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?
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"This taut, action-packed adventure is Baldacci at his very best." (Daily Express)
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........
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.
...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.
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.
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!!!!
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!
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.
I'm not a fan of background noises in audio books - I much prefer them to be just a narrator (or 2) reading what is written, without thuds, gunshots etc. By the end of chapter 2 I couldn't deal with them any more.
I will probably try this book in a written format as I don't feel I know what the story is about yet.
Without the background noises.
I don't know as I didn't get far enough to find out about the characters.
This is a personal peeve that may not be relevant to a lot of people.
If your only interested in action, killing and a make-believe world populated by unrealistic characters then this is for you! Life's too short to waste time listening to this pulp.
Back to classics with real historical backdrops. Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety is next up for me.
Sorry but I don't like that flat, American drawl. The music REALLY detracted from what little this story had to offer.
Well candidly, all of the characters were uniteresting stereotypes - especially Mr Robie.
Could not get past the first couple of killings. Not a book for the "little grey cells"
I really enjoyed this and I loved the main character :)
Great for a holiday read or a long drive!
"Monotonous monotone by narrator Ron McLarty"
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.
Nothing read by Ron McLarty. Nothing from Macmillan Audio Books
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.
Only got 5% into the audiobook, before I gave up. Cut the narrators, and start again.
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.
"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.
"Loved the sound effects,using 2 narrators works."
fast moving story
Will Robie makes an excellent hero, very explosive
Work extremely well together.
Yes it made me download books 2 & 3, & they are just as good as the first.
"Sounds effects add nothing"
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.
I particlularly liked the use of different voices and sound effects something many other audio books have not had.
Yes, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat, you never knew whether the bad guys were after the girl or Will
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.
Baldacci continues to offer intrique and good story plots to keep reader involved
Robi is central character but his professional blandness is nicely countered with fiesty 14 year old Julie
Good narration by both parties
enjoyed the book immensely although slightly predictable it was still a great listen and worth the download.
another Baldacci winner
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