Book review – The Innocent by David Baldacci

Very few do suspense thrillers like David Baldacci. Even fewer have his mastery of an uncluttered writing style that zips the story along in a way that pushes you from page to page demanding more and more before you reluctantly set it aside until your next session.

In The Innocent we come across Will Robie, a hard-as-nails clandestine operative who moves from a government-sanctioned assassin into the murky realms of inter-agency dirty tricks. Robie is tasked with finding out what the hell is going on as the body count rises, pitching him in a race against time to pull apart the various layers of deceit and counter-deceit.

Along the way he teams up with a rebellious teenager who has been orphaned by the murders of her parents and who looks to be next in the crosshairs of someone, or some group, that needs to ensure her silence. Far from being a nuisance factor within the story the teenager is cleverly crafted by Baldacci into an interesting and refreshing character that becomes a large part of the book’s appeal.

Robie also has to juggle with forging a working partnership with a female FBI Special Agent, who seems to have a romantic interest in him, not to mention a good-looking neighbour who just happens to work in the White House.

When it comes to America’s multi-agency pinboard nobody has better insight than Baldacci. He takes readers into their murky depths and provides fascinating background on the anti-terrorist paranoia that pervades their every action. It’s a world the author knows how to tackle – and he’s not afraid to do it head-on.

Throw in the Baldacci’s encyclopaedic knowledge of weaponry and black ops and you get a story that crackles with energy. It’s one that challenges with twists and turns, gets you rooting early doors for the hero and heroines, and leaves you almost breathless as you pursue a finely-woven plot.

David Baldacci is one of those authors that you know will provide value-for-money. He does ‘readable’ better than almost all his peers and leaves you with a sense of fulfilment when you reach the final page.

What he also does is leave you patiently waiting for his next instalment. In all these respects The Innocent ticks every box.

David Baldacci is the author of 26 front-line novels featuring such diverse characters as Oliver Stone, John Puller, Sean King, Michelle Maxwell and, of course, The Camel Club. You’ll find a link to his site by Clicking Here.

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