT sound effects. In a word - avoid!!!! Would give it zero but the computer says no!!!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Graeme Dolgellau, United Kingdom 10/05/2012
    Graeme Dolgellau, United Kingdom 10/05/2012 Member Since 2015
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    "An easy listen...."

    ...apart from the annoying musak and awful sporadic sound effects. I read/listen to books to utilise my imagination I did not like the intrusive additional noise.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    susan 05/05/2012
    susan 05/05/2012
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    Don't judge by other reviews!!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning. Don't want to give anything away so I will just say it keeps you in suspence to the end and couldn't stop listening. It is the first time I have heard an audio book with sound effects, I must say they did make me jump a few times but it is not off putting but adds to the suspence. Go listen and enjoy........

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 04/05/2012
    Roderic Victoria Park, Australia 04/05/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Leave out the music!"

    This is a fairly mundane narrative.
    The writing was quite flat, the characters undeveloped, the plot utterly implausible and unconvincing, and the surprise twists were telescoped from early in the book.

    The worse part was the irritating music as the "scary" bits approached and at the end of chapters. If the writing and narration aren't enough, there is something wrong.

    Only small plus is that I DID finish the book to see what happened.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter ENFIELD, United Kingdom 28/06/2012
    Peter ENFIELD, United Kingdom 28/06/2012
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    "Great story, great audio."

    I've not read any Baldacci before, so found this a real treat. the story is good with some real twists in the plot and some intriguing characters.
    There is some production value to the audio with sound affects and music used sparingly, that I found a little amusing at first. But it's not long before you realise it adds tension and value to the story.
    Ron's voice is great with good intonation and characterisation and Orlagh playing the female roles works well also.
    A cracking production all round.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Clem LIMERICK, Ireland 18/07/2013
    Clem LIMERICK, Ireland 18/07/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "A good old fashioned thriller!"
    Any additional comments?

    Early on I thought "what is this?". Is this guy for real? Ron McLarty's deep serious tones illustrated the perfect all-american hit-man and there was fade-in/ fade-out music and sound effects happening. I was confused as hell!But I hung in there and dismissed my preconceptions about how an audiobook should be... and then it happened: I really got into it. Purchased book 2 before I even finished book 1 so that I wouldn't suffer withdrawel symptoms and loved the experience! This was what it was, Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, complete with sound effects, a great old-fashioned thriller story with well resourced bad guys and the infallible but very likeable good guys. The whole book was a great experience.Highly recommend it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary ABERDEEN, United Kingdom 26/01/2013
    Gary ABERDEEN, United Kingdom 26/01/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent story but......."

    I am a keen Baldacci reader but this was perhaps the weakest book I remember. The last couple I have read have been based in Army CID special agent John Pullar. His investigative expertise is great and I have become used to Ron McLardy playing the part with Orlagh Cassidy playing the supporting role. The main character in this book is Will Robie who is not an investigator but an assassin. After the assassin elements are over in the first half hour, Will Robie simply becomes John Pullar. He morph's from an assassin into an ace detective / investigator and I felt Baldacci had reverted to his comfort zone and of course what he is good at after starting down the road of an assassin. This is not helped by the same narrator playing both parts. After half an hour the story would as well have been a John Pullar story. That was disappointing. The storyline is fine and the book reasonably enjoyable but certainly not a favourite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Davis 25/01/2015
    Jo Davis 25/01/2015

    An avid reader / listener with eclectic taste from Terry Pratchett to Jane Austen and most stuff in between. (Not keen on horror though).

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    "Not Baldacci's best but still a pretty good read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they were a Baldacci fan. If not I don't think this would be the best book to introduce them to him. I'd suggest the King and Maxwell series or the John Puller series as a starting point.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. But maybe not based on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book but not as much as the others I've read by this author. I found it hard to warm to a "hero" who is an assassin, but warm to him I eventually did.
    I just wish the publishers didn't insist on sound effects and music at crunch points in the story, they don't add anything and can be a little distracting. Surprisingly I know what gunfire or speeding cars sound like. Having said that I didn't find it as grating with this book as I have previously, maybe I've learned to tune it out!
    I like the two narrators, they' ve narrated most of the Baldacci books I've listened to and it works really well not having a man doing a falsetto voice or a woman pretending to be a man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M WARRINGTON, United Kingdom 30/06/2013
    M WARRINGTON, United Kingdom 30/06/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Action Thriller with a twist"

    This is a good action book with a twist - the hero is a trained killer. The author has created a nice complex character and delivers a really good action thriller. I have read both the Will Robie books and enjoyed them both - fast action and clever. If you like Jack Reacher, John Puller, Jason Bourne then I think you will like Will Robie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 02/05/2012
    Sarah 02/05/2012
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    "A New Hero"

    An assassin refuses to complete a job when a child is put in danger. He finds himself on the run, no longer knowing if his handlers are on his side or not. On escaping, he encounters a 14yr old girl, also in trouble; and the two join forces.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
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    27/05/13
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    "Monotonous monotone by narrator Ron McLarty"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The audio book started with "Sound Effects", something I absolutely hate. It is an insult to the narrator, showing his/her voice will not carry the story.I have looked at other reviews of this book. The story line should interest me. But, I gave up after listening to Ron McLarty's voice for 30 mins.I want a refund for my wasted time and money.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing read by Ron McLarty. Nothing from Macmillan Audio Books


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    Ron McLarty's voice is better suited to the 30 seconds of scary advertisment to the next big horror movie block buster. Ron also sounds like he is a 3 packet per day smoker.Orlagh Cassidy. Only heard her voice for a few seconds. No opinions.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Innocent: Will Robie, Book 1?

    Only got 5% into the audiobook, before I gave up. Cut the narrators, and start again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have also purchased the next book in the series "The Hit". It will not be listened to either. I am now even more annoyed at spending money on thse two audio books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PFHugo Winterbach
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    "A very enjoyable book, performed by masters"

    Not only is this a great story but the performance by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy was superb. A definite valuable asset in my collection. Just get it and start listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Port Macquarie, Australia
    09/10/12
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    "Captivating tale"
    What did you love best about The Innocent?

    I particlularly liked the use of different voices and sound effects something many other audio books have not had.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat, you never knew whether the bad guys were after the girl or Will


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unfortunately I don't have that opportunity, but I found myself siting in carparks at my desitnations so that I could get to the end of chapter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julee
    Caboolture, Australia
    21/06/12
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    "good listen"
    What did you love best about The Innocent?

    Baldacci continues to offer intrique and good story plots to keep reader involved


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robi is central character but his professional blandness is nicely countered with fiesty 14 year old Julie


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration by both parties


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    enjoyed the book immensely although slightly predictable it was still a great listen and worth the download.
    another Baldacci winner


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff West
    23/06/14
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    "Loved the sound effects,using 2 narrators works."
    If you could sum up The Innocent: Will Robie, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    fast moving story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Robie makes an excellent hero, very explosive


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Work extremely well together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it made me download books 2 & 3, & they are just as good as the first.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slowbee
    Somerset West, South Africa
    09/08/13
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    "Sounds effects add nothing"
    Any additional comments?

    Personally I enjoy a book being read and using my own imagination for sounds effects and such like. The fact that these were added in this audio book, together with it being read by two people (male and female) made it seem more like a recorded stage production than an audiobook. Listened to the first bit, and stopped. Am going to buy the paperback second hand from the local charity shop. While this type of production might suit some, it did not for me. So based on this I would not suggest this book, but as I said, that is me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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